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Ashtabula County, Ohio Facts

When was Ashtabula County, OH Created?
Ashtabula County was created on June 7, 1807 from Geauga County and Trumbull County (organized in 1811). This county was named for Ashtabula River, which means “fish river” in an Algonquian language.

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

What counties are adjacent to Ashtabula County, OH?
Bordering Counties are province of Ontario, Canada, Erie County, Pennsylvaina, Crawford County, Pennsylvaina, Trumbull CountyGeauga CountyLake County.

Ashtabula County, OH Vital Records

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

Ashtabula County, OH Census Records

What Ashtabula County, OH census records are available?
There are many types of census records for Ashtabula County guide you in researching your family tree. Federal Population Schedules are available for 18101820183018401850186018701880 (free index)1890 (fragment)19001910192019301940.

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

Ashtabula County, OH Courthouse and Government Records

Ashtabula County Courthouse

What genealogical records can I find in the Ashtabula County Courthouse?
Researchers frequently overlook the great importance of Ashtabula County court, probate, and land records data as a useful resource of ancestry and genealogy information. Buried away in Ohio courthouses and archives everywhere are the ambitions and frustrations of countless Ohio residents. The possibilities are excellent that your forefathers have left a comprehensive document of at least a number of facets of their lives in the Ashtabula County court records. Even if your forebears is not referred to in a Court case, contemplate all of the other procedures that could have lead to him or her to appear in court records. See Also Ohio Courthouse Records Research Guide.

Ashtabula County, OH Societies and Family History Resources

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

  • Ashtabula County Genealogical Society, c/o Geneva Public Library, 860 Sherman St, Geneva, OH 44041-9101; Phone: (440) 466-4521; The Ashtabula County Genealogical Society’s holdings include over 2,000 acquisitions and more than 600 rolls of microfilm for and about Ashtabula County area research.
  • Ashtabula County Historical Society, PO Box 36, Jefferson, OH 44047-0036; Phone: (440) 466-7337; The Ashtabula County Historical Society preserves the history of Ashtabula County, assists others in historical preservation, collects historical objects connected with Ashtabula County for the purpose of preserving and exhibiting them, maintains museums, marks the sites of historic interest in the county, and fosters an increased awareness of local history in the schools.
  • Conneaut Chapter-National Railway Historical Society, PO Box 643, Conneaut, OH 44030-0643; Phone: (440) 599-7878; The Conneaut Chapter-National Railway Historical Society exhibits railroads of the steam era. Its museum includes an HO Scale model railroad layout, an outside NKP locomotive 755, Bessemer & Lake Erie Hopper Car, Woodside Caboose, motor car, pump car, and tool car for section gangs.
  • Conneaut Historical Society, 402 S Amboy Rd, Conneaut, OH 44030-3004; Phone: (440) 593-4896
  • Harpersfield Heritage Society, 1257 Jobey Trail, Geneva, OH 44041-8801; Phone: (440) 466-1091; The Harpersfield Heritage Society preserves the history of rural life for the general benefit and education of the public and aids in the restoration, preservation, and maintenance of significant buildings, structures, and property related to Harpersfield.
  • Hubbard House Underground Railroad Museum, PO Box 2666, Ashtabula, OH 44005-2666; Phone: (440) 964-8168; The Hubbard House Museum was built in the 1840s by William and Catharine Hubbard and was an Underground Railroad Terminal that provided shelter for fugitive slaves. It is now a museum filled with 1840-1880 period furniture, information on the Underground Railroad, and artifacts from the Civil War.
  • Lenox Historical Society, 73 W Jefferson St, Jefferson, OH 44047-1027; Phone: (440) 576-2681; The Lenox Historical Society maintains the Rural Museum that includes a farmhouse (currently being renovated), a gas station/grocery store, and a barn with farm equipment.
  • Old Brick House Historical Society, PO Box 592, Orwell, OH 44076-0592; The Old Brick House is the site of the first tavern in Orwell Township and is now a museum and community center.
  • Shandy Hall -WRHS, 5012 New St Apt 24, Geneva, OH 44041-9771 Phone: (440) 466-3680; Shandy Hall, a site of the Western Reserve Historical Society, is the original 1815 home of the Robert Harper Family.
  • Windsor Historical Society, 6068 St Rt 322, Windsor, OH 44099-9718; Phone: (440) 272-5597; The Windsor Historical Society maintains the restored Christ Episcopal Church as its museum exhibiting local artifacts, photographs, and documents. Additionally the Society maintains the historic Windsor Grange Hall and a covered bridge.
  • Geneva Public Library – a branch of the Ashtabula County District Library, is “Your Place of First Resort” for quick and easy searching in Ashtabula County records. Why? Because they have microfilm of many of the records in the courthouse plus, the library has several specialized indexes created by the staff and the county genealogical society for these records and many more items of intense value for genealogists researching in Ashtabula County.
  • 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 Ashtabula County, OH Researchers through message boards and forums?

What other genealogical resources are available in Ashtabula County, OH?
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