Warren County, Ohio Genealogy

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

County Facts
County seat: Lebanon
Organized: May 1, 1803[1]
Parent County(s): Hamilton[2]
Neighboring Counties
Montgomery  • Greene  • Clinton  • Brown  • Clermont  • Hamilton  • Butler
See County Maps
Warren County, Ohio Courthouse.jpg
Location Map
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County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The county was named for Dr. Joseph Warren, a hero of the Revolution who sent Paul Revere on his famous ride and who died at the Battle of Bunker Hill. It is located in the Southwest area of the state.[3]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Warren County Courthouse
822 Memorial Dr
Lebanon, OH 45036
Phone: 513-695-1370
Warren County Website

Probate Judge has birth and death records from 1867, marriage and probate records from 1803;
Clerk Court has divorce and court records;
County Recorder has land records[4]

Warren 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 1803 1867 1803 1795 1803 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
Ghost towns

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 Warren 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 9,925
1820 17,837 79.7%
1830 21,468 20.4%
1840 23,141 7.8%
1850 25,560 10.5%
1860 26,902 5.3%
1870 26,689 −0.8%
1880 28,392 6.4%
1890 25,468 −10.3%
1900 25,584 0.5%
1910 24,497 −4.2%
1920 25,716 5.0%
1930 27,348 6.3%
1940 29,894 9.3%
1950 38,505 28.8%
1960 65,711 70.7%
1970 84,925 29.2%
1980 99,276 16.9%
1990 113,909 14.7%
2000 158,383 39.0%
2010 212,693 34.3%
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

First United Methodist Church

  • Hess, Phyllis Lafferty. History of the First United Methodist Church of Warren, Ohio. Baltimore, MD: Gateway Press, 1999. Online at Open Library; FamilySearch Catalog.

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.

Land in Warren County was originally surveyed under two different systems. Clear Creek, Deerfield, Franklin Turtlecreek and Wayne townships were surveyed as part of the Symmes Purchase. The Symmes Purchase covered land located between the Miami Rivers (the resulting survey was sometimes referred to as the Miami River Survey or the Survey between the Miamim Rivers) and was surveyed according the Northwest Ordinance of 1785. According to the 1785 act, section one was located in the southeast corner of the township. Section two was then located directly north of section one with section three just north of two and so forth through section six. Section seven was located just west of section one and sections eight through twelve to the north of section seven. Sections were numbered in this manner through section thirty-six, which was located in the northwest section of the township. Meanwhile Hamilton, Harland, Salem, and Washington Townships were originally part of the Virginia Military District lands and divided using Military District numbers. Military Districts were not numbered according to a standard so it will be necessary to locate a plat map of Warren County to locate a specific Military District number.

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.

Online Histories[edit | edit source]

Published Histories[edit | edit source]

  • Historic Warren County: An Illustrated History. By Cynthia L. Pauwels. (San Antonio, Texas: Historical Publishing Network, 2009). FHL book 977.1763 H2p

Maps and Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

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Migration[edit | edit source]

Military Records[edit | edit source]

Revolutionary War

Civil War
Civil War service men from Warren 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 Warren County.

- 1st Regiment, Ohio Cavalry, Company G

World War I

Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

Online Naturalization Indexes and Records

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

Warren 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 Warren 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 Warren County. For state-wide archival repositories, see Ohio Archives and Libraries.

Warren County Records Center & Archives
406 Justice Dr, Room #052
Lebanon, OH 45036
Record Schedules

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

Franklin-Springboro Public Libraries
44 E 4th St
Franklin, OH 45005-2494

Lebanon Public Library
101 S Broadway St
Lebanon, OH 45036

Mary L Cook Public Library
381 Old Stage Rd
Waynesville, OH 45068

Mason Public Library
200 Reading Rd
Mason, OH 45040-1694

Salem Township Public Library
535 W Pike St
Morrow, OH 45152-1093

Museums[edit | edit source]

Warren County Historical Society Museums: Harmon Museum
105 S Broadway
Lebanon, OH 45036
Glendower Historic Mansion
105 Cincinnati Ave
Lebanon, OH 45036
Beedle Log Cabin
Turtlecreek Township

Societies[edit | edit source]

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

Warren County Genealogical Society
406 Justice Dr
Lebanon, OH 45036

Warren County Historical Society
105 South Broadway
Lebanon, OH 45036

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. Ohio Historical Boundary Changes - list of all boundary changes by county provided by Newberry Library
  3. Genealogy Trails History Group, “Warren County, Ohio Genealogy and History”, http://genealogytrails.com/ohio/warren/ 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, "Warren County, Ohio," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Warren_County,_Ohio, accessed 17 January 2019.