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Wood County, Ohio
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Wood County, Ohio Facts

When was Wood County, OH Created?
Wood County was created on April 1, 1820 from from the lands purchased from the Wyandot, Seneca, Delaware, Shawnee, Potawatomi, Ottawa, and Chippewa tribes as a result of the Lower Maumee Treaty of September 28, 1817.. This county was named for Eleazer D. Wood (1783 -1814), founder of Fort Meigs.

What is the County Seat of Wood County, OH?
The County Seat is located in Bowling Green also, the county government website is .

What counties are adjacent to Wood County, OH?
Bordering Counties are Lucas CountyOttawa CountySandusky CountySeneca CountyHancock CountyPutnam County (southwest corner), Henry County .

Wood County, OH Vital Records

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

Wood County, OH Census Records

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

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

Wood County, OH Courthouse and Government Records

Wood County Courthouse

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

Wood County, OH Societies and Family History Resources

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

  • Wood County Chapter, OGS, PO Box 722, Bowling Green, OH 43402-0722; Phone: (419) 352-3303; Wood County Chapter, OGS meets at the Wood County District Library, 251 N. Main St., Bowling Green, unless announced otherwise, on the fourth Tuesday September through May, except November and December, from 6:30pm to 8:30pm. This OGS Chapter aids individuals interested in family and local history with monthly meetings, a newsletter, and research field trips. It also receives and publishes manuscripts, books, and family histories and makes them available for purchase and research at the Wood County Library and the Local and Family History Center in Bowling Green.
  • Wood County Historical Center & Museum Christie Raber 13660 County Home Rd Bowling Green, OH 43402-9281 Phone: (419) 352-0967; The Wood County Historical Center/Museum’s fifty-acre site, once the grounds of the former county poor farm built in the late nineteenth century, includes nature trails, herb gardens, pauper’s cemetery, Lunatic House, barns and the sixty-room museum/infirmary building. Its holdings include extensive, diverse local history collections.
  • Center for Archival Collections, Bowling Green State University, Jerome Library, 5th Floor, Bowling Green, OH 43403; Phone: (419) 372-2411; The Center for Archival Collections is a local history repository at Bowling Green State University, collecting materials that document the history of Northwest Ohio and Bowling Green State University. Collections include archives, public records, manuscripts, newspapers and photographs
  • American Civil War Museum of Ohio, 123 E Court St, Bowling Green, OH 43402; Phone: (419) 352-0209; The American Civil War Museum of Ohio is an organization formed to satisfy our community’s need for a unique educational museum by collecting, preserving, and interpreting the American Civil War and its impact on the current generation of American people.
  • Grand Rapids Historical Society, PO Box 124, Grand Rapids, OH 43522-0124; Phone: (419) 832-2254; The Grand Rapids Historical Society hosts an annual Apple Butter Festival on the second Sunday in October with historic reenactments.
  • Historic Perrysburg Inc , PO Box 703, Perrysburg, OH 43552-0703; Phone: (419) 874-8554; Historic Perrysburg is a historic preservation organization and the nearest thing to a historical organization in Perrysburg.
  • Historical Society of Weston, PO Box 229, Weston, OH 43569;
  • North Baltimore Area Historical Society , PO Box 174, North Baltimore, OH 45872-0174; Phone: (419) 257-2266; The North Baltimore Area Historical Society is in a historic Queen Ann style house, built in 1879, which houses collections of early photographs of North Baltimore, school yearbooks, trophies and other school memorabilia. Other items include a Civil War flag made by the women of the community in 1861, a Masonic sword belonging to Dr. A.G. Henry, builder of the first Opera House in 1889 and a special display of oil and railroad photographs.
  • Pemberville-Freedom Area Historical Society, PO Box 802, Pemberville, OH 43450-0802; Phone: (419) 287-3274; The Pemberville-Freedom Area Historical Society restored the 1840 Pember-Furry House, the oldest residence in Pemberville, and a one-room wooden schoolhouse. It has restored the village’s Opera House, located in the Town Hall.
  • Perrysburg Area Historic Museum, Inc., PO Box 1294, Perrysburg, OH 43551-1294; Phone: (419) 874-6828; The Perrysburg Area Historic Museum will be open at a later date.
  • Risingsun Area Historical Society, 8271 US Rt 23, Risingsun, OH 43457-0136; Phone: (419) 457-4181; The Risingsun Area Historical Society maintains a museum in the town hall and the Risingsun Opera House where silent picture actress, Lillian Gish, made her first public appearance at the age of six.
  • 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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What other genealogical resources are available in Wood County, OH?
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