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Putnam County, Ohio Facts

Putnam County

When was Putnam County, OH Created?
Putnam County was created on April 1, 1820 from Shelby County, Logan County, Wood County and Williams County. This county was named for General Israel Putnam (1718–1790), a Revolutionary War officer .

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

What counties are adjacent to Putnam County, OH?
Bordering Counties are Henry County (north), Hancock County (east), Allen County (south), Van Wert County (southwest), Paulding County (west), Defiance County (northwest), Wood County (northeast) .

What cities and towns are in Putnam County, OH?
Cities and towns located in the County include Putnam, Belmore, Cloverdale, Columbus Grove, Continental, Dupont, Ft. Jennings, Gilboa, Glandorf, Kalida, Leipsic, Miller City, Ottawa, Ottoville, Pandora, West Leipsic. Other communities include Rimer, Vaughnsville.

Putnam County Townships Map

What townships are in Putnam County, OH?
Townships located in the County include Blanchard, Greensburg, Jackson, Jennings, Liberty, Monroe, Monterey, Ottawa, Palmer, Perry, Pleasant, Riley, Sugar Creek, Union, Van Buren.

Putnam County, OH Vital Records

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

Putnam County, OH Census Records

What Putnam County, OH census records are available?
There are many types of census records for Putnam County guide you in researching your family tree. Federal Population Schedules are available for 1790, 1800 (destroyed), 1810, 1820, 1830, 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.

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

Putnam County, OH Courthouse and Government Records

Putnam County Courthouse

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

  • Putnam County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: 245 Main St., Ottawa 45875-1968
    • Phone: (419) 523-3656
  • Putnam 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) 523-3012
    • Marriage Records: 1834 
    • Probate Records: 1835
  • Putnam County Recorder has the duty of keeping specific records which may include: deeds, mortgages, military discharges, plats, etc.
    • Phone: 419-523-6490
    • Land Records: 1830
  • Putnam 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: 419-523-3110
    • Court Records: 1834
  •  Ohio, Wills and Probate Records, 1786-1998
  • BLM Land Records
  • Putnam County USGenWeb Archives Project

Putnam County, OH Societies and Family History Resources

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

  • Putnam County Chapter, OGS, PO Box 403, Ottawa, OH 45875-0403; Putnam County Chapter, OGS has meetings on the fourth Tuesday of every month except July, August and December at 6:30pm at the Putnam County District Library, Ottawa, OH in the local history room. This OGS Chapter provides county research assistance to all interested in genealogical research of Putnam County.
  • Putnam County Historical Society, 201 E Main St, PO Box 264, Kalida, OH 45853-0264; Phone: (419) 532-3180; The Putnam County Historical Society discovers and preserves historical materials and artifacts and disseminates information concerning the history of Putnam County.
  • Swiss Community Historical Society, 3096 Road Q, Pandora, OH 45877; Phone: (419) 384-3412; The Swiss Community Historical Society records and preserves the history of the Swiss community in Bluffton and Pandora and the surrounding area. The Schumacher Homestead contains early home furnishings, equipment, and articles manufactured in the area.
  • 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 Putnam County, OH Researchers through message boards and forums?

What other genealogical resources are available in Putnam County, OH?
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Putnam Co. OH Military Records

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