Place:Dorchester, Maryland, United States

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NameDorchester
Alt namesDorchestersource: Getty Vocabulary Program
TypeCounty
Coordinates38.467°N 76°W
Located inMaryland, United States     (1669 - )
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
source: Family History Library Catalog


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Dorchester County is a county located in the U.S. state of Maryland on its Eastern Shore. It became a county in 1669 and is the largest county on the Eastern Shore. It is bordered by the Choptank River to the north, Talbot County to the northwest, Caroline County to the northeast, Wicomico County to the southeast, Sussex County, Delaware, to the east, and the Chesapeake Bay to the west. Dorchester County uses the slogan, "The Heart of Chesapeake Country," due to its geographical location and the heart-like shape of the county on a map. As of the 2010 census, the population was 32,618. It was named for the Earl of Dorset, a family friend of the Calverts (the founding family of the Maryland colony). Its county seat is Cambridge.

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History

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Many of the residents of Dorchester County make their living as farmers or working on the water. The Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries provide bountiful harvests of crabs, oysters, and many fish species to commercial and recreational fisherman alike. Dorchester County, Maryland is the birthplace of Harriet Tubman, known widely for her work of guiding slaves to freedom.

Timeline

Date Event Source
1669 County formed Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1669 Land records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1790 First census Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990
1790 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 15,875
1800 16,346
1810 18,108
1820 17,759
1830 18,686
1840 18,843
1850 18,877
1860 20,461
1870 19,458
1880 23,110
1890 24,843
1900 27,962
1910 28,669
1920 27,895
1930 26,813
1940 28,006
1950 27,815
1960 29,666
1970 29,405
1980 30,623
1990 30,236

Research Tips

External links

  • Outstanding guide to Dorchester 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.commissioners.net/


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