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Erie County, Ohio
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Erie County, Ohio Facts

When was Erie County, OH Created?
Erie County was created on March 15, 1838 from Huron County and Sandusky County (Organized in 1838). This county was named for the Erie Indians .

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

What counties are adjacent to Erie County, OH?
Bordering Counties are Ontario, Canada, Lorain CountyHuron CountySandusky CountyOttawa County .

Erie County, OH Vital Records

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

Erie County, OH Census Records

What Erie County, OH census records are available?
There are many types of census records for Erie County guide you in researching your family tree. Federal Population Schedules are available for 1790-189019001910192019301940.

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

Erie County, OH Courthouse and Government Records

Erie County Courthouse

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

Erie County, OH Societies and Family History Resources

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

  • Erie County Chapter, OGS, PO Box 1301, Sandusky, OH 44871-1301; Phone: (419) 626-9053; meets at the Zion Lutheran Church on the third Monday of each month during March, April, May, September, October, and November with an annual cemetery picnic in June. This OGS Chapter concentrates on Erie County history and genealogy.
  • Erie County Historical Society, PO Box 944, Sandusky, OH 44871-0944; Phone: (419) 625-4341; The Erie County Historical Society meets four times a year with programs about local or area history. It encourages the study of local history in the schools and supports other history and preservation groups.
  • Berlin Heights Historical Society, PO Box 175, Berlin Heights, OH 44814-0175
  • Brownhelm Historical Association, PO Box 303, Vermilion, OH 44089-0303; Phone: (440) 988-4550; The Brownhelm Historical Association, formed in response to the destruction of a valuable landmark, focuses on saving other such sites in the community. Currently the Association is attempting to save an 1889 schoolhouse. The 1870 German Reformed Church was donated to the Brownhelm Historical Association in December 1996 and is a mini museum.
  • Great Lakes Historical Society, PO Box 435, Vermilion, OH 44089-0435; Phone: (800) 893-1485; The Great Lakes Historical Society maintains the Inland Seas Maritime Museum that specialize in ship models, paintings, artifacts, navigational instruments, and exhibits relating to the Great Lakes. Experience all new hands-on, interactive and multi-media displays added in 2001. The Society also maintains the Clarence S. Metcalf Library and Lake Erie Shipwreck Research Center.
  • Huron Historical Society, 333 Williams St, Huron, OH 44839-0222; Phone: (419) 433-5009; The Huron Historical Society maintains a small archival collection relating to the Huron area.
  • Kelleys Island Historical Association Inc, PO Box 328, Kelleys Island, OH 43438-0328; Phone: (419) 746-2399; Kelleys Island Historical Association operates a museum in the former German Reformed Church, a stone building built in 1867. Exhibits emphasize the heritage of Kelleys Island with key areas being; quarrying, viniculture, commercial fishing, and island people. A gift shoppe has recently been added to help fund daily operations and a new proposed museum.
  • Milan Historical Museum , PO Box 308, Milan, OH 44846-0308; Phone: (419) 499-2968; The Milan Historical Museum includes the 1846 Galpin Home which contains a 1,500 world class art glass exhibit, collections of civil war guns, pistols and sabres, mechanical banks and other historical artifacts; other historic homes with collections of 400 antique dolls; 1843 Robert Sayles House; Gift Shop; Blacksmith Shop; Perrennial Gardenwalk; and the General Store.
  • Milan-Berlin Public Library , PO Box 1550, Milan, OH; Phone: (419) 499-4117
  • 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 Erie County, OH Researchers through message boards and forums?

What other genealogical resources are available in Erie County, OH?
The following are web links to Genealogy, Records and Resources pertaining to Erie County.

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