Hardin County, Ohio Genealogy

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

County Facts
County seat: Kenton
Organized: March 1, 1833
Parent County(s): Logan[1]
Neighboring Counties
Hancock  • Wyandot  • Marion  • Union  • Logan  • Auglaize  • Allen
See County Maps
Hardin County, Ohio Courthouse.jpg
Location Map
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County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The county was named for John Hardin, an officer in the American Revolution. It is located in the Northwestern area of the state.[2]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Hardin County Courthouse
One Courthouse Square
Kenton, Ohio 43326
Phone: 419-674-2279
Hardin County Website

Clerk Court has divorce and court records from 1864;
County Health Department has birth and death records;
Probate Court has marriage, death and probate records
Recorder has land records[3]

Hardin 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[4]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1867 1833 1867 1864 1831 1830 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]

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: [6]

Unincorporated communities
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]

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

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries of Hardin 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.
1820 22
1830 210 854.5%
1840 4,598 2089.5%
1850 8,251 79.4%
1860 13,570 64.5%
1870 18,714 37.9%
1880 27,023 44.4%
1890 28,939 7.1%
1900 31,187 7.8%
1910 30,407 −2.5%
1920 29,167 −4.1%
1930 27,635 −5.3%
1940 27,061 −2.1%
1950 28,673 6.0%
1960 29,633 3.3%
1970 30,813 4.0%
1980 32,719 6.2%
1990 31,111 −4.9%
2000 31,945 2.7%
2010 32,058 0.4%
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.

  • Blue, Herbert T.O., Centennial History of Hardin County, Ohio, (Canton, Ohio: Rogers-Miller Co., 1933). FHL book 977.144 H2b
  • The History of Hardin County, Ohio: Containing a History of the County, Its Townships, Towns, Churches, Schools, Etc, General and Local Statistics, Military Record, Portraits of Early Settlers and Prominent Men, History of the Northwest Territory, History of Ohio, Miscellaneous Matters, Etc., Etc, (Chicago, Illinois: Warner, Beers and Co., 1883). Online at: FamilySearch Digital Library; Google Books
  • Kohler, Minnie Ichler; A Twentieth Century History of Hardin County, Ohio: A Narrative Account of Its Historical Progress, Its People and Principal Interests, (Chicago, Illinois: Lewis Publishing Co., 1910). Volume 2 online at: FamilySearch Digital Library; Google Books; Internet Archive.

Maps and Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

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Migration[edit | edit source]

Military Records[edit | edit source]

Civil War
Civil War service men from Hardin 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 Hardin County.

- 4th Regiment, Ohio Infantry (3 months, 1861), Companies D and G

World War I

Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

Online Naturalization Indexes and Records

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

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

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

Robert Reed Genealogy Library
211 W Franklin St
P.O. Box 520
Kenton, OH 43326
Email: ehardincountyg@columbus.rr.com

Ada Public Library
320 N Main St
Ada, OH 45810-1199

Alger Public Library
100 W Wagner St
P.O. Box 18
Alger, OH 45812-0018

Forest-Jackson Public Library
102 W Lima St
Forest, OH 45843

Hardin Northern Public Library
153 N Main St
Dunkirk, OH 45836-1064

Mary Lou Johnson, Hardin County District Library
325 E Columbus St
Kenton, OH 43326
Phone: 419-673-2278

Ridgemont Public Library
124 E Taylor St
P.O. Box 318
Mt Victory, OH 43340

Museums[edit | edit source]

Hardin County Historical Museums, INC
223 North Main Street
Kenton, OH 43326

Societies[edit | edit source]

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

Hardin County Genealogy Society
211 West Franklin Street
PO Box 520
Kenton, OH 43326

Websites[edit | edit source]

Research Guides[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Ohio.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. Genealogy Trails History Group, “Hardin County, Ohio Genealogy and History”, http://genealogytrails.com/ohio/hardin/ accessed 2/17/2017.
  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. 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. Wikipedia contributors, "Hardin County, Ohio," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hardin_County,_Ohio, accessed 15 December 2018.