Sandusky County, Ohio Genealogy

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


Sandusky County, Ohio
Boundary map of Sandusky County, Ohio
Map of the U.S. highlighting Ohio
Location of Ohio in the U.S.
Sandusky County, Ohio Courthouse.jpg
Address Sandusky County Courthouse
100 N. Park
Fremont, Ohio 43420
Sandusky County Website

Historical Facts

Beginning dates for major county records

*For earlier dates, try... Church | Obituaries | Cemeteries
  • Parent Counties: Formed from Huron County in 1820.
  • County Seat: Fremont


The county was named for a native word meaning "water" (Wyandot: saundustee).[1] It's county seat is Fremont and was founded February 12, 1820. It is located in the Northcentral area of the state.[2]

Populated Places

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: [3]

Unincorporated communities
Census-designated places

Neighboring Counties

Ottawa County  • Erie County  • Huron County  • Seneca County  • Wood County

Boundary Changes

For animated maps illustrating Ohio county boundary changes, "Rotating Formation Ohio County Boundary Maps" (1788-1940) may be viewed for free at the website.

Record Loss

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


Bible Records


Many histories of individuals can be found at the Sandusky History website.

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

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, view the Ohio Church Records wiki page.

  • 1796–2004 Ohio, Diocese of Toledo, Catholic Parish Records, 1796-2004 at FamilySearch Historical Records – free. This collection includes images of parish registers recording the events of baptism, first communion, confirmation, marriage, and death in the Diocese of Toledo (Ohio), Roman Catholic Church. These records are accessed by browsing the images by county. In addition to traditional parish registers, this collection includes miscellaneous cemetery records, Books of the Elect, Professions of Faith, Sick Call registers, etc.
  • Records of the American Lutheran Church, Sandusky County, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at ($).
Finding More Church Records

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

Court Records

Emigration and Immigration

Ethnic, Political, or Religious Groups




Local histories are available for Sandusky 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.

Local Histories
  • History of Sandusky County, Ohio: With Portraits and Biographies of Prominent Citizens and Pioneers, [4]
  • Twentieth Century of History of Sandusky County, Ohio, and Representative Citizens, [5]
  • A History of Sandusky and Erie County, [6]
  • Commemorative Biographical Record of the Counties of Sandusky and Ottawa, Ohio: Containing Biographical Sketches of Prominent and Representative Citizens,[7]

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 Sandusky County, Ohio Genealogy Land and Property Records in online catalogs like:


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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

Naturalization and Citizenship


Sandusky 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 Sandusky 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 Sandusky 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 Sandusky County, Ohio Genealogy Probate Records in online catalogs like:

Public Records



Sandusky County Courthouse
100 N Park Avenue
Fremont, OH 43420-2473
Phone: 419.334.6100

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[9]

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 finest source for Sandusky County, Ohio genealogical and historical research is the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library, Spiegel Grove, Fremont, Ohio. The libraey has an obituary search link to the Hayes Presidential Center’s Obituary Index. This index is being expanded to cover many areas of Ohio, not just Sandusky and surrounding counties. The center holds the older probate packets, biographical files, local business records, and has many rolls of microfilm covering most area newspapers. It is available free to researchers and has a small fee for sending obituaries or doing other limited work.

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 Sandusky County, Ohio Genealogy Tax Records in online catalogs like:

Vital Records


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 Sandusky County, Ohio Genealogy Vital Records in online catalogs like:

Original Death Records on Microfilm




  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Sandusky County," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Ohio accessed 2/22/2017.
  2. Genealogy Trails History Group, “Sandusky County, Ohio Genealogy and History”, accessed 2/27/2017.
  3. Wikipedia contributors, "Sandusky County, Ohio," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Ohio, accessed 12 January 2019.
  4. *Everett, Homer, History of Sandusky County, Ohio: With Portraits and Biographies of Prominent Citizens and Pioneers, (Cleveland, Ohio: H. Z. William & Bro., 1882). Digital copy at Internet Archive FHL film 897014; book 977.1214 H2h
  5. *Meek, Basil, Twentieth Century of History of Sandusky County, Ohio, and Representative Citizens, (Chicago, Illinois: Richmond-Arnold, 1909). Digital copy at Google Books FamilySearch Books Online FHL film 1000340 Item 1
  6. *Frohman, Charles E., A History of Sandusky and Erie County, (Columbus, Ohio: Ohio Historical Society, 1965). FHL film 962254 Item 6; book 977.1 A1 no. 48
  7. '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). Digital copy at Google Books Internet Archive Ancestry ($)(Indexed)FamilySearch Books Online FHL film 908711 Item 1; book 977.12 D3co
  8. Carol Willsey Bell, Ohio Wills and Estates to 1850: An Index (Columbus, Ohio: the author, 1981). FamilySearch Books Online - Free online copy.
  9. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Sandusky County, Ohio. Page 545 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.