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Brown County, Ohio

Brown County

Brown County was created on March 1, 1818 from Adams County and Clermont County . This county was named for General Jacob Brown (1775-1828), an officer of the War of 1812.

The Brown County Seat is located in Georgetown also, the county government website is .

Areas bordering to Brown County are Clinton County (north), Highland County (northeast), Adams County (east), Mason County, Kentucky (south), Bracken County, Kentucky (southwest), Clermont County (west) .

Cities and towns located in Brown County include Aberdeen, Fayetteville, Georgetown, Hamersville, Higginsport, Mount Orab, Ripley, Russellville, Sardinia, St. Martin. Other communities include Decatur, Feesburg .

Brown County Townships Map

Brown County Townships include Byrd, Clark, Eagle, Franklin, Green, Huntington, Jackson, Jefferson, Lewis, Perry, Pike, Pleasant, Scott, Sterling, Union, Washington.

Brown 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 Brown 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.

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

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

Brown County Societies and Family History Resources

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

  • RAOGK Volunteers for Ohio (
  • Ohio Genealogy Community (
  • Ohio State Genealogy Network (
  • Brown County Chapter, OGS, PO Box 83, Georgetown, OH 45121-0083, Brown County Chapter, OGS meets at the Old County Jail, Apple and Cherry Streets, Georgetown, OH on the third Thursday of each month at 8:00pm. The Brown County Genealogy Society maintains a genealogical research library focused on Brown County, which has a large collection of research books and family files on surrounding counties and states.
  • Brown County Historical Society , PO Box 238, Georgetown, OH 45121-0238; Phone: (513) 896-9930; Brown County Historical Society maintains three historical buildings--the Old Timers Building and the Washburn-Dixon Log House, both located on the county fairgrounds, and the Brown County Historical Society Museum located in the former Old County Jail.
  • Ripley Heritage, Inc., PO Box 176, Ripley, OH 45167-0176; Phone: (937) 392-4660; Ripley Museum, housed in an 1837 2-story Federal style structure, features over 500 historical items related to this 1812 established river village.
  • The John P. Parker Historical Society, PO Box 246, Ripley, OH 45167-0246; Phone: (513) 242-4521; The John P. Parker Historical Society is currently rehabilitating the John P. Parker house and historic site. Mr. Parker was a man who purchased his freedom and lived in this house in 1865 and was a conductor on the Underground Railroad. Hopefully the building will be open in mid-1999. This house is a National Historic Landmark.
  • Brown County USGenWeb Archives Project (
  • Brown County, Ohio Message Boards ( read and post messages about your ancestors in Brown County
  • Brown County, Ohio Genealogy Forum ( read and post messages with other genealogy researchers for Brown County

Brown County Courthouse and Government Records

Brown County Courthouse

Genealogist typically fail to notice the benefits of Brown 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 Brown 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 Brown County. The dates indicated listed below are considered the first noted records data for this particular county.

  • Brown County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: 800 Mt. Orab Pike, Georgetown, Ohio 45121
    • Phone: (937) 378-3956
  • Brown 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
    • Address: 510 East State Street, P.O. Box 379, Georgetown, Ohio 45121
    • Phone: (937) 378-6549
    • Marriage Records: 1818 
    • Probate Records: 1817
  • Brown County Recorder has the duty of keeping specific records which may include: deeds, mortgages, military discharges, plats, etc.
    • Address: 800 Mt. Orab Pike, Georgetown, Ohio 45121
    • Phone: (937) 378-6478
    • Land Records: 1818
  • Brown 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.
    • Address:101 South Main St., Georgetown, Ohio 45121
    • Phone: (937) 378-4101
    • Court Records: 1818
  • The Brown 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.

Brown County Links

The following are web links to Genealogy, Records and Resources pertaining to Brown 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 Brown County genealogy or family history related sites.

Brown Co. OH Books, Newspapers & Publications

Brown Co. OH Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Brown Co. OH Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Brown Co. OH Census Records

Brown Co. OH Cemeteries & Graveyards

Brown Co. OH Church & Bible Records

Brown Co. OH Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Brown Co. OH General and History Websites

Brown Co. OH Immigration & Naturalization

Brown Co. OH Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Brown Co. OH Military Records

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