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Guide to Delaware County, Ohio ancestry, genealogy and family history, birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records. This article is about a central county of Ohio. For other uses, see Delaware (disambiguation)

County Facts
County seat: Delaware
Organized: February 10, 1808[1]
Parent County(s): Franklin[2]
Neighboring Counties
Marion  • Morrow  • Knox  • Licking  • Franklin  • Union
See County Maps
Courthouse
Delaware County, Ohio Courthouse.jpg
Location Map
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Adoption

County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The county was named after the Delaware (Lenape) tribe. It is located in the Mid-central area of the state.[3]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Delaware County Courthouse
91 N Sandusky St
Delaware, OH 43015-1703
Phone: 740-369-8761
Delaware County Website

Clerk Chancery Court has divorce and court records from 1825;
Probate Court has birth, marriage, death and probate records;
County Recorder has land records[4]

Delaware 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 1835 1867 1825 1807 1812 1820
Statewide registration for births and deaths started in 1908. General compliance year is unknown.

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

1835 A courthouse fire may have damaged or destroyed some records.

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. Hometown Locator The following are the most historically and genealogically relevant populated places in this county: [7]

Cities
Villages
Unincorporated communities
Census-designated places
Townships
Ghost towns


History Timeline[edit | edit source]

  • 1807 County established.
  • 1808 County Seat was Berkshire until 1808.
  • 1815 Courthouse was built in Delaware.
  • 1848 Gave up land for the formation of Morrow County

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 Delaware County, Ohio at Ohio Genealogy Express
  • Ohio Biographies, Delaware
  • Perrin, W.H., Battle, J.H. History of Delaware County and Ohio. Containing a Brief History of the State of Ohio, from it's earliest settlement to the present time, embracing it's topography, geological, physical and climatically features; it's agricultural, stock growing, railroad interest, etc., A history of Delaware County, given an account of its aboriginal inhabitants, early settlement by the whites, pioneer incidents, it's growth, it's improvements, organization of the county, its judicial and political history, its business and industries, church's, schools, etc., Biographical sketches; Portraits of some of the early settlers, and Prominent Men. O.L. Baskin & Company, Historical Publishers, Chicago, 1880. Online at: FamilySearch Digital Library.

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

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries of Delaware 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.
1810 2,000
1820 7,639 282.0%
1830 11,504 50.6%
1840 22,060 91.8%
1850 21,817 −1.1%
1860 23,902 9.6%
1870 25,175 5.3%
1880 27,381 8.8%
1890 27,189 −0.7%
1900 26,401 −2.9%
1910 27,182 3.0%
1920 26,013 −4.3%
1930 26,016 0.0%
1940 26,780 2.9%
1950 30,278 13.1%
1960 36,107 19.3%
1970 42,908 18.8%
1980 53,840 25.5%
1990 66,929 24.3%
2000 109,989 64.3%
2010 174,214 58.4%
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.

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.

  • Perrin, W.H., Battle, J.H. History of Delaware County and Ohio. Containing a Brief History of the State of Ohio, from it's earliest settlement to the present time, embracing it's topography, geological, physical and climatically features; it's agricultural, stock growing, railroad interest, etc., A history of Delaware County, given an account of its aboriginal inhabitants, early settlement by the whites, pioneer incidents, it's growth, it's improvements, organization of the county, its judicial and political history, its business and industries, church's, schools, etc., Biographical sketches; Portraits of some of the early settlers, and Prominent Men. (O.L. Baskin & Company, Historical Publishers, Chicago, 1880). Online at: FamilySearch Digital Library;Google Books, Internet Archives.
  • Lytle, James Robert; 20th Century History of Delaware County, Ohio and representative citizens (Chicago: Biographical Pub. Co., 1908) Online at: FamilySearch Digital Library; Internet Archives.
  • Howe, Henry; Historical collections of Ohio in two volumes : an encyclopedia of the state, history both general and local, geography with descriptions of its counties, cities and villages, its agricultural, manufacturing, mining and business development, Contrasting the Ohio of 1846 and 1890. Vol. 1 (Cincinnati, OH: C.J. Krehbiel and Co., 1886) Online at: FamilySearch Digital Library Vol 1; FamilySearch Digital Library Vol 2;Internet Archives
  • Ohio Indexes at EveryNameIndex.com — Select the county.

Maps and Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

Marion CountyMorrow CountyKnox CountyLicking CountyFranklin CountyUnion CountyOH DELAWARE.PNG
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for more resources

Migration[edit | edit source]

Military Records[edit | edit source]

Civil War
Civil War service men from Delaware 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 Delaware County.

-4th Regiment, Ohio Infantry (3 months, 1861), Company C (also known as Delaware Guards) and Company I (also known as Olentangy Guards)
-48th Ohio Veteran Volunteer Infantry
-The American Civil War - Roster of the 96th O. V. I.
-96th Ohio Infantry
-96th Regiment
Company F, roster
Company G, roster

World War I

World War II

Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

Delaware 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 Delaware 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.

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 Delaware County. For state-wide archival repositories, see Ohio Archives and Libraries.
Delaware County Records Center & Archives
2079 US Rte 23 North
PO Box 8006
Delaware, OH 43015
740-833-2140
Record Schedules
Facebook
Website

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 Delaware County. For state-wide library facilities, see Ohio Archives and Libraries.

DCHS-DCGS Library Holdings
Delaware County Historical Society
157 East William St
Delaware, OH 43015-0317
Website

Publications from DCHS-DCGS Website

Delaware County District Library
84 East Winter St
Delaware, OH 43015
740-362-3861
Email: askus@delawarelibrary.org
Website

Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center
Spiegel Grove
Fremont, OH 43420
419-332-2081
Website

Libraries of Delaware County, Ohio
Website

Community Library
PO Box 239
Sunbury, OH 43074
Email: ask@yourcl.org
Website

Museums[edit | edit source]

Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center
PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY & MUSEUMS
Spiegel Grove
Fremont, OH 43420
419-332-2081
Website

Societies[edit | edit source]

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

Delaware County, Ohio Historical Society and Genealogical Society
84 East Winter St
Delaware, OH 43015
740-369-4375
Email: genie@delawareohiohistory.com
Website

Big Walnut Area Historical Society
P.O. Box 362
Sunbury, OH 43074
Website

Powell Liberty Historical Society
103 E Olentangy St (Rt 750)
Powell, OH 43065
614-848-6210
Email: info@powellhistory.org
Facebook
Website

Radnor Heritage Society
Old Town Hall
4425 St (Rt 203)
Radnor, OH
740-595-3398
Email:chumphreys@midohio.net
Website

Websites[edit | edit source]

Research Guides[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Ohio.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Ohio.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  3. http://genealogytrails.com/ohio/delaware/ 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), Ohio.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  6. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Ohio.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  7. Wikipedia contributors, "Delaware County, Ohio," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Delaware_County,_Ohio, accessed 9 November 2018.