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Defiance County, Ohio Facts

Defiance County

When was Defiance County, OH Created?
Defiance County was created on April 7, 1845 from Henry County, Paulding County and Williams County . This county was named for Fort Defiance, built in 1794 by General Anthony Wayne .

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

What counties are adjacent to Defiance County, OH?
Bordering Counties are Williams County (north), Henry County (east), Putnam County (southeast), Paulding County (south), Allen County, Indiana (southwest), DeKalb County, Indiana (west) .

What cities and towns are in Defiance County, OH?
Cities and towns located in the County include Defiance, Hicksville, Ney, Sherwood . Other communities include Evansport, Farmer, Jewell, Mark Center.

Defiance County Townships Map

What townships are in Defiance County, OH?
Townships located in the County include Adams, Defiance, Delaware, Farmer, Hicksville, Highland, Mark, Milford, Noble, Richland, Tiffin, Washington. .

Defiance County, OH Vital Records

Where can find Defiance County Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
Defiance 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 Defiance 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 Defiance 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.

Defiance County, OH Census Records

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

Defiance Co. Mortality Schedules can be found for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Defiance Co. Industry and Agriculture can be obtained for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Defiance 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

Defiance County, OH Courthouse and Government Records

Defiance County Courthouse

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

  • Defiance County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: 221 Clinton Street, Defiance, Ohio 43512
    • Phone: (419) 782-4761
  • Defiance 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) 782-4181
    • Marriage Records: 1845
    • Probate Records:1845
  • Defiance County Recorder has the duty of keeping specific records which may include: deeds, mortgages, military discharges, plats, etc.
    • Address: 500 Second Street, Suite 201, Defiance, Ohio 43512
    • Phone: (419) 782-4741
    • Land Records: 1823
  • Defiance 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) 782-5931
    • Court Records:1845
  •  Ohio, Wills and Probate Records, 1786-1998
  • BLM Land Records
  • Defiance County USGenWeb Archives Project

Defiance County, OH Societies and Family History Resources

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

  • Defiance County Chapter, OGS, PO Box 7006, Defiance, OH 43512-7006; meets at St. John's United Church of Christ, Defiance College campus. The church is on the corner of Grand Ave. and Webster St.; go into the door off of the parking lot. Meetings are the fourth Monday of the month at 7:00pm except for August. This OGS Chapter's holdings are housed in the Ohioans Room of the Defiance Public Library.
  • Defiance County Historical Society, PO Box 801, Defiance, OH 43512-0801; The Defiance County Historical Society operates Auglaize Village, a recreated village of thirty-five new, restored, and reconstructed buildings typical of rural northwest Ohio in the early part of the 19th century.
  • Hicksville Historical Society Inc, PO Box 162, Hicksville, OH 43526-0162; Phone: (419) 542-6272; The Hicksville Historical Society was originally formed to restore St. Paul's Episcopal Church. It now collects historical records and artifacts to promote community interest in local history.
  • Ohio Historical Society, Archives-Library Division,  1982 Velma Avenue, Columbus, OH 43211; Telephone: 614-297-2300
  • Ohio Genealogical Society, 713 South Main Street, Mansfield OH 44907-1644

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