Stark County, Ohio Genealogy

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

County Facts
County seat: Canton
Organized: January 1, 1809 [1]
Parent County(s): Columbiana
Neighboring Counties
Summit  • Portage  • Mahoning  • Columbiana  • Carroll  • Tuscarawas  • Holmes  • Wayne
See County Maps
Stark County, Ohio Courthouse.jpg
Location Map
Map of Ohio highlighting Stark County.PNG

County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The county was named for John Stark, Revolutionary War General known as the "Hero of Bennington". It is located in the North-central area of the state.[2]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Stark County Courthouse
110 Central Plaza South
Canton, OH 44702-2219
Phone: 330-451-7931
Stark County Courthouse

County Health Department has birth records;
Probate Court has marriage and probate records;
Family Court has divorce records;
County Recorder has land records[3]

Stark 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 1809 1867 1809 1809 1810 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]

  • "Portrait and Biographical Record of Stark County, Ohio: Containing Biographical Sketches of Prominent and Representative Citizens, ..." (Chapman Bros.; Jan 1892) Online at Google Books, FamilySearch Digital Library

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

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries of Stark 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.
1810 2,734
1820 12,406 353.8%
1830 26,588 114.3%
1840 34,603 30.1%
1850 39,878 15.2%
1860 42,978 7.8%
1870 52,508 22.2%
1880 64,031 21.9%
1890 84,170 31.5%
1900 94,747 12.6%
1910 122,987 29.8%
1920 177,218 44.1%
1930 221,784 25.1%
1940 234,887 5.9%
1950 283,194 20.6%
1960 340,345 20.2%
1970 372,210 9.4%
1980 378,823 1.8%
1990 367,585 −3.0%
2000 378,098 2.9%
2010 375,586 −0.7%
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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

  • Powell, Esther Weygandt; Stark County, Ohio, early church records and cemeteries, (Akron, Ohio: Esther Weygandt Powell, 1973); Online at FamilySearch Digital Library


Ward and Branch Records of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

  • Canton


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.

  • Stark County Recorder's Office Website has an online digital archives system containing deeds and mortgages viewable by creating a free account. Click on "Archive Search Instructions" and "Search Archives" in the left-hand column, and follow the instructions to find available land 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]

Summit CountyPortage CountyMahoning CountyColumbiana CountyCarroll CountyTuscarawas CountyHolmes CountyWayne CountyOH STARK.PNG
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for more resources

Migration[edit | edit source]

Military Records[edit | edit source]

Civil War
Civil War service men from Stark 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 Stark County.

- 4th Regiment, Ohio Infantry (3 months, 1861), Company F (also known as Canton Zouaves)
- 104th Regiment, Ohio Infantry, Companies A, B, and E
- 107th Regiment, Ohio Infantry, Companies A, D, and H
  • Ohio Genealogical Society. Stark County Chapter. Special schedules of the eleventh census of the United States, 1890 schedules enumerating union veterans and widows of Union veterans of the Civil War for Stark County, Ohio. (North Canton, Ohio: Ohio Genealogical Society. Stark County Chapter, 1995), FHL book 977.162 X2s 1890

World War I

Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

Online Naturalization Indexes and Records

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

Stark 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 Stark 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 Stark County. For state-wide archival repositories, see Ohio Archives and Libraries.
Stark County Records Center
201 Third St NE, Suite 5
Canton, OH 44702

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

Canal Fulton Public Library
154 Market St NE
Canal Fulton, OH 44614-1196

Louisville Public Library
700 Lincoln Ave
Louisville, OH 44641-1474

Massillon Public Library
208 Lincoln Way East
Massillon, OH 44646-8488

Rodman Public Library
215 E Broadway St
Alliance, OH 44601-2694

Stark County District Library
715 Market Ave North
Canton, OH 44702-1018

Museums[edit | edit source]

William McKinley Presidential Library & Museum
800 McKinley Monument Drive NW
Canton, OH 44708

The National First Ladies' Library Museum
Saxton McKinley House
331 S Market Ave
Canton, OH 44702
Education and Research Center
205 S Market Ave
Canton, OH 44702

Societies[edit | edit source]

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

Ohio Geneaological Society, Stark County Chapter
Stark County Roots

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. Genealogy Trails History Group, “Stark County, Ohio Genealogy and History”, accessed 2/27/2017.
  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. Ohio Atlas of Historical County Boundaries Ohio: Individual County Chronologies; Copyright The Newberry Library 2007
  6. Wikipedia contributors, "Stark County, Ohio," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Ohio, accessed 16 January 2019.