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*'''Parent Counties''': Formed from&nbsp;[[Henry County, Ohio|Henry]], [[Paulding County, Ohio|Paulding]] and [[Williams County, Ohio|Williams]]&nbsp;Counties 4 March 1845.<ref name="HBG">[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/50140092referer=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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*'''Parent Counties''': Formed from&nbsp;[[Henry County, Ohio Genealogy|Henry]], [[Paulding County, Ohio Genealogy|Paulding]] and [[Williams County, Ohio Genealogy|Williams]]&nbsp;Counties 4 March 1845.<ref name="HBG">[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/50140092referer=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: '''Defiance
  
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==== Description ====
  
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The county was named after an early Army fortification, Fort Defiance. It's county seat is Defiance and was founded April 7, 1845.  It is located in the Northwest area of the state.<ref>http://genealogytrails.com/ohio/defiance/ accessed 2/14/2017</ref>
  
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==== Neighboring Counties  ====
  
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[[Paulding County, Ohio Genealogy|Paulding County]] {{•}} [[Putnam County, Ohio Genealogy|Putnam County]] {{•}} [[Henry County, Ohio Genealogy|Henry County]] {{•}} [[Williams County, Ohio Genealogy|Williams County]] {{•}} [[DeKalb County, Indiana Genealogy|DeKalb County, Indiana]] {{•}} [[Allen County, Indiana Genealogy|Allen County, Indiana]] {{•}}  
[[Paulding County, Ohio|Paulding County]] {{•}}
 
[[Putnam County, Ohio|Putnam County]] {{•}}
 
[[Henry County, Ohio|Henry County]] {{•}}
 
[[Williams County, Ohio|Williams County]] {{•}}
 
[[DeKalb County, Indiana|DeKalb County, Indiana]] {{•}}
 
[[Allen County, Indiana|Allen County, Indiana]] {{•}}
 
 
 
 
 
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==== Boundary Changes  ====
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
  
For animated maps illustrating Ohio county boundary changes, [http://www.mapofus.org/ohio/ "Rotating Formation Ohio County Boundary Maps"] (1788-1888) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.
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For animated maps illustrating Ohio county boundary changes, [http://www.mapofus.org/ohio/ "Rotating Formation Ohio County Boundary Maps"] (1788-1888) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.  
  
 
==== Record Loss  ====
 
==== Record Loss  ====
For a list of record loss in Ohio counties see: [http://www.genealogyinc.com/ohio/oh-counties/#courthouse Ohio Counties with Burned Courthouses]
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There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.
  
 
=== Resources  ===
 
=== Resources  ===
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==== Cemeteries  ====
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
 
BillionGraves (Headstone photos, Google map, transcriptions, searchable database, both by individual cemetery and the entire site):
 
 
*[http://billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=128094 Bethlehem Lutheran Cemetery, Defiance]
 
*[http://billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=76631 Evansport Cemetery, Defiance]
 
*[http://billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=77166 Hire Cemetery, Defiance]
 
*[http://billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=80140 Independence Cemetery, Defiance]
 
*[http://www.billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=128099 Marysdale Catholic Cemetery, Ney]
 
*[http://billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=128100 New Saint Johns Methodist Cemetery, Defiance]
 
*[http://www.billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=128101 Ney Cemetery, Ney]
 
*[http://billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=128103 Old Saint Johns Methodist Cemetery, Defiance]
 
*[http://billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=128104 Pleasant Bend and Ayersville Cemetery, Defiance]
 
*[http://billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=128106 Riverview Memory Gardens, Defiance]
 
*[http://www.billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=128108 Saint Michaels Catholic Cemetery, Defiance]
 
*[http://billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=78814 Taylor Cemetery, Defiance]
 
 
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Cemetery records often reveal birth, marriage, death, relationship, military, and religious information.  
 
Cemetery records often reveal birth, marriage, death, relationship, military, and religious information.  
  
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[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gsr&GSfn=&GSmn=&GSln=&GSbyrel=all&GSby=&GSdyrel=all&GSdy=&GScntry=4&GSst=37&GScnty=2059&GSgrid=&df=all&GSob=n Findagrave.com]  
 
 
 
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[http://www.interment.net/us/oh/Defiance.htm Interment.net]  
 
[http://www.interment.net/us/oh/Defiance.htm Interment.net]  
 
 
| bgcolor="#eddffb" | [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=su%3ACemeteries+Ohio+Defiance+County.&qt=hot_subject WorldCat]  
 
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[http://www.namesinstone.com/CemeteryList.aspx Names in Stone]  
 
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[https://billiongraves.com/search/results?year_range=5&action=search_cemetery&exact=true&country=United%20States&state=Ohio&county=Defiance&cemetery_name=a#/ Billion Graves]  
 
 
 
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[http://www.epodunk.com/cgi-bin/localList.php?local=16601&locTGroup=Cemeteries&direction=down&sec=0&qty=49&stateAbbv=&stateName= Epodunk]  
 
[http://www.epodunk.com/cgi-bin/localList.php?local=16601&locTGroup=Cemeteries&direction=down&sec=0&qty=49&stateAbbv=&stateName= Epodunk]  
 
 
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See [[Ohio Cemeteries|Ohio Cemeteries]] for more information.
 
  
 
==== Census  ====
 
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{{OH Probate Intro}}  
 
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'''Online Probate Records'''
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*'''1786 - 1998''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=8801 Ohio Wills and Probate Records 1786-1998] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index and images $
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*'''1789 - 1996''' {{RecordSearch|1992421|Ohio Probate Records 1789-1996}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — images
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*'''1790–1967''' - {{RecordSearch|1992421|Ohio, Probate Records, 1790-1967}} at [http://familysearch.org/ 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 [[How to Navigate Browsable Images|browsing]] the images. A list of Fires that have destroyed records in the courthouses of several counties are listed on the [https://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Ohio_Probate_Records_(FamilySearch_Historical_Records) Record Description page]. <br>
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*'''various years''' - [http://www.usgwarchives.net/oh/defiance/wills-index.html community contributed wills] Courtesy OhioGenWeb Archives
  
:*'''1790–1967''' - {{RecordSearch|1992421|Ohio, Probate Records, 1790-1967}} at [http://familysearch.org/ 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 [[How to Navigate Browsable Images|browsing]] the images. A list of Fires that have destroyed records in the courthouses of several counties are listed on the [https://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Ohio_Probate_Records_(FamilySearch_Historical_Records) Record Description page]. <br>
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:*'''various years''' - [http://www.usgwarchives.net/oh/defiance/wills-index.html community contributed wills] Courtesy OhioGenWeb Archives
 
 
 
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==== Public Records  ====
 
==== Public Records  ====
  
 
==== Repositories  ====
 
==== Repositories  ====
See also a List of [http://www.genealogyinc.com/ohio/oh-society-archive/ Ohio Archives, Libraries, Publications, Historical & Genealogical Societies]
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===== Courthouse  =====
 
===== Courthouse  =====
  
[http://www.defiance-county.com/ Defiance County Courthouse]<br>510 Court Street<br>Defiance, OH 43512-2157<br>Phone: 419.782.4761&nbsp;<br><br>County Recorder has birth&nbsp;and death records 1867-1908, <br>marriage records from 1845, land records from 1843, <br>probate records from 1845, divorce and court records 1800’s, <br>naturalization records 1872-1903 and military discharge records<br> 1865-1973; County Health Department has birth and death records<br> from 1908<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Defiance County, Ohio. Page 541 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>  
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[http://www.defiance-county.com/ Defiance County Courthouse]<br>510 Court Street<br>Defiance, OH 43512-2157<br>Phone: 419.782.4761&nbsp;<br><br>County Recorder has birth&nbsp;and death records 1867-1908, <br>marriage records from 1845, land records from 1843, <br>probate records from 1845, divorce and court records 1800’s, <br>naturalization records 1872-1903 and military discharge records<br> 1865-1973; County Health Department has birth and death records<br> from 1908<ref>''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Defiance County, Ohio. Page 541 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>  
  
 
===== Family History Centers  =====
 
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*[[Wauseon Ohio Family History Center|Wauseon Ohio Family History Center]]
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[[Wauseon Ohio Family History Center]]
  
For additional nearby Family History Centers, search online in the [http://www.familysearch.org/locations FHC directory]. Put your town name in the top search box.  
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For additional nearby Family History Centers, search online in the [http://www.familysearch.org/locations FHC directory]. Put your town name in the top search box.
  
 
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''Online Marriage Indexes and Records''  
 
''Online Marriage Indexes and Records''  
  
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:*'''1789-2013''' - {{RecordSearch|1614804|Ohio, County Marriages, 1789-2013}} at [https://familysearch.org FamilySearch] — index and images
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:*'''1800-1958''' - {{RecordSearch|1681001|Ohio, Marriages, 1800-1958}} at [http://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch Historical Records] – free; Index. Name index to marriage records from the state of Ohio. Microfilm copies of these records are available at the Family History Library and FamilySearch Centers. Due to privacy laws, recent records may not be displayed. The year range represents most of the records. A few records may be earlier or later.
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:*'''1800-1942''' - {{RecordSearch|2367319|Ohio, Marriages, 1800-1942}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
 
:*'''1845-present''' - [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ohdefian/records.html Defiance County Court records] Courtesy OhioGenWeb  
 
:*'''1845-present''' - [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ohdefian/records.html Defiance County Court records] Courtesy OhioGenWeb  
 
:*'''various years''' - [http://www.usgwarchives.net/oh/defiance/vitals-index.html community contributed marriage records] Courtesy OhioGenWeb Archives
 
:*'''various years''' - [http://www.usgwarchives.net/oh/defiance/vitals-index.html community contributed marriage records] Courtesy OhioGenWeb Archives
  
''Original Marriage Records on Microfilm''  
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''Original Marriage Records on Microfilm''
  
 
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''Online Death Indexes and Records''  
 
''Online Death Indexes and Records''  
  
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:*'''1840-2001''' - {{RecordSearch|2128172|Ohio, County Death Records, 1840-2001}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
 
:*'''1867-1908''' - [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ohdefian/records.html Defiance County Court records] Courtesy OhioGenWeb  
 
:*'''1867-1908''' - [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ohdefian/records.html Defiance County Court records] Courtesy OhioGenWeb  
 
:*'''1908-1953''' - [[Ohio Deaths (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Ohio Deaths]] Free name indexes and images at [[Ohio Deaths and Burials (FamilySearch Historical Records)|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.  
 
:*'''1908-1953''' - [[Ohio Deaths (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Ohio Deaths]] Free name indexes and images at [[Ohio Deaths and Burials (FamilySearch Historical Records)|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.  
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''Original Death Records on Microfilm'''  
 
''Original Death Records on Microfilm'''  
  
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*{{FHL|Ohio%2C+Defiance|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}
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*[http://www.genealogyinc.com/ohio/defiance-county/ Defiance County, OH History, Records, Facts and Genealogy]
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*[http://www.genealogyinc.com/ohio/defiance-county/ Defiance County, OH History, Records, Facts and Genealogy]
*[https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/102354897055084945585 Ohio Genealogy Network Community on Google+]
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*[http://ldsgenealogy.com/OH/Defiance-County.htm Defiance County OH Genealogy]  
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*[https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/102354897055084945585 Ohio Genealogy Network Community on Google+]  
 
*[https://www.facebook.com/groups/219410844759934/ Ohio Genealogy Network Group on Facebook]
 
*[https://www.facebook.com/groups/219410844759934/ Ohio Genealogy Network Group on Facebook]
  
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Latest revision as of 20:53, 7 March 2017

United States
Ohio
Defiance County


Guide to Defiance County, Ohio ancestry, family history, and genealogy birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.


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Defiance County, Ohio
Map
Boundary map of Defiance County, Ohio
Map of the U.S. highlighting Ohio
Location of Ohio in the U.S.
Courthouse
Defiance County, Ohio Courthouse.jpg
Address Defiance County Courthouse
500 Court St.
Defiance, Ohio 43512-2157
Defiance County Website


Historical Facts

Beginning dates for major county records
Birth
Marriage
Death
Tax
Land
Probate
1867
1845
1867
1823
1845
*For earlier dates, try... Church | Obituaries | Cemeteries

Description

The county was named after an early Army fortification, Fort Defiance. It's county seat is Defiance and was founded April 7, 1845. It is located in the Northwest area of the state.[2]

Neighboring Counties

Paulding County  • Putnam County  • Henry County  • Williams County  • DeKalb County, Indiana  • Allen County, Indiana  •


Defiance CountyWilliams CountyHenry CountyLucas CountyWood CountyHancock CountyNoble CountyDeKalb CountySteuben CountyHillsdale CountyLenawee CountyMonroe CountyBranch CountySt. Joseph CountyLa Grange CountyWhitley CountyAllen CountyPutnam CountyVan Wert CountyPaulding CountyFulton CountyOHDefiance.JPG


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

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.

Resources

Bible Records

For an extensive list of resources for Bible Records see Ohio 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

USGW Tombstones

Billion Graves

Billion Graves

Epodunk

Ohio Gravestones

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.

Catholic
  • 1796–2004 Ohio, Diocese of Toledo, Catholic Parish Records, 1796-2004 at FamilySearch Historical Records – free. This collection includes images of parish registers recording the events of baptism, first communion, confirmation, marriage, and death in the Diocese of Toledo (Ohio), Roman Catholic Church. These records are accessed by browsing the images by county. In addition to traditional parish registers, this collection includes miscellaneous cemetery records, Books of the Elect, Professions of Faith, Sick Call registers, etc.
Finding More Church Records

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

Court Records

Emigration and Immigration

Ethnic, Political, or Religious Groups

Gazetteers

Genealogy

History

Local histories are available for Defiance 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

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


Maps

Ohdefiance.jpg

Military

  • Civil War
    Civil War service men from Defiance 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 Defiance County.
- 100th Regiment, Ohio Infantry, Company D
- 111th Regiment, Ohio Infantry, Companies E and F

Naturalization and Citizenship

Newspapers

Defiance 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

Obituaries

Periodicals

Probate

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


Online Probate Records

Finding More Probate Records

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

Public Records

Repositories

Courthouse

Defiance County Courthouse
510 Court Street
Defiance, OH 43512-2157
Phone: 419.782.4761 

County Recorder has birth and death records 1867-1908,
marriage records from 1845, land records from 1843,
probate records from 1845, divorce and court records 1800’s,
naturalization records 1872-1903 and military discharge records
1865-1973; County Health Department has birth and death records
from 1908[4]

Family History Centers

Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance and free access to premium genealogical websites. In addition, many centers have free how-to genealogy classes. See Family History Center for more information. Search the online FHC directory for a nearby family history center.

Wauseon Ohio Family History Center

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

Libraries
Museums
Societies

Taxation

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 Defiance 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 Defiance County, Ohio Genealogy Probate Court with divorce records located with the Defiance 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

Original Death Records on Microfilm'

Finding More Vital Records

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

Divorce

Web Sites

Places

Populated Places

References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), [FHL book 973 D27e 2002].
  2. http://genealogytrails.com/ohio/defiance/ accessed 2/14/2017
  3. Carol Willsey Bell, Ohio Wills and Estates to 1850: An Index (Columbus, Ohio: the author, 1981). FamilySearch Books Online - Free online copy.
  4. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Defiance County, Ohio. Page 541 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.