Ottawa County, Ohio Genealogy

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Revision as of 18:27, 1 May 2013

Guide to Ottawa County Ohio genealogy. Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

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Online Records

Ottawa County, Ohio
Boundary map of Ottawa County, Ohio
Map of the U.S. highlighting Ohio
Location of Ohio in the U.S.
Ottawa County, Ohio Courthouse.jpg
Address Ottawa County Courthouse
315 Madison St.
Port Clinton, Ohio 43452-1993
Ottawa County Website
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Historical Facts

Beginning dates for major county records

*For earlier dates, try... Church | Obituaries | Cemeteries
  • Parent Counties: Formed from Erie, Lucas, and Sandusky Counties 6 March 1840.[1]
  • County Seat: Port Clinton
  • Neighboring Counties: Ottawa County, Ohio Genealogy residents may also have records in [2]Lucas (north) · Sandusky (south) · Wood (west) · Erie (southeast)

Boundary Changes

See an interactive map of Ottawa County boundary changes.

Record Loss


Bible Records


Business Records and Commerce


Harris-Elmore Union Cemetery (aka) Guss, Union, Elmore

Harrington Cemetery (aka) Old Elmore, Elmore

Rymers Cemetery (aka) Rice, Elmore

Cemetery records often reveal birth, marriage, death, relationship, military, and religious information.

Online Grave Transcripts Published Grave Transcripts County Cemetery Directories

Family History Library


Names in Stone


Billion Graves

Billion Graves


Ohio Gravestones

Names in Stone

See Ohio Cemeteries for more information.


  Church Records

  • 1796–2004 Ohio, Diocese of Toledo, Catholic Parish Records, 1796-2004 at FamilySearch Historical Records – free. This collection includes images of parish registers recording the events of baptism, first communion, confirmation, marriage, and death in the Diocese of Toledo (Ohio), Roman Catholic Church. These records are accessed by browsing the images by county. In addition to traditional parish registers, this collection includes miscellaneous cemetery records, Books of the Elect, Professions of Faith, Sick Call registers, etc.

Court Records

Emigration and Immigration

Ethnic, Political, or Religious Groups




Land and Property



  • Civil War
    Civil War service men from Ottawa County served in various regiments. Men often joined a company (within a regiment) that originated in their county. Listed below are companies that were specifically formed in Ottawa County.
- 41st Regiment, Ohio Infantry, Companies F and I
- 100th Regiment, Ohio Infantry, Company G

Naturalization and Citizenship


Ottawa County, Ohio Genealogy newspapers may contain genealogical value including obituaries, births, marriages, deaths, anniversaries, family gatherings, family travel, achievements, business notices, engagement information, and probate court proceedings.

To access newspapers, contact public libraries, Ohio Genealogical Society chapters, college or university libraries, the Library of Congress, Google News, or the Ohio Historical Society. The Ohio Genealogical Society Obituary Database is another source of newspaper information.

For more Ohio newspaper information see the Newspaper Guides on the wiki page Ohio Newspapers.

The Ohio Obituary Index includes references to more than 1.5 million death, marriage and obituary notices.  What began as a project at the Hayes Presidential Center grew into a partnership with 40 public libraries throughout the state of Ohio.  Some of the listings date back as far as 1830.  In addition to newspaper obituaries, the index includes entries indexing church records, federal mortality indexes, family papers, etc.




Probate records created after 1852 are held by the Ottawa County, Ohio Genealogy Probate Court. From 1797 or the creation of the county, probate records were held by the Court of Common Pleas. Most counties transferred all records to the Probate Court, but in some circumstances, Court of Common Pleas records should be searched for records prior to 1852. Most records are housed at the Ottawa County, Ohio Genealogy Courthouse. Some records are on microfilm at the Ohio Genealogical Society and the Family History Library. For more complete information about the location of county probate records see:

See the wiki page Ohio Probate Records for information about how to use probate records.

Content: Probate Records may give the decedent's date of death, names of his or her spouse, children, parents, siblings, in-laws, neighbors, associates, relatives, and their place of residence.

Record types: Wills, estates, guardianships, naturalizations, marriage, adoption, and birth and death records (1867-1908 only).

Public Records



Ottawa County Courthouse
315 Madison Street Rm 103
Port Clinton OH 43452-1936
Phone: 419.734.6752

County Health Department has birth, death and burial records;
Probate Judge has marriage and probate records; Clerk Court
has divorce and court records from 1840 and naturalization 1905-1929;
County Recorder has land records[1]

Family History Centers
  • Harris-Elmore Public Library
    328 Toledo St.
    Elmore, Ohio
  • Ottawa County Genealogical Society (OGS Chapter)
    310 Madison St.
    Port Clinton
    They meet at the Ida Rupp Public Library
  • Ida Rupp Public Library
    310 Madison St.
    Port Clinton
  • Elmore Historical Society


Vital Records


Ohio Deaths, 1908-1953 Free name indexes and images at FamilySearch. Records include such information as birth date of deceased, city, county, and state of death, name of spouse if married, names of parents, maiden name of mother, name of informant, if deceased was single, married, windowed or divorced, occupation of deceased.

Web Sites

  • USGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.
  • Family History Library Catalog


Populated Places


  1. 1.0 1.1 Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), [FHL book 973 D27e 2002].
  2. Wikipedia contributors, "Ottawa County, Ohio" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at,_Ohio (accessed 10 May 2012).
  3. Carol Willsey Bell, Ohio Wills and Estates to 1850: An Index (Columbus, Ohio: the author, 1981). FamilySearch Books Online - Free online copy.