Warren County, Ohio Genealogy

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Historical Facts

Beginning dates for major county records
*For earlier dates, try... Church | Obituaries | Cemeteries
  • Parent Counties: Formed from Hamilton and County in 1803.
  • County Seat: Lebanon
  • Neighboring Counties: Warren County, Ohio Genealogy residents may also have records in [1]Montgomery (north) · Clermont (south) · Butler (west) · Greene (northeast) · Hamilton (southwest) · Clinton (east)

Ohio Digital Collections


  • 24 March 1803 - The newly formed Ohio State government split Hamilton County into several counties, including Warren.  
  • 1 January 1815 - The northwest corner of presentday Warren County was gained from Butler County and the ---- of Warren County was transferred to --- County. [2]

Boundary Changes

See an interactive map of Warren County boundary changes.

Populated Places

County Seat:Lebanon

Towns/Villages: Blanchester | Butlerville | Carlisle | Chautauqua | Corwin | Franklin | Harveysburg | Loveland | Maineville | Mason | Middletown | Monroe | Morrow | Oxford | Pleasant Plain | Red Lion | Ridgeville | Springboro | South Lebanon | Union | Waynesville | Youngstown

Townships: Clear Creek | Deerfield | Franklin | Hamilton | Harlan | Massie | Salem | Turtlecreek | Union | Washington | Wayne

County Repositories

Administration Building
406 Justice Dr.
Lebanon, Ohio 45036
Hours: M-F 8am-5pm
Replacing the traditional county courthouse, the Warren County Administration building opened in 2001 and is home to the Recorder's Office, the Records Center and Archives, and the Genealogy Society.
Records Center and Archives
406 Justice Dr. Rm #052
Lebanon, Ohio 45036
[mailto: archives@co.warren.oh.us archives@co.warren.oh.us]
Hours: M-F 8am-4:30pm
The Edna L. Bowyer Records Center and Archives is located on the lower level of the Warren County Administration Building and was dedicated in honor of a former Warren County Recorder. The Warren County Archives holds a variety of records including birth and death records (1867-1908), marriage records (1803-1980), probate records (1803-1936), and duplicate tax records (various years). The Archives accepts online research requests.
406 Justice Dr.
Lebanon, Ohio 45036
[mailto: linda.tufts@co.warren.oh.us linda.tufts@co.warren.oh.us]
Hours: M-F 8am-4:30pm
Located on the upper level of the Warren County Administration Building, the Recorder's office is responsible for maintaining copies of all land records from the county's formation until the present day. An index to deeds recorded between 1979 and 2010 is available online.
Warren County Combined
Health District

Vital Statistics
416 South East Street
Lebanon, Ohio 45036
Hours: M-F 7:30am-4pm
The Division of Vital Statistics is responsible for recording births and deaths and holds copies of all birth and death records after December 20, 1908. (Original birth and death records after 1908 were forwarded to the Division of Vital Statistics of the Ohio Department of Health.) Certified copies of birth and death records can be obtained from the Division of Vital Statistics either on-site or by mail.
Genealogical Society
406 Justice Dr.
Lebanon, Ohio 45036
Hours: M,T,Th,F 9am-4pm
Located on the lower level of the Warren County Administration Building, the Warren County Genealogical Society holds a variety of records on-site and has made available information and online indexes for a variety of resources including vital records, obituaries, cemetery records, probate records, and land records. Also check out the society's Virtual Cemetery Project.

Available Records

Bible Records

  • The Warren County Genealogical Society holds the family pages (or copies) of many Bibles that have been submitted to the Genealogical Society.
  • Some Bible records for Warren County have been microfilmed and are available from your local Family History Center.





  • The Warren County Genealogical Society has information about various courts and court records in Warren County as well as indexes to various court records.
  • The Court of Common Pleas, whose records start in 1803, hold a variety of records. A listing of available records can be found on the Warren County Genealogical Web site.
  • The Warren County Supreme Court (1803-1851) became the District Court (1852-1883) which became the Circuit Court (1883-1912) which became the Court of Appeals (1912-present). Further information can be found at the Warren County Genealogy Society Web site.

Ethnic, Political, or Religious Groups


Funeral Home Records



Land in Warren County was originally surveyed under two different systems. Clear Creak, Deerfield, Franklin Turtlecreek and Wayne townships were surveyed as part of the Symmes Purchase. The Symmes Purchase covered land located between the Miami Rivers (the resulting survey was sometimes referred to as the Miami River Survey or the Survey between the Miamim Rivers) and was surveyed according the Northwest Ordinance of 1785. According to the 1785 act, section one was located in the southeast corner of the township. Section two was then located directly north of section one with section three just north of two and so forth through section six. Section seven was located just west of section one and sections eight through twelve to the north of section seven. Sections were numbered in this manner through section thirty-six, which was located in the northwest section of the township. Meanwhile Hamilton, Harland, Salem, and Washington Townships were originally part of the Virginia Military District lands and divided using Military District numbers. Military Districts were not numbered according to a standard so it will be necessary to locate a plat map of Warren County to locate a specific Military District number.

Local Histories



Revolutionary War

Civil War

Civil War service men from Warren 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 Warren County.

- 1st Regiment, Ohio Cavalry, Company G 


  • The Warren County Genealogical Society has indexes to Naturalization Records from 1821-1925. Naturalizations after 1925 were filed with the Federal Court in Hamilton County.


  • The Warren County Genealogical Society has information on local newspapers including newspaper titles and years of publications.


  • The Warren County Genealogical Society has indexes to obituaries published in local newspapers covering years from 1810-2009. Indexes are organized by year and decade. If an ancestor is found in the obituary index, copies of the obitary can be ordered from the genealogy society.
  • Warren Tribune Chronicle Obituary Search, 1900-1939 - PDF index provided by the Warren-Trumbull County Public Library



  • The Warren County Genealogical Societys has indexes for the tax lists for 1810, 1827, 1830, 1832, 1840, and 1842 and is in process of indexing the teax lists for 1816-1826 and 1828.

Vital Records

Title Description Location(s)
The first formal adoption in Warren County took place in 1856 though orphan children may have been indentured with a local family instead.[3]
Online Indexes (Warren County Genealogical Society)
In Person (Records Center & Archives)
Kept by the county starting 1867 in register format.
Order Online (Records Center & Archives)
Online Indexes (Warren County Genealogical Society)
{{FHL|364167|title-id|disp=Microfilm}} (FamilySearch)
In Person (Records Center & Archives)
Statewide registration started 20 Dec 1908. Copies can be found with both the county and the state.
Order by Mail (Warren Division of Vital Statistics)
Order by Mail (Ohio Division of Vital Statistics)
Order Online (Ohio Division of Vital Statistics)
Late Births
1868 - 1938
Birth certificates obtained  by adults oftentimes to acquire a Social Security Card or other government documentation.
Online Indexes (Warren County Genealogical Society)
Chester L. Dunn, Warren County, Ohio Birth Records: Later Reports as Recorded in Probate Files, Lebanon, Ohio: Warren County Genealogical Society, 1988.
1803 - present
Recorded by the county starting at the time the county was formed.
Online Indexes1803-1907 (Warren County Genealogical Society)
In Person (Records Center & Archives)
Kept by the county starting 1867 in Register format.
Online Indexes (Warren County Genealogical Society)
Order Online (Records Center & Archives)
{{FHL|289733|title-id|disp=Microfilm}} (FamilySearch)
In Person (Records Center & Archives)
Ellen Van Houten and Florence Cole, Death Records, 1867-1881 Probate Court, Warren County, Ohio, Loveland, Ohio: Cardinal Research, 1988.
Statewide registration started 20 Dec 1908. Copies can be found with both the county and the state.
Online Images 1908-1953 (FamilySearch Record Search)
Online Indexes 1908-1930 (Warren County Genealogical Society)
Order by Mail (Warren Division of Vital Statistics)
Order by Mail 1954-present (Ohio Division of Vital Statistics)

Online Indexes 1803-1900 (Warren County Genealogical Society)

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


Family History Centers


  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Mahoning County, Ohio" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mahoning_County,_Ohio (accessed 10 May 2012).
  2. http://www.co.warren.oh.us/genealogy/history.htm#CREATION%20DATES
  3. http://www.co.warren.oh.us/genealogy/adoptions.htm