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Van Wert County was created on April 1, 1820 from Darke County, Shelby County and Mercer County (Organized in 1837). This county was named for Isaac Van Wart (1760-1828), captor of spy John André during the Revolutionary War.
Areas bordering to Van Wert County are Paulding County (north), Putnam County (northeast), Allen County (east), Auglaize County (southeast), Mercer County (south), Adams County, Indiana (southwest), Allen County, Indiana (northwest) .
Cities and towns located in Van Wert County include Delphos, Van Wert, Convoy, Elgin, Middle Point, Ohio City, Scott, Venedocia, Willshire, Wren.
Van Wert County Townships include Harrison, Hoaglin, Jackson, Jennings, Liberty, Pleasant, Ridge, Tully, Union, Washington, Willshire, York.
Van Wert 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 Van Wert 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.
Van Wert 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.
Van Wert Co. Mortality Schedules can be found for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Van Wert Co. Industry and Agriculture can be obtained for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Van Wert Co. Union Veterans Schedules is available for 1890. One can find free online and printable census forms to help you with your research.
A list of Van Wert County Historical and Genealogical Societies, Forums, Message Boards, Libraries, Archives.
Genealogist typically fail to notice the benefits of Van Wert 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 Van Wert 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.
The following facts denotes exactly what death, marriage, birth, property, wills, and court records are typically in Van Wert County. The dates indicated listed below are considered the first noted records data for this particular county.
The following are web links to Genealogy, Records and Resources pertaining to Van Wert 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 Van Wert County genealogy or family history related sites.