Place:Allegany, Maryland, United States

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NameAllegany
Alt namesAlleganysource: Getty Vocabulary Program
TypeCounty
Coordinates39.667°N 78.667°W
Located inMaryland, United States     (1789 - )
See alsoGarrett, Maryland, United StatesChild county (source: Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990)
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
source: Family History Library Catalog


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Allegany County is a county located in the northwestern part of the US state of Maryland. It is part of the Cumberland, MD-WV Metropolitan Statistical Area. As of the 2010 census, the population was 75,087. Its county seat is Cumberland. It is considered to be a part of Western Maryland. The name Allegany may come from a local Lenape word, welhik hane or oolikhanna, which means 'best flowing river of the hills' or 'beautiful stream'. A number of counties in the Appalachian region of the US are named Allegany, Allegheny, or Alleghany.

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History

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The western part of Maryland (including the present Allegany County) was originally part of Prince George's County when Maryland was formed in 1696. This county included six current counties, and by repeated splitting, new ones were generated: Frederick from Prince George's in 1748; and Montgomery and Washington from Frederick in 1776.

Allegany County was formed in 1789 by the splitting of Washington County. At the time it was the westernmost county in Maryland, but a split in 1872 produced Garrett County, the current westernmost county.[1]

Prior to 1789, the Virginia Commonwealth claimed the area of present day Garrett and Allegheny Counties, of Maryland. A 1771-1780 map of Virginias counties, shows Hampshire County, but the Virginia State boundary has Hampshire outside that boundary line. When conducting genealogical research, it is possible to find tax records for Hampshire County, Virginia included in Maryland records, and Maryland records in Hampshire County... Hampshire County was formed in 1758 by the Virginia Commonwealth and at its founding, included the present day counties of Garrett & Allegheny Counties in Maryland, and Hardy, Grant, Mineral, and part of Morgan Counties in what is now West Virginia. Ref. Virginia Counties Map of 1771-1780; Henry Howe's 1845 History of Virginia.

The county has a number of properties on the National Register of Historic Places.

It is the birthplace of Emmy Award-winning actress Suzanne Rogers, perhaps best known for her long-running role as Maggie Simmons Horton on NBC's Days of our Lives. Allegany County is often referred to as "Where the South Begins."

Timeline

Date Event Source
1789 County formed Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1790 First census Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990
1791 Land records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1880 No significant boundary changes after this year Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990

Population History

source: Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990
Census Year Population
1790 4,809
1800 6,303
1810 6,909
1820 8,654
1830 10,609
1840 15,690
1850 22,769
1860 28,348
1870 38,536
1880 38,012
1890 41,571
1900 53,694
1910 62,411
1920 69,938
1930 79,098
1940 86,973
1950 89,556
1960 84,169
1970 84,044
1980 80,548
1990 74,946

Research Tips

External links

  • Outstanding guide to Alleghany County family history and genealogy resources (FamilySearch Research Wiki). Birth, marriage, and death records, wills, deeds, county histories, cemeteries, churches, newspapers, libraries, and genealogical societies.
  • www.aallconet.org/


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