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Williams County, Ohio (Map It) was created on April 1, 1820 from Columbiana County and Stark County. This county was named for David Williams (1754-1831), captor of spy John André during the Revolutionary War. Learn More About State of Ohio History
Williams County is bordered by Hillsdale County, Michigan (north), Fulton County (east), Henry County (southeast), Defiance County (south), DeKalb County, Indiana (southwest), Steuben County, Indiana (northwest) .. A Map of Williams County, Ohio contains detailed information about roads and boundaries, these maps may include rural communities, churches, and cemeteries.
Williams County Cities and Towns include Bryan, Alvordton, Blakeslee, Edgerton, Edon, Holiday City, Montpelier, Pioneer, Stryker, West Unity. Other communities include Berlin, Kunkle, Williams Center. A Map of Williams County, Ohio contains detailed information about roads and boundaries, these maps may include rural communities, churches, and cemeteries.
Williams County Townships include Brady, Bridgewater, Center, Florence, Jefferson, Madison, Mill Creek, Northwest, Pulaski, St. Joseph, Springfield, Superior.
Williams County, Ohio Courthouse Records
Williams County, OH Courthouse
Williams County, OH Township Map
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 Williams 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.
- Williams County Clerk of Probate Court has Marriage Records from 1824 and Probate Records from 1825. 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.
- Williams County Recorder has Land Records from 1824. The County Recorder has the duty of keeping specific records which may include: deeds, mortgages, military discharges, plats, etc.
- Williams County Clerk of Court of Common Pleas has Court Records from 1824. 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 Williams 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.
Williams County, Ohio Census Records
- Learn More: State of Ohio Census Records
- U.S. Federal Population Schedules: 1820, 1830, 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragmented), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940
- U.S. Federal Census Mortality Schedules: 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880
- Selected U.S. Federal Census Agriculture Schedules: 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880
- Selected U.S. Federal Census Industry Schedules: 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880
- Union Veterans Schedules: 1890
Williams County, Ohio Vital Records
- Learn More: State of Ohio Vital Records
- Birth Records: from 1908 to present
- Marriage Records: None. See County Probate Court.
- Death Records: from 1954 to present
- Divorce Records: None. See County Clerk of Court of Common Pleas.
- Locations: Ohio Office of Vital Statistics, Ohio Local Health Departments
- Vital Records Online: USAVital, VitalChek or Social Security Death Index
- Vital Records by Mail: Birth Certificate, Marriage Certificate, Divorce Certificate, Death Certificate Applications.
Williams County, Ohio Resources
- State of Ohio Archives and Societies
- RAOGK Volunteers for Ohio
- Williams County Chapter, OGS
- Williams County Historical Society
- Edgerton Historical Society
- Tiffin River Scenic & Historic Association, PO Box 648, Stryker, OH 43557-0648; Phone: (419) 636-9269
- Williams County Records Center, 107 West Butler, Bryan, OH 43506; 419-636-8253
- Center for Archival Collections, Bowling Green State University
- Williams County, Ohio Message Boards
- Williams County, Ohio Genealogy Forum