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

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Online Records

Franklin County, Ohio
Boundary map of Franklin County, Ohio
Map of the U.S. highlighting Ohio
Location of Ohio in the U.S.
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Address Fayette County Courthouse
110 East Court Street
Washington, Ohio 43160
Fayette County Website
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Historical Facts

Beginning dates for major county records
*For earlier dates, try... Church | Obituaries | Cemeteries
  • Parent Counties: Formed from Highland and Ross Counties 19 February 1810.[1]
  • County Seat: Washington Court House
  • Neighboring Counties: Fayette County, Ohio Genealogy residents may also have records in [2]Licking (north) · Hocking (south) · Franklin and Pickaway (west) · Perry (east)

Boundary Changes

See an interactive map of Fayette County boundary changes.

Record Loss


Bible Records


Business Records and Commerce


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

Finding More Church Records

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

Court Records

Click for the Fayette County Government Information Center.

Emigration and Immigration

Ethnic, Political, or Religious Groups




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The county is named after Revolutionary War hero, the Marquis de Lafayette (1757-1834).[3]

Land and Property



War of 1812

Gettys, Rober Clay, Fayette County Militia on the Ohio Frontier : War of 1812 (Belfast Northern Ireland, Gettys, 1985) pages 12  FHL Book 977.A1

Civil War

Naturalization and Citizenship


Fayette 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.




Probate records created after 1852 are held by the Fayette 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 Fayette 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



Fayette County Courthouse
110 E Court Street
Washington Court House, OH 43160-1355
Phone: 614.335.5910 

Clerk Court has divorce records from 1853
and court records from 1828; Probate Judge
has probate records; County recorder has
land records[1]

Family History Centers

Fayette County Genealogical Society, P.O. Box 342, Washington Court House, Ohio 43160. Publishes quarterly newsletter.

Fayette County Historical Society, 517 Columbus Avenue, Washington Court House, Ohio 43160.


Finding More Tax Records

Additional tax records can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Fayette County, Ohio Genealogy Tax Records in online catalogs like:

Vital Records

  • Fayette County Births 1909-1999  Fayette County Health Department records, searchable index.  Results list includes child's name, gender, year of birth, name of father and maiden name of mother.
  • Ohio Deaths, 1908-1953 Free name indexes and images at FamilySearch.org from the Ohio Department of Health via the Ohio Historical Society. 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.
  • Fayette County Archive 1867-1908 Death Index Compiled by staff of the Carnegie Public Library, this index provides Book # and Page number information searchable by name.
  • St. Colman Church Death Records Patron-donated index of of the St. Colman Church. Searchable index.  Search results include the name, address (city and state), date of death and burial, name of cemetery, name of minister.

Web Sites

  • USGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.
  • Family History Library Catalog


Populated Places


  1. 1.0 1.1 Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), [FHL book 973 D27e 2002]. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "HBG" defined multiple times with different content
  2. Wikipedia contributors, "Fayette County, Ohio" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fayette_County,_Ohio (accessed 10 May 2012).
  3. "Fayette County, Ohio," Wikipedia.
  4. Carol Willsey Bell, Ohio Wills and Estates to 1850: An Index (Columbus, Ohio: the author, 1981). FamilySearch Books Online - Free online copy.