Ohio, Diocese of Toledo, Catholic Parish Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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This article describes a collection of records at FamilySearch.org.
Lucas, Ohio, United States
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Record Description
Record Type Parish Records
Collection years 1796-2004
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What is in the Collection?

The Catholic Parish entries are recorded in register books in columns or in paragraphs without columns. Records are organized by county, then by community, and finally by parish within each community. This collection includes records for the dates 1796-2004. Some records for some parishes are available for the following Ohio counties:

Allen
Crawford
Defiance
Erie
Fulton
Hancock
Henry
Huron
Lucas
Ottawa
Paulding
Putnam
Richland
Sandusky
Seneca
Van Wert
Williams
Wood
Wyandot

Some parishes, especially German speaking ones, were served by the same priest and so records appear very similar in the various parishes during the time period when they served. For example: St. Mary, Sandusky, Erie County and St. Sebastian, Bismark, Huron County shared the same priests during their early years.

To Browse this Collection

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Ohio, Diocese of Toledo, Catholic Parish Records, 1796-2004.

Collection Content

Sample Images

What Can this Collection Tell Me?

This collection usually contains the following information:

Birth Records

  • Date and place of baptism
  • Child's name and gender
  • Child's date of birth
  • Parents' names including maiden name of mother
  • Names of sponsors or witnesses
  • Name of officiating priest

Confirmation Records

  • Confirmation date and place
  • Given name, surname and confirmation (Catholic) name of child
  • Date and place of baptism
  • Names of parents
  • Name of officiating priest

Marriage Records

  • Groom's name and place of residence
  • Date and place of groom's baptism
  • Names of groom's parents, including maiden name of mother
  • Bride's name and place of residence
  • Date and place of bride's baptism
  • Names of bride's parents, including maiden name of mother
  • Names of witnesses
  • Name of pastor

Death and burial records

  • Death date and burial date
  • Name and age of deceased
  • Birthplace of deceased
  • Cause of death
  • Name of officiating priest
  • Name of cemetery in which interred

How Do I Search the Collection?

To begin your search it is helpful to know:

  • The name of your ancestor.
  • The approximate date of a birth, marriage or death.
  • The place where the event occurred.
  • The names of family members and their relationships.


View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page:
To search the collection you will need to follow this series of links:
⇒Select the "Browse" link on the initial search page
⇒Select the "County" category
⇒Select the "City/Town/Village" category
⇒Select the "Parish" category
⇒Select the "Record Type and Year Range" category which takes you to the images

Look at each image comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine if the image relates to them. You may need to look at several images and compare the information about the individuals listed in those images to your ancestors to make this determination. Keep in mind:

  • There may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
  • You may not be sure of your own ancestor’s name.
  • Your ancestor may have used different names or variations of their name throughout their life.

What Do I Do Next?

When you have located your ancestor in the Catholic Parish records, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records about your ancestors. Add this new information to your records of each family.

I Found Who I was Looking for, What Now?

  • Use christening and birth records of christenings (baptisms) to identify a person’s birth date and place. They are an excellent substitute for civil birth information.
  • Use church records of confirmations to identify a person’s birth date and place or his or her age. If only the age is given, use it to calculate the person’s birth date.
  • Use church records of deaths or burials to identify a person’s birth date and place.
  • Use age at death or burial to calculate a person’s birth date. They are an excellent substitute for civil death information.
  • Use church records of marriages to identify a couple, the marriage date and place, and to begin compiling a family group. They are an excellent substitute for civil marriage information.

I Can’t Find Who I’m Looking for, What Now?

  • Look for variant spellings of the names. You should also look for alias names, nicknames and abbreviated names.
  • Look for an index. There are often indexes at the beginning of each volume. Local genealogical and historical societies often have indexes to local records.
  • Search the indexes and records of nearby localities.

Known Issues with This Collection

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For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection, see the attached Wiki article. If you encounter additional problems, please email them to support@familysearch.org. Please include the full path to the link and a description of the problem in your e-mail. Your assistance will help ensure that future reworks will be considered.


Citing this Collection

Citing your sources makes it easy for others to find and evaluate the records you used. When you copy information from a record, list where you found that information. Here you can find citations already created for the entire collection and for each individual record or image.  

Collection Citation:

"Ohio, Diocese of Toledo, Catholic Parish Records, 1796-2004" Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. Citing Bowling Green State University, Center for Archival Collections.

Image citation:

The image citation is available by clicking on the Information tab at the bottom left of the screen. You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Ohio, Diocese of Toledo, Catholic Parish Records, 1796-2004.


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