Hardin County, Ohio
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Hardin County

Hardin County was created on April 1, 1820 from Logan County and Delaware County (Organized in 1833). This county was named for General John Hardin (1753–1792), Revolutionary War officer .

The Hardin County Seat is located in Kenton also, the county government website is www.co.hardin.oh.us/ .

Areas bordering to Hardin County are  Hancock County (north), Wyandot County (northeast), Marion County (east), Union County (southeast), Logan County (south), Auglaize County (southwest), Allen County (northwest) .

Cities and towns located in Hardin County include Ada, Kenton, Alger, Dunkirk, Forest, McGuffey, Mt. Victory, Patterson, Ridgeway. Other communities include Dola, Hepburn, Roundhead .

Hardin County Townships Map

Hardin County Townships include Blanchard, Buck, Cessna, Dudley, Goshen, Hale, Jackson, Liberty, Lynn, Marion, McDonald, Pleasant, Roundhead, Taylor Creek, Washington.

Hardin 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 Hardin 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.

Hardin 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.

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

Hardin County Societies and Family History Resources

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

  • Ohio Genealogy Community (plus.google.com)
  • Ohio State Genealogy Network (facebook.com)
  • Hardin County Chapter, OGS, PO Box 520 , Kenton, OH 43326-0520, Phone: (419) 674-4088, The Society's Genealogy Library is located at:, 211 W Franklin St, Kenton, Ohio ; Hardin County Chapter, OGS meets the second Monday of the month at the Kenton Moose Family Center, 801 W. Lima Ave. Kenton, OH except in June, a members picnic is held on the 3rd Saturday. No meeting in September and Government holidays. This OGS Chapter's holdings are housed in the Hardin County Library.
  • Hardin County Historical Museums, 223 N Main St Rear, Kenton, OH 43326-1505; Phone: (419) 673-7147; Three historic sites (Sullivan-Johnson Museum and Burnison Farmstead/Agricultural Museum) feature permanent and changing exhibits devoted to the colorful heritage of Hardin County.
  • Ada Public Library-Historic Preservation, 320 N Main St, Ada, OH 45810-1184; Phone: (419) 634-5246; The Ada Public Library collects and makes available for research archival materials of local interest.
  • Hardin County USGenWeb Archives Project (usgwarchives.net)
  • Hardin County, Ohio Message Boards (boards.ancestry.com) read and post messages about your ancestors in Hardin County
  • Hardin County, Ohio Genealogy Forum (genforum.genealogy.com) read and post messages with other genealogy researchers for Hardin County

Hardin County Courthouse and Government Records


Hardin County Courthouse

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

  • Hardin County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address:One Courthouse Square, Kenton, OH 43326
    • Phone: 1-419-674-2250
  • Hardin 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: 419-424-7037
    • Marriage Records: 1833 
    • Probate Records: 1830
    • Birth / Death Records: 1867-1908
  • Hardin County Recorder has the duty of keeping specific records which may include: deeds, mortgages, military discharges, plats, etc.
    • Phone: 419-674-2252 or 419-674-2250
    • Land Records: 1831
  • Hardin 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) 674-2256
    • Court Records: 1833
  • The Hardin 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.

Hardin County Links

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

Hardin Co. OH Books, Newspapers & Publications

Hardin Co. OH Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Hardin Co. OH Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Hardin Co. OH Census Records

Hardin Co. OH Cemeteries & Graveyards

Hardin Co. OH Church & Bible Records

Hardin Co. OH Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Hardin Co. OH General and History Websites

Hardin Co. OH Immigration & Naturalization

Hardin Co. OH Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Hardin Co. OH Military Records

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