Sandusky County, Ohio
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Sandusky County

Sandusky County was created on April 1, 1820 from Huron County. This county was named for the Iroquois word meaning "cold water" .

The Sandusky County Seat is located in Fremont also, the county government website is www.sandusky-county.org/ .

Areas bordering to Sandusky County are Ottawa County (north), Erie County (east), Huron County (southeast), Seneca County (south), Wood County (west) .

Cities and towns located in Sandusky County include Bellevue, Clyde, Fremont, Burgoon, Gibsonburg, Green Springs, Helena, Lindsey, Woodville. Other communities include Include Vickery, Ballville, Stony Prairie.

Sandusky County Townships Map

Sandusky County Townships include Ballville, Green Creek, Jackson, Madison, Rice, Riley, Sandusky, Scott, Townsend, Washington, Woodville, York.

Sandusky 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 Sandusky 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.

Sandusky 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.

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

Sandusky County Societies and Family History Resources

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

  • Ohio Genealogy Community (plus.google.com)
  • Ohio State Genealogy Network (facebook.com)
  • Sandusky County Chapter, OGS, Spiegle Grove, Fremont, OH 43420-2796; Sandusky County Chapter, OGS meets at 2:00pm on the second Sunday of each month at the Sandusky Township Hall at 2207 Oak Harbor Rd., Fremont, OH. The Sandusky County Kin Hunters, a chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society, is devoted to preserving Sandusky County historical and genealogical records and provides training and assistance to anyone interested in recording family heritage.
  • Sandusky County Historical Society, 514 Birchard Ave, Fremont, OH 43420-6906; Phone: (419) 332-0303; The Sandusky County Historical Society preserves Sandusky County heritage for future generations by collecting regional artifacts.
  • Rutherford B Hayes Presidential Center, Spiegel Grove, Fremont, OH 43420-2796; Phone: (419) 332-2081; The Hayes Presidential Center, a site of the Ohio Historical Society, contains a museum and research library that focus on the President's life during the Civil War, the "Gilded Age" and beyond (1877-1917). The Hayes 31-room Victorian Mansion contains original furnishings, paintings, and photographs.
  • Woodville Historical Society, 107 E Main St, Woodville, OH 43469-1208; Phone: (419) 849-2349; The Woodville Historical Society maintains the Woodville Museum that displays historical artifacts including household tools, glassware, musical instruments, and fossils. The Museum also makes available a photograph and newspaper archive to interested researchers.
  • Sandusky County USGenWeb Archives Project (usgwarchives.net)
  • Sandusky County, Ohio Message Boards (boards.ancestry.com) read and post messages about your ancestors in Sandusky County
  • Sandusky County, Ohio Genealogy Forum (genforum.genealogy.com) read and post messages with other genealogy researchers for Sandusky County

Sandusky County Courthouse and Government Records


Sandusky County Courthouse

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

  • Sandusky County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: 100 N., Park, Fremont 43420-2454
    • Phone: (419) 334-6212
  • Sandusky 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) 334-6211
    • Marriage Records: 1820 
    • Probate Records: 1820
  • Sandusky County Recorder has the duty of keeping specific records which may include: deeds, mortgages, military discharges, plats, etc.
    • Phone: (419) 334-6226
    • Land Records: 1822
  • Sandusky 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: 419-334-6161
    • Court Records: 1820
  • The Sandusky 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.

Sandusky County Links

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

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