Allen County, Ohio Genealogy

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Allen County, Ohio
Map of Ohio highlighting Allen County
Location in the state of Ohio
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Location of Ohio in the U.S.
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Address Allen County Courthouse
301 N. MainSt.
Lima, Ohio 45801
Allen County Website
Phone: 419-222-8427


Historical Facts

Beginning dates for major county records
<a href="Allen County, Ohio#Birth">Birth</a>
<a href="Allen County, Ohio#Marriage">Marriage</a>
<a href="Allen County, Ohio#Death">Death</a>
<a href="Allen County, Ohio#Census">Tax</a>
<a href="Allen County, Ohio#Land_and_Property">Land</a>
<a href="Allen County, Ohio#Probate_Records">Probate</a>
*For earlier dates, try... <a href="Allen County, Ohio#Church_Records">Church</a> | <a href="Allen County, Ohio#Obituaries">Obituaries</a> | <a href="Allen County, Ohio#Cemeteries">Cemeteries</a>

Boundary Changes

  • 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 <a href="">boundary changes</a>.

Record Loss

<img src="/learn/wiki/en/images/3/30/Fire.png" alt="Fire.png" class="fck_mw_left" style="width: 24;" />1929--Allen County Courthouse destroyed by fire on January 7, 1929.  Many county records destroyed. [3]


Bible Records


Business Records and Commerce




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


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1850--Federal Census transcription and images
1920--index for surnames beginning with the letter "E" and "F"

Church Records

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Court Records

Emigration and Immigration

Ethnic, Political, or Religious Groups




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Land and Property

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<a href="">Bureau of Land Management Database Transcription</a>
It shows the original purchasers of land from the federal government and covers the period from pre-Revolutionary times up to 1908.

Local Histories

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Revolutionary War

War of 1812

Civil War

  • 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.

-<a href="4th Regiment, Ohio Cavalry">4th Regiment, Ohio Cavalry</a>, Companies F and I
-<a href="99th Regiment, Ohio Infantry">99th Regiment, Ohio Infantry</a>, Companies B and E

World War I


Naturalization and Citizenship

County Museum has naturalizations 1851-1929.


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Online Newspapers
Online Newspaper Abstracts
Newspaper Extracts and Abstracts in Book Form

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Public Records


County Courthouse

<a href="">Allen County Courthouse</a>
301 N Main Street
Lima, OH 45801-4456

<a href="">Allen County Website</a>
Phone: 419.223.8513

Probate Court  has <a href="Allen County, Ohio#Birth">births</a> and <a href="Allen County, Ohio#Death">deaths</a> from 1867, <a href="Allen County, Ohio#Marriage">marriages</a> from 1831, and <a href="Allen County, Ohio#Probate">probate records</a>.

Court Clerk  has <a href="Allen County, Ohio#Marriage">divorces</a> and <a href="Allen County, Ohio#Court_Records">court records</a> from 1831.

<a href="">County Museum</a>  has <a href="Allen County, Ohio#Naturalization_and_Citizenship">naturalizations</a> 1851-1929.

Family History Centers
  • <a href="Introduction to LDS Family History Centers">Introduction to LDS Family History Centers</a>
  • <a href="Lima Ohio Family History Center">Lima Ohio Family History Center</a>


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1834 Tax Lists

Taxpayers--Personal Property

 Vital Records

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Online Birth Indexes and Records
Original Birth Records on Microfilm


Online Marriage Indexes and Records

Original Marriage Records on Microfilm


  • Divorce Petitions and Decrees

<a href="">1876</a> | 1878 | 1879 | 1880 | <a href="">1881</a> | 1882 | 1883 | 1884 | 1885 | 1886 | 1887 | 1888 | <a href="">1889</a> | <a href="">1890</a> | <a href="">1891</a> | <a href="">1892</a> | 1893 | 1894 | 1895 | <a href="">1896</a> | <a href="">1897</a> | <a href="">1898-1899</a> |

  • Divorce Petitions and Decrees for Allen and Van Wert Counties, and Surrounding Areas, 1898-1900

<a href="">1898-1900</a> | 1901 | 1902 | 1903 | <a href="">1904</a> | <a href="">1905</a> | <a href="">1906</a> | <a href="">1905-1906</a> | <a href="">1907</a> | <a href="">1908</a> | <a href="">1909</a> | 1900 | <a href="">1910</a> | 1911 | 1912 | 1913 | 1914 | 1915 | 1916 | 1917 | 1918 | <a href="">1919</a> |


''Online Death Indexes and Records''

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Web Sites


Populated Places


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  • <a href="Delphos, Ohio">Delphos</a>
  • Lima


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  • Beaverdam
  • <a href="Bluffton, Ohio">Bluffton</a>
  • Cairo
  • Elida
  • Fort Shawnee
  • Harrod
  • Lafayette
  • Spencerville


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  • Amanda
  • American
  • Auglaize
  • Bath
  • Jackson
  • Marion
  • Monroe
  • Perry
  • Richland
  • Shawnee
  • Spencer
  • Sugar Creek


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  • Gomer
  • Westminster



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<a href="Category:Allen_County,_Ohio">Allen_County,_Ohio</a>
  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Allen County, Ohio, 540. <img class="FCK__MWTemplate" src="" _fckfakelement="true" _fckrealelement="42" _fck_mw_template="true">; <img class="FCK__MWTemplate" src="" _fckfakelement="true" _fckrealelement="41" _fck_mw_template="true">.
  2. Wikipedia contributors, "Allen County, Ohio" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at,_Ohio (accessed 10 May 2012).
  3. - Lima, OH Allen County Courthouse Fire, Jan 1929