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{{Ohio-stub}} ''[[United States|United States ]] > [[Ohio|Ohio]] > Lorain County''
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| founded year =1822<ref name="StdHist1">George Frederick Wright, ''A Standard History of Lorain County, Ohio:&nbsp; An Authentic Narrative of the Past, with Particular Attention to the Modern Era in the Commercial, Industrial, Civic and Social Development. A Chronicle of the People, with Family Lineage and Memoirs, Volume 1'' (Chicago: The Lewis Publishing Company, 1916), 68. </ref>
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| founded year         =[[1822]]<ref name="StdHist1">George Frederick Wright, ''A Standard History of Lorain County, Ohio:&nbsp; An Authentic Narrative of the Past, with Particular Attention to the Modern Era in the Commercial, Industrial, Civic and Social Development. A Chronicle of the People, with Family Lineage and Memoirs, Volume 1'' (Chicago: The Lewis Publishing Company, 1916), 68. </ref>  
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| parent county =[[Cuyahoga County, Ohio|Cuyahoga]], [[Huron County, Ohio|Huron]], and [[Medina County, Ohio|Medina]]<ref name="StdHist1"></ref>  
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| building address =Lorain County Courthouse<br>308 2nd St.<br>Elyria, OH 44035-5506<br>[http://www.loraincounty.com/ Lorain County Website]
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| named for =Lorraine in France<ref name="WesternReserve1">Harriet Taylor Upton, ''History of the Western Reserve, Volume 1'' (Chicago: The Lewis publishing company, 1910), 59, 224, 247.</ref>
Elyria, OH 44035
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}} Lorain County is located in Northeast Ohio on the shores of [[Lake Erie]] just west of [[Cleveland]]. &nbsp;It has long been home to great agriculture and industry, though both have declined due to suburban sprawl spilling out of [[Cuyahoga County]], and the emigration of manufacturing jobs to other places.  
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}}[[United States]][[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Ohio|Ohio]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] '''Lorain County'''
  
== History ==
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=== Historical Facts ===
  
=== Parent County ===
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| width="100%" bgcolor="#cccc99" align="center" colspan="6" | '''Beginning dates for major county records'''
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| width="16.6%" valign="middle" | <center>'''[[Lorain County, Ohio#Birth|Birth]]'''</center>
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| width="16.6%" valign="middle" align="center" | <center>'''[[Lorain County, Ohio#Marriage|Marriage]]'''</center>
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| width="16.6%" valign="middle" | <center>'''[[Lorain County, Ohio#Death|Death]]'''</center>
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| width="16.6%" valign="middle" | <center>'''[[Lorain County, Ohio#Census|Tax]]'''</center>
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| width="16.6%" valign="middle" | <center>'''[[Lorain County, Ohio#Land_and_Property|Land]]'''</center>
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| width="16.6%" valign="middle" | <center>'''[[Lorain County, Ohio#Probate_Records|Probate]]'''</center>
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| width="16.6%" valign="middle" style="height: 25px" | <center>1867</center>
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| width="16.6%" valign="middle" style="height: 25px" | <center>1824</center>
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| width="16.6%" valign="middle" style="height: 25px" | <center>1867</center>
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| width="100%" bgcolor="#99d6ff" colspan="6" | '''*For earlier dates, try...''' '''[[Lorain County, Ohio#Church_Records|Church]] &#124; [[Lorain County, Ohio#Obituaries|Obituaries]] &#124; [[Lorain County, Ohio#Cemeteries|Cemeteries]]'''
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Lorain County was created [[26 December]] [[1822]] from parts of [[Cuyahoga County, Ohio|Cuyahoga]], [[Huron County, Ohio|Huron]], and [[Medina County, Ohio|Medina]] Counties and organized [[21 January]] [[1824]] with its county seat in [[Elyria, Ohio|Elyria]]. Its name was suggested by Heman Ely, the founder of Elyria, due to his fondness for the province of Lorraine, France, though the name was shortened and Anglicized.<ref name="WesternReserve1"></ref>
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*'''Parent Counties''': Formed from [[Cuyahoga County, Ohio|Cuyahoga]], [[Huron County, Ohio|Huron]], and [[Medina County, Ohio|Medina]] Counties 26 December 1822.<ref name="HBG">[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/50140092&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;referer=brief_results ''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed.''] (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), [FHL book 973 D27e 2002].</ref>
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*'''County Seat: '''Elyria
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*'''Neighboring Counties''': {{PAGENAME}} '''residents''' may also have records in <ref>Wikipedia contributors, "Lorain County, Ohio" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lorain_County,_Ohio (accessed 10 May 2012).</ref>[[Ashland County, Ohio|Ashland]] (south){{·}}[[Cuyahoga County, Ohio|Cuyahoga]] (east){{·}}[[Medina County, Ohio|Medina]] (southeast){{·}}[[Huron County, Ohio|Huron]] and [[Erie County, Ohio|Erie]] (west)
  
=== Boundary Changes <ref name="StdHist2">George Frederick Wright, ''A Standard History of Lorain County, Ohio, Volume 1'' (Chicago: The Lewis Publishing Company, 1916), 62-9.</ref>  ===
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==== Boundary Changes <ref name="StdHist2">George Frederick Wright, ''A Standard History of Lorain County, Ohio, Volume 1'' (Chicago: The Lewis Publishing Company, 1916), 62-9.</ref>  ====
  
 
On [[4 July]] [[1805]], all lands of the [[Connecticut Western Reserve]] from the original [[wikipedia:Treaty%20of%20Greenville|Treaty of Greenville]] line (the [[Cuyahoga River]], [[Tuscarawas River]], and the portage between them) to 120 miles west of the [[Pennsylvania]] line between the 41st Parallel and [[Lake Erie]], were purchased from local Indian tribes in the [[wikipedia:Treaty%20of%20Fort%20Industry|Treaty of Fort Industry]], opening the lands of Lorain County to white settlement.  
 
On [[4 July]] [[1805]], all lands of the [[Connecticut Western Reserve]] from the original [[wikipedia:Treaty%20of%20Greenville|Treaty of Greenville]] line (the [[Cuyahoga River]], [[Tuscarawas River]], and the portage between them) to 120 miles west of the [[Pennsylvania]] line between the 41st Parallel and [[Lake Erie]], were purchased from local Indian tribes in the [[wikipedia:Treaty%20of%20Fort%20Industry|Treaty of Fort Industry]], opening the lands of Lorain County to white settlement.  
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*[http://www.ohio.n2genealogy.com/oh-maps.html N2Geneaology.com] has an interactive map showing the development of county borders throughout Ohio.
 
*[http://www.ohio.n2genealogy.com/oh-maps.html N2Geneaology.com] has an interactive map showing the development of county borders throughout Ohio.
 
==== Boundaries prior to county formation  ====
 
  
 
*All lands in what is now Lorain County were at first part of [[Trumbull County, Ohio|Trumbull County]].  
 
*All lands in what is now Lorain County were at first part of [[Trumbull County, Ohio|Trumbull County]].  
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*[[1812]] - [[Medina County, Ohio|Medina County]] created, receiving the townships previously attached to Portage County. All of Medina County was attached to Portage County until it was organized in [[1818]].
 
*[[1812]] - [[Medina County, Ohio|Medina County]] created, receiving the townships previously attached to Portage County. All of Medina County was attached to Portage County until it was organized in [[1818]].
  
==== Boundaries after county formation  ====
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[[Image:Downloaded322806814418006116 historyoflorainc00phil 0018.jpg|thumb|right|386px]]
  
[[Image:Downloaded322806814418006116 historyoflorainc00phil 0018.jpg|thumb|right|386px|Map of Lorain County in 1879.]]
 
 
*[[1822]] - Lorain County was formed and took in parts of:  
 
*[[1822]] - Lorain County was formed and took in parts of:  
 
**'''Huron County''': the townships of Carlisle, Elyria, Russia, Amherst, Henrietta, and Brownhelm, along with the parts of Black River and Sheffield Townships lying west of the Black River.  
 
**'''Huron County''': the townships of Carlisle, Elyria, Russia, Amherst, Henrietta, and Brownhelm, along with the parts of Black River and Sheffield Townships lying west of the Black River.  
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*[[1846]] - [[Ashland County, Ohio|Ashland County]] created, which received the townships of Sullivan and Troy.
 
*[[1846]] - [[Ashland County, Ohio|Ashland County]] created, which received the townships of Sullivan and Troy.
  
=== Record Loss  ===
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==== Record Loss  ====
  
 
*1890 United States Census. 1890 Federal Population Schedules for Lorain County and most of Ohio were completely destroyed by a fire in the Commerce Department Building in [[10 January]] [[1921]] and by government bureaucrats in [[1934]]. The Special Schedules Enumerating Union Veterans and Widows in Ohio do survive, however.
 
*1890 United States Census. 1890 Federal Population Schedules for Lorain County and most of Ohio were completely destroyed by a fire in the Commerce Department Building in [[10 January]] [[1921]] and by government bureaucrats in [[1934]]. The Special Schedules Enumerating Union Veterans and Widows in Ohio do survive, however.
  
== Civil Records ==
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=== Resources ===
  
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==== Bible Records ====
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! width="100%" valign="middle" align="center" colspan="7" | '''Beginning Dates for Lorain County Records'''
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| width="14.2%" align="center" | '''[[Lorain County, Ohio#Birth_and_Death|Birth]]'''
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| width="14.2%" align="center" | '''[[Lorain County, Ohio#Marriage_and_Divorce|Marriage]]'''
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| width="14.2%" align="center" | '''[[Lorain County, Ohio#Birth_and_Death|Death]]'''
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| width="14.2%" align="center" | '''[[Lorain County, Ohio#Census|Census]]'''
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| width="14.2%" align="center" | '''[[Lorain County, Ohio#Land|Land]]'''
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| width="14.2%" align="center" | '''[[Lorain County, Ohio#Probate|Probate]]'''
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| width="14.2%" align="center" | '''[[Lorain County, Ohio#Court|Court]]'''
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| width="14.2%" align="center" | 1867<br>
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Although the county was created in [[1822]], records were not kept by it until the county government was organized and began to function in [[1824]].
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==== Biography  ====
  
=== Birth and Death ===
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==== Business Records and Commerce ====
  
''See also: [[Ohio Vital Records|Ohio Vital Records]]''
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==== Cemeteries  ====
  
The [[Lorain County, Ohio#Probate|probate court]] in Lorain County began keeping birth and death records when required by state law in [[1867]]. Birth and death certificates have been recorded as of [[20 December]] [[1908]].
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*''Cemetery Inscriptions of Lorain County, Ohio'' (Elyria, OH: Genealogical Workshop of the Lorain County Historical Society, 1980). Comprehensive listing of grave sites and records for public cemeteries all over the county, from the arrival of the earliest settlers from the East on up to 1980. Valuable shortcut to finding information that may no longer be legible on original stones. Available on the [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ohlorain/cems/cem_list.html Lorain County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society website] and from [http://elyria.bibliocommons.com/item/show/590559048_cemetery_inscriptions_of_lorain_county,_ohio local libraries].
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'''Indexes and records available:'''
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*[https://familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://hr-search-api:8080/searchapi/search/collection/1680845 Ohio Births and Christenings, 1821-1962] ([http://www.familysearch.org FamilySearch]). Name index to birth, baptism and christening records from the state of Ohio. Microfilm copies of these records are available at the Family History Library and Family History Centers.
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Individual cemeteries:  
*[https://familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://hr-search-api:8080/searchapi/search/collection/1681000 Ohio Deaths and Burials, 1854-1997] ([http://www.familysearch.org FamilySearch]). Name index to death and burial records from the state of Ohio. Microfilm copies of these records are available at the Family History Library and Family History Centers.
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*[http://www.lcrecordscenter.com/records-search/birth_death_records.shtml Lorain County Records Retention Center, Probate Court Early Birth and Death Records] Digital images of county birth and death records from 1867-1908 available for free in PDF format. These records may also be obtained through the [[Lorain County, Ohio#Probate|probate court]].
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*[https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://hr-search-api:8080/searchapi/search/collection/1307272 Ohio Deaths, 1908-1953] ([http://www.familysearch.org FamilySearch]). Name index and images of Ohio statewide death certificates.
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'''Official birth and death certificates''' are available from:
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*[http://www.billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=139493 St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery, Avon] BillionGraves
  
*[http://www.loraincountyhealth.com/birth-deathcertificates Lorain County General Health District's Vital Statistics Office] for births and deaths occurring countywide from [[December]] [[1908]] to present except in the City of Lorain.
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==== Census  ====
*[http://www.lorainhealth.com/vital-stats.shtml Lorain City Health Department] for births and deaths occurring from [[December]] [[1908]] to present only within the City of Lorain.
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*[http://www.odh.ohio.gov/vitalstatistics/vitalstats.aspx Ohio Department of Health, Office of Vital Statistics] for births throughout the entire State of Ohio from [[December]] [[1908]] to present, and deaths occurring in Ohio from [[1 January]] [[1954]] to present.
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=== Marriage and Divorce ===
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==== Church Records ====
  
*[https://familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://hr-search-api:8080/searchapi/search/collection/1681001 Ohio Marriages, 1800-1958]. Name index to marriage records from the state of Ohio ([http://www.familysearch.org FamilySearch]). Microfilm copies of these records are available at the Family History Library and Family History Centers. [http://www.staatsofohio.com/?p=1098 "Finding Lorain County Marriage Records Using the 'Ohio Marriages, 1800-1958' database"] is a blog article by Chris Staats that offers helpful tips for locating marriage records when visiting the [[Lorain County, Ohio#Probate|probate court]].
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*[http://www.pittsfieldchurch.org/heritage.html Pittsfield Community Church] Originally two churches, the Pittsfield Methodist Church, formed in 1824, and the Pittsfield Congregational Church, formed in 1836 (and originally organized as the Evangelical Union Church of Christ), which built permanent structures in 1845 and 1846, respectively. Both buildings were destroyed in the Pittsfield Tornado of 1965, at which point both churches elected to combine into the Pittsfield United Church of Christ, which rebuilt by 1966. The church became independent and was renamed Pittsfield Community Church in 1997.
*[https://familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://hr-search-api:8080/searchapi/search/collection/1614804 Ohio, County Marriages, 1790-1950]. Name index and images of county marriage records acquired from local courthouses ([http://www.familysearch.org FamilySearch]).
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*[http://www.loraincounty.com/probate/search.shtml Lorain County Probate On-line Records Search] contains all probate related records, including marriages, since [[1990]]. The search also includes marriage records (bride's and groom's names only) back to about [[1930]].
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*[[Lorain County, Ohio#Probate|Lorain County Probate Court]] maintains countywide marriage records from [[1824]] to present.  
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*[http://www.odh.ohio.gov/vitalstatistics/mrgdiv.aspx Ohio Department of Health, Office of Vital Statistics] maintains an index of marriages that occurred in Ohio from [[1 January]] [[1950]] to present, and divorces that occurred in Ohio from [[1 January]] [[1954]] to present.
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*[http://cp.onlinedockets.com/loraincp/case_dockets/search.aspx Lorain County Clerk of Court of Common Pleas Online Case Docket] contains divorce records from 1988 onward.
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*[[Lorain County, Ohio#Court|Lorain County Clerk of Court of Common Pleas]] retains divorce records from its Domestic Relations Division.
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=== Census ===
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==== Court Records ====
  
=== Land  ===
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*[http://www.loraincounty.com/clerk/ Lorain County Clerk of Court of Common Pleas], Justice Center, 225 Court St, 1st Floor, Elyria, OH 44036-0749. Hours: 10am-4:30pm. Maintains records of Civil, Criminal, Domestic Relations and 9th District Court of Appeals cases.
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*[http://cp.onlinedockets.com/loraincp/case_dockets/search.aspx Lorain County Clerk of Court of Common Pleas Online Case Docket] contains records from 1988 onward of Civil, Criminal, Domestic Relations and 9th District Court of Appeals cases.
  
*[http://www.loraincounty.com/recorder/ Lorain County Recorder], Administration Building, 226 Middle Ave, First Floor, Elyria, OH 44035. Phone: +1 (440) 329-5148. Hours: M-F 8am-4:30pm. Maintains official county land records, among [http://www.loraincounty.com/recorder/documents/document-list.shtml other documents], going back to the county's beginning. A searchable index, along with certain document images, is available for documents beginning in the late-1980s/early-1990s to present through their website, or in the Recorder's Office.
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==== Emigration and Immigration  ====
  
==== Tax ====
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==== Ethnic, Political, or Religious Groups ====
  
*[http://www.lcrecordscenter.com/cgi-bin/early_tax.cgi Lorain County Records Retention Center, Early Years Tax Duplicates] Digital scans of county tax duplicate records from [[1824]] to [[1969]] available for free in PDF format.
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==== Gazetteers  ====
  
=== Probate ===
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==== Genealogy ====
  
*[http://www.loraincounty.com/probate Lorain County Probate Court], Justice Center, 225 Court Street, 6th Floor, Elyria, OH 44035. Phone: +1 (440) 329-5175. Fax: +1 (440) 244-6261. Holds marriage and probate records from [[1824]] to present, along with countywide birth and death records from [[1867]] to [[1908]].
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==== History  ====
*[http://www.loraincounty.com/probate/search.shtml Lorain County Probate On-line Records Search] contains all probate related records, including marriages, since [[1990]]. The search also includes marriage records (bride's and groom's names only) back to about [[1930]].
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=== Court  ===
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*''History of the Western Reserve, [http://books.google.com/books?id=xEsbLFoBttYC&printsec=frontcover Volume 1], [http://books.google.com/books?id=23SOSYLJPVsC&printsec=frontcover Volume 2], and [http://books.google.com/books?id=L5GPjobXdWoC&printsec=frontcover Volume 3]'' by Harriet Taylor Upton (Chicago: The Lewis Publishing Company, 1910).
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*''A Standard History of Lorain County, Ohio: An Authentic Narrative of the Past, with Particular Attention to the Modern Era in the Commercial, Industrial, Civic and Social Development. A Chronicle of the People, with Family Lineage and Memoirs, [http://books.google.com/books?id=-z4VAAAAYAAJ&printsec=frontcover Volume 1] and [http://books.google.com/books?id=fz8VAAAAYAAJ&printsec=frontcover Volume 2]'' by George Frederick Wright (Chicago: The Lewis Publishing Company, 1916).
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*[http://books.google.com/books?id=TE4VAAAAYAAJ&printsec=frontcover ''The Early History of Lorain County'']: Historical Address by W.W. Boynton (Cleveland, Ohio: Western Reserve Historical Society, 1876).
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*[http://www.archive.org/details/historyoflorainc00phil ''History of Lorain County, Ohio'']'': With Illustrations &amp; Biographical Sketches of Some of its Prominent Men and Pioneers'' (Philadelphia: Williams Brothers, 1879).
  
*[http://www.loraincounty.com/clerk/ Lorain County Clerk of Court of Common Pleas], Justice Center, 225 Court St, 1st Floor, Elyria, OH 44036-0749. Hours: 10am-4:30pm. Maintains records of Civil, Criminal, Domestic Relations and 9th District Court of Appeals cases.
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==== Land and Property  ====
*[http://cp.onlinedockets.com/loraincp/case_dockets/search.aspx Lorain County Clerk of Court of Common Pleas Online Case Docket] contains records from 1988 onward of Civil, Criminal, Domestic Relations and 9th District Court of Appeals cases.
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*[http://www.loraincounty.com/recorder/ Lorain County Recorder], Administration Building, 226 Middle Ave, First Floor, Elyria, OH 44035. Phone: +1 (440) 329-5148. Hours: M-F 8am-4:30pm. Maintains official county land records, among [http://www.loraincounty.com/recorder/documents/document-list.shtml other documents], going back to the county's beginning. A searchable index, along with certain document images, is available for documents beginning in the late-1980s/early-1990s to present through their website, or in the Recorder's Office.
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== Military Records ==
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==== Military  ====
  
=== Civil War  ===
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===== Civil War  =====
  
 
Civil War service men from Lorain County served in various regiments. Men often joined a company (within a regiment)&nbsp;that&nbsp;originated in their county. Listed below are companies that were specifically formed in Lorain County.  
 
Civil War service men from Lorain County served in various regiments. Men often joined a company (within a regiment)&nbsp;that&nbsp;originated in their county. Listed below are companies that were specifically formed in Lorain County.  
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*[[107th Regiment, Ohio Infantry|107th Regiment, Ohio Infantry]], Company G
 
*[[107th Regiment, Ohio Infantry|107th Regiment, Ohio Infantry]], Company G
  
== Other Records ==
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==== Naturalization and Citizenship ====
  
=== Cemeteries  ===
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*''Cemetery Inscriptions of Lorain County, Ohio'' (Elyria, OH: Genealogical Workshop of the Lorain County Historical Society, 1980). Comprehensive listing of grave sites and records for public cemeteries all over the county, from the arrival of the earliest settlers from the East on up to 1980. Valuable shortcut to finding information that may no longer be legible on original stones. Available on the [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ohlorain/cems/cem_list.html Lorain County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society website] and from [http://elyria.bibliocommons.com/item/show/590559048_cemetery_inscriptions_of_lorain_county,_ohio local libraries].
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=== Churches  ===
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*[http://www.pittsfieldchurch.org/heritage.html Pittsfield Community Church] Originally two churches, the Pittsfield Methodist Church, formed in 1824, and the Pittsfield Congregational Church, formed in 1836 (and originally organized as the Evangelical Union Church of Christ), which built permanent structures in 1845 and 1846, respectively. Both buildings were destroyed in the Pittsfield Tornado of 1965, at which point both churches elected to combine into the Pittsfield United Church of Christ, which rebuilt by 1966. The church became independent and was renamed Pittsfield Community Church in 1997.
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=== Local Histories and Biographies ===
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*''History of the Western Reserve, [http://books.google.com/books?id=xEsbLFoBttYC&printsec=frontcover Volume 1], [http://books.google.com/books?id=23SOSYLJPVsC&printsec=frontcover Volume 2], and [http://books.google.com/books?id=L5GPjobXdWoC&printsec=frontcover Volume 3]'' by Harriet Taylor Upton (Chicago: The Lewis Publishing Company, 1910).
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*''A Standard History of Lorain County, Ohio:&nbsp; An Authentic Narrative of the Past, with Particular Attention to the Modern Era in the Commercial, Industrial, Civic and Social Development. A Chronicle of the People, with Family Lineage and Memoirs, [http://books.google.com/books?id=-z4VAAAAYAAJ&printsec=frontcover Volume 1] and [http://books.google.com/books?id=fz8VAAAAYAAJ&printsec=frontcover Volume 2]'' by George Frederick Wright (Chicago: The Lewis Publishing Company, 1916).
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*[http://books.google.com/books?id=TE4VAAAAYAAJ&printsec=frontcover ''The Early History of Lorain County'']: Historical Address by W.W. Boynton (Cleveland, Ohio: Western Reserve Historical Society, 1876).
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*[http://www.archive.org/details/historyoflorainc00phil ''History of Lorain County, Ohio'']'': With Illustrations &amp; Biographical Sketches of Some of its Prominent Men and Pioneers'' (Philadelphia: Williams Brothers, 1879).
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=== Newspapers  ===
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[http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/titles/places/ohio/Lorain/ Chronicling America:&nbsp; Historic American Newspapers] at the Library of Congress lists a plethora of local newspaper titles along with libraries and historical societies which retain archives of them.&nbsp; Please note that their listings are extensive, but not comprehensive, as local libraries may retain archives which are not listed.  
 
[http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/titles/places/ohio/Lorain/ Chronicling America:&nbsp; Historic American Newspapers] at the Library of Congress lists a plethora of local newspaper titles along with libraries and historical societies which retain archives of them.&nbsp; Please note that their listings are extensive, but not comprehensive, as local libraries may retain archives which are not listed.  
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Daily newspapers in [[Cleveland, Ohio|Cleveland]] also cover news and events in Lorain County, including obituaries.  
 
Daily newspapers in [[Cleveland, Ohio|Cleveland]] also cover news and events in Lorain County, including obituaries.  
  
*[[NewspaperARCHIVE|NewspaperARCHIVE]] contains an extensive number of newspaper issues from both Elyria and Lorain, which are browseable and searchable, although not every issue of each newspaper is available (a fee is required, however it is '''availabe free of charge''' if accessed from [http://elyrialibrary.org/online%20resources.html this Elyria Public Library web page]); their archives are also available with membership at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/CardCatalog.aspx#ccat=hc%3D25%26dbSort%3D1%26filter%3D0*38|0*149|1*2|1*38|1*1811%26 Ancestry.com].  
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*[[NewspaperARCHIVE|NewspaperARCHIVE]] contains an extensive number of newspaper issues from both Elyria and Lorain, which are browseable and searchable, although not every issue of each newspaper is available (a fee is required, however it is '''availabe free of charge''' if accessed from [http://elyrialibrary.org/online%20resources.html this Elyria Public Library web page]); their archives are also available with membership at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/CardCatalog.aspx#ccat=hc%3D25%26dbSort%3D1%26filter%3D0*38%7C0*149%7C1*2%7C1*38%7C1*1811%26 Ancestry.com].  
 
*Microfilm and original archives are kept at local libraries.<br>
 
*Microfilm and original archives are kept at local libraries.<br>
  
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*[http://www.loraincounty.com/obituaries/ Lorain County Obituaries] More recent obituaries. Free.
 
*[http://www.loraincounty.com/obituaries/ Lorain County Obituaries] More recent obituaries. Free.
  
=== Maps ===
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== Repositories ==
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==== Probate ====
  
=== Historical Societies  ===
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*[http://www.loraincounty.com/probate Lorain County Probate Court], Justice Center, 225 Court Street, 6th Floor, Elyria, OH 44035. Phone: +1 (440) 329-5175. Fax: +1 (440) 244-6261. Holds marriage and probate records from [[1824]] to present, along with countywide birth and death records from [[1867]] to [[1908]].
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*[http://www.loraincounty.com/probate/search.shtml Lorain County Probate On-line Records Search] contains all probate related records, including marriages, since [[1990]]. The search also includes marriage records (bride's and groom's names only) back to about [[1930]].
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===== Courthouse  =====
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[http://www.loraincounty.com/ Lorain County Courthouse]<br> 226 Middle Avenue; <br>Elyria, OH 44035;<br>Phone: 440.329.5428&nbsp;<br><br>Probate Judge has birth, marriage and probate records; <br>Clerk Court has divorce records from 1850 and court <br>records from 1824; County Recorder has land records; <br>Elyria Public Library and Loraina County Historical&nbsp;Society<br>have books of genealogical interest<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Lorain County, Ohio. Page 543 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref><br>
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Lorain County is located in Northeast Ohio on the shores of [[Lake Erie]] just west of [[Cleveland, Ohio|Cleveland]]. &nbsp;It has long been home to great agriculture and industry, though both have declined due to suburban sprawl spilling out of [[Cuyahoga County, Ohio|Cuyahoga County]], and the emigration of manufacturing jobs to other regions. Although the county was created in [[1822]], records were not kept by it until the county government was organized and began to function in [[1824]].&nbsp;
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===== Family History Centers  =====
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*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
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===== Libraries  =====
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*[http://elyrialibrary.org/Images/Program%20Posters/ohio%20room%20Brochure.pdf The Ohio Room] at the [http://elyrialibrary.org Elyria Public Library System Central Library], 320 Washington Ave, Elyria, Ohio 44035. Phone: +1 (440) 323-5747. Fax: +1 (440) 323-5788. M-R 10am-7pm, F-Sa 12pm-4pm, Su 1pm-5pm. contains an extensive collection of local history and genealogy books, atlases, maps, obituary indexes, city directories, and high school yearbooks; also included are microfilm archives of county newspapers beginning in 1832, the United States Census for local counties, and Lorain County Probate Court birth, death, and marriage records and indexes.
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*[http://lorain.lib.oh.us Lorain Public Library System]
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*[http://cpl.org Cleveland Public Library]
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*[http://www.wellington.lib.oh.us/ Herrick Memorial Library], 101 Willard Memorial Square, Wellington, Ohio&nbsp; 44090.&nbsp; Phone: +1 (440) 647-2120. Hours: M-R 9am-8:30pm, F-Sa 9am-5pm, Su Oct-Apr 1pm-5pm.
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*[http://www.lorainccc.edu/Library/ Barbara and Mike Bass Library/Community Resource Center], [http://lorainccc.edu Lorain County Community College], 1005 N Abbe Rd, Elyria, Ohio 44035. Phone: +1 (440) 365-4026. Toll-free: +1 (800) 995-5222 Ext 4026.
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*[http://www.oberlin.edu/library/ Oberlin College Library], [http://oberlin.edu Oberlin College], 148 W College St, Oberlin, Ohio&nbsp; 44074.&nbsp; Phone: +1 (440) 775-8285.&nbsp; Fax: +1 (440) 775-6586<br>
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*[http://www.lchs.org/ Lorain County Historical Society], 509 Washington Ave, Elyria, Ohio&nbsp; 44035.&nbsp; Phone: +1 (440) 322-3341.  
 
*[http://www.lchs.org/ Lorain County Historical Society], 509 Washington Ave, Elyria, Ohio&nbsp; 44035.&nbsp; Phone: +1 (440) 322-3341.  
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*[http://103ovi.org/ 103rd Ohio Volunteer Infantry] Society for descendants of soldiers who fought in this regiment during the Civil War.
 
*[http://103ovi.org/ 103rd Ohio Volunteer Infantry] Society for descendants of soldiers who fought in this regiment during the Civil War.
  
=== Public Libraries ===
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==== Taxation ====
  
*[http://elyrialibrary.org/Images/Program%20Posters/ohio%20room%20Brochure.pdf The Ohio Room] at the [http://elyrialibrary.org Elyria Public Library System Central Library], 320 Washington Ave, Elyria, Ohio 44035. Phone: +1 (440) 323-5747. Fax: +1 (440) 323-5788. M-R 10am-7pm, F-Sa 12pm-4pm, Su 1pm-5pm. contains an extensive collection of local history and genealogy books, atlases, maps, obituary indexes, city directories, and high school yearbooks; also included are microfilm archives of county newspapers beginning in 1832, the United States Census for local counties, and Lorain County Probate Court birth, death, and marriage records and indexes. 
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*[http://www.lcrecordscenter.com/cgi-bin/early_tax.cgi Lorain County Records Retention Center, Early Years Tax Duplicates] Digital scans of county tax duplicate records from [[1824]] to [[1969]] available for free in PDF format.
*[http://lorain.lib.oh.us Lorain Public Library System]  
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*[http://cpl.org Cleveland Public Library]
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*[http://www.wellington.lib.oh.us/ Herrick Memorial Library], 101 Willard Memorial Square, Wellington, Ohio&nbsp; 44090.&nbsp; Phone: +1 (440) 647-2120. Hours: M-R 9am-8:30pm, F-Sa 9am-5pm, Su Oct-Apr 1pm-5pm.
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=== College Libraries ===
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*[http://www.lorainccc.edu/Library/ Barbara and Mike Bass Library/Community Resource Center], [http://lorainccc.edu Lorain County Community College], 1005 N Abbe Rd, Elyria, Ohio 44035. Phone: +1 (440) 365-4026. Toll-free: +1 (800) 995-5222 Ext 4026.  
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*[http://www.oberlin.edu/library/ Oberlin College Library], [http://oberlin.edu Oberlin College], 148 W College St, Oberlin, Ohio&nbsp; 44074.&nbsp; Phone: +1 (440) 775-8285.&nbsp; Fax: +1 (440) 775-6586<br>
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*[https://familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://hr-search-api:8080/searchapi/search/collection/1680845 Ohio Births and Christenings, 1821-1962] ([http://www.familysearch.org FamilySearch]). Name index to birth, baptism and christening records from the state of Ohio. Microfilm copies of these records are available at the Family History Library and Family History Centers.&nbsp;
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*The [[Lorain County, Ohio#Probate|probate court]] in Lorain County began keeping birth and death records when required by state law in [[1867]]. Birth and death certificates have been recorded as of [[20 December]] [[1908]].&nbsp;
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*[http://www.lcrecordscenter.com/records-search/birth_death_records.shtml Lorain County Records Retention Center, Probate Court Early Birth and Death Records] Digital images of county birth and death records from 1867-1908 available for free in PDF format. These records may also be obtained through the [[Lorain County, Ohio#Probate|probate court]].&nbsp;
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===== Marriage  =====
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*[https://familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://hr-search-api:8080/searchapi/search/collection/1681001 Ohio Marriages, 1800-1958]. Name index to marriage records from the state of Ohio.
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([http://www.familysearch.org FamilySearch]). Microfilm copies of these records are available at the Family History Library and Family History Centers. [http://www.staatsofohio.com/?p=1098 "Finding Lorain County Marriage Records Using the 'Ohio Marriages, 1800-1958' database"] is a blog article by Chris Staats that offers helpful tips for locating marriage records when visiting the [[Lorain County, Ohio#Probate|probate court]].&nbsp;
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*[https://familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://hr-search-api:8080/searchapi/search/collection/1614804 Ohio, County Marriages, 1790-1950]. Name index and images of county marriage records acquired from local courthouses ([http://www.familysearch.org FamilySearch]).&nbsp;
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*[http://www.loraincounty.com/probate/search.shtml Lorain County Probate On-line Records Search] contains all probate related records, including marriages, since [[1990]]. The search also includes marriage records (bride's and groom's names only) back to about [[1930]].&nbsp;
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*[[Lorain County, Ohio#Probate|Lorain County Probate Court]] maintains countywide marriage records from [[1824]] to present.&nbsp;
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*[http://www.odh.ohio.gov/vitalstatistics/mrgdiv.aspx Ohio Department of Health, Office of Vital Statistics] maintains an index of marriages that occurred in Ohio from [[1 January]] [[1950]] to present, and divorces that occurred in Ohio from [[1 January]] [[1954]] to present.&nbsp;
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===== Death  =====
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*The [[Lorain County, Ohio#Probate|probate court]] in Lorain County began keeping birth and death records when required by state law in [[1867]]. Birth and death certificates have been recorded as of [[20 December]] [[1908]].&nbsp;
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*[https://familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://hr-search-api:8080/searchapi/search/collection/1681000 Ohio Deaths and Burials, 1854-1997] ([http://www.familysearch.org FamilySearch]). Name index to death and burial records from the state of Ohio. Microfilm copies of these records are available at the Family History Library and Family History Centers.&nbsp;
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*[http://www.lcrecordscenter.com/records-search/birth_death_records.shtml Lorain County Records Retention Center, Probate Court Early Birth and Death Records] Digital images of county birth and death records from 1867-1908 available for free in PDF format. These records may also be obtained through the [[Lorain County, Ohio#Probate|probate court]].&nbsp;
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*[https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://hr-search-api:8080/searchapi/search/collection/1307272 Ohio Deaths, 1908-1953] ([http://www.familysearch.org FamilySearch]). Name index and images of Ohio statewide death certificates.
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==== Divorce  ====
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*[http://cp.onlinedockets.com/loraincp/case_dockets/search.aspx Lorain County Clerk of Court of Common Pleas Online Case Docket] contains divorce records from 1988 onward.&nbsp;
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*[[Lorain County, Ohio#Court|Lorain County Clerk of Court of Common Pleas]] retains divorce records from its Domestic Relations Division.
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=== Civil Records  ===
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{| width="100%" cellspacing="1" cellpadding="1" border="1"
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! width="100%" valign="middle" align="center" colspan="7" | '''Beginning Dates for Lorain County Records'''
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| width="14.2%" align="center" | '''[[Lorain County, Ohio#Birth_and_Death|Birth]]'''&nbsp;
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| width="14.2%" align="center" | '''[[Lorain County, Ohio#Marriage_and_Divorce|Marriage]]'''&nbsp;  
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| width="14.2%" align="center" | '''[[Lorain County, Ohio#Birth_and_Death|Death]]'''&nbsp;  
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| width="14.2%" align="center" | '''[[Lorain County, Ohio#Census|Census]]'''&nbsp;
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| width="14.2%" align="center" | '''[[Lorain County, Ohio#Land|Land]]'''&nbsp;
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| width="14.2%" align="center" | '''[[Lorain County, Ohio#Probate|Probate]]'''&nbsp;
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| width="14.2%" align="center" | '''[[Lorain County, Ohio#Court|Court]]'''
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| width="14.2%" align="center" | 1867<br>&nbsp;
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| width="14.2%" align="center" | 1824<br>&nbsp;
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| width="14.2%" align="center" | 1867<br>&nbsp;
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| width="14.2%" align="center" | 1830<br>&nbsp;
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| width="14.2%" align="center" | 1824<br>&nbsp;
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| width="14.2%" align="center" | 1824<br>&nbsp;
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| width="14.2%" align="center" | 1824<br>
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<br>''See also: [[Ohio Vital Records|Ohio Vital Records]]''&nbsp;
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'''Official birth and death certificates''' are available from:&nbsp;
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*[http://www.loraincountyhealth.com/birth-deathcertificates Lorain County General Health District's Vital Statistics Office] for births and deaths occurring countywide from [[December]] [[1908]] to present except in the City of Lorain.&nbsp;  
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*[http://www.lorainhealth.com/vital-stats.shtml Lorain City Health Department] for births and deaths occurring from [[December]] [[1908]] to present only within the City of Lorain.&nbsp;
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*[http://www.odh.ohio.gov/vitalstatistics/vitalstats.aspx Ohio Department of Health, Office of Vital Statistics] for births throughout the entire State of Ohio from [[December]] [[1908]] to present, and deaths occurring in Ohio from [[1 January]] [[1954]] to present.
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Contents

Historical Facts

Beginning dates for major county records
Birth
Marriage
Death
Tax
Land
Probate
1867
1824
1867

1840
*For earlier dates, try... Church | Obituaries | Cemeteries

Boundary Changes [3]

On 4 July 1805, all lands of the Connecticut Western Reserve from the original Treaty of Greenville line (the Cuyahoga River, Tuscarawas River, and the portage between them) to 120 miles west of the Pennsylvania line between the 41st Parallel and Lake Erie, were purchased from local Indian tribes in the Treaty of Fort Industry, opening the lands of Lorain County to white settlement.

Townships in the Western Reserve were supposed to be surveyed to be five miles square, however, mistakes were made in surveying the line between the lands belonging to the Connecticut Land Company (ending in Range 19) and the Firelands (beginning in Range 20), causing townships in Range 19, which became the western townships of Lorain County (Troy, Rochester, Brighton, Camden, Henrietta, and Brownhelm) to be much narrower. These townships were set aside as "surplus lands" and used to equalize the amounts of land received by stakeholders in the Connecticut Land Company.

  • N2Geneaology.com has an interactive map showing the development of county borders throughout Ohio.
  • All lands in what is now Lorain County were at first part of Trumbull County.
  • 1807 - Geauga County created, with the townships of Columbia, Eaton, Ridgeville, Troy (now Avon), Carlisle, Elyria, Sheffield, Russia, Amherst, Black River, Henrietta, and Brownhelm, as part; the others remaining with Trumbull County.
  • 1808 - Portage County created, receiving the townships previously attached to Trumbull County, namely Grafton, Penfield, LaGrange, Huntington, Wellington, Pittsfield, Rochester, Brighton, and Camden.
  • 1810 - Cuyahoga County receives all of the northern townships previously attached to Geauga County.
  • 1811 - Huron County received the townships of Carlisle, Elyria, Russia, Amherst, Henrietta, and Brownhelm, along with the parts of Black River and Sheffield Townships lying west of the Black River. All of Huron County was attached to Cuyahoga County until it was organized in 1815.
  • 1812 - Medina County created, receiving the townships previously attached to Portage County. All of Medina County was attached to Portage County until it was organized in 1818.
  • 1822 - Lorain County was formed and took in parts of:
    • Huron County: the townships of Carlisle, Elyria, Russia, Amherst, Henrietta, and Brownhelm, along with the parts of Black River and Sheffield Townships lying west of the Black River.
    • Cuyahoga County: the townships of Troy (now Avon), Ridgeville, Eaton, and Columbia, along with the western half of Lenox Township (now Olmsted) and the parts of Black River and Sheffield Townships lying east of the Black River.
    • Medina County: the townships of LaGrange, Wellington, Pittsfield, Brighton, and Camden.
Until the county government was organized in 1824, its parts remained attached to their former jurisdictions.
  • 1827 - Lorain County received the townships of Grafton, Homer, Penfield, Spencer, Sullivan, Huntington, Troy, and Rochester, while the western half of Lenox Township (now Olmsted) was added back to Cuyahoga County. Its northern boundary was set in the middle of Lake Erie along the international boundary with Canada.
  • 1840 - Summit County created, with the townships of Homer and Spencer added back into Medina County to compensate.
  • 1846 - Ashland County created, which received the townships of Sullivan and Troy.

Record Loss

  • 1890 United States Census. 1890 Federal Population Schedules for Lorain County and most of Ohio were completely destroyed by a fire in the Commerce Department Building in 10 January 1921 and by government bureaucrats in 1934. The Special Schedules Enumerating Union Veterans and Widows in Ohio do survive, however.

Resources

Bible Records

Biography

Business Records and Commerce

Cemeteries

  • Cemetery Inscriptions of Lorain County, Ohio (Elyria, OH: Genealogical Workshop of the Lorain County Historical Society, 1980). Comprehensive listing of grave sites and records for public cemeteries all over the county, from the arrival of the earliest settlers from the East on up to 1980. Valuable shortcut to finding information that may no longer be legible on original stones. Available on the Lorain County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society website and from local libraries.

Individual cemeteries:

Census

Church Records

  • Pittsfield Community Church Originally two churches, the Pittsfield Methodist Church, formed in 1824, and the Pittsfield Congregational Church, formed in 1836 (and originally organized as the Evangelical Union Church of Christ), which built permanent structures in 1845 and 1846, respectively. Both buildings were destroyed in the Pittsfield Tornado of 1965, at which point both churches elected to combine into the Pittsfield United Church of Christ, which rebuilt by 1966. The church became independent and was renamed Pittsfield Community Church in 1997.

Court Records

Emigration and Immigration

Ethnic, Political, or Religious Groups

Gazetteers

Genealogy

History

  • History of the Western Reserve, Volume 1, Volume 2, and Volume 3 by Harriet Taylor Upton (Chicago: The Lewis Publishing Company, 1910).
  • A Standard History of Lorain County, Ohio: An Authentic Narrative of the Past, with Particular Attention to the Modern Era in the Commercial, Industrial, Civic and Social Development. A Chronicle of the People, with Family Lineage and Memoirs, Volume 1 and Volume 2 by George Frederick Wright (Chicago: The Lewis Publishing Company, 1916).
  • The Early History of Lorain County: Historical Address by W.W. Boynton (Cleveland, Ohio: Western Reserve Historical Society, 1876).
  • History of Lorain County, Ohio: With Illustrations & Biographical Sketches of Some of its Prominent Men and Pioneers (Philadelphia: Williams Brothers, 1879).

Land and Property

  • Lorain County Recorder, Administration Building, 226 Middle Ave, First Floor, Elyria, OH 44035. Phone: +1 (440) 329-5148. Hours: M-F 8am-4:30pm. Maintains official county land records, among other documents, going back to the county's beginning. A searchable index, along with certain document images, is available for documents beginning in the late-1980s/early-1990s to present through their website, or in the Recorder's Office.

Maps

Military

Civil War

Civil War service men from Lorain 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 Lorain County.

Naturalization and Citizenship

Newspapers

Chronicling America:  Historic American Newspapers at the Library of Congress lists a plethora of local newspaper titles along with libraries and historical societies which retain archives of them.  Please note that their listings are extensive, but not comprehensive, as local libraries may retain archives which are not listed.

Daily newspapers have been published since the 1800s in Elyria and Lorain.  Elyria newspapers often published information and announcements relevant to the entire county (being that Elyria is the county seat) with much focus on areas in the central and southern parts of the county, including at times western Cuyahoga and Medina Counties, eastern Erie and Huron Counties and northern Ashland County.  Lorain newspapers usually focused on the lakeshore communities.  Information published in both cities often includes births and deaths, marriages and divorces, hospital discharges, legal notices, court filings, land transfers, and personal news (for example, "Mr. John Smith and family from Wellington spent the day with his mother-in-law, Mrs. Wm. Whitney in LaGrange on Saturday.").

Daily newspapers in Cleveland also cover news and events in Lorain County, including obituaries.

  • NewspaperARCHIVE contains an extensive number of newspaper issues from both Elyria and Lorain, which are browseable and searchable, although not every issue of each newspaper is available (a fee is required, however it is availabe free of charge if accessed from this Elyria Public Library web page); their archives are also available with membership at Ancestry.com.
  • Microfilm and original archives are kept at local libraries.

Weekly community newspapers have been published for over 100 years in Amherst, Oberlin, and Wellington.  More recently, The Sun Sentinel covers Avon, Avon Lake, and North Ridgeville.

Obituaries

Periodicals

Probate

  • Lorain County Probate Court, Justice Center, 225 Court Street, 6th Floor, Elyria, OH 44035. Phone: +1 (440) 329-5175. Fax: +1 (440) 244-6261. Holds marriage and probate records from 1824 to present, along with countywide birth and death records from 1867 to 1908.
  • Lorain County Probate On-line Records Search contains all probate related records, including marriages, since 1990. The search also includes marriage records (bride's and groom's names only) back to about 1930.

Public Records

Repositories

Courthouse

Lorain County Courthouse
226 Middle Avenue;
Elyria, OH 44035;
Phone: 440.329.5428 

Probate Judge has birth, marriage and probate records;
Clerk Court has divorce records from 1850 and court
records from 1824; County Recorder has land records;
Elyria Public Library and Loraina County Historical Society
have books of genealogical interest[1]

Lorain County is located in Northeast Ohio on the shores of Lake Erie just west of Cleveland.  It has long been home to great agriculture and industry, though both have declined due to suburban sprawl spilling out of Cuyahoga County, and the emigration of manufacturing jobs to other regions. Although the county was created in 1822, records were not kept by it until the county government was organized and began to function in 1824

Family History Centers
Libraries
  • The Ohio Room at the Elyria Public Library System Central Library, 320 Washington Ave, Elyria, Ohio 44035. Phone: +1 (440) 323-5747. Fax: +1 (440) 323-5788. M-R 10am-7pm, F-Sa 12pm-4pm, Su 1pm-5pm. contains an extensive collection of local history and genealogy books, atlases, maps, obituary indexes, city directories, and high school yearbooks; also included are microfilm archives of county newspapers beginning in 1832, the United States Census for local counties, and Lorain County Probate Court birth, death, and marriage records and indexes.
  • Lorain Public Library System
  • Cleveland Public Library
  • Herrick Memorial Library, 101 Willard Memorial Square, Wellington, Ohio  44090.  Phone: +1 (440) 647-2120. Hours: M-R 9am-8:30pm, F-Sa 9am-5pm, Su Oct-Apr 1pm-5pm.
Museums
Societies

Taxation

Vital Records

Birth
  • The probate court in Lorain County began keeping birth and death records when required by state law in 1867. Birth and death certificates have been recorded as of 20 December 1908
Marriage

(FamilySearch). Microfilm copies of these records are available at the Family History Library and Family History Centers. "Finding Lorain County Marriage Records Using the 'Ohio Marriages, 1800-1958' database" is a blog article by Chris Staats that offers helpful tips for locating marriage records when visiting the probate court

Death

Divorce

Civil Records

Beginning Dates for Lorain County Records
Birth  Marriage  Death  Census  Land  Probate  Court
1867
 
1824
 
1867
 
1830
 
1824
 
1824
 
1824


See also: Ohio Vital Records 

Official birth and death certificates are available from: 



Places

References

  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, "Lorain County, Ohio" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lorain_County,_Ohio (accessed 10 May 2012).
  3. George Frederick Wright, A Standard History of Lorain County, Ohio, Volume 1 (Chicago: The Lewis Publishing Company, 1916), 62-9.