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The libraries listed above have excellent collections of microfilmed newspapers for Wood County, including the small town and rural newspapers. The primary newspaper for the area was the Wood County Sentinel (also known as The Daily Sentinel, The Daily Sentinel-Tribune and other variations). Many of the newspapers are being cataloged and filmed via Chronicling America at the Library of Congress: http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/<br>  
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The libraries listed above have excellent collections of microfilmed newspapers for Wood County, including the small town and rural newspapers. The primary newspaper for the area was the Wood County Sentinel (also known as The Daily Sentinel, The Daily Sentinel-Tribune and other variations). Many of the newspapers are being cataloged and filmed via Chronicling America at the Library of Congress: http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/<br>
  
 
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Revision as of 20:31, 13 June 2013

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

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Wood County, Ohio
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Boundary map of Wood County, Ohio
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Location of Ohio in the U.S.
Courthouse
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Address Wood County Courthouse
1 Courthouse Square
Bowling Green, Ohio 43402
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Contents

Historical Facts

Beginning dates for major county records
Birth
Marriage
Death
Tax
Land
Probate
1867
1820
1867

1820
1820
*For earlier dates, try... Church | Obituaries | Cemeteries
  • Parent Counties: Formed from Logan County in 1820.
  • County Seat: Bowling Green
     
  • Neighboring Counties: Wood County, Ohio residents may also have records in [1]Lucas (north) · Hancock (south) · Henry (west) · Seneca (southeast) · Ottawa (northeast)  · Putnam(southwest corner) and Sandusky (east)

Boundary Changes

See an interactive map of Wood County boundary changes.

Record Loss

Resources

Bible Records

Biography

Business Records and Commerce

Cemeteries

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

Online Grave Transcripts Published Grave Transcripts County Cemetery Directories

Findagrave.com

Family History Library

Findagrave.com

Interment.net

WorldCat

Names in Stone

USGenWeb

Billion Graves ]

Billion Graves

Epodunk

Ohio Gravestones

Names in Stone

See Ohio Cemeteries for more information.

Census

Church Records

Church records and the information they provide vary significantly depending on the denomination and the record keeper. They may contain information about members of the congregation, such as age, date of baptism, christening, or birth; marriage information and maiden names; and death date. For general information about Ohio denominations, view the Ohio Church Records wiki page.

Finding More Church Records

Additional church records can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Wood County, Ohio Church Records in online catalogs like:

Catholic
  • 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

Gazetteers

Genealogy

History

Local histories are available for Wood County, Ohio. County histories may include biographies, church, school and government history, and military information. For more information about local histories, see the wiki page section Ohio Local Histories.

Wood County is located in northwestern Ohio and is surrounded by Lucas, Ottawa, Sandusky, Seneca, Hancock, Putnam and Henry counties. Wood County was established 1 April 1820 from Logan County and is named for Colonel E. Wood who fought in the War of 1812 and helped build Fort Meigs, which is located on the northern border of the county.[2]

Fort Meigs was built by General William Henry Harrison on a high bluff of the southern bank of the Maumee River to the east of tbe town of Perrysburg and was named for the Governor of Ohio Return Jonathan Meigs.[3]

Originally, the land that became Wood County was swamp land known as the Black Swamp and was inhabited by a variety of native american tribes such as the Wyandot, Miami, Ottawa, Erie, Seneca and Pottawatomie.[4] The land was very lush with forests of large oak, sycamore and hickory trees; wildlife native to this part of Ohio are boar, black bears, timber wolves and bobcats.[5] Draining of the swamp and clearing the trees began in the 1850s as settlers moved in to create farm land and since then, Wood County has been mostly agricultural in nature, covered by farms growing mostly soybeans, corn and wheat.[6]

After the treaty of Brownsville in 1808, construction of the Western Reserve Road began. The road connected the Maumee River to the western edge of the Connecticut Reserve stretching from Fort Meigs to Fremont, along present day U.S. Route 20.[7] This route was difficult to travel due to high levels of water from rains and overflowing creeks, and the added danger of insects carrying diseases such as malaria.[8]

Bowling Green, founded in 1834, is the county seat and is centrally located. It is the home of Bowling Green State University, established as the “State Normal School” in 1910 for training teachers; the first classes being held in 1914 and the first bachelor’s degrees awarded in 1917.[9]

A vast majority of the settlers to Wood County were from Germany or other Germanic-derived countries; in the 1990 US Census 31% of the Bowling Green population and 40% of the Perrysburg population claimed to have German ancestry.[10]

Land and Property

Land and property records can place an ancestor in a particular location, provide economic information, and reveal family relationships. Land records include: deeds, abstracts and indexes, mortgages, leases, grants and land patents.

See Ohio Land and Property for additional information about early Ohio land grants. After land was transferred to private ownership, subsequent transactions were usually recorded at the county courthouse and where records are currently housed. Deeds, estates, plat maps and other property records are located at the Wood County Courthouse, 1 Courthouse Square, Bowling Green, Ohio 43402. These records may be copied or photographed and are available to the public. Records from 1821 through 1919 have been microfilmed and are available through the Family History Library.

Finding More Land Records

Additional land records can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Wood County, Ohio Land and Property Records in online catalogs like:


Maps

Many maps are available at the various libraries and repositories listed above. The below are in addition to those that you can locate, view and download online.

Wood County Engineer
This website has current township maps online as well as links to the current township leaders.
http://engineer.co.wood.oh.us/TownshipMaps.aspx

Wood County Auditor
http://auditor.co.wood.oh.us/
This site will allow you to search for existing land owners and locate maps of their property boundaries.

Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection
http://www.lib.utexas.edu/maps/ohio.html
City and state historical topographical maps; also outline county maps and National Parks maps.

United States Geological Survey
http://www.usgs.gov/pubprod/
Ohio Catalog of topographic and other Published Maps. This print publication is now available online at the link above. You can download historical topographical maps as well.

Military

War of 1812
Civil War

Civil War service men from Wood 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 Wood County.


- 100th Regiment, Ohio Infantry, Company A
- 111th Regiment, Ohio Infantry, Companies B, D, I, and K

Naturalization and Citizenship

Newspapers

Wood County, Ohio 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. Online Newspapers
Online Newspaper Abstracts
Newspaper Extracts and Abstracts in Book Form


The libraries listed above have excellent collections of microfilmed newspapers for Wood County, including the small town and rural newspapers. The primary newspaper for the area was the Wood County Sentinel (also known as The Daily Sentinel, The Daily Sentinel-Tribune and other variations). Many of the newspapers are being cataloged and filmed via Chronicling America at the Library of Congress: http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/

Obituaries

Periodicals and Published Sources

Beers, J.H. Commemorative, Historical and Biographical Record of Wood County, Ohio. Chicago, Illinois. J. H. Beers and Co, 1897.

Burke, Thomas A., Ohio Lands. 6th Edition, Ohio Auditor of State, 1995.

Downes, Randolph C., Evolution of Ohio County Boundaries. Ohio Historical Society, 1970.

Schweitzer, Ph.D., Sc.D., George K. Ohio Genealogical Research. Published by the author, 1997.

Swanson, Hal, The Ohio Township Helper: An Aid to Locating Counties and Townships in the State of Ohio. Colorado Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society, no date.

Wood County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society, compiler, An Index to Wills and Estates 1820-1921, Wood County, Ohio. ECP Printing, Eau Claire, WI, 2009.

Wood County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society, compiler, Fort Meigs Union Cemetery, Wood County, Ohio. Closson Press, Apollo, PA, 1998.

Wood County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society, compiler, Index to Naturalization Records, Wood County, Ohio. Closson Press, Apollo, PA, 2000.

Wood County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society, compiler, Oak Grove Cemetery in Bowling Green (Center Township) Wood County, Ohio. Closson Press, Apollo, PA, 1985.

Wood County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society, compiler, Union Hill Cemetery, Plain Township, Wood County, Ohio. Closson Press, Apollo, PA, 1993.

Wood County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society, compiler, Weston Township Cemeteries, Wood County, Ohio. Closson Press, Apollo, PA, 1985.

Wood County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society, compiler, Wood County, Ohio Atlas: Landowner Maps 1871 & 1858, Tract Book 1830-1850, Road & River Tracts, Canal Land Purchases. Closson Press, Apollo, PA, 1999.

Wood County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society, compiler,Wood County, Ohio Early Landowners, Recorded Patent Deeds 1822-1854. WCOGS, Bowling Green, OH, 2000.

Probate

Probate records created after 1852 are held by the Wood County, Ohio 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 Wood County, Ohio 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).

  • 1790–1967 - Ohio, Probate Records, 1790-1967 at FamilySearch Historical Records – free. This collection consists of probate records and estate files from county courthouses in Ohio. The content and time period varies by county, with more records being added as they become available. This Collection will include records from 1789 to 1996. Currently, (September 2012) the collection is only searchable by browsing the images. A list of Fires that have destroyed records in the courthouses of several counties are listed on the Record Description page.
Finding More Probate Records

Additional probate records can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Wood County, Ohio Probate Records in online catalogs like:

Public Records

Repositories

Courthouse and Vital Records

Wood County Courthouse
1 Courthouse Square
Bowling Green, OH 43402-2473
Phone: 419.354.9230
Hours: Monday - Friday 8:30am - 4:30pm (except holidays)
http://www.probate-court.co.wood.oh.us/

Clerk Court has divorce records from 1851
and court records; Pro Judge has birth records to 1908,
marriage, death and probate records; County Health Department
has birth records from 1908; County Recorder has land records[12] 
There is an online index available at the above website.

Wood County Health Department
1840 E. Gypsy Lane Rd.
Bowling Green, Ohio 43402
General Phone: 419.352.8402 or toll free: 866.861.9338
Vital Statistics Office: 419.354.1050
http://www.co.wood.oh.us/healthdepartment/
Available records: birth and death records 1908-present.

Family History Centers

Libraries

Wood County District Public Library
251 N. Main Street
Bowling Green, Ohio 43402
419.352.5104
http://www.wcdpl.org/local
Available records: Bowling Green phone books and city directories, family histories, Wood County First Families list, military rosters, newspapers on microfilm (Sentinel-Tribune under it’s various titles and other surrounding area newspapers. There are some gaps but collection is through the present.) They maintain a variety of publications, books and journals about Wood County but also have references for other counties as well. Also, Ancestry Library Edition is available for use in the library.

Way Public Library
101 E. Indiana Ave.
Perrysburg, Ohio 43551
419.874.3135
Hours: Monday - Thursday 9:00am - 8:30pm, Friday - Saturday 9:00am - 5:30pm, Sunday 1:00pm - 5:00pm (seasonal)
http://www.waylibrary.info
Available records: family histories, house histories, maps and atlases, local church records, historic photographs of people and places in the area, pamphlet file, newspaper file on local topics; digital photo collection through OhioMemory.org/way; in-house database that includes vital statistics, newspaper surname index, surname index for the publications Bend of the River Magazine and Ohio Cues (of the Maumee Valley Historical Society); personal library of Willard V. Way including hotel registers beginning in 1865, oral histories and photographs.

Bowling Green State University - Center for Archival Collections
5th Floor - Jerome Library
Bowling Green State University
Bowling Green, Ohio 43403
419.372.2411
Hours vary, check website for schedule
http://www.bgsu.edu/colleges/library/cac/
Available records: manuscript collection, local government records, newspaper collection (for all of northwest Ohio and some in southern Michigan – full list on website), Civil War records, rare books and special collections. Website contains geographical name information by county.
Microfilm rolls may be purchased through the CAC.

Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center
Spiegel Grove
Fremont, Ohio 43420
419.332.2081
Hours: Tuesday - Saturday 9:00am - 5:00pm
http://www.rbhayes.org/hayes/
Available records: besides the President’s own books and manuscripts, also are materials about the Lake Erie area, family papers and an obituary index for Northwest Ohio. There is an online catalog maintained through Bowling Green State University website.

Museums

Wood County Historical Center and Museum
13660 County Home Rd.
Bowling Green, Ohio 43402
419.352.0967
Hours vary, check website for schedule
http://www.woodcountyhistory.org
The museum publishes the Black Swamp Chanticleer newsletter. There is no online catalog but they ask that you contact the curator if you are trying to locate something specific. They collect artifacts and items of historical interest to the Wood County area such as farm equipment, documents, etc. The museum is located at what used to the be the Poor Farm also known as “The Home.”

Societies

Wood County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 722
Located in Courthouse Square
Bowling Green, Ohio 43402
419.354.9557
Hours: Monday - Friday 9:00am - 12:00pm
http://www.wcogs.org
Available records: Publications for sale include indexes to probate records of births, deaths, marriages, naturalization, cemeteries, agricultural census and plat maps. Will do research and look-ups for a fee. There are several online indexes and databases available as well at the above website.

Ohio Historical Society
800 E. 17th Ave.
Columbus, Ohio 43211
614.297.2300
Hours: Wednesday - Saturday 10:00am - 5:00pm
http://www.ohiohistory.org/
Available records: artifacts, items of natural history interest, manuscripts and audiovisuals, photographs, oral histories, online indexes and digital collections, death certificate index, state and local government documents, newspaper collection (available through ILL).

Ohio State Genealogical Society
611 State Route 97 West
Bellville, Ohio 44813-8813
419.886.1903
Hours: Tuesday - Saturday 9:00am - 5:00pm
http://www.ogs.org
Available records: First families of Ohio records, state-wide obituary index, bible records, Civil War, Revolutionary War, cemetery, birth, marriage, divorce, tax lists, also various county-specific databases.

Taxation

Ohio tax records complement land records and can be used in place of censuses before 1820 or to supplement the years between censuses. Because only persons who owned taxable property were listed, many residents were not included in tax lists. There may also be gaps of several years in the tax records of some counties. For more information see the wiki page Ohio Taxation.

Microfilm: "Tax records, Auditor 1822-1850" contains 3 rolls, beginning with film number 522854, available through the Family History Library.

Finding More Tax Records

Additional tax records can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Wood County, Ohio Tax Records in online catalogs like:

Vital Records

Vital records consist of birth, death, marriage and divorce records. Although Ohio enacted a statute in 1856 -1857 requiring registration of births, deaths and marriages, many counties did not comply. A second law was written in 1867 but, again, was not always followed. By 1908, the law was more clearly defined and kept. Any existing birth and death records from 1867 through December 19, 1908 are located at the Wood County, Ohio Probate Court. The Ohio Department of Health has birth records filed after December 20, 1908 and death records filed after January 1, 1954 while the Ohio Historical Society houses death records from December 20, 1908 through December 31, 1953.

Original marriage records are held at the office of the Wood County, Ohio Probate Court with divorce records located with the Wood County, Ohio Clerk of Courts.

See also How to order Ohio Vital Records or order vital records electronically online.

Birth

Marriage

Death

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. Finding More Tax Records

Additional tax records can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Wood County, Ohio Tax Records in online catalogs like:

Web Sites

Wood County, Ohio GenWeb
http://usgennet.org/usa/oh/county/wood/
This site has not been updated for several years. Many links are broken and many informational items are out of date.

Places

Cities

Villages

  • Bairdstown
  • Bloomdale
  • Bradner
  • Custar
  • Cygnet
  • Grand Rapids
  • Haskins
  • Hoytville
  • Jerry City
  • Luckey
  • Millbury
  • Milton Center
  • North Baltimore
  • Pemberville
  • Portage
  • Risingsun
  • Tontogany
  • Walbridge
  • Wayne
  • West Millgrove
  • Weston

Townships

  • Bloom
  • Center
  • Freedom
  • Grand Rapids
  • Henry
  • Jackson
  • Lake
  • Liberty
  • Middleton
  • Milton
  • Montgomery
  • Perry
  • Perrysburg
  • Plain
  • Portage
  • Troy
  • Washington
  • Webster
  • Weston

Neighboring Counties

References

  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Wood County, Ohio" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wood_County,_Ohio (accessed 10 May 2012).
  2. Office of Policy, Research and Strategic Planning, “Ohio County Profiles: Wood County,” digital file (http://development.ohio.gov/research/files/s0.htm : accessed 16 September 2012), page 1.
  3. Larry L. Nelson, Men of Patriotism Courage &amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp; Enterprise: Fort Meigs in the War of 1812 (Bowie, MD: Heritage Books, 1997), 38.
  4. DeAnna Lawrence, Genealogy Trails (http://genealogytrails.com/ohio/wood/woodco_bowlgreenpre.htm : accessed 16 September 2012), “Bowling Green Pre-1833.”
  5. Lawrence, Genealogy Trails, “Bowling Green Pre-1833.”
  6. Geoff Howes and Lucy Long, Wood County History (http://www.woodcountyhistory.org/foodways/german_more.html : accessed 16 September 2012), “German-Americans in Northwest Ohio.”
  7. Lawrence, Genealogy Trails, “Bowling Green Pre-1833.”
  8. Lawrence, Genealogy Trails, “Bowling Green Pre-1833.”
  9. Bowling Green State University, BGSU History and Traditions, website article (http://www.bgsu.edu/offices/sa/deanofstudents/traditions/ : accessed 16 September 2012), “Main Campus and Firelands Campus.”
  10. Geoff Howes and Lucy Long, Wood County History, “German-Americans in Northwest Ohio.”
  11. Carol Willsey Bell, Ohio Wills and Estates to 1850: An Index (Columbus, Ohio: the author, 1981). FamilySearch Books Online - Free online copy.
  12. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Wood County, Ohio. Page 546 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.