Formed 28 Feb 1850, 407 square miles
Parent counties: Lucas, Henry, Williams
Evolution of county from date of formation until it assumed its final form
1 Apr 1850: Erected and organized
The first county seat, in 1851, was located in Ottokee. In 1869, the county seat was removed to Wauseon. In 1864, a courthouse fire destroyed records located in the Probate court as well as the Recorder's Office. Records do exist for the Clerk of Courts (Common Pleas). Land records were reconstructed from Barber's Abstracts. Some tax records were lost in the fire.
Federal Population schedules extant from 1830-1940. (1890 missing) The northern part of the county in 1820 was Monroe County, Michigan. These census records do exist.
1850 Agricultural; 1850 Industry; 1860 Agricultural; 1860 Mortality; 1870 Agricultural; 1870 Industry; 1880 Agricultural; 1880 Industry; 1880 Defective, Dependent, and Delinquent; 1880 Mortality
Amboy, Chesterfield, Clinton, Dover, Franklin, Fulton, German, Gorham, Pike, Royalton, Swan Creek, and York
Archival District: Bowling Green State University, Center for Archival Collections, Jerome Library, Bowling Green Ohio.
For online death records: http://www.crewfamily.com/deaths/Deaths_index.htm
Jana Broglin, OGSF