Wayne County, Ohio Genealogy

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Guide to Wayne County Ohio genealogy. Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

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Wayne County, Ohio
Map
Map of Ohio highlighting Wayne County
Location in the state of Ohio, United States Genealogy
Map of the U.S. highlighting Ohio
Location of Ohio in the U.S.
Courthouse
Wayne County, Ohio Courthouse.jpg
Address Wayne County Courthouse
428 West Liberty St

Wooster, Ohio 44691
Wayne County Website

United States Genealogy Gotoarrow.png Ohio, United States Genealogy Gotoarrow.png Wayne County

Historical Facts[edit | edit source]

Beginning dates for major county records
Birth
Marriage
Death
Tax
Land
Probate
1867
1813
1867
1813
1817
*For earlier dates, try... Church | Obituaries | Cemeteries
  • Parent Counties: Formed from Colulmbiana and Stark Counties in 1808 (1812).
  • County Seat: Wooster
     
  • Neighboring Counties: Wayne County, Ohio Genealogy residents may also have records in [1]Medina (north) · Holmes (south) · Ashland (west) · Summit (northeast) · Stark (east)

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

See an interactive map of Wayne County boundary changes.

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

Resources[edit | edit source]

Bible Records[edit | edit source]

Biography[edit | edit source]

Business Records and Commerce[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Cemetery records often reveal birth, marriage, death, relationship, military, and religious information.

Online Grave Transcripts Published Grave Transcripts County Cemetery Directories

Findagrave.com

Family History Library

Findagrave.com

Interment.net

WorldCat

Names in Stone

USGenWeb

Billion Graves

Billion Graves

Epodunk

Ohio Gravestones

Names in Stone

See Ohio Cemeteries for more information.

Census[edit | edit 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]

Emigration and Immigration[edit | edit source]

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

Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

Genealogy[edit | edit source]

History[edit | edit source]

Local histories are available for Wayne County, Ohio Genealogy. County histories may include biographies, church, school and government history, and military information. For more information about local histories, see the wiki page section Ohio Local Histories.

Land and Property[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.

Maps[edit | edit source]

Military[edit | edit source]

  • Civil War service men from Wayne 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 Wayne County.
- 4th Regiment, Ohio Infantry (3 months, 1861), Company E (also known as Given Guards) with many men from Wooster.
- 41st Regiment, Ohio Infantry, Company C
- 102nd Regiment, Ohio Infantry , Companies F, H , and I
- 107th Regiment, Ohio Infantry, Company C, especially from the town of Wooster
- 166th Regiment, Ohio Infantry (National Guard), Company G

Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

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

To access newspapers, contact public libraries, Ohio Genealogical Society chapters, college or university libraries, the Library of Congress, Google News, or the Ohio Memory. The Ohio Genealogical Society Obituary Database is another source of newspaper information.

For more Ohio newspaper information see the Newspaper Guides on the wiki page Ohio Newspapers and Obituaries.

Obituaries[edit | edit source]

Periodicals[edit | edit source]

Probate[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 {{{1}}} 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.

Public Records[edit | edit source]

Repositories[edit | edit source]

Wayne County Courthouse
107 W Liberty Street; PO Box 407
Wooster, OH 44691-4850
Phone: 330.287.5590

Probate Court  has birth and death records 1867-1908, marriage records from 1813 and probate records from 1812; Board of Health  has birth and death records from 1908; Common Pleas Court Clerk  has divorce and court records from 1812; County Recorder  has land records from 1812.[2]

Courthouse[edit | edit source]
Family History Centers[edit | edit source]
Libraries[edit | edit source]
Museums[edit | edit source]
Societies[edit | edit source]

Taxation[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 More Tax Records

Additional tax records can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Wayne County, Ohio Genealogy 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]

Ohio Deaths, 1908-1953 Free name indexes and images at FamilySearch. Records include such information as birth date of deceased, city, county, and state of death, name of spouse if married, names of parents, maiden name of mother, name of informant, if deceased was single, married, windowed or divorced, occupation of deceased.

Web Sites[edit | edit source]

  • USGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.
  • Family History Library Catalog

Places[edit | edit source]

Neighboring Counties[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Wayne County, Ohio" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wayne_County,_Ohio (accessed 10 May 2012).
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Wayne County, Ohio. Page 546 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.


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