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  • Adams County, Ohio —
    Information Updated for:  Mar 18, 2011
  • Formed from:  portions of Hamilton County.
    Established:  10-Jul-1797
    County Seat:  West Union, Ohio

    County history - Adams County is named in honor of John Adams (October 30, 1735 - July 4, 1826), an American politician and political philosopher and the second President of the United States (1797-1801), after being the first Vice President of the United States (1789-1797) for two terms. He was one of the most influential Founding Fathers of the United States.

    Adams Courthouse
    GHLL Adams County Package:
    1. American History & Genealogy Project; Adams County AHGP and / or ALHN (Not found online at this update.)
    2. Cemetery Listings - may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    3. Cities/Towns/Townships - compiled by Wikipedia
    4. Genealogy Forum - Adams County, OH Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (None found online at the time of this update.)
          Adams County Genealogical Society
          P.O. Box 231
          West Union, OH 45693

    6. US/OHGenWeb site - Adams County Archives
    7. US/OHGenWeb - Adams County Genealogy & History
    8. Vital Records - Adams County Probate Court, 110 West Main, West Union, OH 45693-1347.
               Note:  Between 1867 and 20 December 1908, birth and death records were kept by the probate court of each county. There is NO statewide index to Ohio birth & death records prior to 20 December 1908. Certified copies of marriage records are available from the Probate Court in the county where the marriage license was issued. Certified copies of divorce records are available from the Clerk of Common Pleas in the county where the divorce was granted.
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent counties (GHLL listings):
             Highland County (north), Pike County (northeast), Scioto County (east),
             Lewis County, Kentucky (south), Mason County, Kentucky (southwest), Brown
                County
    (west).

        Important dates:
            July 10, 1797 -- Erected and organized.
            August 20, 1798 -- Diminished by formation of Ross.
            September 1, 1798 -- Part of Hamilton attached.
            May 1, 1803 -- Diminished by formation of Scioto.
            May 1, 1805 -- Diminished by formation of Highland.
            February 1, 1815 -- Diminished by formation of Pike.
            March 1, 1817 -- Diminished by formation of Brown

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        County Public Library - (not shown in Library list on top-of-page menu)
        Oliver Township - "Oliver township was not formed until 1853, so ancestors known to have settled early in the area
             should be traced back through Scott, Tiffin or Wayne townships." — Web Site quote.
        Scott Township - "Scott township was formed from Wayne township the 25th of February, 1818. Since then the
             township has lost a portion to the creation of Winchester township in 1838 and to the creation of Oliver township
             in 1853." — Web Site quote.
        Wayne Township - "Wayne township was born December 2, 1806. At that time the township was larger than today
             and contained much of Oliver (1853) and all of Scott (1818) and Winchester (1838) townships. Ancestors who
             settled on Wheat Ridge, for example, may be found in Wayne township in the 1850 census, but in Oliver township
             in the 1860 census, still farming the same patch of ground." — Web Site quote.
        Winchester Township - "Winchester township was not formed until 1838. Ancestors known to have settled early in
             this portion of Adams county should be traced back in Scott and Wayne townships." — Web Site quote.

    Census Information:
        1820, 1830, 1840 Census (I) (T) - See Scott Township (listed above)
        1820, 1830, 1840, and Industrial Census (I) (T) - See Wayne Township (listed above)
        1840 Census (I) (T) - See Winchester Township (listed above)
        1860 Census and 1870 Industrial Census (I) (T) - See Oliver Township (listed above)


  • Allen County, Ohio —
    Information Updated for:  Oct 14, 2013
  • Formed from:  portions of Shelby and Logan Counties, 01-Apr-1820.
    Established:  01-Mar-1831
    County Seat:  Lima, Ohio

    County history - Allen County is named in honor of John Allen (December 30, 1771 - January 22, 1813), a United States politician and army officer who was killed in the War of 1812.

    Allen Courthouse
    GHLL Allen County Package:
    1. American History & Genealogy Project; Allen County AHGP and / or ALHN (Not found online at this update.)
    2. Cemetery Listings - may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    3. Cities/Towns/Townships - compiled by Wikipedia
    4. Genealogy Forum - Allen County, OH Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (Allen County Chapter, Ohio Genealogical Society / Lima, OH)
    6. Society/Museum/Assn - (Allen County Genealogical Society / Lima, OH)
    7. Society/Museum/Assn - (Perry Township Historical Society / Perry, OH)
    8. US/OHGenWeb site - Allen County Archives
    9. US/OHGenWeb - Allen County Genealogy & History
    10. Vital Records - Allen County Health Department, 219 East Market, Lima, OH 45801.
               Note:  Between 1867 and 20 December 1908, birth and death records were kept by the probate court of each county. There is NO statewide index to Ohio birth & death records prior to 20 December 1908. Certified copies of marriage records are available from the Probate Court in the county where the marriage license was issued. Certified copies of divorce records are available from the Clerk of Common Pleas in the county where the divorce was granted.
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent counties (GHLL listings):
             Putnam County (north), Hancock County (northeast), Hardin County (east),
             Auglaize County (south), Van Wert County (west).

        Important dates:
            March 1, 1820 -- Erected and attached to Shelby County.
            March 1, 1828 -- Attached to Mercer County.
            March 1, 1831 -- Organized.
            February 14, 1848 -- Diminished by formation of Auglaize County and parts of
             Putnam County.

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        1895 Atlas - Allen County
        Bowling Green Library - Church related Manuscript Collections - Allen County
        Death Records - Delphos, Ohio & Marion Twp, Allen County (1909-1953)
        Delphos - Town History
        Lima Township - Allen County Museum
        Lima Township - Old Post Cards of Lima
        Researchers - Allen County Ohio Resources & Researchers
        War Casualties - Persian Gulf, Vietnamese, Korean, WWI, WWII, Civil & Spanish-Mexican Wars

    Census Information:
        1850 Census - Federal Census, Allen County.


  • Ashland County, Ohio —
    Information Updated for:  Aug 15, 2010
  • Formed from:  portions of Wayne, Richland, Huron, and Lorain Counties, 24-Feb-1846.
    Established:  24-Feb-1846
    County Seat:  Ashland, Ohio

    County history - Ashland County is named for Ashland, the home of Henry Clay and also the name of the county seat.

    Ashland Courthouse
    GHLL Ashland County Package:
    1. American History & Genealogy Project; Ashland County AHGP and / or ALHN (Not found online at this update.)
    2. Cemetery Listings - may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    3. Cities/Towns/Townships - compiled by Wikipedia
    4. Genealogy Forum - Ashland County, OH Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (Ashland County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society / Ashland, OH)
    6. Society/Museum/Assn - (Ashland County Historical Society / Ashland, OH)
    7. US/OHGenWeb site - Ashland County Archives
    8. US/OHGenWeb - Ashland County Genealogy & History
    9. Vital Records - Ashland County-City Health Department, Attn: Vital Statistics, 110 Cottage Street, Ashland, OH 44805.
               Note:  Between 1867 and 20 December 1908, birth and death records were kept by the probate court of each county. There is NO statewide index to Ohio birth & death records prior to 20 December 1908. Certified copies of marriage records are available from the Probate Court in the county where the marriage license was issued. Certified copies of divorce records are available from the Clerk of Common Pleas in the county where the divorce was granted.
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent counties (GHLL)
             Lorain County (north), Medina County (northeast), Wayne County (east), Holmes
                County
    (southeast), Knox County (southwest), Richland County (west), Huron
                County
    (northwest).

        Important dates:
            February xx, 1815 -- "Uniontown" formed.
            February xx, 1822 -- The name, "Uniontown" was changed to Ashland in 1822.
            February 24, 1846 -- Erected and organized.
            February 5, 1847 -- Part attached to Richland.

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  • Ashtabula County, Ohio —
    Information Updated for:  Mar 18, 2011
  • Formed from:  portions of Trumbull County, 07-Jun-1808.
    Established:  01-May-1811
    County Seat:  Jefferson, Ohio

    County history - Ashtabula County is named for a Native American word meaning "river of many fish".

    Ashtabula Courthouse
    GHLL Ashtabula County Package:
    1. American History & Genealogy Project; Ashtabula County AHGP and / or ALHN (Not found online at this update.)
    2. Cemetery Listings - may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    3. Cities/Towns/Townships - compiled by Wikipedia
    4. Genealogy Forum - Ashtabula County, OH Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (Ashtabula County Genealogical Society / Geneva , OH)
    6. US/OHGenWeb site - Ashtabula County Archives
    7. US/OHGenWeb - Ashtabula County Genealogy & History
    8. Vital Records - Ashtabula County Health Department, 4717 Main Avenue, Ahtabula, OH 44004.
               Note:  Between 1867 and 20 December 1908, birth and death records were kept by the probate court of each county. There is NO statewide index to Ohio birth & death records prior to 20 December 1908. Certified copies of marriage records are available from the Probate Court in the county where the marriage license was issued. Certified copies of divorce records are available from the Clerk of Common Pleas in the county where the divorce was granted.
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent counties (GHLL listings):
             Across Lake Erie lie Elgin and Norfolk Counties, Ontario, Canada (north), Erie
                County, Pennsylvania
    (northeast), Crawford County, Pennsylvania (east), Trumbull
                County
    (south), Geauga County (southwest), Lake County (west).

        Important dates:
            June 7, 1808 -- Erected and attached to Trumbull and Geauga.
            February 20, 1809 -- Part attached to Trumbull.
            May 1, 1811 -- Organized and part of Trumbull attached.
            January 29, 1827 -- Islands in Lake Erie attached.

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    Census Information:
        1840 Census (I) - Census Pensioners
        1850 Census (I) (T) - (Partial)
        1860 Census (I) (T) - (Partial)


  • Athens County, Ohio —
    Information Updated for:  Oct 8, 2012
  • Formed from:  portions of Washington County, 01-Mar-1805. In 8807, exchanged land with Gallia and Washington Counties, 1814 exchanged land with Washington County.
    Established:  01-Mar-1805
    County Seat:  Athens, Ohio

    County history - Athens County is named in honor of Athens, Greece.

    Athens Courthouse
    GHLL Athens County Package:
    1. American History & Genealogy Project - Athens County AHGP and / or ALHN
    2. Cities/Towns/Townships - compiled by Wikipedia
    3. Genealogy Forum - Athens County, OH Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    4. Society/Museum/Assn - (Athens County Historical Society & Museum / Athens, OH)
    5. US/OHGenWeb site - Athens County Archives
    6. US/OHGenWeb - Athens County Genealogy & History
    7. Vital Records - Athens City-County Health Department, 278 West Union Street, Athens, OH 45701.
               Note:  Between 1867 and 20 December 1908, birth and death records were kept by the probate court of each county. There is NO statewide index to Ohio birth & death records prior to 20 December 1908. Certified copies of marriage records are available from the Probate Court in the county where the marriage license was issued. Certified copies of divorce records are available from the Clerk of Common Pleas in the county where the divorce was granted.
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent counties (GHLL listings):
             Perry County (north), Morgan County (northeast), Washington County (east), Wood
                County, West Virginia
    (southeast), Meigs County (south), Vinton County (west),
             Hocking County (northwest).

        Important dates:
            March 1, 1805 -- Erected and organized.
            January 30, 1807 -- Boundary with Gallia altered.
            February 18, 1807 -- Boundary with Washington altered.

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            February 10, 1814 -- Boundary with Washington altered.
            March 1, 1816 -- Diminished by formation of Jackson County.
            March 1, 1818 -- Diminished by formation of Hocking County.
            April 1, 1819 -- Diminished by formation of Meigs County.
            March 11, 1845 -- Part attached to Morgan County.
            March 12, 1845 -- Part attached to Hocking County.
            March 23, 1850 -- Diminished by formation of Vinton County. Part attached to Hocking County.

    Census Information:
        1820 Census (I) and (T) - Federal Census, Athens County (Index: 1 page each Townships & Names / Text: 2 pages).


  • Auglaize County, Ohio —
    Information Updated for:  Aug 15, 2010
  • Formed from:  portions of Allen, Mercer, Darke, Hardin, Logan, Shelby, and Van Wert Counties.
    Established:  14-Feb-1848
    County Seat:  Wapakoneta, Ohio

    County history - Auglaize County is named for the Auglaize River, a tributary of the Maumee River, approximately 100 mi (160 km) long, in northwestern Ohio in the United States. It drains a primarily rural farming area in the watershed of Lake Erie. The name of the river either comes from a Shawnee phrase meaning "fallen timbers" or a French term for "frozen water."

    Auglaize Courthouse
    GHLL Auglaize County Package:
    1. American History & Genealogy Project; Auglaize County AHGP and / or ALHN (Not found online at this update.)
    2. Cemetery Listings - may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    3. Cities/Towns/Townships - compiled by Wikipedia
    4. Genealogy Forum - Auglaize County, OH Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (Auglaize County Genealogical Society / Wapakoneta, OH)
    6. US/OHGenWeb site - Auglaize County Archives
    7. US/OHGenWeb - Auglaize County Genealogy & History
    8. Vital Records - Auglaize County Health Department, 214 South Wagner Ave., Wapakoneta, OH 45895.
               Note:  Between 1867 and 20 December 1908, birth and death records were kept by the probate court of each county. There is NO statewide index to Ohio birth & death records prior to 20 December 1908. Certified copies of marriage records are available from the Probate Court in the county where the marriage license was issued. Certified copies of divorce records are available from the Clerk of Common Pleas in the county where the divorce was granted.
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent counties (GHLL listings):
             Allen County (north), Hardin County (east), Logan County (southeast), Shelby
                County
    (south), Darke County (southwest), Mercer County (west), Van Wert County
             (northwest.

        Important dates:
            February 14, 1848 -- Erected and organized.
            March 15, 1888 -- Boundary with Logan County altered.

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  • Belmont County, Ohio —
    Information Updated for:  Oct 4, 2010
  • Formed from:  portions of Jefferson and Washington Counties.
    Established:  07-Sep-1801
    County Seat:  St. Clairsville, Ohio

    County history - Belmont County derives its name from Belle monte, which means "beautiful mountain", in French.

    Belmont Courthouse
    GHLL Belmont County Package:
    1. American History & Genealogy Project; Belmont County AHGP and / or ALHN (Not found online at this update.)
    2. Cemetery Listings - may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    3. Cities/Towns/Townships - compiled by Wikipedia
    4. Genealogy Forum - Belmont County, OH Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (Belmont County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society / Barnesville, OH)
    6. US/OHGenWeb site - Belmont County Archives
    7. US/OHGenWeb - Belmont County Genealogy & History
    8. Vital Records - Belmont County Health Department, 68501 Bannock Road, St. Clairsville, OH 43950-1224.
               Note:  Between 1867 and 20 December 1908, birth and death records were kept by the probate court of each county. There is NO statewide index to Ohio birth & death records prior to 20 December 1908. Certified copies of marriage records are available from the Probate Court in the county where the marriage license was issued. Certified copies of divorce records are available from the Clerk of Common Pleas in the county where the divorce was granted.
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent counties (GHLL listings):
             Harrison County (north), Jefferson County (northeast), Ohio County, West Virginia
             (east), Marshall County, West Virginia (southeast), Monroe County (south), Noble
                County
    (southwest), Guernsey County (west).

        Important dates:
            September 7, 1801 - Erected and organized.
            March 1, 1810 -- Diminished by formation of Guernsey.
            March 1, 1813 -- Part of Monroe attached temporarily until organized.
            March 1, 1815 -- Diminished by organization of Monroe.

        Belmont County - Death records (1867-1884)
        Belmont County - Tax Lists (1801-1814)

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    Census Information:
        1820 Census (T) - Townships of:  Mead and Richland: pg1, pg2


  • Brown County, Ohio —
    Information Updated for:  Sep 12, 2010
  • Formed from:  portions of Adams and Clermont Counties.
    Established:  01-Mar-1818
    County Seat:  Georgetown, Ohio

    County history - Brown County is named in honor of Major General Jacob Brown, an officer in the War of 1812, who was wounded at the Battle of Lundy's Lane.

    Brown Courthouse
    GHLL Brown County Package:
    1. American History & Genealogy Project; Brown County AHGP and / or ALHN (Not found online at this update.)
    2. Cemetery Listings - may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    3. Cities/Towns/Townships - compiled by Wikipedia
    4. Genealogy Forum - Brown County, OH Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
          Brown County Historical Society
          P.O. Box 238
          Georgetown, OH 45121

    5. US/OHGenWeb site - Brown County Archives
    6. US/OHGenWeb - Brown County Genealogy & History
    7. Vital Records - Brown County Probate Court, P. O. Box 379, 510 East State Street, Georgetown, OH 45121.
               Note:  Between 1867 and 20 December 1908, birth and death records were kept by the probate court of each county. There is NO statewide index to Ohio birth & death records prior to 20 December 1908. Certified copies of marriage records are available from the Probate Court in the county where the marriage license was issued. Certified copies of divorce records are available from the Clerk of Common Pleas in the county where the divorce was granted.
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent counties (GHLL listings):
             Clinton County (north), Highland County (northeast), Adams County (east), Mason
                County, Kentucky
    (south), Bracken County, Kentucky (southwest), Clermont
                County
    (west).

    Important dates:
            March 1, 1818 -- Erected and organized.
            October, 1874 -- Highland-Brown line changed by re-survey. Part attached to
                Highland County.

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  • Butler County, Ohio —
    Information Updated for:  Oct 12, 2010
  • Formed from:  portions of Hamilton County; in 1808, gained more from Hamilton County.
    Established:  01-May-1803
    County Seat:  Hamilton, Ohio

    County history - Butler County is named in honor of General Richard Butler, who died in 1791 fighting Indians in northern Ohio.

    Butler Courthouse
    GHLL Butler County Package:
    1. American History & Genealogy Project - Butler County AHGP and / or ALHN
    2. Cemetery Listings - may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    3. Cities/Towns/Townships - compiled by Wikipedia
    4. Genealogy Forum - Butler County, OH Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (Butler County Chapter of the OGS / Middletown, OH)
    6. Society/Museum/Assn - (Butler County Historical Society / Hamilton, OH)
    7. US/OHGenWeb site - Butler County Archives
    8. US/OHGenWeb - Butler County Genealogy & History
    9. Vital Records - Butler County Health Department, 301 South Third Street, Hamilton, OH 45011.
               Note:  Between 1867 and 20 December 1908, birth and death records were kept by the probate court of each county. There is NO statewide index to Ohio birth & death records prior to 20 December 1908. Certified copies of marriage records are available from the Probate Court in the county where the marriage license was issued. Certified copies of divorce records are available from the Clerk of Common Pleas in the county where the divorce was granted.
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent counties (GHLL listings):
             Preble County (north), Montgomery County (northeast), Warren County (east),
             Hamilton County (south), Dearborn County, Indiana (southwest), Franklin County,
                Indiana
    (west), Union County, Indiana (northwest).

        Important dates:
            May 1, 1803 -- Erected and organized.
            January 20, 1808 -- Part of Hamilton attached.
            March 1, 1808 -- Diminished by formation of Preble.
            March 1, 1815 -- Part attached to Warren.

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        Butler County - A GenForum Message site
        Butler County - Local History Network

    Census Information:
        1820 Census (T) - Ross Township:  Pg 1 of 1.

  • Carroll County, Ohio —
    Information Updated for:  Jan 7, 2013
  • Formed from:  portions of Columbiana, Stark, Harrison, Jefferson, and Tuscarawas Counties, 25-Dec-1832.
    Established:  01-Jan-1833
    County Seat:  Carrollton, Ohio

    County history - Carroll County is named in honor of Charles Carroll of Carrollton, the last surviving signer of the Declaration of Independence.

    Carroll Courthouse
    GHLL Carroll County Package:
    1. American History & Genealogy Project - Carroll County AHGP and / or ALHN
    2. Cemetery Listings - may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    3. Cities/Towns/Townships - compiled by Wikipedia
    4. Genealogy Forum - Carroll County, OH Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (Carroll County Chapter of the OGS / Carrollton, OH)
    6. Society/Museum/Assn - (Carroll County Historical Society / Carrollton, OH)
    7. US/OHGenWeb site - Carroll County Archives
    8. US/OHGenWeb - Carroll County Genealogy & History
    9. Vital Records - Carroll County Health Department, 301 Moody Avenue SW, P.O. Box 98, Carrollton, OH 44615.
               Note:  Between 1867 and 20 December 1908, birth and death records were kept by the probate court of each county. There is NO statewide index to Ohio birth & death records prior to 20 December 1908. Certified copies of marriage records are available from the Probate Court in the county where the marriage license was issued. Certified copies of divorce records are available from the Clerk of Common Pleas in the county where the divorce was granted.
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent counties (GHLL listings):
             Columbiana County (northeast), Jefferson County (southeast), Harrison County
             (south), Tuscarawas County (southwest), Stark County (northwest).

        Important dates:
            January 1, 1833 -- Erected and organized.
            February 3, 1834 -- North boundary altered.

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        1895 Atlas - Carroll County

    Census Information:
        1850 Census (I) - Brown Township: Pg-1 of 3, Pg-2 of 3, Pg-3 of 3.
        1850 Census (T) - Brown Township: Pg-1 of 7, Pg-2 of 7, Pg-3 of 7, Pg-4 of 7, Pg-5 of 7, Pg-6 of 7, Pg-7 of 7.


  • Champaign County, Ohio —
    Information Updated for:  Jan 3, 2011
  • Formed from:  portions of Greene and Franklin Counties.
    Established:  01-Mar-1805
    County Seat:  Urbana, Ohio

    County history - Champaign County derives its name from the character of its surface, a French word meaning level or flat, as the land in the county is very flat. There is also a second meaing, the French term for "field".

    Champaign Courthouse
    GHLL Champaign County Package:
    1. American History & Genealogy Project; Campaign County AHGP and / or ALHN (Not found online at this update.)
    2. Cemetery Listings - may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    3. Cities/Towns/Townships - compiled by Wikipedia
    4. Genealogy Forum - Champaign County, OH Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (Champaign County Genealogical Society / Urbana, OH)
    6. Society/Museum/Assn - (Champaign County Historical Society & Museum / Urbana, OH)
    7. US/OHGenWeb site - Champaign County Archives
    8. US/OHGenWeb - Champaign County Genealogy & History
    9. Vital Records - Champaign County Clerk, 200 North Main Street, Urbana, OH 43078.
               Note:  Between 1867 and 20 December 1908, birth and death records were kept by the probate court of each county. There is NO statewide index to Ohio birth & death records prior to 20 December 1908. Certified copies of marriage records are available from the Probate Court in the county where the marriage license was issued. Certified copies of divorce records are available from the Clerk of Common Pleas in the county where the divorce was granted.
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent counties (GHLL listings):
             Logan County (north), Union County (northeast), Madison County (southeast),
             Clark County (south), Miami County (southwest), Shelby County (northwest).

        Important dates:
            March 1, 1805 -- Erected and organized.
            March 1, 1818 -- Diminished by formation of Logan and Clark, a part to Madison.
            April 1, 1820 -- Cessation of any jurisdiction north of Indian Boundary Line by
                formation of counties therein.

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    Census Information:
        1850 Ohio Census (T) - Federal Census, Champaign County (Text: 21 pages / includes Goshen, Mechanicsburg,
             Rush, Salem, Concord, Harrison, Johnson, Urbana, Adams, Madriver Townships).


  • Clark County, Ohio —
    Information Updated for:  Oct 16, 2010
  • Formed from:  portions of Champaign, Madison, and Greene Counties; 1827 exchanged lands with Madison County.
    Established:  01-Mar-1818
    County Seat:  Springfield, Ohio

    County history - Clark County is named in honor of General George Rogers Clark (1752-1818), who defeated the Shawnee Indians in a battle near the Springfield area in Ohio, in the early Nineteenth century.

    Clark Courthouse
    GHLL Clark County Package:
    1. American History & Genealogy Project; Clark County AHGP and / or ALHN (Not found online at this update.)
    2. Cemetery Listings - may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    3. Cities/Towns/Townships - compiled by Wikipedia
    4. Genealogy Forum - Clark County, OH Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (Clark County Genealogical Society / Springfield, OH)
    6. Society/Museum/Assn - (Clark County Historical Society / Springfield, OH)
    7. US/OHGenWeb site - Clark County Archives
    8. US/OHGenWeb - Clark County Genealogy & History
    9. Vital Records - Clark County Combined Health Dist., Vital Records Office, 529 E. Home Road, Springfield, OH 45503.
               Note:  Between 1867 and 20 December 1908, birth and death records were kept by the probate court of each county. There is NO statewide index to Ohio birth & death records prior to 20 December 1908. Certified copies of marriage records are available from the Probate Court in the county where the marriage license was issued. Certified copies of divorce records are available from the Clerk of Common Pleas in the county where the divorce was granted.
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent counties (GHLL listings):
             Champaign County (north), Madison County (east), Greene County (south),
             Montgomery County (southwest), Miami County (west).

        Important dates:
            March 1, 1818 -- Erected and organized.
            February 25, 1819 -- Boundary with Greene altered.
            January 22, 1827 -- Boundary with Madison altered.

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  • Clermont County, Ohio —
    Information Updated for:  Oct 17, 2010
  • Formed from:  portions of Hamilton County.
    Established:  09-Dec-1800
    County Seat:  Batavia, Ohio

    County history - Clermont County is named either for a place in France or for the French for "clear mountain", though there are no mountains there.
             Clermont County lies within the Virginia Military District, where
             Revolutionary War Soldiers received land in exchange for their military service.
             Records are complete from the inception of the county in 1800, three years before
             Ohio became a state in 1803.

    Clermont Courthouse
    GHLL Clermont County Package:
    1. American History & Genealogy Project; Clermont County AHGP and / or ALHN (Not found online at this update.)
    2. Cemetery Listings - may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    3. Cities/Towns/Townships - compiled by Wikipedia
    4. Genealogy Forum - Clermont County, OH Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (Clermont County Genealogical Society / Batavia, OH)
    6. Society/Museum/Assn - (Clermont County Historical Society / Batavia, OH)
    7. US/OHGenWeb site - Clermont County Archives
    8. US/OHGenWeb - Clermont County Genealogy & History
    9. Vital Records - Clermont County General Health District, Vital Statistics, 2275 Bauer Road, Batavia, OH 45103.
               Note:  Between 1867 and 20 December 1908, birth and death records were kept by the probate court of each county. There is NO statewide index to Ohio birth & death records prior to 20 December 1908. Certified copies of marriage records are available from the Probate Court in the county where the marriage license was issued. Certified copies of divorce records are available from the Clerk of Common Pleas in the county where the divorce was granted.
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent counties (GHLL listings):
             Warren County (north), Clinton County (north), Brown County (east), Bracken
             County, Kentucky (south), Pendleton County, Kentucky (southwest),
             Campbell County, Kentucky (southwest), Hamilton County (west).

        Important dates:
            December 6, 1800 -- Erected.
            December 9, 1800 -- Organized.
            March 1, 1805 -- Diminished by formation of Highland.
            March 1, 1818 -- Diminished by formation of Brown.

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  • Clinton County, Ohio —
    Information Updated for:  Feb 3, 2013
  • Formed from:  portions of .Highland and Warren Counties.
    Established:  01-Mar-1810
    County Seat:  Wilmington, Ohio

    County history - Clinton County is named in honor of former U.S. Vice-President George Clinton, under President ????

    Clinton Courthouse
    GHLL Clinton County Package:
    1. American History & Genealogy Project; Clinton County AHGP and / or ALHN (Not found online at this update.)
    2. Cemetery Listings - may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    3. Cities/Towns/Townships - compiled by Wikipedia
    4. Genealogy Forum - Clinton County, OH Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (Clinton County Genealogical Society / Wilmington, OH)
    6. Society/Museum/Assn - (Clinton County Historical Society / Wilmington, OH)
    7. US/OHGenWeb site - Clinton County Archives
    8. US/OHGenWeb - Clinton County Genealogy & History
    9. Vital Records - Clinton County Health Department, 111 South Nelson Avenue, Suite 1, Wilmington, OH 45177.
               Note:  Between 1867 and 20 December 1908, birth and death records were kept by the probate court of each county. There is NO statewide index to Ohio birth & death records prior to 20 December 1908. Certified copies of marriage records are available from the Probate Court in the county where the marriage license was issued. Certified copies of divorce records are available from the Clerk of Common Pleas in the county where the divorce was granted.
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent counties (GHLL listings):
             Greene County (north), Fayette County (northeast), Highland County (southeast),
             Brown County (south), Clermont County (southwest), Warren County (west).

        Important dates:
            March 1, 1810 -- Erected and organized.
            February 4, 1813 -- Part of Highland attached.
            March 1, 1815 -- Parts of Highland and Warren attached.

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  • Columbiana County, Ohio —
    Information Updated for:  Oct 17, 2010
  • Formed from:  portions of Jefferson County.
    Established:  01-May-1803
    County Seat:  Lisbon, Ohio

    County history - Columbiana County is named in honor of Christopher Columbus.

    Columbiana Courthouse
    GHLL Columbiana County Package:
    1. American History & Genealogy Project; Columbiana County AHGP and / or ALHN (Not found online at this update.)
    2. Cemetery Listings - may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    3. Cities/Towns/Townships - compiled by Wikipedia
    4. Genealogy Forum - Columbiana County, OH Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (Columbiana County Chapter of the OGS / Salem, OH)
    6. Society/Museum/Assn - (Salem Historical Society & Museum / Salem, OH)
    7. US/OHGenWeb site - Columbiana County Archives
    8. US/OHGenWeb - Columbiana County Genealogy & History
    9. Vital Records - Columbiana County Health Department, 7360 State Route 45, P.O. Box 309, Lisbon, OH 44432.
               Note:  Between 1867 and 20 December 1908, birth and death records were kept by the probate court of each county. There is NO statewide index to Ohio birth & death records prior to 20 December 1908. Certified copies of marriage records are available from the Probate Court in the county where the marriage license was issued. Certified copies of divorce records are available from the Clerk of Common Pleas in the county where the divorce was granted.
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent counties (GHLL listings):
             Mahoning County (north), Lawrence County, Pennsylvania (northeast),
             Beaver County, Pennsylvania (east), Hancock County, West Virginia (southeast),
             Jefferson County (south), Carroll County (southwest), Stark County (west).

        Important dates:
            May 1, 1803 -- Erected and organized.

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            February 13, 1808 -- Wayne and Stark attached temporarily until organization of Stark.
            January 1, 1809 -- Diminished by organization of Stark, to which was attached Wayne.
            January 1, 1833 -- Diminished by formation of Carroll. Part attached to Jefferson.
            March 1, 1846 -- Diminished by formation of Mahoning.

    Census Information:
        1860 Census (I) and (T) - Federal Census, Columbiana County (Index: 1 folder, 6 pages / Text: 6 pages).


  • Coshocton County, Ohio —
    Information Updated for:  Sep 14, 2009
  • Formed from:  portions of Muskingum and Tuscarawas Counties, 31-Jan-1810.
    Established:  01-Apr-1811
    County Seat:  Coshocton, Ohio

    County history - Coshocton County:  the county name comes from the Delaware Indian language and has been translated as "union of waters" or "black bear crossing".

    Coshocton Courthouse
    GHLL Coshocton County Package:
    1. American History & Genealogy Project; Coshocton County AHGP and / or ALHN (Not found online at this update.)
    2. Cemetery Listings - may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    3. Cities/Towns/Townships - compiled by Wikipedia
    4. Genealogy Forum - Coshocton County, OH Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (Coshocton County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society / Coshocton, OH)
    6. US/OHGenWeb site - Coshocton County Archives
    7. US/OHGenWeb - Coshocton County Genealogy & History
    8. Vital Records - Coshocton County Clerk, 349 ½ Main Street, Coshocton, OH 43812-1510.
               Note:  Between 1867 and 20 December 1908, birth and death records were kept by the probate court of each county. There is NO statewide index to Ohio birth & death records prior to 20 December 1908. Certified copies of marriage records are available from the Probate Court in the county where the marriage license was issued. Certified copies of divorce records are available from the Clerk of Common Pleas in the county where the divorce was granted.
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent counties (GHLL listings):
             Holmes County (north), Tuscawaras County (east), Guernsey County (southeast),
             Muskingum County (south), Licking County (southwest), Knox County (west).

        Important dates:
            January 31, 1810 -- Erected and attached to Muskingum and Tuscarawas.
            April 1, 1811 -- Organized.
            January 20, 1824 -- Part of Holmes attached temporarily until organization.
            January 4, 1825 -- Diminished by organization of Holmes.

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    Census Information:
        1820 Census (T) - 1820 Federal Census Coshocton County, Ohio (Hardy, Newcastle, Mill Creek, Washington
            Townships)
        1920 Census (I) - Federal Census, Coshocton County, Ohio (Tuscarawas Township)


  • Crawford County, Ohio —
    Information Updated for:  Oct 18, 2010
  • Formed from:  portions of Delaware County, 01-Apr-1820.
    Established:  01-Apr-1826
    County Seat:  Bucyrus, Ohio

    County history - Crawford County is named in honor of Colonel William Crawford (1732-1782), an officer-soldier during the American Revolution.

    Crawford Courthouse
    GHLL Crawford County Package:
    1. American History & Genealogy Project; Crawford County AHGP and / or ALHN (Not found online at this update.)
    2. Cemetery Listings - may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    3. Cities/Towns/Townships - compiled by Wikipedia
    4. Genealogy Forum - Crawford County, OH Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (Bucyrus Historical Society / Bucyrus, OH)
    6. Society/Museum/Assn - (Crawford County Chapter of the OGS / Galion, OH)
    7. US/OHGenWeb site - Crawford County Archives
    8. US/OHGenWeb - Crawford County Genealogy & History
    9. Vital Records - Crawford County Courthouse, 112 East Mansfield Street, Bucyrus, OH 44820.
               Note:  Between 1867 and 20 December 1908, birth and death records were kept by the probate court of each county. There is NO statewide index to Ohio birth & death records prior to 20 December 1908. Certified copies of marriage records are available from the Probate Court in the county where the marriage license was issued. Certified copies of divorce records are available from the Clerk of Common Pleas in the county where the divorce was granted.
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent counties (GHLL listings):
             Seneca County (north), Huron County (northeast), Richland County (east),
             Morrow County (southeast), Marion County (southwest), Wyandot County (west).

        Important dates:
            April 1, 1820 -- Erected and attached to Delaware.
            February 17, 1824 -- Part attached to Seneca until organization.
            April 1, 1824 -- Part attached to Marion until organization.
            April 1, 1826 -- Organized.
            February 3, 1845 -- Diminished by formation of Wyandot. Part of Richland and
             Marion attached.
            March 1, 1848 -- Diminished by formation of Morrow.

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  • Cuyahoga County, Ohio —
    Information Updated for:  Mar 18, 2011
  • Formed from:  portions of Geauga County, 07-Jun-1807.
    Established:  01-May-1810
    County Seat:  Cleveland, Ohio

    County history - Cuyahoga County is named after the Native American word (possibly Algonquian) Cuyahoga, which means "crooked river". The name is also assigned to the Cuyahoga River, which bisects the county.

    Cuyahoga Courthouse
    GHLL Cuyahoga County Package:
    1. American History & Genealogy Project - Cuyahoga County AHGP and / or ALHN
    2. Cemetery Listings - may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    3. Cities/Towns/Townships - compiled by Wikipedia
    4. Genealogy Forum - Cuyahoga County, OH Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (Cuyahoga County Societies / multiple townships, OH)
    6. Society/Museum/Assn - (Cuyahoga Valley Genealogical Society Chapter of the OGS / Cleveland, OH)
    7. Society/Museum/Assn - (Southwest Cuyahoga County Chapter of the OGS / Strongsville, OH)
    8. Society/Museum/Assn - (Western Reserve Historical Society / Cleveland, OH)
    9. US/OHGenWeb site - Cuyahoga County Archives
    10. US/OHGenWeb - Cuyahoga County Genealogy & History
    11. Vital Records - Cleveland Department of Health, Bureau of Vital Statistics, City Hall, 601 Lakeside Ave, Room 122, Cleveland, OH 44114.
               Note:  Between 1867 and 20 December 1908, birth and death records were kept by the probate court of each county. There is NO statewide index to Ohio birth & death records prior to 20 December 1908. Certified copies of marriage records are available from the Probate Court in the county where the marriage license was issued. Certified copies of divorce records are available from the Clerk of Common Pleas in the county where the divorce was granted.
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent counties (GHLL listings):
             Across Lake Erie lies Chatham-Kent and Elgin County, Ontario, Canada (north),
             Lake County (northeast), Geauga County (east), Summit County (southeast),
             Medina County (southwest), Lorain County (west), Portage County
             (southeast corner).

        Important dates:
            June 7, 1808 -- Erected and attached to Geauga.
            May 1, 1810 -- Organized. Huron and parts of Geauga attached temporarily until
                organization of Huron.

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            January 22, 1811 -- Boundary established between Huron and Cuyahoga.
            February 18, 1812 -- Boundary between Huron and Cuyahoga altered.
            April 1, 1815 -- Diminished by organization of Huron.
            December 26, 1822 -- Part of Lorain attached temporarily until organization of Lorain.
            April 1, 1824 -- Diminished by organization of Lorain.
            January 29, 1827 -- Islands in Lake Erie attached. Part of Lorain attached.
            March 6, 1840 -- Part of Lake attached temporarily until organization of Lake.
            March 20, 1840 -- Diminished by organization of Lake.
            January 29, 1841 -- Part attached to Geauga and part of Geauga attached.
            January 11, 1843 -- Part of Geauga attached.

        Cleveland District Round Table - a discussion group of the leadership of the genealogical
             societies in the five-county district which includes Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, Lorain,
             and Medina.
        Cleveland Memory Site - 10,000 Images.
        Cleveland Necrology File - a searchable database
        Cuyahoga County - Historical Marriage License Index (searchable for 1810 to 1998
        Cuyahoga County - Cuyahoga County Ohio's Genealogy and History site.

    Census Information:
        1900 Census (I) and (T) - Federal Census, Cuyahoga County (Index: 1 folder / Text: 111 folders) Listings for various
             townships, etc..
        1900 Census (T) - Federal Census, Cuyahoga County, ED-38 (Text: 8 pages).


  • Darke County, Ohio —
    Information Updated for:  Oct 18, 2010
  • Formed from:  portions of Miami County, 03-Jan-1809.
    Established:  01-Mar-1817
    County Seat:  Greenville, Ohio

    County history - Darke County is named in honor of William Darke (1755-1801) who fought as a Captain in the Revolutionary War.

    Darke Courthouse
    GHLL Darke County Package:
    1. American History & Genealogy Project - Darke County AHGP
    2. Cemetery Listings - may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    3. Cities/Towns/Townships - compiled by Wikipedia
    4. Genealogy Forum - Darke County, OH Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (Darke County Genealogical Society / Greenville, OH)
    6. Society/Museum/Assn - (Darke County Historical Society & Museum / Greenville, OH)
    7. US/OHGenWeb site - Darke County Archives
    8. US/OHGenWeb - Darke County Genealogy & History
    9. Vital Records - Darke County Probate Court 300 Garst Avenue, Greenville, OH 45331.
               Note:  Between 1867 and 20 December 1908, birth and death records were kept by the probate court of each county. There is NO statewide index to Ohio birth & death records prior to 20 December 1908. Certified copies of marriage records are available from the Probate Court in the county where the marriage license was issued. Certified copies of divorce records are available from the Clerk of Common Pleas in the county where the divorce was granted.
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent counties (GHLL listings):
             Mercer County (north), Auglaize County (northeastern point), Shelby County
             (northeast), Miami County (east), Montgomery County (southeast), Preble County
             (south), Wayne County, Indiana (southwest), Randolph County, Indiana (west),
             Jay County, Indiana (northwest).

        Important dates:
            January 3, 1809 -- Erected and attached to Miami.
            January 7, 1812 -- Part of Montgomery attached.
            March 1, 1817 -- Organized.
            April 1, 1820 -- Mercer and Van Wert attached until organization of Mercer.
            January 2, 1824 -- Diminished by organization of Mercer, detaching Van Wert.
            February 14, 1848 -- Part attached to Mercer.

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  • Defiance County, Ohio —
    Information Updated for:  Feb 27, 2012
  • Formed from:  portions of Williams, Henry, and Paulding Counties.
    Established:  07-Apr-1845
    County Seat:  Defiance, Ohio

    County history - Defiance County is named in honor of named after an early Army fortification, Fort Defiance, which was so named by Mad Anthony Wayne to signify the settler's "defiance" of the Indians.

    Defiance Courthouse
    GHLL Defiance County Package:
    1. American History & Genealogy Project (None found online at the time of this update.)
    2. Cemetery Listings - may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    3. Cities/Towns/Townships - compiled by Wikipedia
    4. Genealogy Forum - Defiance County, OH Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (Defiance County Chapter of the OGS / Defiance, OH)
    6. Society/Museum/Assn - (Hicksville Historical Society / Hicksville, OH)
    7. US/OHGenWeb site - Defiance County Archives
    8. US/OHGenWeb - Defiance County Genealogy & History
    9. Vital Records - Defiance County Health Department, 1300 East 2nd Street, Defiance, OH 43512.
               Note:  Between 1867 and 20 December 1908, birth and death records were kept by the probate court of each county. There is NO statewide index to Ohio birth & death records prior to 20 December 1908. Certified copies of marriage records are available from the Probate Court in the county where the marriage license was issued. Certified copies of divorce records are available from the Clerk of Common Pleas in the county where the divorce was granted.
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent counties (GHLL listings):
             Williams County (north), Henry County (east), Putnam County (southeast),
             Paulding County (south), Allen County, Indiana (southwest), DeKalb County,
             Indiana (west).

        Important dates:
            April 7, 1845 -- Erected and organized.

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        Williams County OHGenWeb site if you are looking for ancestors from Defiance County. Defiance County was
             originally part of Williams County and they are very much intertwined.


  • Delaware County, Ohio —
    Information Updated for:  Oct 12, 2010
  • Formed from:  portions of Franklin County, 10-Feb-1808.
    Established:  01-Apr-1808
    County Seat:  Delaware, Ohio

    County history - Delaware County is named in honor of the Delaware (Lenape) tribe of Native Americans, who populated the area at the time. The county was the birthplace of President Rutherford B. Hayes.

    Delaware Courthouse
    GHLL Delaware County Package:
    1. American History & Genealogy Project (None found online at the time of this update.)
    2. Cemetery Listings - may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    3. Cities/Towns/Townships - compiled by Wikipedia
    4. Genealogy Forum - Delaware County, OH Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (Delaware County Genealogical Society / Delaware, OH)
    6. Society/Museum/Assn - (Delaware County Historical Society & Museum / Delaware, OH)
    7. US/OHGenWeb site - Delaware County Archives
    8. US/OHGenWeb - Delaware County Genealogy & History
    9. Vital Records - Delaware County Clerk, address, address, address.
               Note:  Between 1867 and 20 December 1908, birth and death records were kept by the probate court of each county. There is NO statewide index to Ohio birth & death records prior to 20 December 1908. Certified copies of marriage records are available from the Probate Court in the county where the marriage license was issued. Certified copies of divorce records are available from the Clerk of Common Pleas in the county where the divorce was granted.
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent counties (GHLL listings):
             Morrow County (north), Knox County (northeast), Licking County (east),
             Franklin County (south), Union County (west), Marion County (northwest).

        Important dates:
            April 1, 1808 -- Erected and organized.
            February 17, 1809 -- Part of Franklin attached.
            April 1, 1820 -- Diminished by formation of Union and counties in Indian Lands.
            February 24, 1848 -- Diminished by formation of Morrow. Part attached to Marion.

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  • Erie County, Ohio —
    Information Updated for:  Oct 11, 2010
  • Formed from:  portions of Huron and Sandusky Counties, 15-Mar-1838.
    Established:  16-Mar-1838
    County Seat:  Sandusky, Ohio

    County history - Erie County is named in honor of the Erie (tribe of Native Americans), whose name was their word for "wildcat".

    Erie Courthouse
    GHLL Erie County Package:
    1. American History & Genealogy Project (None found online at the time of this update.)
    2. Cemetery Listings - may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    3. Cities/Towns/Townships - compiled by Wikipedia
    4. Genealogy Forum - Erie County, OH Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (Erie County Chapter of the OGS / Sandusky, OH)
    6. US/OHGenWeb site - Erie County Archives
    7. US/OHGenWeb - Erie County Genealogy & History
    8. Vital Records - Erie County Health Department, Vital Statistics Division, 420 Superior Street, Sandusky, OH 44870.
               Note:  Between 1867 and 20 December 1908, birth and death records were kept by the probate court of each county. There is NO statewide index to Ohio birth & death records prior to 20 December 1908. Certified copies of marriage records are available from the Probate Court in the county where the marriage license was issued. Certified copies of divorce records are available from the Clerk of Common Pleas in the county where the divorce was granted.
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent counties (GHLL listings):
             Across Lake Erie lies Essex County and Chatham-Kent, Ontario, Canada (north),
             Lorain County (east), Huron County (south), Sandusky County (west), Ottawa
                County
    (northwest).

        Important dates:
            March 15, 1838 -- Erected.
            March 16, 1838 -- Organized.
            March 6, 1840 -- Diminished by formation of Ottawa. Part of Huron attached.
            March 8, 1845 -- Kelly's Island attached.

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        Archives of the Sandusky Library - A BLOG:  discusses Herman Ruess and August Ruemmele, and the historical
             German newspapers of Sandusky.



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