Marion County, Ohio Genealogy

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


Marion County, Ohio
Boundary map of Marion County, Ohio
Map of the U.S. highlighting Ohio
Location of Ohio in the U.S.
Marion County, Ohio Courthouse.jpg
Address Marion County Courthouse
100 North Main St.
Marion, Ohio 43302-3089
Marion County Website

Historical Facts

Beginning dates for major county records
*For earlier dates, try... Church | Obituaries | Cemeteries
  • Parent Counties: Formed from Delaware County 12 February 1820.[1]
  • County Seat: Marion


The county was named for General Francis "The Swamp Fox" Marion, an officer in the Revolutionary War. It's county seat is Marion and was founded April 1, 1820. It is located in the Mid-Central area of the state.[2]

Neighboring Counties

Hardin County  • Hardin County  • Delaware County  • Morrow County  • Crawford County  • Wyandot County

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Boundary Changes

  • 1848: Marion County gave up land for the formation of Morrow County in February. The Townships of Canaan, Cardington, Gilead, Morven and Washington were detached from Marion County and were transferred to Morrow County.
  • In return for this loss of land, Big Rock Township was detached from Delaware County Ohio and given to Marion County; afterward its name was changed to Waldo Township.

For animated maps illustrating Ohio county boundary changes, "Rotating Formation Ohio County Boundary Maps" (1788-1888) may be viewed for free at the website.

Record Loss

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.


Bible Records


Business Records and Commerce


Cemetery records often reveal birth, marriage, death, relationship, military, and religious information.

Online Grave Transcripts Published Grave Transcripts County Cemetery Directories

Family History Library


Names in Stone

USGW Tombstones

Billion Graves

Billion Graves


OHGenWeb Tombstone Photos

Ohio Gravestones

See Ohio Cemeteries for more information.


Church Records

Finding More Church Records

Additional church records can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Marion County, Ohio Genealogy Church Records in online catalogs like:

Court Records

Emigration and Immigration

Ethnic, Political, or Religious Groups




Local histories are available for Marion County, Ohio Genealogy. County histories may include biographies, church, school and government history, and military information. For more information about local histories, see the wiki page section Ohio Local Histories.

Marion County Ohio is one of the numerous counties in the United States named in honor for Gen. Francis Marion, "The Swamp Fox," who served in the Revolutionary War Brigadier General Francis Marion (c1732-1795). [3]No member of the Marion family was involved in the establishment of the county, and the name is merely an honoraium.

Local Histories
  • Jacoby, John Wilbur, History of Marion County, Ohio, and Representative Citizens, (Chicago, Illinois: Biographical Pub. Co., 1907). FHL film 1000331 Item 1

Land and Property

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. =====Finding More Land Records===== Additional land records can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Marion County, Ohio Genealogy Land and Property Records in online catalogs like:


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Civil War

Service men from Marion 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 Marion County.

- 4th Regiment, Ohio Infantry (3 months, 1861), Companies H and K
- 96th Regiment
Company D (both Marion and Morrow Counties), roster
Company E, roster

Naturalization and Citizenship


Marion County, Ohio Genealogy newspapers may contain genealogical value including obituaries, births, marriages, deaths, anniversaries, family gatherings, family travel, achievements, business notices, engagement information, and probate court proceedings.

To access newspapers, contact public libraries, Ohio Genealogical Society chapters, college or university libraries, the Library of Congress, Google News, or the Ohio Historical Society. The Ohio Genealogical Society Obituary Database is another source of newspaper information.

For more Ohio newspaper information see the Newspaper Guides on the wiki page Ohio Newspapers. Online Newspapers
Online Newspaper Abstracts
Newspaper Extracts and Abstracts in Book Form




Probate records created after 1852 are held by the Marion County, Ohio Genealogy Probate Court. From 1797 or the creation of the county, probate records were held by the Court of Common Pleas. Most counties transferred all records to the Probate Court, but in some circumstances, Court of Common Pleas records should be searched for records prior to 1852. Most records are housed at the Marion County, Ohio Genealogy Courthouse. Some records are on microfilm at the Ohio Genealogical Society and the Family History Library. For more complete information about the location of county probate records see:

See the wiki page Ohio Probate Records for information about how to use probate records.

Content: Probate Records may give the decedent's date of death, names of his or her spouse, children, parents, siblings, in-laws, neighbors, associates, relatives, and their place of residence.

Record types: Wills, estates, guardianships, naturalizations, marriage, adoption, and birth and death records (1867-1908 only).

Online Probate Records

Finding More Probate Records

Additional probate records can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Marion County, Ohio Genealogy Probate Records in online catalogs like:

Public Records



Marion County Courthouse
100 N Main Street
Marion, OH 43302
Phone: 740.387.8128

Probate Court has marriage and probate records;
City Health Department has birth and death records
from 1908; Public Library has birth and death records
1867-1908; Clerk Court has divorce and court records;
County records has land records[5]

County Records are kept by the offices of the county government as proscribed by Ohio law and are subject to the public records retention policy of the State of Ohio.

The physical location of most original records (those not lost to fire, flood or other act of God) are kept in the offices of the elected officials who oversee a particular function of government.

Family History Centers

Family history centers provide one-on-one assistance and free access to premium genealogical websites. In addition, many centers have free how-to genealogy classes. See family history center for more information. Search the online FHC directory for a nearby family history center.

For additional nearby Family History Centers, search online in the FHC directory. Put your town name in the top search box.


The county is served by a membership based genealogical society, the Marion Area Genealogical Society, also known by its acronym of MAGS.  The society is a chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society.  The society maintains open help days on Saturday afternoons at the Brinker Howser Resource Center, in the lower level of the Marion County Historical Society, 169 E. Church Street, Marion, Ohio 43302, 614-387-4255.

Online Genealogy Research Groups


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. For more information see the wiki page Ohio Taxation.

Finding More Tax Records

Additional tax records can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Marion County, Ohio Genealogy Tax Records in online catalogs like:

Vital Records

Vital records consist of birth, death, marriage and divorce records. Although Ohio enacted a statute in 1856 -1857 requiring registration of births, deaths and marriages, many counties did not comply. A second law was written in 1867 but, again, was not always followed. By 1908, the law was more clearly defined and kept. Any existing birth and death records from 1867 through December 19, 1908 are located at the Marion County, Ohio Genealogy 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 Historical Society houses death records from December 20, 1908 through December 31, 1953.

Original marriage records are held at the office of the Marion County, Ohio Genealogy Probate Court with divorce records located with the Marion County, Ohio Genealogy Clerk of Courts.

See also How to order Ohio Vital Records or order vital records electronically online.


Online Birth Indexes and Records
Original Birth Records on Microfilm


Online Marriage Indexes and Records
Original Marriage Records on Microfilm


Online Death Indexes and Records

  • 1840-2001 - Ohio, County Death Records, 1840-2001 at FamilySearch — index and images
  • 1908-1953 - Ohio Deaths, 1908-1953. Free name indexes and images at FamilySearch. Records include such information as birth date of deceased, city, county, and state of death, name of spouse if married, names of parents, maiden name of mother, name of informant, if deceased was single, married, windowed or divorced, occupation of deceased.

Finding More Vital Records

Additional vital records can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Marion County, Ohio Genealogy Vital Records in online catalogs like:

Additional vital records can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Marion County, Ohio Genealogy Vital Records in online catalogs like:

Original Death Records on Microfilm



Populated Places

Marion County Ohio is located in North Central Ohio. The countyseat is Marion (city), Ohio. The county itself is comprised of fifteen townships: Big Island, Bowling Green, Claridon, Grand, Grand Prairie, Green Camp, Marion (township), Montgomery, Pleasant, Prospect, Richland, Salt Rock, Scott, Tully, and Waldo Townships.

In addition to Marion, the county is home to the incorporated villages of Caledonia, Green Camp, La Rue, Morral, Prospect and Waldo. Unicorporated communities include Martel, Kirkpatrick, Brush Ridge, Big Island, Claridon, DeCliff, Espyville, Owens, Meeker and Tobias.



  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), [FHL book 973 D27e 2002].
  2. Genealogy Trails History Group, “Marion County, Ohio Genealogy and History”, accessed 2/22/2017.
  3. "Francis Marion," Wikipedia.
  4. Carol Willsey Bell, Ohio Wills and Estates to 1850: An Index (Columbus, Ohio: the author, 1981). FamilySearch Books Online - Free online copy.
  5. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Marion County, Ohio. Page 544 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.