Lookup Public Records in Charles CountyMaryland. Including Vital Birth and Death Records, Deeds, Probate, Property Records, Mortgages, Liens, Judgments, Marriage Licenses, Voter Registrar, Payroll, Military Discharges.

Cecil County, Maryland

Cecil County is located in the state of Maryland. The county was formed on June 6, 1674, and named after Cecil Calvert, 2nd Baron Baltimore and the first Proprietary Governor of the Province (colony) of Maryland. Elkton is the largest city in the county and also the county seat.  According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a population of approximately 101,108 people and a total area of 418 square miles, of which 72 square miles is water and 346 square miles is land. Cecil County borders the following counties: Chester County, Pennsylvania, to the north; Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, to the northwest; New Castle County, Delaware, to the east; Harford County to the west; and Kent County to the south.

The Cecil County Clerk of the Court is a locally elected state official with the responsibilities of maintaining all public records in the county. In addition to maintaining public records, the clerk’s office also issues marriage licenses and business licenses, performs civil marriage ceremonies, and commissions notaries public. Some of the records maintained by the office of the clerk include civil, criminal, and juvenile actions; mortgages; plats; land deeds; condominium; subdivision plats; conveyances; land contracts; Federal tax, hospital, Maryland tax, and District Court liens; civil judgments; and other precious documents.

Records maintained by the office of the clerk can be obtained by doing a background check online or by visiting the office of the clerk in person during office hours.  To do a public records search online, you will have to visit the Cecil County Clerk of the Court Website.  The website has easy to follows steps and links that will direct you to the records that are available. The records of juvenile or adoption cases can be accessed only through an order of the Court. While on the website, remember to view the fee schedule applicable when requesting public records.

Charles County, Maryland Overview

Located at the southern edge of Maryland, Charles County is 643 square miles in area, with 185 square miles of that consisting of water. Surrounded almost entirely by Virginia counties, Charles County is bordered to the north by Prince George’s County, the northwest by Fairfax County, Virginia, the east by Calvert County, the west by Stafford and Prince William Counties in Virginia, the southeast by St. Mary’s and Westmoreland Counties in Virginia and the south by King George County, Virginia. At the time of the 2013 census there were approximately 152,864 people living in the county. There are 24 different zip codes in Charles County, Maryland, with the most populous being 20640, 20646, 20601, 20602 and 20603.

Charles County Officials Information

The Court Clerk in Maryland serves also as the Register of Deeds and the County Clerk.
Court Clerk: Sharon L. Hancock
200 Charles St. La Plata, MD 20646
Phone: 301-932-3202
Hours: Monday – Friday, 8:00 am – 4:30 pm
Closed legal and county holidays

The Court Clerk is responsible for marriage and divorce decrees, court records, birth and death certificates and military discharges. These documents are primarily considered private and can be requested only by those who are named within them. Other documents include mortgages, conveyances, plats and deeds. These documents are generally considered public record and can be requested at any time and by anyone. None of these documents are available online, however they can be requested in person, from the clerk.

The Assessment Office is responsible for property tax related information for the county.

Assessment Office:

The Assessment Office is responsible for GIS maps, property listings and searches, revenue commissions, tax equalizations and survey information related to real and personal property. These documents are considered public record and can be requested at any time and by anyone. Searches can also be conducted online via the state portal for property related information.

Charles County Court Records Information

Court records are considered public record once the case has been completed and all filing has been finished. These records are available online via the portal or they can be requested directly from the office of the Court Clerk.

Charles, MD Genealogy and Ancestry Records
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, USA Counties Data File Downloads
Total Ancestries Reported 2005-2009157,135
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - United States or American - 2005-20098,940
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Arab - 2005-2009321
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - British - 2005-2009569
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Czech - 2005-2009328
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Danish - 2005-200979
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Dutch - 2005-20091,107
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - English - 2005-200913,711
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - European - 2005-20091,001
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - French (except Basque) - 2005-20092,791
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - French Canadian - 2005-2009593
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - German - 2005-200919,363
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Greek - 2005-2009813
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Hungarian - 2005-2009469
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Irish - 2005-200915,928
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Italian - 2005-20097,712
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Lithuanian - 2005-2009163
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Norwegian - 2005-2009926
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Polish - 2005-20093,158
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Portuguese - 2005-2009384
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Russian - 2005-2009504
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Scotch-Irish - 2005-20092,182
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Scottish - 2005-20092,499
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Slovak - 2005-2009345
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Subsaharan African - 2005-20092,339
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Swedish - 2005-2009717
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Swiss - 2005-2009267
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Ukrainian - 2005-2009477
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Welsh - 2005-2009864
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - West Indian (excluding Hispanic groups) - 2005-20091,231
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Other Groups - 2005-200965,648
Charles County Marriage License Office
In order to obtain a marriage license in Charles County, the applicants must apply together, in person, at the County Clerk’s office. Both parties must present their state-issued picture ID, military ID, or passport, and know their social security number
State Law:Marriage – Family Law, Title 2
All State Statutes: Information is online at the State Website
Office:Charles County Marriage License
Location:200 Charles Street, La Plata, Maryland, 20646
Phone:301-932-3201

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