Ottawa County, Ohio Genealogy Guide

Ottawa County, Ohio (Map It) was created on March 6, 1840 from Erie County, Lucas County and Sandusky County. This county was named for the Ottawa Indians; Ottawa means "trader" in their language . Learn More About State of Ohio History

Ottawa County is bordered by Ontario, Canada (north and east), Erie County (southeast), Sandusky County (south), Wood County (west), Lucas County (northwest) .. A Map of Ottawa County, Ohio contains detailed information about roads and boundaries, these maps may include rural communities, churches, and cemeteries.

Ottawa County Cities and Towns include Port Clinton, Clay Center, Elmore, Genoa, Marblehead, Oak Harbor, Put-in-Bay, Rocky Ridge. Other communities include Curtice, Forest Park, Graytown, Gypsum, Isle St. George, Lacarne, Lakeside, Martin, Williston. A Map of Ottawa County, Ohio contains detailed information about roads and boundaries, these maps may include rural communities, churches, and cemeteries.

Ottawa County Townships include Allen, Bay, Benton, Carroll, Catawba Island, Clay, Danbury, Erie, Harris, Portage, Put-in-Bay, Salem.

Ottawa County, Ohio Courthouse Records

Ottawa County, Ohio Courthouse
Ottawa County, OH Courthouse
Ottawa County Townships Map
Ottawa County, OH Township Map

The Ottawa County Courthouse is located in Port Clinton, Ohio. Learn More About State of Ohio Court, Tax, Land and Probate Records.

Please contact the each clerk's department to confirm mailing address, hours, fees and other information before visiting or requesting information because contact information sometimes changes.  The Clerk's Office DOES NOT DO RESEARCH.  The documents are available to interested parties, barring confidential issues.  Most staff will assist people in finding the materials, but it is up to the individual to do the research.

The following dates indicates what vital, land, probate, and court records are in Ottawa county. The date listed for each category of record is usually the earliest registration filed. The earliest date does not indicate that there are numerous records for that year and does not mean that all such events were actually registered.

  • Ottawa County Clerk of Probate Court has Marriage Records from 1840 and Probate Records from 1840. The County Clerk of Probate Court handles the probating of wills, estate administrations, trusts, guardianships, adoptions, birth corrections, delayed birth registrations and issues marriage licenses. The Probate Court is that the Probate Judge is the ex-officio Clerk of Courts, thus, the Court performs all the duties as its own Clerk of Courts.
  • Ottawa County Recorder has Land Records from 1820. The County Recorder has the duty of keeping specific records which may include: deeds, mortgages, military discharges, plats, etc.
  • Ottawa County Clerk of Court of Common Pleas has Court Records from 1840. The County Clerk of Court of Common Pleas is responsible for duties that include filing, docketing, indexing, and preserving all court pleadings for civil, felony criminal and domestic relations cases. Other services provided by the Clerk of Court of Common Pleas are administering oaths, keeping naturalization records, and recording and retention of coroner records.
  • The Ottawa County Health Department has Birth & Death Records from 1908-Present. For birth and death records prior to Dec. 20, 1908, contact the Probate Court of this county.

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