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Putnam County, Ohio
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Putnam County, Ohio Facts

When was Putnam County, OH Created?
Putnam County was created on April 1, 1820 from Shelby CountyLogan CountyWood County and Williams County. This county was named for General Israel Putnam (1718–1790), a Revolutionary War officer .

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

What counties are adjacent to Putnam County, OH?
Bordering Counties are Henry CountyHancock CountyAllen CountyVan Wert CountyPaulding CountyDefiance CountyWood County .

Putnam County, OH Vital Records

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

Putnam County, OH Census Records

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

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

Putnam County, OH Courthouse and Government Records

Putnam County Courthouse

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

Putnam County, OH Societies and Family History Resources

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

  • Putnam County Chapter, OGS, PO Box 403, Ottawa, OH 45875-0403; Putnam County Chapter, OGS has meetings on the fourth Tuesday of every month except July, August and December at 6:30pm at the Putnam County District Library, Ottawa, OH in the local history room. This OGS Chapter provides county research assistance to all interested in genealogical research of Putnam County.
  • Putnam County Historical Society, 201 E Main St, PO Box 264, Kalida, OH 45853-0264; Phone: (419) 532-3180; The Putnam County Historical Society discovers and preserves historical materials and artifacts and disseminates information concerning the history of Putnam County.
  • Swiss Community Historical Society, 3096 Road Q, Pandora, OH 45877; Phone: (419) 384-3412; The Swiss Community Historical Society records and preserves the history of the Swiss community in Bluffton and Pandora and the surrounding area. The Schumacher Homestead contains early home furnishings, equipment, and articles manufactured in the area.
  • 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 Putnam County, OH Researchers through message boards and forums?

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

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Putnam Co. OH Church / Bible Records & Cemeteries / Graveyards

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Putnam Co. OH Immigration & Naturalization

Putnam Co. OH Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Putnam Co. OH Military Records