Fulton County, Ohio Genealogy

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

County Facts
County seat: Wauseon
Organized: April 1, 1850[1]
Parent County(s): Henry, Lucas, Williams[2]
Neighboring Counties
Williams  • Henry  • Lucas  • Lenawee (MI)  • Hillsdale (MI)
See County Maps
Fulton County, Ohio Courthouse.jpg
Location Map
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County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The county was named for Robert Fulton, inventor of the steamboat. It is located in the Northwest area of the state.[3]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Fulton County Courthouse
210 S Fulton St
Wauseon, OH 43567-1355
Phone: 419-337-9230
Fulton County Website

Probate Court has birth and death records 1867-1908, marriage, probate and naturalization records;
Clerk Court has divorce and court records;
County Recorder has military and burial records;
County Auditor has land records[4]

Fulton 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[5]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1867 1864 1867 1850 1835 1853 1820
Statewide registration for births and deaths started in 1908. General compliance year is unknown.

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

1864 A courthouse fire in July destroyed many of the county records. Those saved were located in the Court of Common Pleas such as Chancery, Plaintiff and Defendant indexes, plus the court cases. Probate Court records such as the wills, estates, and guardianship's were lost. The Recorder's Office lost the land records, but those have been reconstructed using Barber's Abstracts.

For suggestions about research in places that suffered historic record losses, see:

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. Hometown Locator The following are the most historically and genealogically relevant populated places in this county: [7]

Unincorporated communities
  • Powers
  • Seward
  • South Delta
  • Thelma
  • Winameg
  • Zone
Census-designated places

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]

  • Commemorative biographical record of northwestern Ohio: including the counties of Defiance, Henry, Williams, and Fulton; ...; (Chicago: J.H. Beers & Co., 1899) Online at FamilySearch Digital Library
  • Fulton County Historical Society; Fulton County, Ohio: a collection of historical sketches and family histories; (Dallas, Texas: The Taylor Publishing Company, 1976) Online at FamilySearch Digital Library

Business, Commerce, and Occupations[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries of Fulton 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.
1850 7,781
1860 14,043 80.5%
1870 17,789 26.7%
1880 21,053 18.3%
1890 22,023 4.6%
1900 22,801 3.5%
1910 23,914 4.9%
1920 23,445 −2.0%
1930 23,477 0.1%
1940 23,626 0.6%
1950 25,580 8.3%
1960 29,301 14.5%
1970 33,071 12.9%
1980 37,751 14.2%
1990 38,498 2.0%
2000 42,084 9.3%
2010 42,698 1.5%
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.
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.

Online Land Indexes and Records

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.

Maps and Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

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Click a neighboring county
for more resources

Migration[edit | edit source]

Military Records[edit | edit source]

Civil War

  • Civil War service men from Fulton 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 Fulton County.
- 100th Regiment, Ohio Infantry, Companies E and H
- 111th Regiment, Ohio Infantry, Companies C and F
  • Ohio Genealogical Society. Fulton County Chapter. Civil War soldiers discharge abstracts, Fulton County, Ohio. ([Ohio] : Ohio Genealogical Society. Fulton County Chapter, 1993) FHL Book 977.1115 M2c and 1890 Fulton County, Ohio special census of Union veterans FHL book 977.1115 X2f 1890

World War I

Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

Online Naturalization Indexes and Records

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

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

Fulton County Records/Microfilm Center
152 South Fulton Street, Suite 55
Wauseon, OH 43567

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

Archbold Community Library
205 Stryker St
Archbold, OH 43502

Delta Public Library
402 Main St
Delta, OH 43515-1304

Evergreen Community Library
253 Maple St
Metamora, OH 43540

Normal Memorial Library
301 N Eagle St
Fayette, OH 43521

Swanton Public Library
305 Chestnut St
Swanton, OH 43558
Email: swantonpl@gmail.com

Wauseon Public Library
117 E Elm St
Wauseon, OH 43567-1444
Email: mdeleon@seolibraries.org

Museums[edit | edit source]

Museum of Fulton County, OH
8848 State Highway 108
Exit 34 OH Turnpike
Wauseon, OH 43567
Email: info@museumoffultoncounty.org

Societies[edit | edit source]

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

Fulton County Ohio Genealogical Society
PO Box 337
Swanton, OH 43558
Email: FCCOGS@gmail.com

Websites[edit | edit source]

Research Guides[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Fulton Count History, Fulton County Chapter of OH Genealogical Society; accessed 9/1/2020
  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. http://genealogytrails.com/ohio/fulton/ accessed 2/16/2017
  4. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Ohio.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  5. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Ohio.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  6. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Ohio.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  7. Wikipedia contributors, "Fulton County, Ohio," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fulton_County,_Ohio, accessed 12 November 2018.