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Brown County, Ohio
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Brown County, Ohio Facts

When was Brown County, OH Created?
Brown County was created on March 1, 1818 from Adams County and Clermont County . This county was named for General Jacob Brown (1775-1828), an officer of the War of 1812.

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

What counties are adjacent to Brown County, OH?
Bordering Counties are Clinton CountyHighland CountyAdams CountyMason County, Kentucky, Bracken County, Kentucky, Clermont County .

Brown County, OH Vital Records

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

Brown County, OH Census Records

What Brown County, OH census records are available?
There are many types of census records for Brown County guide you in researching your family tree. Federal Population Schedules are available for 1820183018401850186018701880 (free index)1890 (fragment)19001910192019301940.

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

Brown County, OH Courthouse and Government Records

Brown County Courthouse

What genealogical records can I find in the Brown County Courthouse?
Researchers frequently overlook the great importance of Brown 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 Brown 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.

Brown County, OH Societies and Family History Resources

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

  • Brown County Chapter, OGS, PO Box 83, Georgetown, OH 45121-0083, Brown County Chapter, OGS meets at the Old County Jail, Apple and Cherry Streets, Georgetown, OH on the third Thursday of each month at 8:00pm. The Brown County Genealogy Society maintains a genealogical research library focused on Brown County, which has a large collection of research books and family files on surrounding counties and states.
  • Brown County Historical Society , PO Box 238, Georgetown, OH 45121-0238; Phone: 937-446-3226 or 937-378-2355; Brown County Historical Society maintains three historical buildings–the Old Timers Building and the Washburn-Dixon Log House, both located on the county fairgrounds, and the Brown County Historical Society Museum located in the former Old County Jail.
  • Ripley Heritage, Inc., PO Box 176, Ripley, OH 45167-0176; Phone: (937) 392-4660; Ripley Museum, housed in an 1837 2-story Federal style structure, features over 500 historical items related to this 1812 established river village.
  • The John P. Parker Historical Society, PO Box 246, Ripley, OH 45167-0246; Phone: (513) 242-4521; The John P. Parker Historical Society is currently rehabilitating the John P. Parker house and historic site. Mr. Parker was a man who purchased his freedom and lived in this house in 1865 and was a conductor on the Underground Railroad. Hopefully the building will be open in mid-1999. This house is a National Historic Landmark.
  • 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 Brown County, OH Researchers through message boards and forums?

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