Sandusky County, Ohio Genealogy

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

County Facts
County seat: Fremont
Organized: April 1, 1820[1]
Parent County(s): Huron
Neighboring Counties
Ottawa  • Erie  • Huron  • Seneca  • Wood
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 Wyandot word meaning "water".[2] It is located in the Northcentral area of the state.[3]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Sandusky County Courthouse
100 N Park Ave
Fremont, OH 43420-2473
Phone: 419-334-6106
Sandusky County Website

County Health Department has burial, death and burial records;
Probate Judge has marriage and probate records;
Clerk Court has divorce records from 1820 and court records;
County Recorder has land records from 1822[4]

Sandusky 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 1820 1867 1820 1822 1820 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: [7]

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]

  • Sandusky History Blog A blog dedicated to the discussion of topics relating to the history of Sandusky and Erie County, Ohio, the Lake Erie Islands, and nearby communities; inspired by the collections of the Sandusky Library Archives Research Center and Follett House Museum.
  • Commemorative Biographical Record of the Counties of Sandusky and Ottawa, Ohio: Containing Biographical Sketches of Prominent and Representative Citizens, (Chicago, Illinois: J.H. Beers and Company, 1896). Online at FamilySearch Digital Library, Google Books, Internet Archive, Ancestry ($) Indexed.

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

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries of Sandusky 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 852
1830 2,851 234.6%
1840 10,182 257.1%
1850 14,305 40.5%
1860 21,429 49.8%
1870 25,503 19.0%
1880 32,057 25.7%
1890 30,617 −4.5%
1900 34,311 12.1%
1910 35,171 2.5%
1920 37,109 5.5%
1930 39,731 7.1%
1940 41,014 3.2%
1950 46,114 12.4%
1960 56,486 22.5%
1970 60,983 8.0%
1980 63,267 3.7%
1990 61,963 −2.1%
2000 61,792 −0.3%
2010 60,944 −1.4%
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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, Sandusky County, 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.

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 Sandusky 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 Sandusky County.

- 100th Regiment, Ohio Infantry, Company K
- 111th Regiment, Ohio Infantry, Companies A and G

World War I

Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

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

Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library
Spiegel Grove
Fremont, OH 43420

Birchard Public Library of Sandusky County
Main Branch
423 Croghan St
Fremont, OH 43420-2447

Clyde Public Library
222 W Buckeye St
Clyde, OH 43410-1996

Museums[edit | edit source]

Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Museums
Spiegel Grove
Fremont, OH 43420

Sandusky County Historical Society Museum
514 Birchard Ave
Fremont, OH 43420

Clyde Heritage League Museum
124 W Buckeye St
PO Box 97
Clyde, OH 43410

Societies[edit | edit source]

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

Sandusky County Historical Society
514 Birchard Ave
Fremont, OH 43420

Kin Hunters of Sandusky County, Inc.
Spiegel Grove
Fremont, OH 43420-2796

Woodville Historical Society
107 E Main St
Woodville, OH 43469

Websites[edit | edit source]

Research Guides[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Ohio Historical Boundary Changes - list of all boundary changes by county provided by Newberry Library
  2. Wikipedia contributors, "Sandusky County," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Ohio accessed 2/22/2017.
  3. Genealogy Trails History Group, “Sandusky County, Ohio Genealogy and History”, accessed 2/27/2017.
  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. Ohio Historical Boundary Changes - list of all boundary changes by county provided by Newberry Library
  7. Wikipedia contributors, "Sandusky County, Ohio," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Ohio, accessed 12 January 2019.