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

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Address Fayette County Courthouse
110 East Court Street
Washington, Ohio 43160
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Historical Facts

Beginning dates for major county records
*For earlier dates, try... Church | Obituaries | Cemeteries
  • Parent Counties: Formed from Highland and Ross Counties 19 February 1810.[1]
  • County Seat: Washington Court House

Neighboring Counties

  • Neighboring Counties: Fayette County, Ohio Genealogy residents may also have records in [2]Madison (north) · Pickaway (northeast) · Ross (southeast) · Highland (south) · Clinton (southwest) · Green (northwest)

Boundary Changes

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

Record Loss

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


Family History Library




Names in Stone


Billion Graves

Billion Graves


Ohio Gravestones

Names in Stone

See Ohio Cemeteries for more information.


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.

  • Records of the American Lutheran Church, Good Hope, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at Archives.com ($).
Finding More Church Records

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

Court Records

Click for the Fayette County Government Information Center.

Emigration and Immigration

Ethnic, Political, or Religious Groups




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The county is named after Revolutionary War hero, the Marquis de Lafayette (1757-1834).[3]

Local histories are available for Fayette 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 History
  • Allen, Frank M., History of Fayette County, Ohio: her people, industries and institutions… (Indianapolis, Indiana : B.F. Bowen, 1914) Digital version at Google Books; Internet Archives; available on microfilm at FHL film 934896 Item 3.
  • Dills, R.S., History of Fayette County together with historic notes on the Northwest, and the state of Ohio… (Dayton, Ohio : Odell & Mayer, 1881) Digital version at Google Books; Internet Archives; available on microfilm at FHL film 934896 Item 1.
  • Putnam, Rufus Pioneer record and reminiscences of the early settlers and settlement of Fayette County, Ohio (Cincinnati, Ohio : Applegate, Pounsford & Co., 1872) Digital version at Google Books; ]; available on microfilm at FHL film 896538 Item 2.

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 Fayette County, Ohio Genealogy Land and Property Records in online catalogs like:




War of 1812

Gettys, Rober Clay, Fayette County Militia on the Ohio Frontier : War of 1812 (Belfast Northern Ireland, Gettys, 1985) pages 12  FHL Book 977.A1

Civil War

Civil War service men from Fayette 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 Fayette County.

- 54th Regiment, Ohio Infantry, Companies A, C, and I

Naturalization and Citizenship


Fayette 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




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

Finding More Probate Records

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

Public Records


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


Fayette County Courthouse
110 E Court Street
Washington Court House, OH 43160-1355
Phone: 614.335.5910 

Clerk Court has divorce records from 1853
and court records from 1828; Probate Judge
has probate records; County recorder has
land records[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 Fayette County, Ohio Genealogy is the

For additional nearby Family History Centers, search online in the FHC directory. Put your town name in the top search box.


Fayette County Genealogical Society, P.O. Box 342, Washington Court House, Ohio 43160. Publishes quarterly newsletter.

Fayette County Historical Society, 517 Columbus Avenue, Washington Court House, Ohio 43160.


Finding More Tax Records

Additional tax records can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Fayette County, Ohio Genealogy 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 Fayette County, Ohio Genealogy 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 Fayette County, Ohio Genealogy Probate Court with divorce records located with the Fayette County, Ohio Genealogy Clerk of Courts.

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


Online Birth Indexes and Records

Original Birth Records on Microfilm


Online Marriage Indexes and Records
Original Marriage Records on Microfilm


Online Death Indexes and Records

  • 1867-1908 - Fayette County Archive 1867-1908 Death Index Compiled by staff of the Carnegie Public Library, this index provides Book # and Page number information searchable by name.
  • 1908-1953 - Ohio Deaths, 1908-1953 Free name indexes and images at FamilySearch.org from the Ohio Department of Health via the Ohio Historical Society. 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.
  • various years - St. Colman Church Death Records Patron-donated index of of the St. Colman Church. Searchable index.  Search results include the name, address (city and state), date of death and burial, name of cemetery, name of minister.
  • various years - Fayette County death records Courtesy OhioGenWeb

Online Death Indexes and Records

Finding More Vital Records

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


Web Sites


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, "Fayette County, Ohio" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fayette_County,_Ohio (accessed 1 July 2013).
  3. "Fayette County, Ohio," Wikipedia.
  4. 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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