Huron County, Ohio Genealogy

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

County Facts
County seat: Norwalk
Organized: April 1, 1815
Parent County(s): Portage, Cuyahoga
Neighboring Counties
Erie  • Lorain  • Ashland  • Richland  • Crawford  • Seneca  • Sandusky
See County Maps
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Location Map
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County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The county was named for the Huron Native American tribe who once lived in the Great Lakes region. It is located in the North-central area of the state.[1]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Huron County Courthouse
2 E Main St
Norwalk, OH 44857
Phone: 419-668-4383
Huron County Website

County Recorder
12 E Main St
Norwalk, OH 44857
First floor
Phone: 419-668-1916
Huron County Recorder

Probate Judge has birth and death records 1867-1908, Marriage and probate records from 1815 and naturalization records from 1859;
City and County Health Department have Birth and death records from 1908;
County Clerk has court records from 1815, divorce and naturalization records 1859;
County Recorder has land records from 1808, Connecticut Fire Sufferers records 1792-1808 and military records from 1865;
County Auditor has tax records from 1820;
County Historical Library has infirmary records 1848-1900, Tax records 1815-1825, County Commission journals from 1815, land partition records 1815-1920;
County militia lists 1864-1865 and indigent soldier burial; indigent soldier burial records 1880-1920[2]

Huron 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 1815 1867 1815 1808 1815 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: [4]

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]

  • Williams, William W., History of the Fire Lands, Comprising Huron and Erie Counties, Ohio, with Illustrations and Biographical Sketches of Some of the Prominent Men and Pioneers, (Cleveland, Ohio: Leader Print. Co., 1879). Online at: Google Books, Internet Archive, FamilySearch Digital Library
  • Commemorative biographical record of the counties of Huron and Lorain, Ohio: containing biographical sketches of prominent and representative citizens, and of many of the early settled families (Chicago, Illinois: J.H. Beers & Co., 1894) Volume 1 (Huron County) online at FamilySearch Digital Library, Hathitrust, Internet Archive

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

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries of Huron 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 6,675
1830 13,341 99.9%
1840 23,933 79.4%
1850 26,203 9.5%
1860 29,616 13.0%
1870 28,532 −3.7%
1880 31,609 10.8%
1890 31,949 1.1%
1900 32,330 1.2%
1910 34,206 5.8%
1920 32,424 −5.2%
1930 33,700 3.9%
1940 34,800 3.3%
1950 39,353 13.1%
1960 47,326 20.3%
1970 49,587 4.8%
1980 54,608 10.1%
1990 56,240 3.0%
2000 59,487 5.8%
2010 59,626 0.2%
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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



  • Records of the American Lutheran Church, Norwalk, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at ($).

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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Migration[edit | edit source]

Military Records[edit | edit source]

Civil War

  • Civil War service men from Huron 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 with men from Huron County.
- 1st Independent Battery, Ohio Light Artillery, a battery is like a company in an artillery regiment.
- 24th Regiment, Ohio Infantry , Companies A and G
- 41st Regiment, Ohio Infantry, Companies G and H
- 107th Regiment, Ohio Infantry, Company H
- 123rd Regiment, Ohio Infantry, Companies B, C, and E
- 166th Regiment, Ohio Infantry (National Guard), Companies B, C, and H

World War I

Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

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

Norwalk Public Library
46 W Main St
Norwalk, OH 44857

New London Public Library
67 S Main St
New London, OH 44851

Bellevue Public Library
224 E Main St
Bellevue, OH 44811-1409

Huron County Community Library
6 W Emerald St
Willard, OH 44890-1498

Monroeville Public Library
34 Monroe St
Monroeville, OH 44847-9722

Laning-Young Research Center
9 Case Ave
Norwalk, OH 44857

Museums[edit | edit source]

The Huron Historical Society
333 Williams St
P.O. Box 222
Huron, Oh 44839
419-433-5009 Ext. 243

Milan History Museum
10 Edison Dr
Milan, OH 44846

Societies[edit | edit source]

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

Western Reserve Historical Society
Research Library in the History Center
10825 East Blvd
Cleveland, OH 44106
FamilySearch Wiki

The Firelands Historical Society-
4 Case Ave
Norwalk, OH 44857

New London Area Historical Society
13 Main St
New London, OH 44851

Plymouth Area Historical Society
15 Sandusky St
Willard, OH 44890

Ohio Genealogical Society- Huron Chapter
PO Box 923
Norwalk, OH 44857

Websites[edit | edit source]

Research Guides[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Genealogy Trails History Group, “Huron County, Ohio Genealogy and History”, accessed 2/17/2017.
  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, "Huron County, Ohio," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Ohio, accessed 18 December 2018.