Morrow County, Ohio Genealogy

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

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Online Records

Morrow County, Ohio
Boundary map of Morrow County, Ohio
Map of the U.S. highlighting Ohio
Location of Ohio in the U.S.
Morrow County, Ohio Courthouse.jpg
Address Morrow County Courthouse
48 E. High St.
Mount Gilead, Ohio 43338-1458
Morrow County Website
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Historical Facts

Beginning dates for major county records

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

Boundary Changes

See an interactive map of Morrow County boundary changes.

Record Loss


Bible Records


Business Records and Commerce


Tombstone Transcription Project

LDS Cemetery Records
Vol. 21 page 24 - unidentified cemetery

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.

Finding More Church Records

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

Court Records

Emigration and Immigration

Ethnic, Political, or Religious Groups




Local histories are available for Morrow 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

History of Morrow County and Ohio: containing a brief history of the state of Ohio ... a history of Morrow County ... biographical sketches, portraits of some of the early settlers and prominent men, etc., etc (Google Books)

History of Morrow County, Ohio: A Narrative Account of Its Historical Progress, Its People, and Its Principal Interests, Volume 1 (Google Books)

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



  • Civil War service men from Morrow 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 Morrow County.
96th Regiment, Ohio Infantry
Company C, roster 
Company D (both Morrow and Marion Counties), roster 

Naturalization and Citizenship


Morrow 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 Morrow 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 Morrow 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 Morrow County, Ohio Genealogy Probate Records in online catalogs like:

Public Records



Morrow County Courthouse
48 East High Street
Mount Gilead, OH 43338

Probate Court has birth and death records 1856-1857 and 1867-1908, marriage and probate records from 1848 and naturalization records 1848-1894;

County Health Department has birth and death records from 1908. County Recorder has land records from 1848 and military records. Common Pleas Court has divorce and court 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 Morrow 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.



Finding More Tax Records

Additional tax records can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Morrow 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 Morrow 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 Morrow County, Ohio Genealogy Probate Court with divorce records located with the Morrow 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

Original Death Records on Microfilm

Finding More Vital Records

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


Web Sites


The Townships that came from Delaware County are: Westfield, Lincoln, Harmony, Peru and Bennington.

The Townships that came from Knox County are: Franklin, Chester and South Bloomfield.

The Townships that came from Marion County are: Canaan, Cardington, Gilead (some of what is now Gilead was in Knox County) and Washington. Morven Township lands, Marion County, were ceded to Morrow County, but did not continue to exist by that name.

The Townships that came from Richland County are: North Bloomfield, Troy, Congress and Perry.

Populated Places

Map: The Townships of Morrow County


  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, "Morrow County, Ohio" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at,_Ohio (accessed 1 July 2013).
  3. Carol Willsey Bell, Ohio Wills and Estates to 1850: An Index (Columbus, Ohio: the author, 1981). FamilySearch Books Online - Free online copy.