Preble County, Ohio Genealogy

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

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Preble County, Ohio
Map
Boundary map of Preble County, Ohio
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Location of Ohio in the U.S.
Courthouse
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Address Preble County Courthouse
101 East Main St.
Eaton, Ohio
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Contents

Historical Facts

Beginning dates for major county records
Birth
Marriage
Death
Tax
Land
Probate
1867
1808
1867

1805
1808
*For earlier dates, try... Church | Obituaries | Cemeteries

Boundary Changes

See an interactive map of Preble 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 Preble County, Ohio Genealogy Church Records in online catalogs like:

Court Records

Emigration and Immigration

Ethnic, Political, or Religious Groups

Gazetteers

Genealogy

Genealogical & Historical Records of Preble County contains the scanned images of obituary and marriage records of Preble County and new records are added on a regular basis.

Miami Valley Genealogy Index is an Index to more than a half million pointers to records all over Miami Valley including Preble County.

History

Local histories are available for Preble 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

  • Biographical History of Preble County, Ohio. (Chicago: The Lewis Publishing Company, 1900)
  • History of Preble County, Ohio: Her People, Industries and Institutions by R. E. Lowry. (Indianpolis, Indiana: B. F. Bowen, c1915. Reprint; Owensboro, Kentucky: Cook & McDowll Publications, 1981)
  • History of Preble County, Ohio: With Illustrations and Biographical Sketches, 1798-1881. (Cleveland, Ohio: H. Z. Williams & Bro., 1881)
  • Pictorial History of the One-Room Schools of Preble County, Ohio (Evansville, Indiana: M. T. Publishing, 2010)
  • Preble County: Celebrating Our Heritage One Township at a Time: 1808-2008 (Eaton, Ohio: Key Printing, 2008)
  • Preble County, Ohio.  (Eaton, Ohio: Preble County Historical Society, 1992)
  • Visiting our Past 200 Years: The Bicentennial Celebration of Eaton, Ohio 1806-2006. (Eaton, Ohio: The Eaton Bicentennial History Committee, 2006)

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



Maps

  • Atlas of Preble County, Ohio from Actual Surveys by D. J. Lake (Philadelphia: C. O. Titus, c1871)
  • Composite Collection of Cadastral Maps of Preble County, Ohio by Seth Schlotterbeck (Eaton, Ohio: Preble County Historical Society, c1978)
  • Plat Book of Preble County, Ohio: Compiled from County Records and Actual Surveys.  (Des Moines, Iowa: Northwest Publishing Co., 1912)
  • Township Maps of Preble County, Ohio: Compiled from County Records and Actual Surveys. (Richmond, Indiana: F. B. Robinson, c1897)

Military

Naturalization and Citizenship

Newspapers

Preble 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

The following is a list of Preble County newspapers that are available on microfilm and owned by the Preble County District Library (PCDL), unless noted.  The dates/years next to a title are the years available on microflim, and not the years published.

  • Camden Gazette (1896-1902)
  • Camden Herald (1877-1879)
  • Camden Herald and Camden Gazette (1877-1879)
  • [Camden] Preble County News (1903-1989)
  • [Eaton] Bulletin (1937-1953)
  • Eaton Democrat (1854-1856, 1875-1926, 1935-1938)
  • [Eaton] Democratic Press (1860-1865)
  • [Eaton] Gospel Herald (1847-1848)
  • Eaton Herald (1900-1901, 1906-1918)
  • Eaton Independent (1873-1874)
  • [Eaton] Ohio Graphic (1928-1990) - not ownd by PCDL
  • [Eaton] Preble County Democrat (1857-1859)
  • [Eaton] Preble County Democrat (1902-1908)
  • Eaton Register (1830-1918)  [scattered issues from 1830-1875]
  • [Eaton] Register-Herald (1918-Present)
  • Eaton Semi-Weekly News (1927-1935)
  • Eaton Weekly Democract (1870-1873)
  • Eldorado Bee (1898-1901, 1908-1927)
  • Eldroado News (1927, 1930-1931)
  • Lewisburg Leader (1897-1982)
  • New Paris Graphic-Mirror (1958-1962)
  • New Paris Mirror (1883-1922, 1930-1931)
  • [West Alexandria] Record (1905-1910) - not owned by PCDL
  • [West Alexandria] Twin Valley Eco (1899-1931) - not owned by PCDL
  • [West Alexandria] Twin Valley News (Microfilm: 1955, 1973-1991; Bound vols: 1954-2010)

Currently published newspapers.

Obituaries

Periodicals

Probate

Probate records created after 1852 are held by the Preble 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 Preble 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 Preble County, Ohio Genealogy Probate Records in online catalogs like:

Public Records

Repositories

Courthouse



Preble County Courthouse
100 Main Street
Eaton, OH 45320
Phone: 937.456.8160

Probate Judge has birth and death records from 1867,
probate records from 1800 and marriage records from 1808;
Clerk Court has divorce and court records from 1850;
County Recorder has land records from 1804[3]

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 Preble County, Ohio Genealogy is the

Libraries
  • Preble County Room, houses the genealogical and local history collections of the Preble County District Library.
Museums
Societies

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.

Finding More Tax Records

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

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

Birth

Online Birth Indexes and Records

Original Birth Records on Microfilm

Marriage

Online Marriage Indexes and Records

Original Marriage Records on Microfilm

Death

Online Death Indexes and Records

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.



An excellent source of early marriage and obituary information is the online database entitled Genealogical & Historical Records of Preble County, Ohio, sponsored by the Preble County District Library. A searchable database of marriages, obituaries and some cemetery records links to the actual scanned image of the genealogical and historical documents, which date back into the 1800s.Finding More Vital Records

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

Original Death Records on Microfilm

Divorce

Web Sites


Places

Populated Places

Cities and Villages

  • Camden
  • College Corner - currently part in Butler County & Preble County
  • Eaton, City of
  • Eldorado
  • Gratis
  • Lewisburg
  • New Paris
  • Verona - currently part in Montgomery County & Preble County
  • West Alexandria
  • West Elkton
  • West Manchester

Townships

  • Dixon
  • Gasper
  • Gratis
  • Harrison
  • Israel
  • Jackson
  • Jefferson
  • Lanier
  • Monroe
  • Somers
  • Twin
  • Washington

Neighboring Counties

References

  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Preble County, Ohio" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Preble_County,_Ohio (accessed 2 July 2013).
  2. Carol Willsey Bell, Ohio Wills and Estates to 1850: An Index (Columbus, Ohio: the author, 1981). FamilySearch Books Online - Free online copy.
  3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Preble County, Ohio. Page 545 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.