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Revision as of 16:37, 6 February 2013

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Online Records

Champaign County, Ohio
Boundary map of Champaign County, Ohio
Map of the U.S. highlighting Ohio
Location of Ohio in the U.S.
Champaign County, Ohio Courthouse.jpg
Address Champaign County Courthouse
200 N. Main Street
Urbana, Ohio 43078
Champaign County Website
Phone: 937.653.2746
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Historical Facts

Beginning dates for major county records
*For earlier dates, try... Church | Obituaries | Cemeteries
  • Parent Counties: Formed from Franklin and Greene counties 20 February 1805.[1]
  • County Seat: Urbana
  • Neighboring Counties: Champaign County, Ohio Genealogy residents may also have records in [2]Logan (north) · Union (northeast) · Clark (south) · Shelby and Miami (west) · Madison (east)

Boundary Changes

See an interactive map of Champaign County boundary changes.

Record Loss


Bible Records


Business Records and Commerce


Church Records

Court Records

Emigration and Immigration

Ethnic, Political, or Religious Groups



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


Land and Property



  • Civil War, 1861-1865

Civil War service men from Champaign 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 Champaign County.

- 113th Regiment, Ohio Infantry , Companies E and K

     Roster of Soldiers who enlisted from Champaign County, Ohio, for service in the Armies of the United States during the war of 1861-1865, who died or were killed in the service.
List courtesy of Champaign County Historical Society.

   Champaign County Military burials with many brief biographies at Find A Grave (11 records)

Naturalization and Citizenship


Champaign 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 Adams County Ohio newspapers in online catalogs like:




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

Public Records



Champaign County Courthouse
200 N Main Street
Urbana, OH 43078
Phone: 937.653.2746 

Probate Judge has birth, marriage and probate records.
County Health Department has death records.
County Auditor has burial records.
County Recorder has land records.
County Clerk has divorce and court records.[1]

Family History Centers

Champaign County Chapter, Ohio Genealogical Society . PO Box 682 . Urbana, OH 43078-0680


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 Champaign 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 Champaign County, Ohio Genealogy Probate Court with divorce records located with the Champaign County, Ohio Genealogy Clerk of Courts.

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

  • 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.

Web Sites


Populated Places


  1. 1.0 1.1 Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), 540, Champaign County, Ohio. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. Wikipedia contributors, "Champaign County, Ohio" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Champaign_County,_Ohio (accessed 10 May 2012).
  3. Carol Willsey Bell, Ohio Wills and Estates to 1850: An Index (Columbus, Ohio: the author, 1981). FamilySearch Books Online - Free online copy.