Morrow County, Ohio Genealogy

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

County Facts
County seat: Mount Gilead
Organized: March 1, 1848[1]
Parent County(s): Delaware, Knox, Marion, Richland[2]
Neighboring Counties
Marion  • Crawford  • Richland  • Knox  • Delaware
See County Maps
Morrow County, Ohio Courthouse.jpg
Location Map
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County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The county was named for Jeremiah Morrow, who was Governor of Ohio from 1822 to 1826. It is located in the Mid-Central area of the state.[3]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Morrow County Courthouse
48 E High St
Mount Gilead, OH 43338-1458
Phone: 419-947-2085
Morrow County Website

Probate Court has birth and death records 1856-1857 and 1867-1908, marriage and probate records from 1848 and naturalization records 1848-1894; Birth and death records from 1908; Land records from 1848 and military records.
Common Pleas Court has divorce and court records.[4]

Morrow 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
1856 1848 1856 1848 1848 1848 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: [8]

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 Morrow 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 20,280
1860 20,445 0.8%
1870 18,583 −9.1%
1880 19,072 2.6%
1890 18,120 −5.0%
1900 17,879 −1.3%
1910 16,815 −6.0%
1920 15,570 −7.4%
1930 14,489 −6.9%
1940 15,646 8.0%
1950 17,168 9.7%
1960 19,405 13.0%
1970 21,348 10.0%
1980 26,480 24.0%
1990 27,749 4.8%
2000 31,628 14.0%
2010 34,827 10.1%
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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

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 Morrow County and Ohio : containing a brief history of the state of Ohio, from its earliest settlement to the present time, embracing its topography, geological, physical and climatic features; its agricultural, stock-growing, railroad interests, etc.; a history of Morrow County, giving an account of its aboriginal inhabitants, early settlement by the whites, pioneer incidents, its growth, its improvements, organization of the county, its judicial and political history, its business and industries, churchs, schools, etc.; biographical sketches; portraits of some of the early settlers and prominent men, etc., (Chicago, Illinois: O. L. Baskin, 1880). Online at Google Books, Internet Archive FamilySearch Digital Library, Ancestry ($) - Indexed.
  • Baughman, A.J., History of Morrow County, Ohio: A Narrative Account of Its Historical Progress, Its People, and Its Principal Interest, (Chicago, Illinois: Lewis Publishing Co., 1911). Online at: FamilySearch Digital Library; Google Books Internet Archive.
  • Morrow County History Book Committee, History of Morrow County, Ohio, (Salem, West Virginia: Don Mills, 1989). Online at Google Books, HathiTrust. FHL book 977.1516 H2hm, beginning with image 470; Scroll down to Film/Digital Notes, then click on the camera icon at the right side of the page.

Maps and Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

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for more resources

Migration[edit | edit source]

Military Records[edit | edit source]

Civil War
Service men from Morrow 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 Morrow County.

-96th Regiment, Ohio Infantry

World War I

Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

Online Naturalization Indexes and Records

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

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

Cardington-Lincoln School District Public Library
128 E Main Street
PO Box 38
Cardington, OH 43315

Mount Gilead Public Library
41 E High St
Mt Gilead, OH 43338-1429

Perry Cook Memorial Public Library
7406 County Rd 242
Shauck, OH 43349-0214

Selover Public Library
31 State Route 95
PO Box 25
Chesterville, OH 43317-0025

Museums[edit | edit source]

Morrow County History Center
17 W High St
Mount Gilead, OH 43338-1212

Societies[edit | edit source]

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

Morrow County Genealogical Society
35 E High St
PO Box 401
Mount Gilead, OH 43338-0401
Website Facebook

Morrow County Historical Society
17 W High St
Mount Gilead, OH 43338

Websites[edit | edit source]

Research Guides[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Ohio Atlas of Historical County Boundaries Ohio: Individual County Chronologies; Copyright The Newberry Library 2007
  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. Genealogy Trails History Group, “Morrow County, Ohio Genealogy and History”, accessed 2/22/2017.
  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. Ohio Atlas of Historical County Boundaries Ohio: Individual County Chronologies; Copyright The Newberry Library 2007
  8. Wikipedia contributors, "Morrow County, Ohio," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Ohio, accessed 4 January 2019.