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=== Williams County, Ohio Record Dates===
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===Williams County, Ohio Record Dates===
 
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| bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" colspan="7" | <center>'''Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records'''<ref>''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Williams County, Ohio. Page 540-547 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}; Alice Eichholz, ed. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, Third ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004), 531-533.</ref></center>
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| colspan="7" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" |<center>'''Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records'''<ref>''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Williams County, Ohio. Page 540-547 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}; Alice Eichholz, ed. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, Third ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004), 531-533.</ref></center>
 
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Williams County, Ohio Genealogy#Probate Records|Probate]]'''
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*'''Parent Counties''': Formed from [[Darke County, Ohio Genealogy|Darke County]] in 1820 (1824).<br>  
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*'''Parent Counties''': Formed from [[Darke County, Ohio Genealogy|Darke County]] in 1820 (1824).<br>
*'''County Seat: '''Bryan<br>&nbsp;  
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*'''County Seat: '''Bryan<br>&nbsp;
  
==== Description ====
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====Description====
  
 
The county was named for David Williams, one of the captors of John André in the American Revolutionary War. Williams, a militiaman, was born October 21, 1754 at Tarry-town-on-the-Hudson, NY and enlisted in 1775, serving under General Montgomeryown-on-the-Hudson, NY and enlisted in 1775, serving under General Montgomery. It's county seat is Bryan and was founded April 1, 1820.  It is located in the Northwest area of the state.<ref>Genealogy Trails History Group, “Williams County, Ohio Genealogy and History”, http://genealogytrails.com/ohio/williams/ accessed 2/27/2017.</ref>
 
The county was named for David Williams, one of the captors of John André in the American Revolutionary War. Williams, a militiaman, was born October 21, 1754 at Tarry-town-on-the-Hudson, NY and enlisted in 1775, serving under General Montgomeryown-on-the-Hudson, NY and enlisted in 1775, serving under General Montgomery. It's county seat is Bryan and was founded April 1, 1820.  It is located in the Northwest area of the state.<ref>Genealogy Trails History Group, “Williams County, Ohio Genealogy and History”, http://genealogytrails.com/ohio/williams/ accessed 2/27/2017.</ref>
  
==== Populated Places ====
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====Populated Places====
  
 
For a complete list of populated places, including small neighborhoods and suburbs, visit [https://ohio.hometownlocator.com/counties/cities,cfips,171,c,williams.cfm Hometown Locator].
 
For a complete list of populated places, including small neighborhoods and suburbs, visit [https://ohio.hometownlocator.com/counties/cities,cfips,171,c,williams.cfm Hometown Locator].
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==== Neighboring Counties ====
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====Neighboring Counties====
 
[[Fulton County, Ohio Genealogy|Fulton County]] {{•}}
 
[[Fulton County, Ohio Genealogy|Fulton County]] {{•}}
 
[[Henry County, Ohio Genealogy|Henry County]] {{•}}
 
[[Henry County, Ohio Genealogy|Henry County]] {{•}}
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[[Hillsdale County, Michigan Genealogy|Hillsdale County]]
 
[[Hillsdale County, Michigan Genealogy|Hillsdale County]]
  
==== Boundary Changes ====
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====Boundary Changes====
 
For animated maps illustrating Ohio county boundary changes, [http://www.mapofus.org/ohio/ "Rotating Formation Ohio County Boundary Maps"] (1788-1940) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.  
 
For animated maps illustrating Ohio county boundary changes, [http://www.mapofus.org/ohio/ "Rotating Formation Ohio County Boundary Maps"] (1788-1940) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.  
  
==== Record Loss ====
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====Record Loss====
 
There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.
 
There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.
  
=== Resources ===
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===Resources===
  
==== Bible Records ====
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====Bible Records====
  
==== Biography ====
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====Biography====
  
==== Business Records and Commerce ====
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====Business Records and Commerce====
  
==== Cemeteries ====
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====Cemeteries====
 
Cemetery records often reveal birth, marriage, death, relationship, military, and religious information.
 
Cemetery records often reveal birth, marriage, death, relationship, military, and religious information.
  
 
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[https://www.findagrave.com/memorial Findagrave.com]  
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[https://www.findagrave.com/memorial Findagrave.com]
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[https://www.findagrave.com/cemetery-browse/USA/Ohio/Williams-County?id=county_2125 Findagrave.com]  
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[https://www.findagrave.com/cemetery-browse/USA/Ohio/Williams-County?id=county_2125 Findagrave.com]
 
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[http://www.interment.net/us/oh/williams.htm Interment.net]  
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[http://www.interment.net/us/oh/williams.htm Interment.net]
| bgcolor="#eddffb" | [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=su%3ACemeteries+Ohio+Williams+County.&qt=hot_subject WorldCat]  
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[http://www.namesinstone.com/CemeteryList.aspx Names in Stone]  
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[http://www.namesinstone.com/CemeteryList.aspx Names in Stone]
 
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[http://www.usgwtombstones.org/ohio/williams.htm USGW Tombstones]  
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[http://www.usgwtombstones.org/ohio/williams.htm USGW Tombstones]
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[https://billiongraves.com/search/cemetery Billion Graves]  
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[https://billiongraves.com/search/cemetery Billion Graves]
 
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[http://www.epodunk.com/cgi-bin/localList.php?local=17602&locTGroup=Cemeteries&direction=down&sec=0&qty=49&stateAbbv=&stateName= Epodunk]
 
[http://www.epodunk.com/cgi-bin/localList.php?local=17602&locTGroup=Cemeteries&direction=down&sec=0&qty=49&stateAbbv=&stateName= Epodunk]
 
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[http://ohiogravestones.org/cemeteries.php?selected_cid=86 Ohio Gravestones]  
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==== Census ====
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====Census====
  
==== Church Records ====
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====Church Records====
  
 
{{OH Church Intro}}  
 
{{OH Church Intro}}  
  
===== Catholic =====
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=====Catholic=====
  
 
:*'''1796–2004''' {{RecordSearch|1494476|Ohio, Diocese of Toledo, Catholic Parish Records, 1796-2004}} at [http://familysearch.org/ 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 [[How to Navigate Browsable Images|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.
 
:*'''1796–2004''' {{RecordSearch|1494476|Ohio, Diocese of Toledo, Catholic Parish Records, 1796-2004}} at [http://familysearch.org/ 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 [[How to Navigate Browsable Images|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.
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*[http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=williams+county+Ohio+church+records&qt=results_page WorldCat] (For instructions see [[WorldCat Online Catalog]]).
 
*[http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=williams+county+Ohio+church+records&qt=results_page WorldCat] (For instructions see [[WorldCat Online Catalog]]).
  
==== Court Records ====
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====Court Records====
  
==== Emigration and Immigration ====
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====Emigration and Immigration====
  
==== Ethnic, Political, or Religious Groups ====
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====Ethnic, Political, or Religious Groups====
  
==== Gazetteers ====
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====Gazetteers====
  
==== Genealogy ====
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====Genealogy====
  
==== History ====
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====History====
  
 
{{OH History}}  
 
{{OH History}}  
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:*Maynard, Kevin M., ''Images of America: Williams County,'' (Chicago, Illinois: Arcadia Publishing, 2008). Digital copy at [http://books.google.com/books?id=c4f4tAFBRpAC Google Books]
 
:*Maynard, Kevin M., ''Images of America: Williams County,'' (Chicago, Illinois: Arcadia Publishing, 2008). Digital copy at [http://books.google.com/books?id=c4f4tAFBRpAC Google Books]
  
==== Land and Property ====
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====Land and Property====
  
 
{{OH Land}}
 
{{OH Land}}
 
{{Template:OH Land and Property Other Repositories|Williams|380205}}
 
{{Template:OH Land and Property Other Repositories|Williams|380205}}
  
==== Maps ====
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{{OH Neighboring Counties Intro|county={{OH Williams County}}}}  
 
{{OH Neighboring Counties Intro|county={{OH Williams County}}}}  
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*[http://www.mapofus.org/ohio/ Maps of Ohio (1788-1940)]
 
*[http://www.mapofus.org/ohio/ Maps of Ohio (1788-1940)]
  
==== Military ====
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====Military====
  
 
*'''1888-1919''' - {{RecordSearch|2139859|Ohio Soldier Home Records, 1888-1919}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
 
*'''1888-1919''' - {{RecordSearch|2139859|Ohio Soldier Home Records, 1888-1919}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
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Civil War service men from Williams County served in various regiments. Men often joined a company (within a regiment)&nbsp;that&nbsp;originated in their county. Listed below are companies that were specifically formed in Williams County.
 
Civil War service men from Williams County served in various regiments. Men often joined a company (within a regiment)&nbsp;that&nbsp;originated in their county. Listed below are companies that were specifically formed in Williams County.
  
:- [[100th Regiment, Ohio Infantry|100th Regiment, Ohio Infantry]], Company C  
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:- [[100th Regiment, Ohio Infantry|100th Regiment, Ohio Infantry]], Company C
 
:- [[111th Regiment, Ohio Infantry|111th Regiment, Ohio Infantry]], Company C
 
:- [[111th Regiment, Ohio Infantry|111th Regiment, Ohio Infantry]], Company C
  
 
=====World War I=====
 
=====World War I=====
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*'''1914-1919''' - {{RecordSearch|3010045|Ohio, World War I Statement of Service Cards, 1914-1919}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
 
*'''1914-1919''' - {{RecordSearch|3010045|Ohio, World War I Statement of Service Cards, 1914-1919}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
 
*'''1914-1918''' - {{RecordSearch|3029263|Ohio, World War I, Enrollment Cards, 1914-1918}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
 
*'''1914-1918''' - {{RecordSearch|3029263|Ohio, World War I, Enrollment Cards, 1914-1918}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
 
*'''1916-1920''' - {{RecordSearch|3039663|Ohio, WWI Index and Return Cards, 1916-1920}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
 
*'''1916-1920''' - {{RecordSearch|3039663|Ohio, WWI Index and Return Cards, 1916-1920}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
  
==== Naturalization and Citizenship ====
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====Naturalization and Citizenship====
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*'''1800-1977''' - {{RecordSearch|1987615|Ohio, County Naturalization Records, 1800-1977}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
 
*'''1800-1977''' - {{RecordSearch|1987615|Ohio, County Naturalization Records, 1800-1977}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
  
==== Newspapers ====
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====Newspapers====
  
 
{{OHnewspapers|Williams}}<br> '''Online Newspapers'''<br> The Bryan Times 11,650 issues&nbsp; Jan 23, 1800 - Dec 31, 2007 is online for free through news.google.com/newspapers.<br> '''Online Newspaper Abstracts'''<br> '''Newspaper Extracts and Abstracts in Book Form'''<br>  
 
{{OHnewspapers|Williams}}<br> '''Online Newspapers'''<br> The Bryan Times 11,650 issues&nbsp; Jan 23, 1800 - Dec 31, 2007 is online for free through news.google.com/newspapers.<br> '''Online Newspaper Abstracts'''<br> '''Newspaper Extracts and Abstracts in Book Form'''<br>  
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The Williams County Public Library has an online obit index [http://www.williamsco.lib.oh.us/obit.asp Website] to the local Williams County newspapers. Email them your index information and your snail mail address to obtain a copy of the obit.<br>
 
The Williams County Public Library has an online obit index [http://www.williamsco.lib.oh.us/obit.asp Website] to the local Williams County newspapers. Email them your index information and your snail mail address to obtain a copy of the obit.<br>
  
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==== Periodicals ====
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====Periodicals====
  
==== Probate ====
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====Probate====
  
 
{{OH Probate Intro}}
 
{{OH Probate Intro}}
 
'''Online Probate Records'''
 
'''Online Probate Records'''
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*'''1786 - 1998''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=8801 Ohio Wills and Probate Records 1786-1998] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index and images '''$'''
 
*'''1786 - 1998''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=8801 Ohio Wills and Probate Records 1786-1998] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index and images '''$'''
 
*'''1789 - 1996''' {{RecordSearch|1992421|Ohio Probate Records 1789-1996}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — images
 
*'''1789 - 1996''' {{RecordSearch|1992421|Ohio Probate Records 1789-1996}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — images
*'''1790–1967''' - {{RecordSearch|1992421|Ohio, Probate Records, 1790-1967}} at [http://familysearch.org/ 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 [[How to Navigate Browsable Images|browsing]] the images. A list of Fires that have destroyed records in the courthouses of several counties are listed on the [https://familysearch.org/wiki/en/Ohio_Probate_Records_(FamilySearch_Historical_Records) Record Description page]. <br>  
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*'''1790–1967''' - {{RecordSearch|1992421|Ohio, Probate Records, 1790-1967}} at [http://familysearch.org/ 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 [[How to Navigate Browsable Images|browsing]] the images. A list of Fires that have destroyed records in the courthouses of several counties are listed on the [https://familysearch.org/wiki/en/Ohio_Probate_Records_(FamilySearch_Historical_Records) Record Description page]. <br>
 
{{Template:OH Probate Repositories|Williams|382420}}
 
{{Template:OH Probate Repositories|Williams|382420}}
  
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==== Repositories ====
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===== Courthouse =====
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=====Courthouse=====
  
 
<br>[http://co.williams.oh.us/ Williams County Courthouse]<br>107 W Butler Street<br>Bryan, OH 43506<br>Phone: 419.636.8253&nbsp;<br><br>County Record Center has birth and death records 1867-1908, <br>marriage and probate records 1824-1984, divorce and court<br>records 1824-1977 and naturalization records 1860-1926; <br>County Health Department has birth and death records from 1909<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Williams County, Ohio. Page 546 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>  
 
<br>[http://co.williams.oh.us/ Williams County Courthouse]<br>107 W Butler Street<br>Bryan, OH 43506<br>Phone: 419.636.8253&nbsp;<br><br>County Record Center has birth and death records 1867-1908, <br>marriage and probate records 1824-1984, divorce and court<br>records 1824-1977 and naturalization records 1860-1926; <br>County Health Department has birth and death records from 1909<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Williams County, Ohio. Page 546 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>  
  
===== Family History Centers =====
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=====Family History Centers=====
 
 
  
 
{{Family History Centers Intro}}  
 
{{Family History Centers Intro}}  
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For additional nearby Family History Centers, search online in the [http://www.familysearch.org/locations FHC directory]. Put your town name in the top search box.
 
For additional nearby Family History Centers, search online in the [http://www.familysearch.org/locations FHC directory]. Put your town name in the top search box.
  
===== Libraries =====
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=====Libraries=====
  
William County Public Library 107 E. High Street Bryan, OH 43506  
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[https://www.mywcpl.org/ William County Public Library] 107 E. High Street Bryan, OH 43506  
  
===== Museums =====
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=====Museums=====
  
===== Societies =====
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=====Societies=====
  
====== Online Genealogy Research Groups ======
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======Online Genealogy Research Groups======
  
 
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*[https://community.familysearch.org/s/group/0F93A000000LfVkSAK/us-and-canada-genealogy-research U.S. and Canada Genealogy Research] - FamilySearch Community group, must have a free FamilySearch account to join
 
*[https://community.familysearch.org/s/group/0F93A000000LfVkSAK/us-and-canada-genealogy-research U.S. and Canada Genealogy Research] - FamilySearch Community group, must have a free FamilySearch account to join
  
==== Taxation ====
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====Taxation====
  
 
{{OH Tax Intro}}  
 
{{OH Tax Intro}}  
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{{Template:OH Tax Records Repositories|Williams|381758}}
 
{{Template:OH Tax Records Repositories|Williams|381758}}
  
==== Vital Records ====
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====Vital Records====
  
 
{{OH Vital Intro}}  
 
{{OH Vital Intro}}  
  
===== Birth =====
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=====Birth=====
  
 
Online Birth Indexes and Records
 
Online Birth Indexes and Records
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*'''1841-2003''' - {{RecordSearch|1932106|Ohio, County Births, 1841-2003}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
 
*'''1841-2003''' - {{RecordSearch|1932106|Ohio, County Births, 1841-2003}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
  
 
Original Birth Records on Microfilm
 
Original Birth Records on Microfilm
  
===== Marriage =====
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=====Marriage=====
  
 
Online Marriage Indexes and Records
 
Online Marriage Indexes and Records
  
 
*'''1789-2013''' - {{RecordSearch|1614804|Ohio, County Marriages, 1789-2013}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search/ FamilySearch] — index and images
 
*'''1789-2013''' - {{RecordSearch|1614804|Ohio, County Marriages, 1789-2013}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search/ FamilySearch] — index and images
*'''1800-1958''' - {{RecordSearch|1681001|Ohio, Marriages, 1800-1958}} at [http://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch] — free; Index.  
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*'''1800-1942''' - {{RecordSearch|2367319|Ohio, Marriages, 1800-1942}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
 
*'''1800-1942''' - {{RecordSearch|2367319|Ohio, Marriages, 1800-1942}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
 
 
 
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*[https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/102354897055084945585 Ohio Genealogy Network Community on Google+]
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Latest revision as of 09:17, 4 January 2020

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


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Williams County, Ohio
Map
Boundary map of Williams County, Ohio
Map of the U.S. highlighting Ohio
Location of Ohio in the U.S.
Courthouse
Williams County, Ohio Courthouse.jpg
Address Williams County Courthouse
1 Courthouse Square
Bryan, Ohio 43506
Williams County website


Williams County, Ohio Record Dates[edit | edit source]

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[1]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1867 1824 1867 1824 1824 1824 1820
Statewide registration for births and deaths started in 1908. General compliance year is unknown.
  • Parent Counties: Formed from Darke County in 1820 (1824).
  • County Seat: Bryan
     

Description[edit | edit source]

The county was named for David Williams, one of the captors of John André in the American Revolutionary War. Williams, a militiaman, was born October 21, 1754 at Tarry-town-on-the-Hudson, NY and enlisted in 1775, serving under General Montgomeryown-on-the-Hudson, NY and enlisted in 1775, serving under General Montgomery. It's county seat is Bryan and was founded April 1, 1820. It is located in the Northwest area of the state.[2]

Populated Places[edit | edit source]

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]

Cities
Villages
Unincorporated communities
Census-designated places
Townships
Ghost towns

Neighboring Counties[edit | edit source]

Fulton County  • Henry County  • Defiance County  • DeKalb County  • Steuben County  • Hillsdale County

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

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

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

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

Resources[edit | edit source]

Bible Records[edit | edit source]

Biography[edit | edit source]

Business Records and Commerce[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Cemetery records often reveal birth, marriage, death, relationship, military, and religious information.

Online Grave Transcripts Published Grave Transcripts County Cemetery Directories

Findagrave.com

Family History Library

Findagrave.com

Interment.net

WorldCat

Names in Stone

USGW Tombstones

Billion Graves

Billion Graves

Epodunk

OHGenWeb
OHGenWeb Tombstone Photos

Ohio Gravestones

See Ohio Cemeteries for more information.

Census[edit | edit source]

Church Records[edit | edit source]

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.

Catholic[edit | edit source]
  • 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.


Finding Church Records at Other Repositories

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

Court Records[edit | edit source]

Emigration and Immigration[edit | edit source]

Ethnic, Political, or Religious Groups[edit | edit source]

Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

Genealogy[edit | edit source]

History[edit | edit source]

Local histories are available for Williams 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.

  • Shinn, William Henry, The County of Williams: A History of Williams County, Ohio, from the Earliest Days, (Madison, Wisconsin: Northwestern Historical Assoc., 1905). FHL film 1000350 Item 4
  • Writers' Program (Ohio), Bryan and Williams County, Ohio, (Fort Wayne, Indiana: Allen County Public Library, 1984). FHL book 977.1113/B1 H2b
  • Goodspeed, Weston Arthur, County of Williams, Ohio, Historical and Biographical, (Chicago, Illinois : F.A. Battey, 1882). Digital copy at Google Books FHL book 977.1113 H2g
  • Maynard, Kevin M., Images of America: Williams County, (Chicago, Illinois: Arcadia Publishing, 2008). Digital copy at Google Books

Land and Property[edit | edit source]

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[edit source]

Additional land records can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Williams County, Ohio Genealogy Land and Property Records in online catalogs like:


Maps[edit | edit source]

Hillsdale CountySteuben CountyDeKalb CountyFulton CountyHenry CountyDefiance CountyOH WILLIAMS.PNG
Click a neighboring county
for more resources


Military[edit | edit source]

Civil War[edit | edit source]

Civil War service men from Williams 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 Williams County.

- 100th Regiment, Ohio Infantry, Company C
- 111th Regiment, Ohio Infantry, Company C
World War I[edit | edit source]

Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

Williams 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
The Bryan Times 11,650 issues  Jan 23, 1800 - Dec 31, 2007 is online for free through news.google.com/newspapers.
Online Newspaper Abstracts
Newspaper Extracts and Abstracts in Book Form

The Williams County Public Library has an online obit index Website to the local Williams County newspapers. Email them your index information and your snail mail address to obtain a copy of the obit.

Obituaries[edit | edit source]

Periodicals[edit | edit source]

Probate[edit | edit source]

Probate records created after 1852 are held by the Williams 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 Williams 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).  Carol Willsey Bell, Ohio Wills and Estates to 1850: An Index (Columbus, Ohio: the author, 1981).FamilySearch Digital Library - 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).


Online Probate Records

Finding More Probate Records[edit source]

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

Public Records[edit | edit source]

Repositories[edit | edit source]

Courthouse[edit | edit source]


Williams County Courthouse
107 W Butler Street
Bryan, OH 43506
Phone: 419.636.8253 

County Record Center has birth and death records 1867-1908,
marriage and probate records 1824-1984, divorce and court
records 1824-1977 and naturalization records 1860-1926;
County Health Department has birth and death records from 1909[4]

Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

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.

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

Libraries[edit | edit source]

William County Public Library 107 E. High Street Bryan, OH 43506

Museums[edit | edit source]
Societies[edit | edit source]
Online Genealogy Research Groups[edit | edit source]

Taxation[edit | edit source]

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

Vital Records[edit | edit source]

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 Williams 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 Williams County, Ohio Genealogy Probate Court with divorce records located with the Williams County, Ohio Genealogy Clerk of Courts.

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

Birth[edit | edit source]

Online Birth Indexes and Records

Original Birth Records on Microfilm

Marriage[edit | edit source]

Online Marriage Indexes and Records

Original Marriage Records on Microfilm

Death[edit | edit source]

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 Tax Records

Additional tax records can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Williams County, Ohio Genealogy Tax Records in online catalogs like:

Original Death Records on Microfilm

Divorce[edit | edit source]

Websites[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Williams County, Ohio. Page 540-547 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002; Alice Eichholz, ed. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, Third ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004), 531-533.
  2. Genealogy Trails History Group, “Williams County, Ohio Genealogy and History”, http://genealogytrails.com/ohio/williams/ accessed 2/27/2017.
  3. Wikipedia contributors, "Williams County, Ohio," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Williams_County,_Ohio, accessed 18 January 2019.
  4. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Williams County, Ohio. Page 546 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.