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Stark County, Ohio Facts

When was Stark County, OH Created?
Stark County was created on February 13, 1808 from Columbiana County and Muskingum County (Organized in 1809). This county was named for General John Stark (1728–1822) , a Revolutionary War officer; known as the “Hero of Bennington” for his exemplary service at the Battle of Bennington in 1777.

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

What counties are adjacent to Stark County, OH?
Bordering Counties are Portage CountyMahoning CountyColumbiana CountyCarroll CountyTuscarawas CountyHolmes CountyWayne CountySummit County .

Stark County, OH Vital Records

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

Stark County, OH Census Records

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

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

Stark County, OH Courthouse and Government Records

Stark County Courthouse

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

Stark County, OH Societies and Family History Resources

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

  • Stark County Chapter, OGS, PO Box 9035, Canton, OH 44711-9035; Stark County Chapter, OGS meets at the Stark County District Library, 715 Market Ave., in Canton, OH on the second Thursday of each month except December.
  • Alliance Genealogical Society, PO Box 3630, Alliance, OH 44601-7630; The Alliance Genealogical Society researches and helps others to do research. It has four publications of local records and is working on more.
  • Alliance Historical Society, PO Box 2044, Alliance, OH 44601-0044; Phone: (330) 821-2665; The Alliance Historical Society operates the Mabel Hartzell Historical Home, a Victorian-era restored home in the Italianate architectural style. Built in 1867 for prominent Alliance businessman and politician Matthew Earley, the house served as home to Earley’s adopted daughter, Mabel Hartzell, a prominent educator and local leader for women’s suffrage. Hartzell also founded the Alliance Historical Society.
  • Brewster Historical Society , 7507 Hudson Dr SW, Navarre, OH 44662-9034; Phone: (330) 767-0045;
  • Brewster-Sugarcreek Township Historical Society , 45 S Wabash, Brewster, OH 44613-1210; Phone: (330) 767-0045; A privately owned restaurant on the premises open every day except holidays. A complete guided tour of the building by appointment only.
  • Canal Fulton Historic Preservation Commission, City Hall-City of Canal Fulton, 155 Market St E #A, Canal Fulton, OH 44614-1305; Phone: (330) 854-2225; The Commission is a governmental entity formed to protect the integrity of the village’s Historical District.
  • Canton Preservation Society , 131 Wertz Ave NW, Canton, OH 44708-4171; Phone: (330) 452-9341;
  • City of Massillon Historic Preservation Commission, 151 Lincoln Way E, Massillon, OH 44646-6615; Phone: (330) 830-1721; The Massillon Historic Preservation Commission was established to maintain and enhance the distinctive character of historical buildings and historical areas within the City. The Commission can conduct hearings and make recommendations for designation of local historic properties and districts, as well as review requests for permits for alterations, additions, or demolition of listed properties.
  • Heritage Society of Canal Fulton, 116 S Canal St, Canal Fulton, OH 44614-1317; Phone: (330) 854-3388; The Canal Fulton Heritage Society strives to advance, encourage and promote interest in the local history of Canal Fulton and the Ohio and Erie Canal. It operates several facilities including the Heritage House and Old Canal Days Museum, the E. J. McLaughlin Dry Dock and the Oberlin House Museum. Visitors can travel along an original section of the Ohio and Erie Canal in the Society’s St. Helena III, a replica of a freight barge in use over 100 years ago.
  • Jackson Township Historical Society , PO Box 35171, Canton, OH 44735-5171; Phone: (330) 830-8622;
  • Lake Township Historical Society, PO Box 482, Uniontown, OH 44685-0482; Lake Township Historical Society maintains both sites for tours including bus tours. The museum has permanent and movable displays. The school house is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The society provides research into Lake Township history, programs such as Fire Side Chats on history related subjects, takes part in local events, maintains an archives of historical related objects and materials, has home and garden tours, special holiday events and provides special programs for Lake Township Schools.
  • Louisville Area Historic Preservation Society, 523 E Main St, Louisville, OH 44641-1421; Phone: (330) 875-1328; The Louisville Area Historic Preservation Society promotes local history in the town of Louisville.
  • Louisville-Nimishillen Historical Society, 8063 Columbus Rd NE, Louisville, OH 44641; Phone: (330) 875-2829;
  • Magnolia Area Historical Society, PO Box 276, Magnolia, OH 44643-0276; The Magnolia Area Historical Society is presently working on saving from destruction and preserving an 1811 Greek Revival Stagecoach Inn located in Magnolia.
  • Marlboro Township Historical Society, 7344 Edison St, Hartville, OH 44632-9328; Phone: (330) 935-2862; The Marlboro Township Historical Society owns collections of photographs of early Marlboro Township, historical artifacts, school records, and pictures dating to 1893. They have a showcase in which various organizations/individuals arrange displays and they are currently composing a book of Marlboro history.
  • Minerva Area Historical Society , PO Box 373, Minerva, OH 44657; Phone: (330) 894-2368; The Minerva Area Historical Society’s collections include local history artifacts, research materials, and over 200 videos in its audiovisual library. A file of vital statistics going back to 1814 will be available for genealogical research.
  • Navarre Bethlehem Township Historical Society, PO Box 291, 123 High St, Navarre, OH 44662-0291; Phone: (330) 879-5938; The Navarre-Bethlehem Township Historical Society preserves the history of the Navarre-Bethlehem area through its printed and artifactual collections.
  • North Canton Heritage Society, 200 Charlotte St Ste 102, North Canton, OH 44720-2404; Phone: (330) 494-4791; The North Canton Heritage Society operates primarily as an archive facility, educating the community about the history of the North Canton area.
  • Ohio Society of Military History, 316 Lincoln Way E, Massillon, OH 44646-8402; Phone: (330) 832-5553; The Ohio Society of Military History honors eight of Ohio’s Congressional Medal of Honor recipients and provides displays on wars from the Civil War to Desert Storm, paying honor to veterans of all branches of military service. The Library contains over 2000 books, and the Society aids people in genealogical research and provides educational classes in local schools.
  • Osnaburg Historical Society, 131 Nassau St E, East Canton, OH 44730-1317; The Osnaburg Historical Society maintains the Werner Inn, a federal style building on what was once the main east-west stagecoach route through eastern Stark County. Built in 1834, the Inn retains the original woodwork and period hardware.
  • Pike Township Historical Society, PO Box 116, East Sparta, OH 44626-0116; Phone: (330) 866-2761
  • Plain Township Historical Society, 2810 River Run Circle NW, North Canton, OH 44720-8111; Phone: (330) 494-6187
  • Stark County Mennonite & Amish Historical Society, 1136 S Prospect Ave, Hartville, OH 44632-8707; Phone: (330) 877-9566; The Stark County Mennonite & Amish Historical Society’s main emphasis is to create an awareness and appreciation of Amish and Mennonite history and to record oral histories and research written history.
  • Stark Preservation Alliance, 8581 W Wadora Cir NW, North Canton, OH 44720-5065; The Alliance is a consortium of groups and individuals who promote the preservation of buildings, sites, artifacts, and documents in the Stark County area.
  • Washington Township Hist Soc of Stark County, 5843 Beechwood Ave NE, Alliance, OH 44601-8192; Phone: (330) 821-9843;
  • 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

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