Ashtabula County, Ohio
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Ashtabula County

Ashtabula County was created on June 7, 1807 from Geauga County and Trumbull County (organized in 1811). This county was named for Ashtabula River, which means "fish river" in an Algonquian language.

The Ashtabula County Seat is located in Jefferson also, the county government website is www.co.ashtabula.oh.us/ .

Areas bordering to Ashtabula County are province of Ontario, Canada (north), Erie County, Pennsylvaina (northeast), Crawford County, Pennsylvaina (east), Trumbull County (south), Geauga County (southwest), Lake County (west).

Cities and towns located in Ashtabula County include Ashtabula, Conneaut, Geneva, Andover, Geneva-on-the-Lake, Jefferson, North Kingsville, Orwell, Roaming Shores, Rock Creek. Other communities include Austinburg, Dorset, Kingsville, Pierpont, Unionville, Williamsfield, Windsor.

Ashtabula County Townships Map

Ashtabula County Townships include Andover, Ashtabula, Austinburg, Cherry Valley, Colebrook, Denmark, Dorset, Geneva, Harpersfield, Hartsgrove, Jefferson, Kingsville, Lenox, Monroe, Morgan, New Lyme, Orwell, Pierpont, Plymouth, Richmond, Rome, Saybrook, Sheffield, Trumbull, Wayne, Williamsfield, Windsor.

Ashtabula 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 Ashtabula 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.

Ashtabula County consists of Federal Census Schedules to guide in looking into your family tree. Federal Population Schedules can be found for 1810, 1820, 1830, 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.

Ashtabula Co. Mortality Schedules can be found for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Ashtabula Co. Industry and Agriculture can be obtained for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Ashtabula Co. Union Veterans Schedules is available for 1890. One can find free online and printable census forms to help you with your research.

Ashtabula County Societies and Family History Resources

A list of Ashtabula County Historical  and Genealogical Societies, Forums, Message Boards, Libraries, Archives.

  • Ohio Genealogy Community (plus.google.com)
  • Ohio State Genealogy Network (facebook.com)
  • Ashtabula County Genealogical Society, c/o Geneva Public Library, 860 Sherman St, Geneva, OH 44041-9101; Phone: (440) 466-4521; The Ashtabula County Genealogical Society's holdings include over 2,000 acquisitions and more than 600 rolls of microfilm for and about Ashtabula County area research.
  • Ashtabula County Historical Society, PO Box 36, Jefferson, OH 44047-0036; Phone: (440) 466-7337; The Ashtabula County Historical Society preserves the history of Ashtabula County, assists others in historical preservation, collects historical objects connected with Ashtabula County for the purpose of preserving and exhibiting them, maintains museums, marks the sites of historic interest in the county, and fosters an increased awareness of local history in the schools.
  • Conneaut Chapter-National Railway Historical Society, PO Box 643, Conneaut, OH 44030-0643; Phone: (440) 599-7878; The Conneaut Chapter-National Railway Historical Society exhibits railroads of the steam era. Its museum includes an HO Scale model railroad layout, an outside NKP locomotive 755, Bessemer & Lake Erie Hopper Car, Woodside Caboose, motor car, pump car, and tool car for section gangs.
  • Conneaut Historical Society, 402 S Amboy Rd, Conneaut, OH 44030-3004; Phone: (440) 593-4896
  • Harpersfield Heritage Society, 1257 Jobey Trail, Geneva, OH 44041-8801; Phone: (440) 466-1091; The Harpersfield Heritage Society preserves the history of rural life for the general benefit and education of the public and aids in the restoration, preservation, and maintenance of significant buildings, structures, and property related to Harpersfield.
  • Hubbard House Underground Railroad Museum, PO Box 2666, Ashtabula, OH 44005-2666; Phone: (440) 964-8168; The Hubbard House Museum was built in the 1840s by William and Catharine Hubbard and was an Underground Railroad Terminal that provided shelter for fugitive slaves. It is now a museum filled with 1840-1880 period furniture, information on the Underground Railroad, and artifacts from the Civil War.
  • Lenox Historical Society, 73 W Jefferson St, Jefferson, OH 44047-1027; Phone: (440) 576-2681; The Lenox Historical Society maintains the Rural Museum that includes a farmhouse (currently being renovated), a gas station/grocery store, and a barn with farm equipment.
  • Old Brick House Historical Society, PO Box 592, Orwell, OH 44076-0592; The Old Brick House is the site of the first tavern in Orwell Township and is now a museum and community center.
  • Shandy Hall -WRHS, 5012 New St Apt 24, Geneva, OH 44041-9771 Phone: (440) 466-3680; Shandy Hall, a site of the Western Reserve Historical Society, is the original 1815 home of the Robert Harper Family.
  • Windsor Historical Society, 6068 St Rt 322, Windsor, OH 44099-9718; Phone: (440) 272-5597; The Windsor Historical Society maintains the restored Christ Episcopal Church as its museum exhibiting local artifacts, photographs, and documents. Additionally the Society maintains the historic Windsor Grange Hall and a covered bridge.
  • Geneva Public Library - a branch of the Ashtabula County District Library, is "Your Place of First Resort" for quick and easy searching in Ashtabula County records. Why? Because they have microfilm of many of the records in the courthouse plus, the library has several specialized indexes created by the staff and the county genealogical society for these records and many more items of intense value for genealogists researching in Ashtabula County.
  • Ashtabula County USGenWeb Archives Project (usgwarchives.net)
  • Ashtabula County, Ohio Message Boards (boards.ancestry.com) read and post messages about your ancestors in Ashtabula County
  • Ashtabula County, Ohio Genealogy Forum (genforum.genealogy.com) read and post messages with other genealogy researchers for Ashtabula County

Ashtabula County Courthouse and Government Records


Ashtabula County Courthouse

Genealogist typically fail to notice the benefits of Ashtabula County court, probate, and land records as a source of genealogical details. Hidden away in Ohio courthouses and archives just about everywhere are often the hopes and dreams and frustrations of countless Ohio people.

The possibilities are excellent that your potential forefathers have left a comprehensive document of at least quite a few aspects of their lives in the Ashtabula County court records. Even if your ancestors is not discussed in a Court case, take into consideration all of the other methods which often can have lead to her or him appearing in court records.

Please make sure to call the clerk's department to confirm hours, mailing address, fees and other details prior to visiting or seeking information because of sometimes changing contact details. The Department Offices DO NOT DO RESEARCH. The records are accessible to interested parties, barring private issues. A good number of workers will help people in locating the materials, however it's up to the man or women to do the researching.

The following facts denotes exactly what death, marriage, birth, property, wills, and court records are typically in Ashtabula County. The dates indicated listed below are considered the first noted records data for this particular county.

  • Ashtabula County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: 25 W. Jefferson St., Jefferson 44047-1027
    • Phone: (440) 576-9090
  • Ashtabula 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: (440) 576-3451
    • Marriage Records: 1812 
    • Probate Records: 1811
  • Ashtabula County Recorder has the duty of keeping specific records which may include: deeds, mortgages, military discharges, plats, etc.
    • Phone: (440) 576-3762
    • Land Records: 1798
  • Ashtabula 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: (440) 576-3686
    • Court Records: ?
  • The Ashtabula 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.

Ashtabula County Links

The following are web links to Genealogy, Records and Resources pertaining to Ashtabula County. A lot of these genealogy links fall into 3 categories: Professional Sites, Personal Sites or Organization Sites. Some have free access some have to have a payment. This is just a list which has been compiled or submitted. I do not recommend or promote one genealogy site above another. Feel free to submit your own favorite Ashtabula County genealogy or family history related sites.

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