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

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Online Records

Perry County, Ohio
Boundary map of Perry County, Ohio
Map of the U.S. highlighting Ohio
Location of Ohio in the U.S.
Perry County, Ohio Courthouse.jpg
Address Perry County Courthouse
105 North Main Street
New Lexington, Ohio 43764
Perry County Website
United States go to Ohio go to Perry County

Historical Facts

Beginning dates for major county records

*For earlier dates, try... Church | Obituaries | Cemeteries

Boundary Changes

See an interactive map of Perry 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.


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.

Finding More Church Records

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

Court Records

1818-1868 Perry County, Ohio Bond Book.

Emigration and Immigration

Ethnic, Political, or Religious Groups




Local histories are available for Perry 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 Fairfield and Perry Counties, Ohio ... Chicago:W.H. Beers & Co., 1883.

History of Perry County by Clement L. Martzolff.....Published by Ward & Weiland New Lexington, Ohio..Columbus, Ohio Press of Fred J. Heer 1902.

The Book of Perry County, An Historic Industrial Portfolio, published 1909.

Howe's Historical Collections of Ohio, The Ohio Centennial Edition, Copyright 1888.

Ohio Township Resource Book... Section 1: Township Level Population Characteristics and Trends 1960-2000.

Thornville's First 150 Years 1811-1961, The Sequicentennial Program, 16 pages.

The History of Thornville, Thornport and Area, Ohio Published in 1977 by "The Thornville History Committee" 72 pages.

Shawnee Souvenir Album 1953, Ohio Sesqucentennial 1853-1953, 32 pages.

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.

Many Land records for Perry County have been microfilmed or abstracted. Some of those copies are available at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City. For a listing of thier holdings, see the topic details from their catalog.



  • Civil War

Civil War service men from Lucas 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 Lucas County.

- 114th Regiment, Ohio Infantry, Companies F, G, and I

Roster of Ohio Soldiers 1861-1866. War of the Rebellion Volume III, 21st-36th Reg'ts. Infantry.

Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System.

Naturalization and Citizenship


Perry 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 Perry 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 Perry 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).

Many Probate records for Perry County have been microfilmed or abstracted. Some of those copies are available at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City. For a listing of thier holdings, see the topic detailsfrom their catalog.

Public Records



Perry County Courthouse
105 North Main Street
New Lexington, OH 43764-1241
Phone: 740.342.1022

Probate Court has birth and death records from 1867, marriage records from 1818
and probate records; County Recorder has land records[1]

The County was named for Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry, hero of the War of 1812. Perry County is one of the 88 counties in Ohio.

Family History Centers

Perry County Chapter, Ohio Genealogical Society.

Perry County, Ohio Historical Society.


Perry County, Ohio 1819 Tax Record.

1828 Perry County, Ohio Tax Duplicate.

[https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1473259 Ohio Tax Records 1800-1850. Finding More Tax Records

Additional tax records can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Perry 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 Perry 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 Perry County, Ohio Genealogy Probate Court with divorce records located with the Perry County, Ohio Genealogy Clerk of Courts.

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


Perry County, Ohio Birth Index 1; 1867-1908.

Perry County, Ohio Birth Index 2; 1908-1950.


Perry County, Ohio Marriage Index 1; 1818-1868.

Perry County, Ohio Marriage Index 2; 1915-1986.


Ohio Deaths, 1908-1953 Free name indexes and images at Ohio Deaths; index, 1908-1911]. 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.

Ohio Vital Record Batch Numbers by County.

Many vital records for Perry County have been microfilmed or abstracted. Some of those copies are available at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City. For a listing of thier holdings, see the topic details from their catalog.

Web Sites


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, "Perry County, Ohio" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Perry_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.