Ohio, Diocese of Toledo, Catholic Parish Records - FamilySearch Historical Records

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Ohio, Diocese of Toledo, Catholic Parish Records, 1796-2004
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Toledo, Lucas, Ohio, 
United States
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Record Description
Record Type Parish Records
Collection years 1796-2004
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What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]

The Catholic Parish entries are recorded in register books in columns or in paragraphs without columns. Records are organized by county, then by community, and finally by parish within each community. This collection includes records for the dates 1796-2004. Some records for some parishes are available for the following Ohio counties:

Some parishes, especially German speaking ones, were served by the same priest and so records appear very similar in the various parishes during the time period when they served. For example: St. Mary, Sandusky, Erie County and St. Sebastian, Bismark, Huron County shared the same priests during their early years.

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To Browse This Collection[edit | edit source]

You can browse through images in this collection using the waypoints on the Collection Browse Page for Ohio, Diocese of Toledo, Catholic Parish Records, 1796-2004.

What Can These Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]

The following information may be found in these records:

  • Names of individuals
  • Date and place of baptism
  • Child's date of birth
  • Parents' names including maiden name of mother
  • Names of sponsors or witnesses
  • Name of priest
  • Confirmation date and place
  • Date and place of marriage
  • Death date and burial date
  • Name of cemetery

Collection Content[edit | edit source]

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How Do I Search This Collection?[edit | edit source]

Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:

  • The name of your ancestor
  • The date of any event
  • The parish where the event occurred

Search the Index[edit | edit source]

Search by name on the Collection Details Page.
  1. Fill in the search boxes in the Search Collection section with the information you know
  2. Click Search to show possible matches

View the Images[edit | edit source]

View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page:

  1. Select the County
  2. Select the City/Town/village
  3. Select the Parish
  4. Select the Record Type and Year Range to view the images

How Do I Analyze the Results?[edit | edit source]

Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images. Keep track of your research in a research log.

What Do I Do Next?[edit | edit source]

When you have located your ancestor in the Catholic Parish records, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records about your ancestors. Add this new information to your records of each family.

I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Search for vital records such as birth, marriage, and death
  • Use the information found in the record to find land records
  • Use the information found in the record to find additional family members in census records
  • Search for probate and immigration records

I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • If your ancestor does not have a common name, collect entries for every person who has the same surname. This list can help you find possible relatives
  • If you cannot locate your ancestor in the locality in which you believe they lived, then try searching records of a nearby town or county
  • Try different spellings of your ancestor’s name
  • Remember that sometimes individuals went by nicknames or alternated between using first and middle names, or even initials
  • Consult the Ohio Record Finder to find other records

Research Helps[edit | edit source]

The following articles will help you in your research for your family in the state of Ohio.

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Citing This Collection[edit | edit source]

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