Where to Research in Carroll County, Maryland – The County Courthouse Annex

Posted by: Eileen A. Souza

This is the fourth post in my series of postings on doing research in my home county of Carroll in Maryland. For the background and history of Carroll County, Maryland, please see my initial post titled “Where to Research in Carroll County, Maryland – The Carroll County Genealogical Society”.

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The County Courthouse Annex
55 N. Court Street
Westminster, MD 21157

The Annex is open Monday – Friday 8:30 am – 4:30 pm, except for legal holidays.

In the spring of 2013, due to space and budget constraints, the local courthouse transferred many court records to the Maryland Archives. It is highly recommended that the researcher phones in advance to insure their records of interest are still available.

Visitors to the courthouse must pass through security and cameras are not permitted inside the courthouse. This includes cell phones that function as a camera. If unsure of procedures or it is a first-time visit, researchers should inquire of staff members for the most accurate information.

Register of Wills, Room 124
888-876-0034 (toll free)

The records held here under the Register of Wills include:

  • Will records, many wills and other probate records may be found online (see my blog post “Using FamilySearch to Discover Maryland Wills”).
  • Bondsman
  • Inventories and sales of personal and real property
  • Debts and stock
  • Guardianship and administration accounts

Clerk of Court, Room G-8

The records maintained by the Office of the Clerk of Court are available to the public for review. However, the records of juvenile or adoption cases can be accessed only through an order of the Court.

The records held by the Clerk of Court include:

  • Marriage Records
  • Land Records (Some or most of the land records are available on mdlandrec.net) The court house retains a set of index books to all the land records that were sent to the Maryland State Archives
  • Plat Records and Chancery (Equity) Records (see Using Plats.net for Maryland Court Records).
  • Military Discharges
  • Chattel Records (In 2013 all chattel records were moved to the MSA. If you wish to consult the books, you must notify the MSA several days in advance of your visit to allow the staff time to retrieve them from remote storage. An index to the Books 1 – 10, developed by volunteers of the Carroll County Genealogical Society, can be found at http://www.carr.org/ccgs/chattel.html.



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