Van Wert County, Ohio
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Van Wert County, Ohio Facts
When was Van Wert County, OH Created?
Van Wert County was created on April 1, 1820 from Darke County, Shelby County and Mercer County (Organized in 1837). This county was named for Isaac Van Wart (1760-1828), captor of spy John André during the Revolutionary War.
Van Wert County, OH Vital Records
Where can find Van Wert County Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
Van Wert 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 Van Wert 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.
Van Wert County, OH Census Records
What Van Wert County, OH census records are available?
There are many types of census records for Van Wert County guide you in researching your family tree. Federal Population Schedules are available for 1820, 1830, 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.
Van Wert Co. Mortality Schedules can be found for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Van Wert Co. Industry and Agriculture can be obtained for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Van Wert 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
Van Wert County, OH Courthouse and Government Records
What genealogical records can I find in the Van Wert County Courthouse?
Researchers frequently overlook the great importance of Van Wert 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 Van Wert 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.
- Van Wert County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
- Address: 101 E., Main St., Van Wert 45891
- Phone: (419) 238-6159
- Van Wert County Clerk of Probate Court
- Address: ?
- Phone: ?
- Marriage Records: 1840
- Probate Records: 1840
- Van Wert County Recorder
- Phone: (419) 238-2558
- Land Records: 1824
- Van Wert County Clerk of Court of Common Pleas
- Address: P. O. Box 366, 121 E. Main Street, 3rd Fl., Van Wert, OH 45891
- Phone: 419-238-1022
- Court Records: 1837
- Ohio, Wills and Probate Records, 1786-1998
- BLM Land Records
- Van Wert County USGenWeb Archives Project
Van Wert County, OH Societies and Family History Resources
What genealogical and historical societies, archives, museums, associations and libraries are available for Van Wert County, OH?
A list of Van Wert County Historical and Genealogical Societies, Libraries, Archives. See also list of Statewide Ohio Archives, Historical & Genealogical Societies.
- Van Wert County Chapter, OGS, PO Box 485, Van Wert, OH 45891-0485; Phone: (419) 238-6684; Van Wert County Chapter, OGS meets at the Council on Aging Building, 717 E. Crawford St., Van Wert, OH on the third Tuesday of each month at 7:30pm, except January, July, and December. While the primary focus of this OGS Chapter is on genealogy, it also works together with the historical society. All of the Chapter’s research material is located in the genealogy department of the Brumback Library.
- Van Wert County Historical Society, PO Box 621, Van Wert, OH 45891-0621; Phone: (419) 771-9851; The Van Wert County Historical Society maintains four buildings and a railroad caboose, bandstand, and railroad work car. The buildings include a Victorian mansion, two-story log house, one-room schoolhouse, and an annex, housing military materials and items relating to the history of the county. It hosts a July 4 “Holiday at Home” craft show and a Victorian Feast at Christmas.
- Wren Historical Society , 3729 Convoy Rd, Convoy, OH 45832-9505; The Wren Historical Society restored the 1909 one-room Hurless School and moved it to its present site in 1991. Open to the public from 1993 the former school has its original slate blackboards and displays its books and equipment.
- 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 Van Wert County, OH Researchers through message boards and forums?
- Ohio Genealogy Community (plus.google.com)
- Ohio State Genealogy Network (facebook.com)
- Van Wert County, Ohio Message Boards (boards.ancestry.com) read and post messages about your ancestors in Van Wert County
- Van Wert County, Ohio Genealogy Forum (genforum.genealogy.com) read and post messages with other genealogy researchers for Van Wert County
What other genealogical resources are available in Van Wert County, OH?
The following are web links to Genealogy, Records and Resources pertaining to Van Wert County.