Marion County, Ohio

Marion County

Marion County was created on April 1, 1820 from Delaware County (Organized in 1824). This county was named for General Francis Marion (1732-1795), lieutenant colonel in the Continental Army and later brigadier general in the American Revolutionary War. .

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

Areas bordering to Marion County are Crawford County (northeast), Morrow County (east), Delaware County (south), Union County (southwest), Hardin County (west), Wyandot County (northeast) .

Cities and towns located in Marion County include Marion, Caledonia, Green Camp, La Rue, Morral, New Bloomington, Prospect, Waldo. Other communities include Kirkpatrick, Martel.


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Marion County, Ohio
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Marion County Townships include Big Island, Bowling Green, Claridon, Grand, Grand Prairie, Green Camp, Marion, Montgomery, Pleasant, Prospect, Richland, Salt Rock, Scott, Tully, Waldo.

Marion 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 Marion 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.

Marion 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.

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

Marion County Societies and Family History Resources

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

  • Ohio Genealogy Community (plus.google.com)
  • Ohio State Genealogy Network (facebook.com)
  • Marion Area Chapter, OGS, PO Box 844, Marion, OH 43301-0844; Phone: (740) 387-4255; Marion Area Chapter, OGS meets on the first Saturday, March through December, at 10:00am. There is no meeting in January or February. Meeting places vary, so please check the calendar on our web site for locations or special events. The Marion Area Genealogical Society preserves and collects genealogical and historical records for this and related areas of Ohio.
  • Marion County Historical Society, 169 E. Church St., Marion, OH 43302; 740-387-4255 ; The Marion County Historical Society is known for its many publications on Marion County history. Its museum preserves and interprets the history of Marion County from earliest recorded times to the present. It houses the Harding Presidential Collections, the Rinker-Howser Resource Center, and The Marion County Hall of Fame.
  • Marion County USGenWeb Archives Project (usgwarchives.net)
  • Marion County, Ohio Message Boards (boards.ancestry.com) read and post messages about your ancestors in Marion County
  • Marion County, Ohio Genealogy Forum (genforum.genealogy.com) read and post messages with other genealogy researchers for Marion County

Marion County Courthouse and Government Records


Marion County Ohio Courthouse

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

  • Marion County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: Courthouse Square, 100 N. Main St., Marion 43302-3089
    • Phone: (740) 387-5871
  • Marion 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: 740-223-4260
    • Marriage Records: 1824 
    • Probate Records: 1821
  • Marion County Recorder has the duty of keeping specific records which may include: deeds, mortgages, military discharges, plats, etc.
    • Address: 222 W Center St, Marion, OH 43302
    • Phone: 740-223-4100
    • Land Records: 1821
  • Marion 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: 740-387-7614
    • Court Records: 1824
  • The Marion 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.

Marion County Links

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

Marion Co. OH Books, Newspapers & Publications

Marion Co. OH Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Marion Co. OH Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Marion Co. OH Census Records

Marion Co. OH Cemeteries & Graveyards

Marion Co. OH Church & Bible Records

Marion Co. OH Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Marion Co. OH General and History Websites

Marion Co. OH Immigration & Naturalization

Marion Co. OH Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Marion Co. OH Military Records

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