Defiance County, Ohio
Genealogy, History & Facts
Defiance County, Ohio Facts
When was Defiance County, OH Created?
Defiance County was created on April 7, 1845 from Henry County, Paulding County and Williams County . This county was named for Fort Defiance, built in 1794 by General Anthony Wayne .
Defiance County, OH Vital Records
Where can find Defiance County Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
Defiance County vital records can be found at the Ohio Department of Health which has Birth Records since Dec 20, 1908; Death Records since since 1954 and copies of Marriage and Divorce Records since 1918 to present There is a fee for each copy requested. Please refer to the information to the Statewide Vital Records in Ohio for current fees and application process.
You can search online for Defiance County Birth, Marriage, Divorce or Death Records. You can also Order Electronically Online or can download an application for Ohio Birth Certificate, Marriage Certificate, Divorce Certificate, Death Certificate Application to mail. The Archives Division has copies of births before 1908, death before 1944 and marriage records before 1949.
Defiance County, OH Census Records
What Defiance County, OH census records are available?
There are many types of census records for Defiance County guide you in researching your family tree. Federal Population Schedules are available for 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.
Defiance Co. Mortality Schedules can be found for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Defiance Co. Industry and Agriculture can be obtained for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Defiance Co. Union Veterans Schedules is available for 1890. One can find free online and printable census forms to help you with your research. See Also Ohio Census Records Research Guide
Defiance County, OH Courthouse and Government Records
What genealogical records can I find in the Defiance County Courthouse?
Researchers frequently overlook the great importance of Defiance County court, probate, and land records data as a useful resource of ancestry and genealogy information. Buried away in Ohio courthouses and archives everywhere are the ambitions and frustrations of countless Ohio residents. The possibilities are excellent that your forefathers have left a comprehensive document of at least a number of facets of their lives in the Defiance County court records. Even if your forebears is not referred to in a Court case, contemplate all of the other procedures that could have lead to him or her to appear in court records. See Also Ohio Courthouse Records Research Guide.
- Defiance County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
- Address: 221 Clinton Street, Defiance, Ohio 43512
- Phone: (419) 782-4761
- Defiance County Clerk of Probate Court
- Phone: (419) 782-4181
- Marriage Records: 1845
- Probate Records:1845
- Defiance County Recorder
- Address: 500 Second Street, Suite 201, Defiance, Ohio 43512
- Phone: (419) 782-4741
- Land Records: 1823
- Defiance County Clerk of Court of Common Pleas
- Phone: (419) 782-5931
- Court Records:1845
- Ohio, Wills and Probate Records, 1786-1998
- BLM Land Records
- Defiance County USGenWeb Archives Project
Defiance County, OH Societies and Family History Resources
What genealogical and historical societies, archives, museums, associations and libraries are available for Defiance County, OH?
A list of Defiance County Historical and Genealogical Societies, Libraries, Archives. See also list of Statewide Ohio Archives, Historical & Genealogical Societies.
- Defiance County Chapter, OGS, PO Box 7006, Defiance, OH 43512-7006; meets at St. John’s United Church of Christ, Defiance College campus. The church is on the corner of Grand Ave. and Webster St.; go into the door off of the parking lot. Meetings are the fourth Monday of the month at 7:00pm except for August. This OGS Chapter’s holdings are housed in the Ohioans Room of the Defiance Public Library.
- Defiance County Historical Society, PO Box 801, Defiance, OH 43512-0801; The Defiance County Historical Society operates Auglaize Village, a recreated village of thirty-five new, restored, and reconstructed buildings typical of rural northwest Ohio in the early part of the 19th century.
- Hicksville Historical Society Inc, PO Box 162, Hicksville, OH 43526-0162; Phone: (419) 542-6272; The Hicksville Historical Society was originally formed to restore St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. It now collects historical records and artifacts to promote community interest in local history.
- Ohio Historical Society, Archives-Library Division, 1982 Velma Avenue, Columbus, OH 43211; Telephone: 614-297-2300
- Ohio Genealogical Society, 713 South Main Street, Mansfield OH 44907-1644
Where can I connect with other Defiance County, OH Researchers through message boards and forums?
- Ohio Genealogy Community (plus.google.com)
- Ohio State Genealogy Network (facebook.com)
- Defiance County, Ohio Message Boards (boards.ancestry.com) read and post messages about your ancestors in Defiance County
- Defiance County, Ohio Genealogy Forum (genforum.genealogy.com) read and post messages with other genealogy researchers for Defiance County
What other genealogical resources are available in Defiance County, OH?
The following are web links to Genealogy, Records and Resources pertaining to Defiance County.