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STAFF GENEALOGY TIPS

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?

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

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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

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

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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.

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

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

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