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Worcester County, Maryland Facts

Worcester County

When was Worcester County, MD Created?
Worcester County was created on October 22, 1742 from Somerset County. This county was named in honor of Mary Arundell, the wife of Sir John Somerset, son of the 1st Marquess of Worcester, and sister of Anne Arundell, the wife of Cæcilius Calvert, 2nd Baron Baltimore.

What is the County Seat of Worcester County, MD?
The County Seat is located in Snow Hill additionally, the county government website is

What counties are adjacent to Worcester County, MD?
Bordering Counties are Accomack County, Virginia (south), Somerset County (west), Sussex County, DE (north), Wicomico County (northwest).

What cities and towns are in Worcester County, MD?
Cities and towns located in the County include Pocomoke City (incorporated 1865), Berlin (incorporated 1868), Ocean City (incorporated 1880), Snow Hill (incorporated 1812).

Worcester County, MD Vital Records

Where can find Worcester County Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?

Worcester 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.

Worcester County, MD Census Records

What Worcester County, MD census records are available?
There are many types of census records for Worcester 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.

Worcester Co. Mortality Schedules can be found for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Worcester Co. Industry and Agriculture can be obtained for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Worcester 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.

Worcester County, MD Courthouse and Government Records

Worcester County Courthouse

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

Worcester County, MD Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

What other genealogical resources are available in Worcester County, MD?
The following are web links to Genealogy, Records and Resources pertaining to Worcester 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.

Worcester Co. MD Books, Newspapers & Publications

Worcester Co. MD Cemeteries & Church Records

Worcester Co. MD Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Worcester Co. MD General and History Websites

Worcester Co. MD Immigration & Naturalization

Worcester Co. MD Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Worcester Co. MD Military Records

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