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

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Allen County, Ohio
Boundary map of Allen County, Ohio
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Address Allen County Courthouse
301 N. Main St.
Lima, Ohio 45801-4456
Allen County Website
Phone: 419.223.8513


Historical Facts

Beginning dates for major county records
*For earlier dates, try... Church | Obituaries | Cemeteries
  • Parent Counties: Formed from Shelby, Logan, and Mercer counties 12 February 1820.[1]
  • County Seat: Lima

Neighboring Counties

  • Neighboring Counties: Allen County, Ohio Genealogyresidents may also have records in [2]
    Auglaize (south)  ·  Hancock (northeast)  · Hardin (east)  · Putnam (north)  · Van Wert (west)

Boundary Changes

  • 14 February 1848: Auglaize County was set off from the southern half of original Allen County.
  • 1848: Monroe, Richland and southern half of Sugar Creek Townships were transferred from Putnam County.
  • 1848: Parts of VanWert and Mercer counties were transferred to Allen County form Spencer Township and part of Marion Township.
  • May 1853: Cash settlement was agreed upon by Allen and Putnam counties for Putnam's loss.

For animated maps illustrating Ohio county boundary changes, "Rotating Formation Ohio County Boundary Maps" (1788-1888) may be viewed for free at the website.

Record Loss

1929--Allen County Courthouse was destroyed by fire on January 7, 1929. Many county records destroyed.[3]

For suggestions about research in places that suffered historic record losses, see:

For a list of record loss in Ohio counties see: Ohio Counties with Burned Courthouses


Bible Records

For an extensive list of resources for Bible Records see Ohio Bible Records.


Business Records and Commerce


Cemetery records often reveal birth, marriage, death, relationship, military, and religious information. Online Grave Transcripts Published Grave Transcripts County Cemetery Directories Rural

  • Cemetery transcriptions for the following cemeteries: Fisher, Harrods, Ridge, Westminster
  • Salem Cemetery, Harrod BillionGraves


Cemeteries of Lima, Allen County, Ohio

  • Gethsemani Cemetery, 2001 Spencerville Road, Lima, Ohio 45805, 419-223-1651
  • Memorial Park Cemetery, 3000 Harding Highway, Lima, Ohio 45804, 419-223-3811
  • Woodlawn Cemetery, 1751 Spencerville Road, Lima Ohio 45805, 419-223-9831

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.


Historical populations
Census Pop.
Est. 2008[4]105,168−3.3%
1850--Federal Census transcription and images
1920--index for surnames beginning with the letter "E" and "F"

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.

  • 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.
Finding More Church Records

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

Court Records

Emigration and Immigration

Ethnic, Political, or Religious Groups




  • The Shawnees (tribe) were removed to Kansas in 1832 from the Hog Creek Reservation (now Shawnee Township.)

Local histories are available for Allen County, Ohio Genealogy. 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.

Local Histories

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.

Finding More Land Records

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





Revolutionary War

War of 1812

Civil War

  • Civil War service men from Van Wert 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 Van Wert County.
-4th Regiment, Ohio Cavalry, Companies F and I
-99th Regiment, Ohio Infantry, Companies B and E

World War I


Naturalization and Citizenship

County Museum has naturalizations 1851-1929.[1]


Allen 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.

Online Newspapers
Online Newspaper Abstracts
Newspaper Extracts and Abstracts in Book Form

Finding More Ohio Newspapers

Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Allen County, Ohio Genealogy newspapers in online catalogs like:



Probate records created after 1852 are held by the Allen 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 Allen 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).

  • 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 Allen County, Ohio Genealogy Probate Records in online catalogs like:

Public Records


See also a List of Ohio Archives, Libraries, Publications, Historical & Genealogical Societies

County Courthouse

Allen County Courthouse
301 N Main Street
Lima, OH 45801-4456

Allen County Website
Phone: 419.223.8513

Probate Court  has births and deaths from 1867, marriages from 1831, and probate records.
Court Clerk  has divorces and court records from 1831.
County Museum  has naturalizations 1851-1929.[1]

Family History Centers

FamilySearch Centers are branches of the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah, and are located all over the world. Their goal is to provide resources for family history research.

The main FamilySearch Center for Allen County, Ohio Genealogy is the Lima Ohio Family History Center. For additional nearby Family History Centers, search online in the FHC directory.


Including the Elizabeth M. MacDonell Memorial Library for genealogical and historical research


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.

1834 Tax Lists

Taxpayers--Personal Property

Finding More Tax Records

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

Vital Records


Online Birth Indexes and Records


Online Marriage Indexes and Records

Original Marriage Records on Microfilm


Online Death Indexes and Records

Original Death Records on Microfilm

  • Divorce Petitions and Decrees

1876 | 1878 | 1879 | 1880 | 1881 | 1882 | 1883 | 1884 | 1885 | 1886 | 1887 | 1888 | 1889 | 1890 | 1891 | 1892 | 1893 | 1894 | 1895 | 1896 | 1897 | 1898-1899 |

  • Divorce Petitions and Decrees for Allen and Van Wert Counties, and Surrounding Areas, 1898-1900

1898-1900 | 1901 | 1902 | 1903 | 1904 | 1905 | 1906 | 1905-1906 | 1907 | 1908 | 1909 | 1900 | 1910 | 1911 | 1912 | 1913 | 1914 | 1915 | 1916 | 1917 | 1918 | 1919 |

Finding More Vital Records

Additional vital records can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Allen County, Ohio Genealogy Vital Records in online catalogs like:

Web Sites


Populated Places


  • Lima


  • Cairo
  • Elida
  • Fort Shawnee
  • Harrod
  • Lafayette
  • Spencerville


  • Amanda
  • American
  • Auglaize
  • Bath
  • Jackson
  • Marion
  • Monroe
  • Perry
  • Richland
  • Shawnee
  • Spencer
  • Sugar Creek


  • Gomer
  • Westminster


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Allen County, Ohio, 540. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. Wikipedia contributors, "Allen County, Ohio" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at,_Ohio (accessed 10 May 2012).
  3. - Lima, OH Allen County Courthouse Fire, Jan 1929
  4. "Allen County QuickFacts". U.S. Census Bureau. 2008-07-25. Retrieved 2010-02-11. 
  5. Carol Willsey Bell, Ohio Wills and Estates to 1850: An Index (Columbus, Ohio: the author, 1981). FamilySearch Books Online - Free online copy.


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