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=====Local Histories=====
:*Brown, Ashley, ''The History of Montgomery County, Ohio: Containing a History of the County; Its' Townships, Cities, Towns, Schools, Churches, etc.'' (Chicago, Illinois: W.H. Beers and Co., 1882).
==== Land and Property  ====
==== Land and Property  ====

Revision as of 16:05, 31 July 2013

Guide to Montgomery County Ohio genealogy. Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

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Online Records

Montgomery County, Ohio
Boundary map of Montgomery County, Ohio
Map of the U.S. highlighting Ohio
Location of Ohio in the U.S.
Montgomery County, Ohio Courthouse.jpg
Address Montgomery County Courthouse
451 W. 3rd St.
Dayton, Ohio 45422
Montgomery County Website
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Historical Facts

Beginning dates for major county records

*For earlier dates, try... Church | Obituaries | Cemeteries
  • Parent Counties: Formed from Hamilton and Wayne Counties 24 March 1803.[1]
  • County Seat: Dayton
  • Neighboring Counties: Montgomery County, Ohio Genealogy residents may also have records in [2]Miami (north) · Warren (south) · Preble (west) · Greene (east)  · Darke (northwest) · Butler (southwest) · Clark (southeast)

Boundary Changes

See an interactive map of Montgomery County boundary changes.

Record Loss


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


Billion Graves

Billion Graves


Ohio Gravestones

Names in Stone

See Ohio Cemeteries for more information.


1820 Census of Montgomery County.  Many early residents of Montgomery County migrated north to Miami County.

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.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

LDS Ward and Branch Records

  • Dayton
  • Records of Hope Lutheran Church, Dayton, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at Archives.com ($).
Finding More Church Records

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

Court Records


Montgomery County, Ohio Online Historical Directories - identifies historical city, county, business and other directories available online on both free and pay-to-access websites.

Emigration and Immigration

Ethnic, Political, or Religious Groups

Archives, Libraries, and Museums
Church Records
Cemetery Records
Court Records



Miami Valley Genealogy Index is an Index to more than a half million pointers to records all over Miami Valley including Montgomery County.


Local histories are available for Montgomery 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.

Wikipedia has more about this subject: Montgomery County, Ohio
Local Histories
  • Brown, Ashley, The History of Montgomery County, Ohio: Containing a History of the County; Its' Townships, Cities, Towns, Schools, Churches, etc. (Chicago, Illinois: W.H. Beers and Co., 1882).

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



  • Civil War
    Civil War service men from Montgomery 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 Montgomery County.
- 1st Independent Battery, Ohio Light Artillery, a battery is like a company in an artillery regiment.
- 4th Regiment, Ohio Cavalry, Company H
- 113th Regiment, Ohio Infantry, Company I

Naturalization and Citizenship


Montgomery 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


Online Indexes

  • Dayton Obituaries Index - currently covers the years 1850-1890, 1903-1913, 1920-1931, 1951-1957, 1985-present. Copies of the original obituaries can be obtained from the Dayton Metro Library.



Probate records created after 1852 are held by the Montgomery 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 Montgomery 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).

  • 1790–1967 - Ohio, Probate Records, 1790-1967 at FamilySearch Historical Records – free. This collection consists of probate records and estate files from county courthouses in Ohio. The content and time period varies by county, with more records being added as they become available. This Collection will include records from 1789 to 1996. Currently, (September 2012) the collection is only searchable by browsing the images. A list of Fires that have destroyed records in the courthouses of several counties are listed on the Record Description page.

A wiki article describing an online collection is found at:

Ohio, Montgomery County Probate Estate Files (FamilySearch Historical Records) ===== Finding More Probate Records =====

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

Public Records



Montgomery County Courthouse
41 North Perry
Dayton, OH 45422-0002
Phone: 937.225.6118

Clerk Court has divorce and court records;
Probate Judge has birth, marriage, death and
probate records; County Recorder has land records[1]

Family History Centers

FamilySearch Centers are branches of the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah, and are located all over the world. Their goal is to provide resources for family history research.

The main FamilySearch Center for Montgomery County, Ohio Genealogy is the

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



Finding More Tax Records

Additional tax records can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Montgomery 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 Montgomery 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 Montgomery County, Ohio Genealogy Probate Court with divorce records located with the Montgomery 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

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

Original Death Records on Microfilm


Web Sites

  • USGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.
  • Family History Library Catalog



Populated Places


  1. 1.0 1.1 Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), [FHL book 973 D27e 2002]. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "HBG" defined multiple times with different content
  2. Wikipedia contributors, "Montgomery County, Ohio" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Montogomery_County,_Ohio (accessed 10 May 2012).
  3. Carol Willsey Bell, Ohio Wills and Estates to 1850: An Index (Columbus, Ohio: the author, 1981). FamilySearch Books Online - Free online copy.