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

County Facts
County seat: Paulding
Organized: 18 Mar 1839[1]
Parent County(s): Darke[2]
Neighboring Counties
Defiance  • Putnam  • Van Wert  • Allen, (IN)  • DeKalb (IN)
See County Maps
Courthouse
Paulding County, Ohio Courthouse.jpg
Location Map
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Adoption

County Information[edit | edit source]

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 is located in the Northwest area of the state.[3]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Paulding County Courthouse
115 N Williams St, Room 104
Paulding, OH 45879
Phone: 419-399-8210 (Legal Division)
419-399-8211 (Title Division)
Paulding County Website

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[4]

Paulding 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 1839 1867 1839 1835 1842 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: [8]

Villages
Unincorporated communities
Townships

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]

  • 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). Online at FamilySearch Book; Scroll down to Film/Digital Notes, then click on the camera icon on the right side of the page for images.

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

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries of Paulding 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 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

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.

  • 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). Online at FamilySearch Book; images.
  • Paulding County Retired Teachers Association, History of Paulding County Townships, (Paulding, Ohio Ohio Genealogical Society. Paulding County Chapter, 1976). FHL book 977.117 H2p

Maps and Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

DeKalb CountyAllen CountyDefiance CountyPutnam CountyVan Wert CountyOH PAULDING.PNG
Click a neighboring county
for more resources

Migration[edit | edit source]

Military Records[edit | edit source]

Civil War
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

Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

Paulding 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 Paulding 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.

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

Pauling County Carnegie Library
205 S Main St
Paulding, OH 45879
419-399-2032
Email:ewilliams@mypccl.org
Website

Museums[edit | edit source]

Paulding John Historical Museum
600 Fairground Dr
Paulding, OH 45879
419-399-8218
Facebook

Societies[edit | edit source]

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

Paulding County OGS
c/o Paulding County Carnegie Library
205 S Main St
Paulding, OH 45879
Website

John Paulding Historical Society Inc
PO Box 93
Paulding, OH 45879-0093
419-399-8218
Email:jphs45879@yahoo.com
Website

Websites[edit | edit source]

Research Guides[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Ohio Historical Boundary Changes - list of all boundary changes by county provided by Newberry Library
  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. Genealogy Trails History Group, “Paulding County, Ohio Genealogy and History”, http://genealogytrails.com/ohio/paulding/ accessed 2/22/2017.
  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. Ohio Historical Boundary Changes - list of all boundary changes by county provided by Newberry Library
  8. Wikipedia contributors, "Paulding County, Ohio," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paulding_County,_Ohio, accessed 7 January 2019.