Seneca County, Ohio Genealogy
|Seneca County, Ohio|
Location of Ohio in the U.S.
|Address|| Seneca County Courthouse|
103 S. Washington St.
Tiffin, Ohio 44883-2352
Seneca County Website
- 1 Historical Facts
- 2 Resources
- 2.1 Bible Records
- 2.2 Biography
- 2.3 Business Records and Commerce
- 2.4 Cemeteries
- 2.5 Census
- 2.6 Church Records
- 2.7 Court Records
- 2.8 Emigration and Immigration
- 2.9 Ethnic, Political, or Religious Groups
- 2.10 Gazetteers
- 2.11 Genealogy
- 2.12 History
- 2.13 Land and Property
- 2.14 Maps
- 2.15 Military
- 2.16 Naturalization and Citizenship
- 2.17 Newspapers
- 2.18 Obituaries
- 2.19 Periodicals
- 2.20 Probate
- 2.21 Public Records
- 2.22 Repositories
- 2.23 Taxation
- 2.24 Vital Records
- 3 Web Sites
- 4 Places
- 5 References
|Beginning dates for major county records|
|*For earlier dates, try... Church | Obituaries | Cemeteries|
- Parent Counties: Formed from Huron and Sandusky Counties in 1820 (1824).
- County Seat: Tiffin
- Neighboring Counties: Seneca County, Ohio Genealogy residents may also have records in Sandusky (north) · Wyandot and Crawford (south) · Hancock (west) · Wood (northwest) · Huron (east)
See an interactive map of Seneca County boundary changes.
Business Records and Commerce
EXPLANATION ABOUT THE THREE CATHOLIC CHURCHES IN SENECA
Reed Assumption Church is sometimes mentioned as being in Reedtown, but it is really in the nearby country west of Reedtown, which is called the Reed area. There was a church, school, and cemetery that were called Reed Assumption until the parish was closed in 2005. The cemetery is still called Reed Assumption. The church building is still there, but not the school. No other buildings are left, except the church and maybe the rectory. The frame school was torn down in the 1960s (when a new school was built to serve the area and the parishes of St. Sebastian, Reed Assumption, and Marywood-St. Michaels. It was a public school system known as Seneca-Huron because St. Sebastian (Bismark) was in Huron County and Assumption (Reed) and St. Michael's (Franks) were in Seneca County. The public school system was formed earlier (late 1940s?) for financial reasons, but all the teachers were Catholic nuns and they had Mass and religion classes every day. The convent house was moved a mile or so away and is used as a private home. It is a few miles west of Reedtown. Reedtown is on a state highway and is a very small unincorporated village. The only remaining business is Reedtown Tavern and maybe a car/machine repair shop. However, quite a few homes are still there.
A couple miles away in the country is a place called Frank's Corner. This area is also known as Marywood. In the earliest times, it was called Thompson (Township). The church and the cemetery there were called St. Michael's. The cemetery is still known by that name, but when the Reed and Marywood parishes were closed, along with Bismark St. Sebastian, a few years ago, the three were consolidated into a new parish now known as St. Gaspar del Bufalo (yes, that is the way it is spelled). That parish uses the 1800's Gothic style church that was formerly St. Michael's. Quite a few homes are still located there.
These settlements and parishes are adjacent to each other and separated by only a few miles. Both parishes, as well as the adjacent St. Sebastian parish, to the east in Bismark, were very "tightknit" German settlements and remain such today, with many of the same family names since the mid 1800s.
Emigration and Immigration
Ethnic, Political, or Religious Groups
Land and Property
- Civil War servicemen from Seneca 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 Seneca County.
- – 8th Regiment, Ohio Infantry, Company A
- – 123rd Regiment, Ohio Infantry
- Company D
- Company I
- Company K
Naturalization and Citizenship
Seneca County Courthouse
103 S Washington Street
Tiffin, OH 44883-2354
Probate Judge has birth, marriage, and probate,
County Health Department has death records;
Clerk Court has divorce and court records from 1826;
County Recorder has land records
Family History Centers
Seneca County Chapter Ohio Genealogical Society, P. O. Box 157, Tiffin, OH 44883-0841
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, widowed or divorced; and occupation of deceased.
- USGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.
- Family History Library Catalog
“Marywood” – People often refer to a place called Marywood for a residence and/or marriages in Seneca County. There is no city called Marywood. In the “old times” when the local people spoke of Marywood, they were referring to the area around the three churches named Reed Assumption (which is in Reedtown); Saint Michael's (which has a Bellevue* address) and Saint Sebastian (which also has a Bellevue* address). Presently (2009), when people speak of Marywood, they generally are referring to Saint Michaels and/or a shrine called the Sorrowful Mother Shrine; you can learn more by going to the web at www.sorrowfulmothershrine.com.
The physical address of the Sorrowful Mother Shrine is:
4106 State Route 269
Bellevue, Ohio 44811
- Bellevue is a city that spans four counties: Erie, Huron, Sandusky, and Seneca
- Wikipedia contributors, "Seneca County, Ohio" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seneca_County,_Ohio (accessed 10 May 2012).
- Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Seneca County, Ohio. Page 545 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.