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

Sandusky County, Ohio
Boundary map of Sandusky County, Ohio
Map of the U.S. highlighting Ohio
Location of Ohio in the U.S.
Sandusky County, Ohio Courthouse.jpg
Address Sandusky County Courthouse
100 N. Park
Fremont, Ohio 43420
Sandusky County Website

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

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[1]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1867 1820 1867 1820 1822 1820 1820
Statewide registration for births and deaths started in 1908. General compliance year is unknown.
  • Parent Counties: Formed from Huron County in 1820.
  • County Seat: Fremont

Description[edit | edit source]

The county was named for a native word meaning "water" (Wyandot: saundustee).[2] It's county seat is Fremont and was founded February 12, 1820. It is located in the Northcentral 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]

Unincorporated communities
Census-designated places

Neighboring Counties[edit | edit source]

Ottawa County  • Erie County  • Huron County  • Seneca County  • Wood County

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 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]

Many histories of individuals can be found at the Sandusky History website.

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

Family History Library


Names in Stone

USGW Tombstones

Billion Graves

Billion Graves
OHGenWeb Tombstone Photos

Ohio Gravestones

See Ohio Cemeteries for more information.

Census[edit | edit source]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1820 852
1830 2,851 234.6%
1840 10,182 257.1%
1850 14,305 40.5%
1860 21,429 49.8%
1870 25,503 19.0%
1880 32,057 25.7%
1890 30,617 −4.5%
1900 34,311 12.1%
1910 35,171 2.5%
1920 37,109 5.5%
1930 39,731 7.1%
1940 41,014 3.2%
1950 46,114 12.4%
1960 56,486 22.5%
1970 60,983 8.0%
1980 63,267 3.7%
1990 61,963 −2.1%
2000 61,792 −0.3%
2010 60,944 −1.4%
Source: "".

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.
Lutheran[edit | edit source]
  • Records of the American Lutheran Church, Sandusky County, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at ($).

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 Sandusky 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]
  • History of Sandusky County, Ohio: With Portraits and Biographies of Prominent Citizens and Pioneers, [5]
  • Twentieth Century of History of Sandusky County, Ohio, and Representative Citizens, [6]
  • A History of Sandusky and Erie County, [7]
  • Commemorative Biographical Record of the Counties of Sandusky and Ottawa, Ohio: Containing Biographical Sketches of Prominent and Representative Citizens,[8]

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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for more resources

Military[edit | edit source]

Civil War[edit | edit source]

Civil War service men from Sandusky 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 Sandusky County.

- 100th Regiment, Ohio Infantry, Company K
- 111th Regiment, Ohio Infantry, Companies A and G
World War I[edit | edit source]

Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

Sandusky 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. 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 Indexes and Records

Finding More Probate Records[edit source]

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

Public Records[edit | edit source]

Repositories[edit | edit source]

Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Sandusky County Courthouse
100 N Park Avenue
Fremont, OH 43420-2473
Phone: 419.334.6100

County Health Department has burial, death and burial records;
Probate Judge has marriage and probate records; Clerk Court
has divorce records from 1820 and court records; County Recorder
has land records from 1822[9]

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 Affiliate 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]

The finest source for Sandusky County, Ohio genealogical and historical research is the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library, Spiegel Grove, Fremont, Ohio. The libraey has an obituary search link to the Hayes Presidential Center’s Obituary Index. This index is being expanded to cover many areas of Ohio, not just Sandusky and surrounding counties. The center holds the older probate packets, biographical files, local business records, and has many rolls of microfilm covering most area newspapers. It is available free to researchers and has a small fee for sending obituaries or doing other limited work.

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 More Tax Records

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

Vital Records[edit | edit source]

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 Sandusky 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), Sandusky 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. Wikipedia contributors, "Sandusky County," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Ohio accessed 2/22/2017.
  3. Genealogy Trails History Group, “Sandusky County, Ohio Genealogy and History”, accessed 2/27/2017.
  4. Wikipedia contributors, "Sandusky County, Ohio," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Ohio, accessed 12 January 2019.
  5. *Everett, Homer, History of Sandusky County, Ohio: With Portraits and Biographies of Prominent Citizens and Pioneers, (Cleveland, Ohio: H. Z. William & Bro., 1882). Digital copy at Internet Archive FHL film 897014; book 977.1214 H2h
  6. *Meek, Basil, Twentieth Century of History of Sandusky County, Ohio, and Representative Citizens, (Chicago, Illinois: Richmond-Arnold, 1909). Digital copy at FamilySearch Digital Library, Google Books;FHL film 1000340 Item 1
  7. *Frohman, Charles E., A History of Sandusky and Erie County, (Columbus, Ohio: Ohio Historical Society, 1965). FHL film 962254 Item 6; book 977.1 A1 no. 48
  8. 'Commemorative Biographical Record of the Counties of Sandusky and Ottawa, Ohio: Containing Biographical Sketches of Prominent and Representative Citizens, (Chicago, Illinois: J.H. Beers and Company, 1896). Online at: FamilySearch Digital Library, Google Books, Internet Archive, Ancestry ($)(Indexed); FHL film 908711 Item 1; book 977.12 D3co
  9. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Sandusky County, Ohio. Page 545 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.