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

County Facts
County seat: Upper Sandusky
Parent County(s): Crawford, Hardin, Marion
Neighboring Counties
Seneca  • Crawford  • Marion  • Hardin  • Hancock
See County Maps
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Location Map
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County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The county name comes from the Wyandot Indians and is variously translated from their language as "around the plains" and "dwellers on the peninsula". [1]It's county seat is Upper Sandusky and was founded February 3, 1845. It is located in the Northwest area of the state.[2]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Wyandot County Courthouse
109 S. Sandusky Ave.

Wyandot County Courthouse
County Courthouse
Upper Sandusky, OH 43351-
Phone: 419.294.1432

County Health Department has birth records 1845-1908;
Probate Judge has marriage and probate records from 1845,
death and burial records 1845-1908; Clerk Court has divorce
and court records from 1845; County Recorder has land records
from 1845[3]

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

Information for this chart was taken from various sources, often containing conflicting dates. This information should be taken as a guide and should be verified by contacting the county and/or the state government agency.

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[4]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1845 1845 1845 1845 1845 1845 1820
Statewide registration for births and deaths started in 1908. General compliance year is unknown.

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

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

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

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: [5]

Unincorporated communities
Census-designated places

History Timeline[edit | edit source]

Resources[edit | edit source]

Bible Records[edit | edit source]

For an extensive list of resources for Bible Records see Ohio Bible Records.

Biographies[edit | edit source]

Business, Commerce, and Occupations[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries of Wyandot County, Ohio online and in print
Tombstone Transcriptions Online
Tombstone Transcriptions in Print (Often more complete)
List of Cemeteries in the County
See Ohio Cemeteries for more information.


Census Records[edit | edit source]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1850 11,194
1860 15,596 39.3%
1870 18,553 19.0%
1880 22,395 20.7%
1890 21,722 −3.0%
1900 21,125 −2.7%
1910 20,760 −1.7%
1920 19,481 −6.2%
1930 19,036 −2.3%
1940 19,218 1.0%
1950 19,785 3.0%
1960 21,648 9.4%
1970 21,826 0.8%
1980 22,651 3.8%
1990 22,254 −1.8%
2000 22,908 2.9%
2010 22,615 −1.3%
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.


Court Records[edit | edit source]

Directories[edit | edit source]

Emigration and Immigration[edit | edit source]

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

Funeral Homes[edit | edit source]

Genealogies[edit | edit source]

Guardianship[edit | edit source]

Land and Property Records[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.

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Local histories are available for this county. County histories may include biographies, church, school and government history, and military information. For more information about local histories, see Ohio Local Histories.

  • Baughman, A. J., Past and Present of Wyandot County, Ohio A Record of Settlement, Organization, Progress and Achievement. (Chicago S. J. Clarke, 1913). FHL book 977.126 H2p v. 1-2
  • Brinkerhoff, A.W. and Carol E. Swihart, Pioneer Life and History of Wyandot County, by A. W. Brinkerhoff published in Wyandot County Republican Newspaper, Upper Sandusky, Ohio, 1871.(Harpster, Ohio C.E. Swihart, 1988). FHL book 977.126 H2s
  • Ohio Genealogical Society. Wyandot Tracers Chapter, An Index to personal names in The History of Wyandot County, Ohio, 1884.FHL book 977.126 H2h index

Maps and Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

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for more resources

Migration[edit | edit source]

Military Records[edit | edit source]

Civil War
Service men from Wyandot 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 Wyandot County.

- 123rd Regiment, Ohio Infantry
Company A
Company F
- Men from Wyandot County served in many other regiments, even those of other states, though usually only one or two in a company. For a list of these men by regiment, see History of Wyandot County, Ohio,[6] pages 472-479. Internet Archive.
  • Baker, Scott.Civil War Soldiers Buried in Wyandot County, Ohio: War of the Rebellion, 1861-1865. ([Ohio] Ohio Genealogical Society. Wyandot Tracers Chapter, 2000) FHL Book 977.126 V3b

World War I

Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

Wyandot County newspapers often contain genealogical value including obituaries, births, marriages, deaths, anniversaries, family gatherings, family travel, achievements, business notices, engagement information, and probate court proceedings.

For more Ohio newspaper information see Ohio Newspapers and Obituaries.

Obituaries[edit | edit source]

Other Records[edit | edit source]

Periodicals[edit | edit source]

Probate Records[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 Wyandot 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

School Records[edit | edit source]

Social Security Records[edit | edit source]

Tax Records[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 Wyandot 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]

Marriage[edit | edit source]

Death[edit | edit source]

Divorce[edit | edit source]

Research Facilities[edit | edit source]

Archives[edit | edit source]

Listed below are archives in Wyandot County. For state-wide archival repositories, see Ohio Archives and Libraries.

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

Clear Fork Ohio Family History Center

Libraries[edit | edit source]

Listed below are libraries in Wyandot County. For state-wide library facilities, see Ohio Archives and Libraries.

Upper Sandusky Community Library
310 N. Sandusky Ave.
Upper Sandusky, Ohio 43351
Telephone: 419-294-1345
Heritage Room with online Obituary Index and Catalog

Museums[edit | edit source]

Wyandot County Museum
130 S. 7th St.
P.O. Box 372
Upper Sandusky,OH 43351
Telephone: 419-294-3857

The museum is now home to artifacts and documents relating to the history of Wyandot County. Overland Inn Contact WCHS at

Societies[edit | edit source]

Listed below are societies in Wyandot County. For state-wide genealogical societies, see Ohio Societies.

Wyandot County Genealogical Society
Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society
Wyandot Tracers OGS
Corresponding Secretary
PO Box 414
Upper Sandusky, Ohio 43351-0414

Please enclose a self addressed stamped envelope or an e-mail address for reply. Society meets the third Monday of each month at 6:30 PM in the Wyandot County, Ohio Libraries Upper Sandusky Community Library

Websites[edit | edit source]

Research Guides[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Wyandot County," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Ohio accessed 2/27/2017.
  2. Genealogy Trails History Group, “Wyandot County, Ohio Genealogy and History”, accessed 2/27/2017.
  3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Ohio.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  4. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Ohio.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  5. Wikipedia contributors, "Wyandot County, Ohio," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Ohio, accessed 19 January 2019.
  6. History of Wyandot County, (Chicago: Leggett, Conaway and Co., 1884), page 472-479. Internet Archive.