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Land Records for Baltimore City

Land records are a part of the Maryland State Archives collection. They are available online at http://mdlandrec.net where you’ll be able to pick your own password and have access within minutes.

Any problems that arise in MDLandRec can be addressed through the “Contact the Help Desk” link on bottom of the page in the original version or the “Send Image Feedback” link in the right column of the new version.

To determine the current block number for a property, visit the State Department of Assessment and Taxation website.  After you enter the address, the current Ward, Section, and Block number appear at the top of the information concerning the address (which includes owner, location & structure, value, transfer, exemption, and homestead application information).

Quick Guide to Using MD Land Records

  • Obtain a (free) username and password
  • Once signed in, click the drop down menu at top and select “Baltimore City”
  • You can search via the Block Search (the default) which gets hits that might be missed if you did a specific address, or you can go over to the left and select “Address”
  • Enter either the block number (see above for how to obtain your block number) and street name (do not include st., ave., ln, etc.) in the Block Search or enter your house number and street (do not include st., ave., ln.) in the Address Search
  • All the records for that property or block from 1972 to the present will appear.  If you are looking for current information, this should appear here.  If you are hoping to go back and trace the history of the building, click on the oldest record available.
  • Somewhere in that record should be a paragraph reading something along the lines of “Being the same lots of ground described in a deed dated _____ and recorded among the Land Records of Baltimore City in Liber XXX No. 1111, Folio 222, from so-and-so”  You now have the data you need to move back to the next deed.
  • Back on the search results screen, click on the “Jump to New Volume” link in the yellow bar at the top of the page.
  • The initials (if there were any) go in the Clerk box, the No. 1111 goes into the Book box, and the Folio 222 goes in the Page box.  This should take you to the previous deed, which you should be able to use in the same way to continue further back in time
  • If you would like more detailed instructions, please visit the MdLandRec.Net Baltimore City User’s Guide
30 Comments
  1. September 17, 2013 4:57 pm

    how can I find out if a piece of undeveloped land is buildable?

    • Amy James permalink*
      September 23, 2013 11:47 am

      Pat, I would suggest contacting the Maryland State Archives concerning this question- they hold land records and the Commissioner of Land Patents is the State Archivist, so they should be able to give you a good idea of where to go.

  2. Doris e holmes permalink
    October 4, 2013 11:39 pm

    My insurance company would like to know what year the house was built address is —- north central ave.Baltimore MD.21202

    • Amy James permalink*
      October 23, 2013 11:38 am

      Doris,
      Have you tried going back in time on your property through MDLandRec? I’m not sure how descriptive the deeds are, but that would be one suggestion. When you visit SDAT and look at your property, it states that 1900 is when the primary structure was built on the land, but that doesn’t necessarily apply to your current structure. For example, I know for a fact that the building in which I reside was built in 1912, but the SDAT for my property says 1855, which means there was a property there that was torn down to put up the current structure.

  3. Jennifer permalink
    December 12, 2013 4:07 am

    Is there a way to find a property by owners name? My great grandparent owned a house in the 1950’s and I’m trying to find the location.

    • Amy James permalink*
      December 12, 2013 1:23 pm

      Jennifer- There is a way to search by owner’s name. If you go into MDLandRec and select Baltimore City, on the left, there are some link choices. If you select “Active Indices”, there are Land Record indices for Grantor (the person selling) and Grantee (the person buying) from 1851-1982. However, if you don’t know the exact year they bought or sold the house, you might be spending quite a bit of time searching through the years.

      • Amy James permalink*
        December 12, 2013 1:25 pm

        Also, while we don’t have them ourselves, there are several institutions in the area that I believe have old phone books, which might also list their address.

  4. December 13, 2013 1:43 pm

    how can I find out who owned a Baltimore city property around 1954-60?

    • Amy James permalink*
      December 13, 2013 2:02 pm

      Follow the instructions on this page for MD Land Rec, and work your way back through the deeds to that time period.

  5. Murray Berger permalink
    December 17, 2013 9:16 pm

    how do I get a user name and password for this site

    • Amy James permalink*
      December 18, 2013 12:08 pm

      The link above should prompt you to create your own username and password. If you are having any difficulties, you should contact the Maryland State Archives.

  6. Fred ladda permalink
    January 10, 2014 12:40 am

    I have searched for land records in MD for Valentine Napyer (Napier) without success for the peroid 1650-1700. Besides not looking in the right place what am I doing wrong

    • Amy James permalink*
      January 10, 2014 11:55 am

      Did Valentine definitely hold land? Perhaps he only rented, or lived with a relative. If he did own land, I would suggest getting in touch with the Maryland State Archives for more help with MD Land Records.

  7. ashley permalink
    January 25, 2014 2:57 am

    There is a building on E. North Ave. called the Ashley Apartments. I was wondering how do I find out who owns the property?

    • Amy James permalink*
      January 31, 2014 3:30 pm

      Ashley- visit the State and Department of Assessment and Taxation website above- that should list the current owners.

  8. Eric permalink
    February 28, 2014 2:01 am

    How can I find the land owner for payment of land rent? Rent was paid by the mortgage co before, but now they don’t seem to have any contact information.

    • Amy James permalink*
      February 28, 2014 11:40 am

      Eric,
      Get in touch with the State Archives. They should be able to help you figure it out. You can contact them via e-mail at msa.helpdesk[at]maryland[dot]gov or by phone at 410-260-6400 or toll free 1-800-235-4045.

    • Nancy Sheads permalink*
      March 1, 2014 1:02 pm

      Eric,
      Try searching for the property in the State Department of Assessment and Taxation (SDAT) Real Property Search at http://sdat.resiusa.org/RealProperty/Pages/default.aspx. If it has been registered, there should be a link on that page for the Ground Rent Redemption for the property.

  9. Joseph H. permalink
    March 13, 2014 4:57 pm

    I recenlt bought a property in the city…it was built in 1890, I wanted to know how I can find out the first owners of the home, I only have the address to go on and the land record search, only went back to 1998…Can you lead me in the right direction..the address is 1905 park ave baltimore

    • Amy James permalink*
      March 19, 2014 3:12 pm

      Joseph, if you look at the instructions on this page, what you need to find are the liber and folio from the deed in 1998 to work backwards to previous deeds. If you have more questions, please visit the link on the bottom of the page for help from the State Archives, who maintain the MDLandRec site.

  10. Joseph H. permalink
    March 20, 2014 9:25 pm

    Amy…so I looked and there is a record for 1897, but for some reason it keep pulling up an error. Is there anyway I can pull the actual record?

    • Amy James permalink*
      March 26, 2014 10:42 am

      MDLandRec is maintained by the Maryland State Archives, so you’ll need to contact them to fix the error. You can contact them by phone at 410-260-6400 or by e-mail at msa.helpdesk[at]maryland[dot]gov

  11. Daniel permalink
    June 3, 2014 12:48 pm

    My residence is on a corner lot. It is not clear to me where my property begins and ends on the side street as there is no curb. Is there a way to get a definitive answer regarding where the line is?

    • Amy James permalink*
      June 9, 2014 10:25 am

      Daniel, This is something that should be stated pretty clearly on the deed, which would be on mdlandrec.net. If you are still having trouble, I would suggest contacting the Maryland State Archives, who run mdlandrec.net, to see if they could help you get an answer for your question. You can contact them via e-mail at msa[dot]helpdesk[at]maryland[dot]gov or by phone at 410-260-6400 or toll free 1-800-235-4045.

  12. Wendy Boyce permalink
    July 8, 2014 8:44 pm

    My husband owns a house in the city. His ex wife’s name is still on house taxes/property deed/water bill. How do we get her name off these records?

    • Amy James permalink*
      July 14, 2014 10:40 am

      You would need to contact the Mitchell Courthouse- 410-333-3760.

  13. tina permalink
    August 14, 2014 2:16 pm

    My grandmother passed away last month. Ive been living in the home with her. I was her caregiver as well. She died but didnt get the will registered. I have the will stating she wanted me to own the home. How do i get the house deed transfer into my name after she died.

    • Amy James permalink*
      August 14, 2014 3:08 pm

      Tina,
      That is a matter you need to take up with the court- we don’t have anything to do with land records- as this page states, the completed land records are the responsibility of the Maryland State Archives, but the creation of them occurs at the Baltimore City Circuit Court- http://www.baltocts.state.md.us/about/contactus.htm

  14. Andrea Favre Mitchell permalink
    September 3, 2014 1:43 pm

    I’m trying to find out the history of the house we have been renting for 3yrs. It’s an older home in Baltimore City. I’m not having much luck trying to figure it out. The address is 2124 Ramsay St Baltimore Maryland 21223. Any suggestions?

    • Amy James permalink*
      September 3, 2014 1:51 pm

      MDLandRec will give you the past owners of the property- if you’re having problems with that site, you want to contact the State Archives. Other suggestions would be looking at the Sanborns and other atlases from our Geography page- those will give you some detail about the property if it was a business, and what material the house was constructed out of. I would also suggest checking the architectural index at the Maryland Historical Society- they have a lot of information about specific properties.

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