Portage County, Ohio
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Portage County, Ohio Facts
When was Portage County, OH Created?
Portage County was created on June 7, 1807 from Trumbull County. This county was named foran Indian portage.
What is the County Seat of Portage County, OH?
The County Seat is located in Ravenna also, the county government website is www.co.portage.oh.us/ .
What counties are adjacent to Portage County, OH?
Bordering Counties are Geauga County (north), Trumbull County (east), Mahoning County (southeast), Stark County (
south), Summit County (west), Cuyahoga County (northwest) .
What cities and towns are in Portage County, OH?
Cities and towns located in the County include Aurora, Kent, Ravenna, Streetsboro, Tallmadge, Brady Lake, Garrettsville, Hiram, Mantua, Mogadore, Sugar Bush Knolls, Windham. Other communities include Diamond, Wayland, Brimfield.
What townships are in Portage County, OH?
Townships located in the County include Atwater, Brimfield, Charlestown, Deerfield, Edinburg, Franklin, Freedom, Hiram, Mantua, Nelson, Palmyra, Paris, Randolph, Ravenna, Rootstown, Shalersville, Suffield, Windham.
Portage County, OH Vital Records
Where can find Portage County Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
Portage 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 Portage 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 Portage 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.
- County Vital Records Held at the OHS
- U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007
- Social Security Death Index
- USGenweb Archives Ohio Marriage Project
- Ohio, County Births, 1856-1909
- Ohio, Births and Christenings Index, 1800-1962
- Ohio, Births and Christenings, 1821-1962
- Ohio, Marriages, 1800-1958
- Ohio, County Marriages, 1790-1950
- Ohio Marriage Index, 1970, 1972-2007
- Ohio Marriages, 1803-1900
- Ohio Divorce Index, 1962-1963, 1967-1971, 1973-2007
- Ohio Death Certificate Index, 1913 – 1944
- Ohio, Deaths, 1908-1953
- Ohio, Death Index, 1908-1932, 1938-1944, and 1958-2007
- Ohio Deaths and Burials, 1854-1997
- Ohio Deaths, 1908-1932, 1938-1944, and 1958-2007
Portage County, OH Census Records
What Portage County, OH census records are available?
There are many types of census records for Portage County guide you in researching your family tree. Federal Population Schedules are available for 1810, 1820, 1830, 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.
Portage Co. Mortality Schedules can be found for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Portage Co. Industry and Agriculture can be obtained for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Portage 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
Portage County, OH Courthouse and Government Records
Portage County Courthouse
What genealogical records can I find in the Portage County Courthouse?
The below facts shows exactly what death, marriage, birth, property, wills, and court records are typically in Portage County. The years listed below are the first noted records with this county. See Also Ohio Corthouse Records Research Guide.
PLEASE READ FIRST!!! Please call the clerk's department to confirm hours, mailing address, fees and other specifics before visiting or requesting information because of sometimes changing contact information. The Department Offices DO NOT DO RESEARCH. The files are available to interested parties, barring private issues. Many staff will guide individuals in locating the materials, however it's up to the person to carry out the research.
- Portage County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
- Address: 203 W., Main St., Ravenna 44266-2761
- Phone: (330) 297-3849
- Portage 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: 330-297-3870
- Marriage Records: 1808
- Probate Records: 1803
- Portage County Recorder has the duty of keeping specific records which may include: deeds, mortgages, military discharges, plats, etc.
- Address: 449 S. Meridian St., 4th Floor, Portage County Administration. Bldg., Ravenna, Ohio 44266
- Phone: 330-297-3553
- Land Records: 1795
- Portage 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: 330-297-3644
- Court Records: 1809
- Ohio, Wills and Probate Records, 1786-1998
- BLM Land Records
- Portage County USGenWeb Archives Project
Portage County, OH Societies and Family History Resources
What genealogical and historical societies, archives, museums, associations and libraries are available for Portage County, OH?
A list of Portage County Historical and Genealogical Societies, Libraries, Archives. See also list of Statewide Ohio Archives, Historical & Genealogical Societies.
- Portage County Chapter, OGS, PO Box 821, Ravenna, OH 44266; Portage County Chapter, OGS meets at the Portage County Historical Society Museum, 6549 North Chestnut St., Ravenna, OH on the third Saturday of the month at 2:00pm. Meetings are nine times a year: January through June and September through November. No meetings in July and August or December; at least one field trip in the spring in place of the meeting. This OGS Chapter is presently updating and publishing all Portage County cemetery records and continuing to publish its Ohio Genealogical Society award winning newsletter. All cemetery records are published for county. Chapter is now indexing court (probate) records housed at Portage Count Historical Society.
- Portage County Historical Society, 6549 N Chestnut St, Ravenna, OH 44266-3907; Phone: (330) 296-3523; The Portage County Historical Society provides tours of its museums with their exhibits of historical artifacts. The Society's research library contains numerous publications available for research and among its programs is a free lecture series.
- Atwater Historical Society, 171 Petrie Rd, Atwater, OH 44201-9214; Phone: (330) 947-2742; The Atwater Historical Society began in October 1996. The museum site is a remodeled township house and that presents programs and displays. The house is partially finished. They offer reproductions of memorabilia (photos and graphics) to the public and participate in historical events-have provided speakers.
- Aurora Historical Society, PO Box 241, Aurora, OH 44202-0241; Phone: (330) 995-3336; The Aurora Historical Society collects early cheese-making materials, glass plate photographs, a century homes photo collection, genealogy records, and has community projects, antique shows, and history scholarships for high school seniors.
- Brimfield Historical Society, 4158 St Rt 43, Brimfield, OH 44240-6916; Phone: (330) 673-1058; The Brimfield Historical Society maintains the 1833 Kelso House, the former Union House Inn, built by William R. Kelso. The museum features a country kitchen, a Victorian parlor and exhibits of local artifacts. The grounds also contain a 1840s New England-style barn, a double-bayed corncrib and a granary.
- Deerfield Historical Society, PO Box 34, Deerfield, OH 44411; Phone: (330) 584-6385; The Deerfield Historical Society is located in the Everett Home that houses a large collection of photographs of local buildings and citizens and reference books for genealogical research.
- Hiram Historical Society, PO Box 1775, Hiram, OH 44234-1775; Phone: (330) 569-7378; The Hiram Historical Society preserves the oral and artifactual history of Hiram Village and Township. Its museum, located in a restored 1840s house, holds local history programs, sponsors an annual President's Day dinner, and has a biennial Home and Garden Walk.
- James A. Garfield Historical Society, PO Box 144, Garrettsville, OH 44231-0144; Phone: (330) 527-5669; The James A. Garfield Historical Society is dedicated to education, preservation and restoration in the Garrettsville, Freedom, and Nelson communities
- Kent Historical Society, PO Box 663, 152 Franklin Ave, Kent, OH 44240-0012; Phone: (330) 678-2712; The Kent Historical Society maintains the Rowe Museum, located on the second floor of the restored 1875 Tuscan Revival, Atlantic and Great Western Railroad Station. The Museum exhibits historical artifacts from the Kent area and there is a research collection on Kent history.
- Mantua Historical Society, PO Box 220, Mantua, OH 44255-0220; Phone: (330) 274-0803; The Mantua Historical Society maintains a museum with collections that include several pieces of Mantua glass and a substantial collection of Indian artifacts. The Society saves historical memorabilia and community artifacts for future generations. It is located on the upper story of the Town Hall.
- Randolph Historical Society , PO Box 67, Randolph, OH 44265-0067; Phone: (330) 325-8817; The Randolph Historical Society members are interested in Randolph's history from civil ware, Underground Railroad homes, agricultural, old tractors, trucks, cars and others interested in seeing past residents or family members of old residents.
- Rootstown Historical Society, PO Box 83, Rootstown, OH 44272-9620; Phone: (330) 325-1962; The Rootstown Historical Society collects and preserves the history of Rootstown, located in the northeastern portion of Ohio known as the Connecticut Western Reserve. Named for Ephraim Root, the town remained a small farm town until 1850, when a band of 16 whaling sea captains arrived from Nantucket, bought land, and built large homes, many of which are still occupied.
- Shalersville Historical Society , PO Box 687, Mantua, OH 44255-0687; Phone: (330) 274-0273;
- 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
Where can I connect with other Portage County, OH Researchers through message boards and forums?
What other genealogical resources are available in Portage County, OH?
The following are web links to Genealogy, Records and Resources pertaining to Portage County.
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Portage Co. OH Church / Bible Records & Cemeteries / Graveyards
Portage Co. OH Family Websites, Pictures & Histories
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Portage Co. OH Immigration & Naturalization
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Portage Co. OH Military Records