Paulding County, Ohio Genealogy

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Guide to Paulding County, Ohio ancestry, family history, and genealogy birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

Paulding County, Ohio
Map
Boundary map of Paulding County, Ohio
Map of the U.S. highlighting Ohio
Location of Ohio in the U.S.
Courthouse
Paulding County, Ohio Courthouse.jpg
Address Paulding County Courthouse
115 N. Williams St.
Paulding, Ohio 45879
Paulding County Website



Paulding County, Ohio Record Dates[edit | edit source]

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[1]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1867 1839 1867 1839 1835 1842 1820
Statewide registration for births and deaths started in 1908. General compliance year is unknown.
  • Parent Counties: Formed from  Darke County 12 February 1820.[2]
  • County Seat: Paulding

Description[edit | edit source]

The county was named for John Paulding, one of the captors of Major John André, a conspirator with Gen. Benedict Arnold in the American Revolutionary War. It's county seat is Port Clinton and was founded April 1, 1820. It is located in the Northwest area of the state.[3]

Populated Places[edit | edit source]

For a complete list of populated places, including small neighborhoods and suburbs, visit Hometown Locator. The following are the most historically and genealogically relevant populated places in this county: [4]

Villages
Unincorporated communities
Townships

Neighboring Counties[edit | edit source]

Defiance County  • Putnam County  • Van Wert County  • Allen County, Indiana  • DeKalb County, Indiana

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

For animated maps illustrating Ohio county boundary changes, "Rotating Formation Ohio County Boundary Maps" (1788-1940) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.


Record Loss[edit | edit source]

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.

Resources[edit | edit source]

Bible Records[edit | edit source]

Biography[edit | edit source]

Business Records and Commerce[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Cemetery records often reveal birth, marriage, death, relationship, military, and religious information.

Online Grave Transcripts Published Grave Transcripts County Cemetery Directories

Findagrave.com

Family History Library

Findagrave.com

Ohio Gravestones WorldCat

Names in Stone

USGW Tombstones

Billion Graves

Billion Graves
OHGenWeb Tombstone Photos
See Ohio Cemeteries for more information.

Census[edit | edit source]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1830 161
1840 1,034 542.2%
1850 1,766 70.8%
1860 4,945 180.0%
1870 8,544 72.8%
1880 13,485 57.8%
1890 25,932 92.3%
1900 27,528 6.2%
1910 22,730 −17.4%
1920 18,736 −17.6%
1930 15,301 −18.3%
1940 15,527 1.5%
1950 15,047 −3.1%
1960 16,792 11.6%
1970 19,329 15.1%
1980 21,302 10.2%
1990 20,488 −3.8%
2000 20,293 −1.0%
2010 19,614 −3.3%
Source: "Wikipedia.org".

Church Records[edit | edit source]

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, see Ohio Church Records.

Catholic[edit | edit source]
  • 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 Church Records at Other Repositories

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

Court Records[edit | edit source]

Emigration and Immigration[edit | edit source]

Ethnic, Political, or Religious Groups[edit | edit source]

Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

Genealogy[edit | edit source]

History[edit | edit source]

Local histories are available for Paulding 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 Histories[edit | edit source]
  • Paulding County Retired Teachers Association, History of Paulding County Townships, (Paulding, Ohio : Ohio Genealogical Society. Paulding County Chapter, 1976). FHL book 977.117 H2p
  • Hardesty, W.S., Representative Citizens of Paulding County: Including a Complete and Graphic Narrative of the Chief Historical Events of the County, (Todedo, Ohio : W.S. Hardesty, 1902). FHL film 1000336 Item 1; book 977.117 H2h

Land and Property[edit | edit source]

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.

Maps[edit | edit source]

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Military[edit | edit source]

Civil War[edit | edit source]

Civil War service men from Paulding 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 Paulding County.

- 100th Regiment, Ohio Infantry, Company I
World War I[edit | edit source]

Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

Paulding 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 Memory. 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 and Obituaries. Online Newspapers
Online Newspaper Abstracts
Newspaper Extracts and Abstracts in Book Form

Obituaries[edit | edit source]

Periodicals[edit | edit source]

Probate[edit | edit source]

From 1797 or the creation of the county, probate records were held by the Court of Common Pleas. After 1852, records are held by the {{{1}}} County Probate Court. Records include wills, estates, guardianships, naturalizations, marriage, adoption, and birth and death records (1867-1908 only). The records may give the decedent's date of death, name of spouse, children, parents, siblings, in-laws, neighbors, associates, relatives, and their place of residence.

See Ohio Probate Records for information about how to use probate records. Online Probate Records

Finding More Probate Records[edit source]

Additional probate records can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Paulding County, Ohio Genealogy Probate Records in online catalogs like:

Public Records[edit | edit source]

Repositories[edit | edit source]

Courthouse[edit | edit source]



Paulding County Courthouse
Perry & N Williams
Paulding, OH 45879
Phone: 419.399.8210

County Health Department has birth and death records;
Probate Judge has marriage and probate records;
Clerk Court has divorce records; County Judge has court
records; County Recorder has land records[5]

Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance, free access to center-only databases, and to premium genealogical websites.
FamilySearch Affiliate Libraries have access to most center-only databases, but may not always have full services normally provided by a family history center.

Local Centers and Libraries

For additional nearby Family History Centers, search online in the FHC directory. Put your town name in the top search box.

Libraries[edit | edit source]
Museums[edit | edit source]
Societies[edit | edit source]
Online Genealogy Research Groups[edit | edit source]

Taxation[edit | edit source]

Ohio tax records complement land records and can be used in place of censuses before 1820 or to supplement the years between censuses. Because only persons who owned taxable property were listed, many residents were not included in tax lists. There may also be gaps of several years in the tax records of some counties.

Finding Tax Records at Other Repositories

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

Vital Records[edit | edit source]

Vital records consist of birth, death, marriage and divorce records. Marriages were usually recorded from the formation of the county and are held at the office of the County Probate Court. Divorce records are located with the county Clerk of Courts.

Any existing birth and death records from 1867 through December 19, 1908 are located at the County 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 History Connection houses death records from December 20, 1908 through December 31, 1953.

Birth[edit | edit source]

Online Birth Indexes and Records

Original Birth Records on Microfilm


Marriage[edit | edit source]

Online Marriage Indexes and Records

Original Marriage Records on Microfilm


Death[edit | edit source]

Online Death Indexes and Records

Finding More Vital Records

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

Original Death Records on Microfilm

Divorce[edit | edit source]

Websites[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Paulding County, Ohio. Page 540-547 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002; Alice Eichholz, ed. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, Third ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004), 531-533.
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), [FHL book 973 D27e 2002].
  3. Genealogy Trails History Group, “Paulding County, Ohio Genealogy and History”, http://genealogytrails.com/ohio/paulding/ accessed 2/22/2017.
  4. Wikipedia contributors, "Paulding County, Ohio," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paulding_County,_Ohio, accessed 7 January 2019.
  5. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Paulding County, Ohio. Page 545 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.