Fulton County, Ohio Genealogy

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

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Fulton County, Ohio
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Address Fulton County Courthouse
210 S. Fulton
Wauseon, Ohio 43567-1355
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Historical Facts

Beginning dates for major county records
*For earlier dates, try... Church | Obituaries | Cemeteries
  • Parent Counties: Formed from Henry, Lucas, and Williams Counties 28 February 1850.[1]
  • County Seat: Wauseon

Neighboring Counties

Williams County  • Henry County  • Lucas County  • Lenawee County, Michigan  • Hillsdale County, Michigan

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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

A courthouse fire in July 1864 destroyed many of the county records. Those saved were located in the Court of Common Pleas such as Chancery, Plaintiff and Defendant indexes, plus the court cases. Probate Court records such as the wills, estates, and guardianship's were lost. The Recorder's Office lost the land records, but those have been reconstructed using Barber's Abstracts.

For a list of record loss in Ohio counties see: Ohio Counties with Burned Courthouses


Bible Records

For an extensive list of resources for Bible Records see Ohio 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

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.

  • 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 Fulton County, Ohio Genealogy Church Records in online catalogs like:

Court Records

Emigration and Immigration

Ethnic, Political, or Religious Groups




Local histories are available for Fulton 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
  • Reighard, Frank H., A standard history of Fulton County, Ohio: an authentic narrative of the past… (Chicago : Lewis Publishing Co., 1920) Digital version of Volume 1 at FamilySearch Books Online; Google Books; Volume 2 at FamilySearch Books Online; Google Books; also available on microfilm at FHL film 1000314 Items 4-5.
  • Mikesell, Thomas, The county of Fulton; a history of Fulton County, Ohio, from the earliest days (Madison, Wisconsin : Northwestern Historical Association, 1905) Digital version at Google Books; FamilySearch Books Online.
  • Aldrich, Lewis Cass, History of Henry and Fulton Counties, Ohio : with illustrations and biographical sketches of some of its prominent men and pioneers (Syracuse, N.Y. : D. Mason & Co., 1888) Digital version at Internet Archives.

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




  • Civil War

Civil War service men from Fulton 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 Fulton County.

Ohio Genealogical Society. Fulton County Chapter. Civil War soldiers discharge abstracts, Fulton County, Ohio. ([Ohio] : Ohio Genealogical Society. Fulton County Chapter, 1993) FHL Book 977.1115 M2c

- 100th Regiment, Ohio Infantry, Companies E and H
- 111th Regiment, Ohio Infantry, Comapanies C and F

Naturalization and Citizenship


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

Public Records


See also a List of Ohio Archives, Libraries, Publications, Historical & Genealogical Societies


Fulton County Courthouse
210 South Fulton Street
Wauseon, OH 43567-1355
Phone: 419.337.9230 

Probate Court has birth and death records 1867-1908,
marriage, probate and naturalization records; Clerk Court
has divorce and court records; County Recorder has military
and burial records; County  Auditor  has land 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 Fulton 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.



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

  • 1908-1953 - 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.
  • 1954-Present - Ohio Deaths, 1954-Present Death certificates from 1954 to the present are held by the Ohio Department of Health.  These records can be ordered in person or by mail.
  • Walk In Address:
    Ohio Department of Health
    Vital Statistics
    225 Neilston Street
    Columbus, Ohio 43215
  • Mail your request to:
    Ohio Department of Health
    Vital Statistics
    P.O. Box 15098
    Columbus, Ohio 43215-0098

Additionally, Ohio death records can be obtained from the city or county health department where the death occurred.  Some cities and counties can issue all death certificates from the State of Ohio if that city or county has been granted statewide issuance access.
Finding More Vital Records

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

Original Death Records on Microfilm


Web Sites


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. Carol Willsey Bell, Ohio Wills and Estates to 1850: An Index (Columbus, Ohio: the author, 1981). FamilySearch Books Online - Free online copy.