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Allen County, Ohio Facts

Allen County

When was Allen County, OH Created?
Allen County was created on March 1, 1820 from Shelby County and unorganized land (organized in 1831). This county was named for John Allen (1771/2-1813), a War of 1812 colonel.

What is the County Seat of Allen County, OH?
The County Seat is located in Lima also, the county government website is .

What counties are adjacent to Allen County, OH?
Bordering Counties are Putnam County (north), Hancock County (northeast), Hardin County (east), Auglaize County (south), Van Wert County (west) .

Allen County Townships Map

What cities and towns are in Allen County, OH?
Cities and towns located in the County include Delphos, Lima, Beaverdam, Bluffton, Cairo, Elida, Ft. Shawnee, Harrod, Lafayette, Spencerville . Other communities include Include Gomer.

What townships are in Allen County, OH?
Townships located in the County include Amanda, American, Auglaize, Bath, Jackson, Marion, Monroe, Perry, Richland, Shawnee, Spencer, Sugar Creek.

Allen County, OH Vital Records

Where can find Allen County Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
Allen County vital records can be found at the Ohio Department of Health which has Birth Records since Dec 20, 1908; Death Records since since 1954 and copies of Marriage and Divorce Records since 1918 to present There is a fee for each copy requested. Please refer to the information to the Statewide Vital Records in Ohio for current fees and application process.

You can search online for Allen County Birth, Marriage, Divorce or Death Records. You can also Order Electronically Online or can download an application for Ohio Birth Certificate, Marriage Certificate, Divorce Certificate, Death Certificate Application to mail. The Archives Division has copies of births before 1908, death before 1944 and marriage records before 1949.

The Allen County Health Department has Birth & Death Records from 1908-Present. For birth and death records prior to Dec. 20, 1908, contact the Probate Court of this county.

Allen County, OH Census Records

What Allen County, OH census records are available?
There are many types of census records for Allen County guide you in researching your family tree. Federal Population Schedules are available for 1820, 1830, 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.

Allen Co. Mortality Schedules can be found for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Allen Co. Industry and Agriculture can be obtained for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Allen Co. Union Veterans Schedules is available for 1890. One can find free online and printable census forms to help you with your research. See Also Ohio Census Records Research Guide

Allen County, OH Courthouse and Government Records

Allen County Courthouse

What genealogical records can I find in the Allen County Courthouse?
The below facts shows exactly what death, marriage, birth, property, wills, and court records are typically in Allen County. The years listed below are the first noted records with this county. See Also Ohio Corthouse Records Research Guide.

  • Allen County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: 301 N. Main St., Lima 45801-4456
    • Phone: (419) 228-3700
  • Allen County Clerk of Probate Court handles the probating of wills, estate administrations, trusts, guardianships, adoptions, birth corrections, delayed birth registrations and issues marriage licenses. The Probate Court is that the Probate Judge is the ex-officio Clerk of Courts, thus, the Court performs all the duties as its own Clerk of Courts
    • Phone: (419)223-8501
    • Marriage Records: 1831 - Present  
    • Birth & Death Records: 1867 - 1908
    • Probate Records: 1835 - Present
  • Allen County Recorder has the duty of keeping specific records which may include: deeds, mortgages, military discharges, plats, etc.
    • Phone: 419-223-8517
    • Land Records: 1831
  • Allen County Clerk of Court of Common Pleas is responsible for duties that include filing, docketing, indexing, and preserving all court pleadings for civil, felony criminal and domestic relations cases. Other services provided by the Clerk of Court of Common Pleas are administering oaths, keeping naturalization records, and recording and retention of coroner records.
    • Phone:(419) 228-3700
    • Court Records: 1831
  •  Ohio, Wills and Probate Records, 1786-1998
  • BLM Land Records
  • Allen County USGenWeb Archives Project

Allen County, OH Societies and Family History Resources

What genealogical and historical societies, archives, museums, associations and libraries are available for Allen County, OH?
A list of Allen County Historical  and Genealogical Societies, Libraries, Archives. See also list of Statewide Ohio Archives, Historical & Genealogical Societies.

Where can I connect with other Allen County, OH Researchers through message boards and forums?

What other genealogical resources are available in Allen County, OH?
The following are web links to Genealogy, Records and Resources pertaining to Allen County.

Allen Co. OH Books, Newspapers & Publications

Allen Co. OH Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Allen Co. OH Census Records

Allen Co. OH Church / Bible Records & Cemeteries / Graveyards

Allen Co. OH Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Allen Co. OH General and History Websites

Allen Co. OH Immigration & Naturalization

Allen Co. OH Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Allen Co. OH Military Records

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