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

County Facts
County seat: Lima
Organized: 1831[1]
Parent County(s): Shelby, Logan, Mercer[2]
Neighboring Counties
Putnam  • Van Wert  • Auglaize  • Hardin  • Hancock
See County Maps
Courthouse
Allen County, Ohio Courthouse.jpg
Location Map
OH allen.png
Adoption

County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The county was named for Colonel Allen. It is located in the Western area of the state.[3]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Allen County Courthouse
301 N. Main St.
Lima, Ohio 45801-4456
Phone: 419-223-8513
Allen County Website

Probate Court has births from 1867, marriages from 1831, and probate records.
Court Clerk has divorces and court records from 1831.
County Museum has naturalizations 1851-1929.[4]

Allen 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[5]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1867 1831 1867 1831 1831 1835 1820
Statewide registration for births and deaths started in 1908. General compliance year is unknown.

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

1929 Allen County Courthouse was destroyed by fire on January 7, 1929. Many county records destroyed.[6]

For suggestions about research in places that suffered historic record losses, see:

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

Populated Places[edit | edit source]

Populated Places
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:[8]

Cities
Villages
Unincorporated communities
Census-designated places
Townships


History Timeline[edit | edit source]

Additional Information

  • 1832 The Shawnees (tribe) were removed to Kansas from the Hog Creek Reservation (now Shawnee Township.)
  • 14 February 1848: Auglaize County was set off from the southern half of original Allen County.
  • 1848: Monroe, Richland and southern half of Sugar Creek Townships were transferred from Putnam County.
  • 1848: Parts of VanWert and Mercer counties were transferred to Allen County form Spencer Township and part of Marion Township.
  • May 1853: Cash settlement was agreed upon by Allen and Putnam counties for Putnam's loss.

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]

  • Biographical Index of Standard History of Allen County, Ohio, And Representative Citizens Vol 1, 1906 at Ohio Genealogy Express
  • Biographical Index of A Standard History of Allen County, Ohio Vol 2, 1906 at Ohio Genealogy Express

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

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries of Allen 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.
1830 578
1840 9,079 1470.8%
1850 12,109 33.4%
1860 19,185 58.4%
1870 23,623 23.1%
1880 31,314 32.6%
1890 40,644 29.8%
1900 47,976 18.0%
1910 56,580 17.9%
1920 68,223 20.6%
1930 69,419 1.8%
1940 73,303 5.6%
1950 88,183 20.3%
1960 103,691 17.6%
1970 111,144 7.2%
1980 112,241 1.0%
1990 109,755 −2.2%
2000 108,743 −0.9%
2010 106,331 −2.2%
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

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.

Maps and Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

Van Wert CountyPutnam CountyHancock CountyHardin CountyAuglaize CountyOH ALLEN.PNG
Click a neighboring county
for more resources

Migration[edit | edit source]

Military Records[edit | edit source]

Revolutionary War

War of 1812

Civil War

Civil War service men from Van Wert 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 Van Wert County.

-4th Regiment, Ohio Cavalry, Companies F and I
-99th Regiment, Ohio Infantry, Companies B and E

Online Databases:


World War I

Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

Allen 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 Allen 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.

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.

1834 Tax Lists

Taxpayers--Personal Property

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 Allen 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

Libraries[edit | edit source]

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

Lima Public Library (Main Library)
650 West Market Street
Lima, Ohio 45801
419-228-5113
Website

Museums[edit | edit source]

Allen County Museum
620 West Market Street
Lima, OH 45801
419 222-9426
Website

Societies[edit | edit source]

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

Allen County Ohio Genealogy Society
P. O. Box 1104
Lima, Ohio 45802
E-mail:ldcarder2@woh.rr.com
Website

Allen County Museum and Historical Society
620 W. Market Street
Lima, Ohio 45801
419-222-9426
E-mail:acmuseum@wcoil.com
Website

Including the Elizabeth M. MacDonell Memorial Library for genealogical and historical research

Websites[edit | edit source]

Research Guides[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. http://genealogytrails.com/ohio/allen/ accessed 2/14/2017
  2. 2.0 2.1 Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Allen County, Ohio, 540. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  3. http://genealogytrails.com/ohio/allen/ accessed 2/14/2017
  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. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Allen 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.
  6. GenDisasters.com - Lima, OH Allen County Courthouse Fire, Jan 1929 http://www.gendisasters.com/ohio/7579/lima-oh-courthouse-fire-jan-1929
  7. http://genealogytrails.com/ohio/allen/ accessed 2/14/2017
  8. Wikipedia contributors, "Allen County, Ohio," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Allen_County,_Ohio, accessed 30 October 2018.