Henry County, Ohio Genealogy

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

County Facts
County seat: Napoleon
Organized: 1 April, 1820
Parent County(s): Shelby[1]
Neighboring Counties
Williams  • Fulton  • Lucas  • Wood  • Hancock  • Putnam  • Defiance
See County Maps
Henry County, Ohio Courthouse.jpg
Location Map
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County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The county was named for Patrick Henry, the Virginian famous for his "give me liberty or give me death" speech. It is located in the Northwestern area of the state.[2]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Henry County Courthouse
660 N Perry St
Napoleon, OH 43545-0546
Phone: 419-592-5886
Henry County Website

Probate Judge has birth and death records 1867-1908, marriage and probate records from 1847;
Clerk Court has divorce and court records 1880;
County Recorder has land records from 1835[3]

Henry 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 1847 1867 1880 1835 1847 1820
Statewide registration for births and deaths started in 1908. General compliance year is unknown.

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

1847 A courthouse fire may have damaged or destroyed some records.

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. 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 Henry 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.
1830 262
1840 2,503 855.3%
1850 3,434 37.2%
1860 8,901 159.2%
1870 14,028 57.6%
1880 20,585 46.7%
1890 25,080 21.8%
1900 27,282 8.8%
1910 25,119 −7.9%
1920 23,362 −7.0%
1930 22,524 −3.6%
1940 22,756 1.0%
1950 22,423 −1.5%
1960 25,392 13.2%
1970 27,058 6.6%
1980 28,383 4.9%
1990 29,108 2.6%
2000 29,210 0.4%
2010 28,215 −3.4%
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.

  • Aldrich, Lewis Cass; History of Henry and Fulton counties, Ohio: With Illustrations and Biographical sketches of some of its Prominent men and Pioneers (Syracuse, New York: D. Mason and Co., 1888). Online at: FamilySearch Digital Library; 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 Henry 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 Henry County.

- 68th Regiment, Ohio Infantry, Companies A, D, E, F, G, and I
- 100th Regiment, Ohio Infantry, Company B

World War I

Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

Online Naturalization Indexes and Records

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

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

Deshler Edwin Wood Memorial Library
208 North East Ave
Deshler, OH 43516
Phone: 419-278-3616

​Napoleon Public Library
310 W Clinton St
Napoleon, OH 43545
Phone: 419-592-2531

Holgate Community Library
204 Railway Ave
P.O. Box 726
Holgate, OH 43527

Liberty Center Public Library
124 East St
P.O. Box 66
Liberty Center, OH 43532

Patrick Henry School District Public Library
208 N East Ave
Deshler, OH 43516

Museums[edit | edit source]

Henry County, Ohio, Historical Society
W Clinton St
P.O. Box 443
Napoleon, OH 43545

Societies[edit | edit source]

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

Henry County Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 231
Deshler, OH 43516
Website 2

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, “Henry County, Ohio Genealogy and History”, http://genealogytrails.com/ohio/henry/ 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, "Henry County, Ohio," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_County,_Ohio, accessed 16 December 2018.