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Court/Legal Records

What Are They?

  • ​Tax Records

  • Chancery Records

  • Jury Records

  • Witness Records

  • Corner's Inquest Records

  • Justice of the Peace Records

  • Bastardy Records

  • Guardianship Records

  • Court of Common Pleas Records

What CAN They Tell You?

  • Names

  • Dates

  • Locations

  • Finances

  • Properties

  • Cause of death

Online Resources

Courthouse Information for Ottawa and Sandusky Counties

The Ottawa County Probate Court is located at:

315 Madison St.

Port Clinton, OH 43452

(419) 734-6830

Record Types:

Birth Records 1867-1908

Death Records 1869-1908

Marriage Records July 1840-Present

Estate Records 1849-Present

The Ottawa County Health Department is located at:

1856 E. Perry St.

Port Clinton, OH 43452

(419) 734-6800

Record Types:

Birth Certificates Dec. 20, 1908-Present

Death Certificates Dec. 20, 1908-Present

The Sandusky County Court of Common Pleas

is located at:

100 N. Park Ave. 

Suite A

Fremont, OH 43430

(419) 334-6211

Record Types:

Birth Records 1867-1908

Death Records 1867-1908

Marriage Records 1820-Present (indexed until 1900)

Case Files (Estate etc.) #4431-22279 (Probate Ct. Attic)

                                        #22280-26881 (Basement)

                                        #26882-Presernt (1st Floor)

The Sandusky County Board of Health is located at:

2000 Countryside Dr.

Fremont, OH 43420

(419) 334-6377

Record Types:

Birth and Death Certificates 1909-Present

Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center Library (Microfilm Files) 

Spiegel Grove

Fremont, OH 43420

(419) 332-2081

Record Types:

Will Files #1-#9307

Estate Files #1-#4450

Guardian Files #1-#4450

Trust Files #1-#4450

Where Are Court/Legal Records Located?


Various court records for both Ottawa and Sandusky Counties are available on microfilm which can be viewed on one of the 2 available readers. 


How to Find Court/Legal Info on our website

We have some scanned court records uploaded to our website under the Local History Section. On this page, you have the options of doing a keyword search or browsing the collection


Under the Browse Digital Collections, you will find a specific Court Records Section. This is useful in narrowing your search.


This will take you to our online Court Record Section where you can browse or keyword search within the collection. 

There should be for most counties in the area a subject file that can contain various information such as records or news clippings. Example Files: Ottawa County Court Cases, Ottawa County Courthouse/Judges. Please check the master list for a complete listing.


There are also various records that are located here, such as Guardian Dockets


Ottawa County Coroner's Inquest information for 1842-1939 is located here.


Be sure to also look at the Probate Records tips page as well.