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Defiance County, Ohio

Defiance County

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 .

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

Areas bordering to Defiance County are Williams County (north), Henry County (east), Putnam County (southeast), Paulding County (south), Allen County, Indiana (southwest), DeKalb County, Indiana (west) .

Cities and towns located in Defiance County include Defiance, Hicksville, Ney, Sherwood . Other communities include Evansport, Farmer, Jewell, Mark Center.

Defiance County Townships Map

Defiance County Townships include Adams, Defiance, Delaware, Farmer, Hicksville, Highland, Mark, Milford, Noble, Richland, Tiffin, Washington. .

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.

Defiance County consists of Federal Census Schedules to guide in looking into your family tree. Federal Population Schedules can be found 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.

Defiance County Societies and Family History Resources

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

  • RAOGK Volunteers for Ohio (
  • Ohio Genealogy Community (
  • Ohio State Genealogy Network (
  • 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.
  • Defiance County USGenWeb Archives Project (
  • Defiance County, Ohio Message Boards ( read and post messages about your ancestors in Defiance County
  • Defiance County, Ohio Genealogy Forum ( read and post messages with other genealogy researchers for Defiance County

Defiance County Courthouse and Government Records

Defiance County Courthouse

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

  • 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
  • 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 Links

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

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