Clinton County, Ohio Genealogy

From FamilySearch Wiki
Jump to navigation Jump to search

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

County Facts
County seat: Wilmington
Organized: 19 February 1810
Parent County(s): Highland, Warren
Neighboring Counties
Greene  • Fayette  • Highland  • Brown  • Clermont  • Warren
See County Maps
Clinton County, Ohio Courthouse.jpg
Location Map
OH clinton.png

County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The county was named for former U.S. Vice President George Clinton.[1] It is located in the West Central area of the state.

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Clinton County Courthouse
46 S. South Street
Wilmington, Ohio 45177
Phone: 937-382-0375
Clinton County Website

Probate Judge has birth and death records 1867-1908, marriage and probate records from 1810.
County Health Office has birth and death records from 1908.
County Recorder has land records from 1810.
Court Clerk has divorce and court records from 1810.[2]

Clinton 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
1867 1810 1867 1810 1806 1810 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]

Populated Places

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:[4]

Unincorporated communities
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 Clinton 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.
1810 2,674
1820 8,085 202.4%
1830 11,436 41.4%
1840 15,719 37.5%
1850 18,838 19.8%
1860 21,461 13.9%
1870 21,914 2.1%
1880 24,756 13.0%
1890 24,240 −2.1%
1900 24,202 −0.2%
1910 23,680 −2.2%
1920 23,036 −2.7%
1930 21,547 −6.5%
1940 22,574 4.8%
1950 25,572 13.3%
1960 30,004 17.3%
1970 31,464 4.9%
1980 34,603 10.0%
1990 35,415 2.3%
2000 40,543 14.5%
2010 42,040 3.7%
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.
List of Churches and Church Parishes

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.

  • History of Clinton County, Ohio: its people, industries and institutions…. By Albert J. Brown. (Indianapolis, Indiana: B.F. Bowen & Company, 1915) Online at: FamilySearch Digital Library; Google Books.
  • The history of Clark County, Ohio : containing a history of the county; its cities, towns, etc.; general and local statistics; portraits of early settlers and prominent men; history of the Northwest Territory; history of Ohio; map of Clark County; Constitution of the United States, miscellaneous matters, etc., etc.,. By Albert J. Brown. (Chicago: W.H. Beers & Co., 1882) Online at:FamilySearch Digital Library Vol 1 and FamilySearch Digital Library Vol 2.
  • Ohio Indexes at — Select the county.

Maps and Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

Greene CountyFayette CountyHighland CountyBrown CountyClermont CountyWarren CountyOH CLINTON.PNG
Click a neighboring county
for more resources

Migration[edit | edit source]

Military Records[edit | edit source]

World War I

Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

Online Naturalization Indexes and Records

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

Clinton 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.

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 Clinton 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 Indexes and 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.

Online Tax Indexes and Records

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 Clinton County. For state-wide archival repositories, see Ohio Archives and Libraries.

Clinton County Archives
11 S Nelson Ave, Suite 3
Wilmington, OH 45177

Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

Family History Center and Affiliate Library Locator map - search for local Family History Centers or Affiliate Libraries

  • 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 Affiliate Libraries

Libraries[edit | edit source]

Listed below are libraries in Clinton County. For state-wide library facilities, see Ohio Archives and Libraries.

Wilmington Public Library
2556 Lebanon Rd
Clarksville, OH 45113

Blanchester Public Library
110 N Broadway St
Blancherster, OH 45107

Museums[edit | edit source]

Clinton County History Center
149 E Locust St
PO Box 529
Wilmington, OH 45177

Societies[edit | edit source]

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

Clinton County Historical and Genealogical Societies
Clinton County History Center
149 E Locust St
PO Box 529
Wilmington, OH 45177

Websites[edit | edit source]

Research Guides[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1.,_Ohio accessed 2/14/2017
  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. Wikipedia contributors, "Clinton County, Ohio County, Ohio," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Ohio, accessed 6 November 2018.