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Cecil County, Maryland
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Cecil County, Maryland Facts

Cecil County

When was Cecil County, MD Created?
Cecil County was created on June 6, 1674 from Baltimore County. This county was named for the Anglicized form of the first name of Cæcilius Calvert, 2nd Baron Baltimore.

What is the County Seat of Cecil County, MD?
The County Seat is located in Elkton additionally, the county government website is

What counties are adjacent to Cecil County, MD?
Bordering Counties are Chester County, Pennsylvania (northeast), Lancaster County, Pennsylvania (north), New Castle County, Delaware (east), Harford County (west), Kent County (south).

What cities and towns are in Cecil County, MD?
Cities and towns located in the County include Cecilton (incorporated 1864), Charlestown (incorporated 1742), Chesapeake City (incorporated 1849) (Note that despite the name, Chesapeake City is a town and not a city .), Elkton (incorporated 1787), North East (incorporated 1849), Perryville (incorporated 1882), Port Deposit (incorporated 1824), Rising Sun (incorporated 1860).

Cecil County, MD Vital Records

Where can find Cecil County Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
Cecil County vital records can be found at the Maryland Office of Vital Records has copies of birth and death records from August 1898, has marriage records from January 1990 and has divorce records from January, 1992. There is a fee for each copy requested. Please refer to the information to the Statewide Vital Records in Maryland for current fees and application process.

State of Maryland Archives files, stores, and issues certified copies of vital records including Birth certificates from 1898 for Maryland counties and since 1875 for Baltimore City, Death certificates prior to 1969 and Marriage certificates since 1640 for events that occurred in Maryland.

You can also order Order Electronically Online or You can download an application for Maryland Birth Certificate, Marriage Certificate, Divorce Verification, Death Certificate Applications to mail.

Cecil County, MD Census Records

What Cecil County, MD census records are available?
There are many types of census records for Cecil County guide you in researching your family tree. Federal Population Schedules are available for 1790, 1800, 1810, 1820, 1830, 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.

Cecil Co. Mortality Schedules can be found for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Cecil Co. Industry and Agriculture can be obtained for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Cecil Co. Union Veterans Schedules is available for 1890.

Another state census is the Maryland Colonial Census of 1776. There is free down-loadable and also printable census forms to help you with your research. See Also Maryland Census Records Research Guide.

Cecil County, MD Courthouse and Government Records

Cecil County Courthouse

What genealogical records can I find in the Cecil County Courthouse?
The below facts shows exactly what death, marriage, birth, property, wills, and court records are typically in Cecil County. The years listed below are the first noted records with this county. See Also Maryland Corthouse Records Research Guide.

Cecil County, MD Societies and Family History Resources

What genealogical and historical societies, archives, museums, associations and libraries are available for Cecil County, MD?
A list of Cecil County Historical  and Genealogical Societies, Libraries, Archives. See also list of Statewide Maryland Archives, Historical & Genealogical Societies.

Where can I connect with other Cecil County, MD Researchers through message boards and forums?

What other genealogical resources are available in Cecil County, MD?
The following are web links to Genealogy, Records and Resources pertaining to Cecil County. A majority of these genealogy links fall into 3 categories: Business Sites, Personal Sites or Organization Sites. Some have free access some have to have a payment. This is simply a listing that has been gathered or submitted. I do not recommend or promote one genealogy site above another.

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