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Henry County, Ohio
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Henry County, Ohio Facts

Henry County

When was Henry County, OH Created?
Henry County was created on April 1, 1820 from Logan County, Shelby County, Wood County and Williams County (Organized in 1834). This county was named for Patrick Henry (1736–1799), Revolutionary War-era legislator, orator, and scholar .

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

What counties are adjacent to Henry County, OH?
Bordering Counties are Fulton County (north), Lucas County (northeast), Wood County (east), Putnam County (south), Defiance County (west), Williams County (northwest), Hancock County (southeast) .

Henry County Townships Map

What cities and towns are in Henry County, OH?
Cities and towns located in the County include Napoleon, Deshler, Florida, Hamler, Holgate, Liberty Center, Malinta, McClure, New Bavaria . Other communities include Colton, Grelton, Okolona, Ridgeville Corners .

What townships are in Henry County, OH?
Townships located in the County include Bartlow, Damascus, Flatrock, Freedom, Harrison, Liberty, Marion, Monroe, Napoleon, Pleasant, Richfield, Ridgeville, Washington.

Henry County, OH Vital Records

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

Henry County, OH Census Records

What Henry County, OH census records are available?
There are many types of census records for Henry County guide you in researching your family tree. Federal Population Schedules are available for 1820, 1830, 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.

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

Henry County, OH Courthouse and Government Records

Henry County Courthouse

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

  • Henry County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: 660 N. Perry, Napoleon 43545-1702
    • Phone: (419) 592-4876
  • Henry 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: 419-592-7771
    • Marriage Records: 1847 
    • Probate Records: 1847
    • Birth / Death Records: 1867-1908
  • Henry County Recorder has the duty of keeping specific records which may include: deeds, mortgages, military discharges, plats, etc.
    • Phone: 419-592-1766
    • Land Records: 1846
  • Henry 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: 419-592-5886
    • Court Records: 1847
  •  Ohio, Wills and Probate Records, 1786-1998
  • BLM Land Records
  • Henry County USGenWeb Archives Project

Henry County, OH Societies and Family History Resources

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

  • Henry County Chapter, OGS, PO Box 231, Deshler, OH 43516; Henry County Chapter, OGS meets at the Edwin Wood Memorial Library in Deshler at 7:00pm on the third Monday evening of each month except December. The Henry County Chapter assists in any genealogical research of Henry County. Its holdings are housed at the home of Lucille Van Scoyoc.
  • Bartlow Township Historical Society, PO Box 131, Deshler, OH 43516-0131; The Bartlow Township Historical Society promotes the railroad and other history of Deshler, the crossroads of the B&O Railroad. The Society is currently renovating a building on Main Street to be used as its museum.
  • Henry County Historical Society, PO Box 443, Napoleon, OH 43545-0443; Phone: (419) 592-8006
  • Liberty Center Historical Society, PO Box 106, Liberty Center, OH 43532-0106; Phone: (419) 598-8442
  • 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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What other genealogical resources are available in Henry County, OH?
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