St. Mary's County, Maryland(Map It) was created on January 24, 1637 from as an Original County from unorganized territory. This county was named for the Virgin Mary, first county named in a colony intended to be a haven for Catholics ..
The St. Mary's County Courthouse is located in Leonardtown, Maryland. The courthouse was destroyed by fire in 1831. Some deeds were re-recorded back to 1781, and abstracts of deeds sent to Annapolis beginning in 1784 also make up for some of the records that were destroyed. Learn More About State of Maryland Court, Tax, Land and Probate Records.
The Clerk's Office DOES NOT DO RESEARCH. Most staff will assist people in finding the materials, but it is up to the individual to do the research.
The following dates indicates what vital, land, probate, and court records are in St. Mary's county. The date listed for each record is usually the earliest registration filed. The date does not indicate that there are alot records for that year and does not mean that all such events were actually filed with the clerk.
St. Mary's County Circuit Court Clerk has Marriage Records from 1827 and Land Records from 1827. The County Circuit Court Clerk is responsible for recording documents related to property. Documents recorded consist of, but are not limited to, deeds, mortgages, restrictions, notaries, public and elected county officers. Other documents, such as Military Service Discharges, foreign birth certificates, as well as obscure documents like cattle brands, are also recorded here.
St. Mary's County Register of Wills/ Orphan's Court Clerk has Probate Records from 1658. The County Register of Wills/ Orphan's Court Clerk responsibilities include supervising Clerk's office personnel in the civil, criminal, courtroom clerks, business license, marriage license, land records, and juvenile units.