Harford County Archives

Find Harford County Maryland archives. Archives maintain vital, family, and genealogy records, including birth, death, marriage, and divorce records.


Bel Air Land Records Archive 20 West Courtland Street Bel Air MD 21014 410-638-3474


About Harford County Archives

Harford County Archives are collections of permanently valuable records that pertain to organizations, governments, or businesses in Harford County, MD. Archived records include correspondence, reports, manuscripts, minutes, and other forms of documented evidence of past events. They can be used for research and analysis of past events, establishing or verifying legal claims, and preserving Harford County history. A repository of Archives is typically housed in a building designated for that purpose. Harford County Archives include museums, churches and other faith-based organizations, universities and colleges, businesses, and genealogical groups and societies.

You may contact the Archives for questions about:
  • Harford County public records
  • Historical documents, directories, and photographs
  • Harford County military records
  • Maryland historical records
  • Genealogy records in Harford County, MD
Harford County Public Records

The Harford County government maintains Archives of Harford County public records that are available upon request. These collections include records pertaining to the proceedings of Harford County and local government, as well as materials that serve to preserve the heritage and history of the locality. In addition to government records, they may contain directories, photographs of prominent individuals and places, Harford County military records, maps, and collections from schools, civic organizations, labor unions, and businesses. Harford County Archives may be a component of the Harford County Public Library or they may be managed by a local Harford County historical society. These Harford County public records are useful to family researchers and genealogists.

Maryland Archival Records

The Maryland Archives contains historical records of the Maryland government and records collected from Harford County governments. State Archives essentially include documents connected with the political history and past administrations of MD government. In addition to serving as a repository for permanent state government records, the Maryland State Archives preserves materials that document Maryland's history.

National Archives

The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) maintains documents and materials created by the U.S. government, including Harford County public records, that are deemed to have an ongoing value. NARA has material at locations in seventeen states. In addition to maintaining archived records, NARA offers educational programs and workshops for the public on how to make use of archived records. Although not strictly considered Archives, NARA also manages the Federal Records Centers, the National Personnel Records Center, the Federal Register, and the presidential libraries.