Place:Harford, Maryland, United States

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NameHarford
Alt namesHarfordsource: Getty Vocabulary Program
TypeCounty
Coordinates39.55°N 76.3°W
Located inMaryland, United States     (1773 - )
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
source: Family History Library Catalog


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Harford County is a county in the U.S. state of Maryland. As of the 2010 census, the population was 244,826. Its county seat is Bel Air. Harford County forms part of both the Baltimore metropolitan area and the larger Baltimore-Washington metropolitan area.

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History

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Harford County was formed in 1773 from the eastern part of Baltimore County. It contains Tudor Hall, birthplace of Abraham Lincoln's assassin, John Wilkes Booth. Harford County also hosted the signers of the Bush Declaration, a precursor document to the American Revolution.

The county was named for Henry Harford (ca. 1759-1834), the illegitimate son of Frederick Calvert, 6th Baron Baltimore. Henry Harford was born to Calvert's mistress, Hester Whelan, whose residence still stands as part of a private residence on Jarretsville Pike, in Phoenix, Maryland. Harford served as the last Proprietary Governor of Maryland but, because of his illegitimacy, did not inherit his father's title.

Havre de Grace, an incorporated city in Harford County, was once under consideration to be the capital of the United States rather than Washington, D.C.. It was favored for its strategic location at the top of the Chesapeake Bay; this location would facilitate trade while being secure in time of war. Today, the waterways around Havre de Grace have become adversely affected by silt runoff, which is one of the primary environmental issues of Harford County.

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

Timeline

Date Event Source
1773 County formed Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1773 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 14,976
1800 17,626
1810 21,258
1820 15,924
1830 16,319
1840 17,120
1850 19,356
1860 23,415
1870 22,605
1880 28,042
1890 28,993
1900 28,269
1910 27,965
1920 29,291
1930 31,603
1940 35,060
1950 51,782
1960 76,722
1970 115,378
1980 145,930
1990 182,132

Research Tips

External links

  • Outstanding guide to Harford 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.co.ha.md.us/


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