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

County Facts
County seat: Ottawa
Organized: Jan 3, 1834
Parent County(s): Shelby
Neighboring Counties
Defiance  • Henry  • Wood  • Hancock  • Allen  • Van Wert  • Paulding
See County Maps
Courthouse
Putnam County Ohio Courthouse.jpg
Location Map
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Adoption

County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The county was named in honor of Israel Putnam, who was a hero in the French and Indian War and a general in the American Revolutionary War. It is located in the Northwest area of the state.[1]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Putnam County Courthouse
245 Main Street
Ottawa, Ohio 45875-1968
Phone: 419-523-3110
Putnam County Website

Clerk Court has divorce and court records from 1834;
Probate Judge has marriage and probate records;
County Recorder has land records[2]

Putnam 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[3]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1857 1834 1867 1834 1830 1835 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]

Villages
Unincorporated communities
Census-designated places
Townships
Ghost towns


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 Putnam 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 230
1840 5,189 2156.1%
1850 7,221 39.2%
1860 12,808 77.4%
1870 17,081 33.4%
1880 23,713 38.8%
1890 30,188 27.3%
1900 32,525 7.7%
1910 29,972 −7.8%
1920 27,751 −7.4%
1930 25,074 −9.6%
1940 25,016 −0.2%
1950 25,248 0.9%
1960 28,331 12.2%
1970 31,134 9.9%
1980 32,991 6.0%
1990 33,819 2.5%
2000 34,726 2.7%
2010 34,499 −0.7%
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.

Israel Putnam.JPG

The county is named after Revolutionary War Major General Israel Putnam (1718-1790).[6]

  • History of Putnam County, Ohio: Containing Outline Maps, Fifteen Farm Maps, and a History of the County, (Chicago, Illinois: H. H. Hardesty, 1976). Online at: FamilySearch Digital Library.
  • Calvin, Marguerite, People and Places: Putnam County, Ohio, 1800-1900, (Defiance, Ohio: Hubbard, 1981). FHL book 977.118 H2c
  • The Putnam County Atlas, 1895: Brief History of the County, Towns, Churches, Crawfis College, Schools, and Other Interesting and Valuable Data, (Ottawa, Ohio: D.W. Seitz and O.C. Talbot, 1895). FHL film 928350 Item 3; book 977.118 H2h
  • Verhoff, Roselia Dieters, Putnam County Ohio: History and Families, (Evansville, Indiana: M & T Pub., 2006). FHL book 977.118 H2v

Maps and Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

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for more resources

Migration[edit | edit source]

Military Records[edit | edit source]

World War I

Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

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

Putnam County District Library
136 Putnam Parkway
P.O. Box 230
Ottawa, OH 45875-0308
419-523-3747
Website

Museums[edit | edit source]

The Putnam County Museum
The Putnam County Historical Society
201 East Main Street
Box 264
Kalida, Ohio 45853
419-532-3008
Website

Societies[edit | edit source]

Listed below are societies in Putnam County. For state-wide genealogical societies, see Ohio Societies.
The Putnam County Historical Society
201 East Main Street
Box 264
Kalida, Ohio 45853
419-532-3008
Facebook

Websites[edit | edit source]

Research Guides[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Genealogy Trails History Group, “Putnam County, Ohio Genealogy and History”, http://genealogytrails.com/ohio/putnam/ accessed 2/27/2017.
  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. 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. Ohio Atlas of Historical County Boundaries Ohio: Individual County Chronologies; Copyright The Newberry Library 2007
  5. Wikipedia contributors, "Putnam County, Ohio," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Putnam_County,_Ohio, accessed 10 January 2019.
  6. "Putnam County, Ohio," Wikipedia.