Delaware County, Ohio

Delaware County

Delaware County was created on April 1, 1808 from Franklin County . This county was named for the Delaware Indians .

The Delaware County Seat is located in Delaware also, the county government website is www.co.delaware.oh.us/ .

Areas bordering to Delaware County are Morrow County (north), Knox County (northeast), Licking County (east), Franklin County (south), Union County (west), Marion County (northwest) .

Cities and towns located in Delaware County include Columbus, Delaware, Dublin, Powell, Westerville, Ashley, Galena, Ostrander, Shawnee Hills, Sunbury. Other communities include Kilbourne, Lewis Center, Radnor.

Delaware County Townships Map

Delaware County Townships include Berkshire, Berlin, Brown, Concord, Delaware, Genoa, Harlem, Kingston, Liberty, Marlboro, Orange, Oxford, Porter, Radnor, Scioto, Thompson, Trenton, Troy.

Delaware 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 Delaware 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.

Delaware 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.

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

Delaware County Societies and Family History Resources

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

  • Ohio Genealogy Community (plus.google.com)
  • Ohio State Genealogy Network (facebook.com)
  • Delaware County Chapter, OGS, PO Box 1126, Delaware, OH 43015-8126, Phone: (740) 369-3831 ; meets at the Delaware County Historical Society, 157 E. William St., Delaware, usually on the first Tuesday, September through June, at 7:30 p.m.; exceptions occur in any month that public elections occur on the first Tuesday. The Delaware County Chapter genealogy library is located in the Annex of the Nash House Museum. They are open mid-March through mid-November on Sunday, Wednesday and Saturday from 2-4:30 and Thursday 10-4:30. Those who need other times to accommodate them may call for an appointment.
  • Delaware County Historical Society, PO Box 317, Delaware, OH 43015-0317; Phone: (740) 369-3831; The Delaware County Historical Society maintains the circa 1880 Nash House Museum. The Museum's annex contains additional exhibits and a local and family history library. Its genealogy research library is among one of the best in the state of Ohio.
  • Archives of Ohio United Methodism, Beeghly Library, 43 Rowland Ave, Delaware, OH 43015-2370; Phone: (740) 368-3285; The Archives of Ohio United Methodist holds a collection of books, manuscripts, photographs, and memorabilia that documents the history of the East and West Ohio Conferences of the United Methodist Church and their antecedents. Materials date from 1800 to the present.
  • Big Walnut Area Historical Society, PO Box 616, Sunbury, OH 43074-0616; The Big Walnut Area Historical Society is in the process of renovating the Myers Inn for a future museum of the 1820s with a goal of being open for the State's 200th anniversary.
  • Powell Liberty Historical Society, 103 E Olentangy Dr, Powell, OH 43065-5051; Phone: (614) 848-6210; The Powell Liberty Historical Society operates out of the restored 1889 Martin-Perry Homestead. Furnished in period antiques, the museum includes a small library/research room, exhibit room, with changing displays, a meeting room and Victorian gardens. Monthly adult programs and open houses are offered as well as specially dated children's programs.
  • Delaware County USGenWeb Archives Project (usgwarchives.net)
  • Delaware County, Ohio Message Boards (boards.ancestry.com) read and post messages about your ancestors in Delaware County
  • Delaware County, Ohio Genealogy Forum (genforum.genealogy.com) read and post messages with other genealogy researchers for Delaware County

Delaware County Courthouse and Government Records


Delaware County Courthouse

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

  • Delaware County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: 91 N. Sandusky, Delaware 43015-1703
    • Phone: (740) 369-8761
  • Delaware 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: 740-833-2680
    • Marriage Records: 1835 
    • Probate Records: 1812
  • Delaware County Recorder has the duty of keeping specific records which may include: deeds, mortgages, military discharges, plats, etc.
    • Address: 140 N Sandusky St, Delaware, OH 43015
    • Phone: (740) 833-2460.
    • Land Records: 1807
  • Delaware 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: 740-833-2500
    • Court Records: 1818
  • The Delaware 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.

Delaware County Links

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

Delaware Co. OH Books, Newspapers & Publications

Delaware Co. OH Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Delaware Co. OH Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Delaware Co. OH Census Records

Delaware Co. OH Cemeteries & Graveyards

Delaware Co. OH Church & Bible Records

Delaware Co. OH Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Delaware Co. OH General and History Websites

Delaware Co. OH Immigration & Naturalization

Delaware Co. OH Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Delaware Co. OH Military Records

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