Allen County, Ohio Genealogy
|Allen County, Ohio|
Location of Ohio in the U.S.
|Address|| Allen County Courthouse|
301 N. Main St.
Lima, Ohio 45801-4456
Allen County Website
- 1 Historical Facts
- 2 Resources
- 2.1 Bible Records
- 2.2 Biography
- 2.3 Business Records and Commerce
- 2.4 Cemeteries
- 2.5 Census
- 2.6 Church Records
- 2.7 Court Records
- 2.8 Emigration and Immigration
- 2.9 Ethnic, Political, or Religious Groups
- 2.10 Gazetteers
- 2.11 Genealogy
- 2.12 History
- 2.13 Land and Property
- 2.14 Local Histories
- 2.15 Maps
- 2.16 Migration
- 2.17 Military
- 2.18 Naturalization and Citizenship
- 2.19 Newspapers
- 2.20 Obituaries
- 2.21 Probate
- 2.22 Public Records
- 2.23 Repositories
- 2.24 Taxation
- 2.25 Vital Records
- 2.26 Death
- 2.27 Family History Centers
- 3 Web Sites
- 4 Places
- 5 References
|Beginning dates for major county records|
|*For earlier dates, try... Church | Obituaries | Cemeteries|
- Parent Counties: Formed from Shelby, Logan, and Mercer counties 12 February 1820.
- County Seat: Lima
- Neighboring Counties: Allen County, Ohio Genealogyresidents may also have records in 
Auglaize (south) · Hancock (northeast) · Hardin (east) · Putnam (north) · Van Wert (west)
- 14 February 1848: Auglaize County was set off from the southern half of original Allen County.
- 1848: Monroe, Richland and southern half of Sugar Creek Townships were transferred from Putnam County.
- 1848: Parts of VanWert and Mercer counties were transferred to Allen County form Spencer Township and part of Marion Township.
- May 1853: Cash settlement was agreed upon by Allen and Putnam counties for Putnam's loss.
See an interactive map of Allen County boundary changes.
Business Records and Commerce
- Cemetery transcriptions for the following cemeteries: Fisher, Harrods, Ridge, Westminster
- Salem Cemetery, Harrod BillionGraves
Cemeteries of Lima, Allen County, Ohio
- Gethsemani Cemetery, 2001 Spencerville Road, Lima, Ohio 45805, 419-223-1651
- Memorial Park Cemetery, 3000 Harding Highway, Lima, Ohio 45804, 419-223-3811
- Woodlawn Cemetery, 1751 Spencerville Road, Lima Ohio 45805, 419-223-9831
1850--Federal Census transcription and images
1920--index for surnames beginning with the letter "E" and "F"
Emigration and Immigration
Ethnic, Political, or Religious Groups
Local histories are available for Allen 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.
- The Shawnees (tribe) were removed to Kansas in 1832 from the Hog Creek Reservation (now Shawnee Township.)
- 1875 Personal Histories of Allen County Ohio.
- In 1885, oil was discovered in Lima. This brought about a boom that lasted until after 1910.
- Henry Howe’s 1889's depiction of the History of Allen County Ohio
Land and Property
Bureau of Land Management Database Transcription
It shows the original purchasers of land from the federal government and covers the period from pre-Revolutionary times up to 1908.
- Pensioners Living in Ohio in 1818-1819
- 1840 Census of Pensioners Revolutionary and Military Services
War of 1812
- Roster of Ohio Soldiers at The Ohio Historical Society
- Civil War service men from Van Wert 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 Van Wert County.
- Civil War Rosters
- Men In the Civil War Allen County, Ohio
- Civil War Casualties from Allen County, Ohio (this site contains burials from many states)
A Virtual Cemetery created by: Brent Reidenbach.Description: Thanks to previous research by Ronald Kunz, this is a listing of Civil War casualties that were from Allen County, OH. (189 Records)
- Allen County War Casualties (Includes Persian Gulf, Vietnamese, Korean, WWI, WWII, CIVIL War & Spanish Mexican Casualties)
World War I
- The Unreturning Brave (from WWI) published in 1925
- List of Dead Heroes Whose Bodies Rest in Allen County
- The names of the soldiers buried in different cemeteries of Allen county whose graves were decorated May 30, 1907
Naturalization and Citizenship
County Museum has naturalizations 1851-1929.
Allen 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.
Probate records created after 1852 are held by the Allen 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 Allen 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:
- Carol Willsey Bell, Ohio Wills and Estates to 1850: An Index (1981).  FamilySearch Books Online - Free online copy.
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).
- Probate Court has births and deaths from 1867, marriages from 1831, and probate records.
- Court Clerk has divorces and court records from 1831.
- County Museum has naturalizations 1851-1929.
Family History Centers
- Allen County Ohio Genealogy Society Lima, Ohio.
- Allen County Museum and Historical Society Lima, Ohio, including the Elizabeth M. MacDonell Memorial Library for genealogical and historical research
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.
1834 Tax Lists
- Amanda and Auglaize Townships
- Bath and Deuchoquette Townships
- German and Jackson Townships
- Marion, Perry and Wayne Townships
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 Allen 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.
- 1836-1852 Pioneer marriages, Not all inclusive
- 1854 Taken from Lima Democratic News
- 1852-1860 Marriages from the Lima Dailey News
- 1860 Marriages from the Lima Democratic News
- 1861-1862 Marriage Books and Partial book B
- 1889-1893 Marriage Licenses
- 1900 Allen County Republican Gazette Marriages
- Marriages with no date
- Divorce Petitions and Decrees
- Divorce Petitions and Decrees for Allen and Van Wert Counties, and Surrounding Areas, 1898-1900
- Ohio Deaths, 1908-1953 Free name indexes and images at FamilySearch.org. 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.
- Transcribed from Allen County newspapers of those who died in Allen and surrounding counties.
Family History Centers
- The 1880 Business Patron’s References is divided by town and township, each section has a unique set of information about their patrons.
- Family History Library Catalog&amp;nbsp;
- The Allen County OHGenWeb Project, a member of The OHGenWeb Project, an affiliate of The USGenWeb Project.
- The USGenWeb Archives Project for Allen County
- Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Allen County, Ohio, 540. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
- Wikipedia contributors, "Allen County, Ohio" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Allen_County,_Ohio (accessed 10 May 2012).
- GenDisasters.com - Lima, OH Allen County Courthouse Fire, Jan 1929 http://www3.gendisasters.com/ohio/7579/lima-oh-courthouse-fire-jan-1929
- "Allen County QuickFacts". U.S. Census Bureau. 2008-07-25. http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/39/39003.html. Retrieved 2010-02-11.
- Carol Willsey Bell, Ohio Wills and Estates to 1850: An Index (Columbus, Ohio: the author, 1981). FamilySearch Books Online - Free online copy.