Warren County, Ohio Genealogy

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Guide to Warren County, Ohio ancestry, family history, and genealogy birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

Warren County, Ohio
Boundary map of Warren County, Ohio
Map of the U.S. highlighting Ohio
Location of Ohio in the U.S.
Warren County, Ohio Courthouse.jpg
Address Warren County Administration Building
406 Justice Drive
Lebanon, Ohio 45036
Warren County Website

Warren County, Ohio Record Dates[edit | edit source]

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[1]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1867 1803 1867 1803 1795 1803 1820
Statewide registration for births and deaths started in 1908. General compliance year is unknown.
  • Parent Counties: Formed from Hamilton and County in 1803.
  • County Seat: Lebanon

Description[edit | edit source]

The county was named for Dr. Joseph Warren, a hero of the Revolution who sent Paul Revere on his famous ride and who died at the Battle of Bunker Hill. It's county seat is Lebanon and was founded May 1, 1803. It is located in the Southwest area of the state.[2]

Populated Places[edit | edit source]

For a complete list of populated places, including small neighborhoods and suburbs, visit Hometown Locator. The following are the most historically and genealogically relevant populated places in this county: [3]

Unincorporated communities
Census-designated places
Ghost towns

Neighboring Counties[edit | edit source]

Montgomery County  • Greene County  • Clinton County  • Brown County  • Clermont County  • Hamilton County  • Butler County

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

For animated maps illustrating Ohio county boundary changes, "Rotating Formation Ohio County Boundary Maps" (1788-1940) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.

Resources[edit | edit source]

Bible Records[edit | edit source]

Biography[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Cemetery records often reveal birth, marriage, death, relationship, military, and religious information.

Online Grave Transcripts Published Grave Transcripts County Cemetery Directories


Family History Library


Ohio Gravestones


Names in Stone

USGW Tombstones

Billion Graves

Billion Graves
OHGenWeb Tombstone Photos
See Ohio Cemeteries for more information.
  • The Warren County Virtual Cemetery Project (a project of the Warren County Genealogical Society) is an endeavor to catalog, digitize, and make available information on every cemetery in Warren County. Included in the project is a complete list of every cemetery. Check out the site here.
  • Cemetery records for Warren County located in the Historical Museum at Lebanon, OH (including cards, notebooks, newspaper clippings, etc.) have been microfilmed and are available from your local family history center.

Census[edit | edit source]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1810 9,925
1820 17,837 79.7%
1830 21,468 20.4%
1840 23,141 7.8%
1850 25,560 10.5%
1860 26,902 5.3%
1870 26,689 −0.8%
1880 28,392 6.4%
1890 25,468 −10.3%
1900 25,584 0.5%
1910 24,497 −4.2%
1920 25,716 5.0%
1930 27,348 6.3%
1940 29,894 9.3%
1950 38,505 28.8%
1960 65,711 70.7%
1970 84,925 29.2%
1980 99,276 16.9%
1990 113,909 14.7%
2000 158,383 39.0%
2010 212,693 34.3%
Source: "Wikipedia.org".

Church Records[edit | edit source]

Church records and the information they provide vary significantly depending on the denomination and the record keeper. They may contain information about members of the congregation, such as age, date of baptism, christening, or birth; marriage information and maiden names; and death date. For general information about Ohio denominations, see Ohio Church Records.

Court Records[edit | edit source]

  • The Warren County Genealogical Society has information about various courts and court records in Warren County as well as indexes to various court records.
  • The Court of Common Pleas, whose records start in 1803, hold a variety of records. A listing of available records can be found on the Warren County Genealogical Web site.
  • The Warren County Supreme Court (1803-1851) became the District Court (1852-1883) which became the Circuit Court (1883-1912) which became the Court of Appeals (1912-present). Further information can be found at the Warren County Genealogy Society Web site.

Emigration and Immigration[edit | edit source]

Ethnic, Political, or Religious Groups[edit | edit source]

Funeral Home Records[edit | edit source]

Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

Genealogy[edit | edit source]

History[edit | edit source]

Local histories are available for Warren County, Ohio Genealogy. County histories may include biographies, church, school and government history, and military information. For more information about local histories, see the wiki page section Ohio Local Histories.

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Local histories are available for Warren County, Ohio Genealogy. County histories may include biographies, church, school and government history, and military information. For more information about local histories, see the wiki page section Ohio Local Histories.

  • Check out the Warren County Genealogical Society's local history page for historical information about the county.
  • Pauwels, Cynthia L., Historic Warren County: An Illustrated History, (San Antonio, Texas: Historical Publishing Network, 2009). Digital copy at Google Books FHL book 977.1763 H2p
  • Howe, Henry, History of Warren County, Ohio, 1803-1889, (Knightstown, Indiana: Bookmark, 1977). FHL book 977.1763 H2ho

Land and Property[edit | edit source]

Land and property records can place an ancestor in a particular location, provide economic information, and reveal family relationships. Land records include: deeds, abstracts and indexes, mortgages, leases, grants and land patents.

See Ohio Land and Property for additional information about early Ohio land grants. After land was transferred to private ownership, subsequent transactions were usually recorded at the county courthouse and where records are currently housed. Land in Warren County was originally surveyed under two different systems. Clear Creak, Deerfield, Franklin Turtlecreek and Wayne townships were surveyed as part of the Symmes Purchase. The Symmes Purchase covered land located between the Miami Rivers (the resulting survey was sometimes referred to as the Miami River Survey or the Survey between the Miamim Rivers) and was surveyed according the Northwest Ordinance of 1785. According to the 1785 act, section one was located in the southeast corner of the township. Section two was then located directly north of section one with section three just north of two and so forth through section six. Section seven was located just west of section one and sections eight through twelve to the north of section seven. Sections were numbered in this manner through section thirty-six, which was located in the northwest section of the township. Meanwhile Hamilton, Harland, Salem, and Washington Townships were originally part of the Virginia Military District lands and divided using Military District numbers. Military Districts were not numbered according to a standard so it will be necessary to locate a plat map of Warren County to locate a specific Military District number.

Maps[edit | edit source]

Montgomery CountyGreene CountyClinton CountyBrown CountyClermont CountyHamilton CountyButler CountyOH WARREN.PNG
Click a neighboring county
for more resources

Military[edit | edit source]

Revolutionary War[edit | edit source]
Civil War[edit | edit source]

Civil War service men from Warren County served in various regiments. Men often joined a company (within a regiment) that originated in their county. Listed below are companies that were specifically formed in Warren County.

- 1st Regiment, Ohio Cavalry, Company G 
World War I[edit | edit source]

Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

Warren County, Ohio Genealogy newspapers may contain genealogical value including obituaries, births, marriages, deaths, anniversaries, family gatherings, family travel, achievements, business notices, engagement information, and probate court proceedings.

To access newspapers, contact public libraries, Ohio Genealogical Society chapters, college or university libraries, the Library of Congress, Google News, or the Ohio Memory. The Ohio Genealogical Society Obituary Database is another source of newspaper information.

For more Ohio newspaper information see the Newspaper Guides on the wiki page Ohio Newspapers and Obituaries. Online Newspapers
Online Newspaper Abstracts
Newspaper Extracts and Abstracts in Book Form

  • The Warren County Genealogical Society has information on local newspapers including newspaper titles and years of publications.

Obituaries[edit | edit source]

  • The Warren County Genealogical Society has indexes to obituaries published in local newspapers covering years from 1810-2009. Indexes are organized by year and decade. If an ancestor is found in the obituary index, copies of the obituary can be ordered from the genealogy society.

Periodicals[edit | edit source]

Probate[edit | edit source]

From 1797 or the creation of the county, probate records were held by the Court of Common Pleas. After 1852, records are held by the {{{1}}} County Probate Court. Records include wills, estates, guardianships, naturalizations, marriage, adoption, and birth and death records (1867-1908 only). The records may give the decedent's date of death, name of spouse, children, parents, siblings, in-laws, neighbors, associates, relatives, and their place of residence.

See Ohio Probate Records for information about how to use probate records. Online Probate Indexes and Records

Finding More Probate Records[edit source]

Additional probate records can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Warren County, Ohio Genealogy Probate Records in online catalogs like:

Public Records[edit | edit source]

Repositories[edit | edit source]

Administration Building
406 Justice Dr.
Lebanon, Ohio 45036
Hours: M-F 8am-5pm
Replacing the traditional county courthouse, the Warren County Administration building opened in 2001 and is home to the Recorder's Office, the Records Center and Archives, and the Genealogy Society.
Records Center and Archives
406 Justice Dr. Rm #052
Lebanon, Ohio 45036
Hours: M-F 8am-4:30pm
The Edna L. Bowyer Records Center and Archives is located on the lower level of the Warren County Administration Building and was dedicated in honor of a former Warren County Recorder. The Warren County Archives holds a variety of records including birth and death records (1867-1908), marriage records (1803-1980), probate records (1803-1936), and duplicate tax records (various years). The Archives accepts online research requests.
406 Justice Dr.
Lebanon, Ohio 45036
Hours: M-F 8am-4:30pm
Located on the upper level of the Warren County Administration Building, the Recorder's office is responsible for maintaining copies of all land records from the county's formation until the present day. An index to deeds recorded between 1979 and 2010 is available online.
Warren County Combined
Health District

Vital Statistics
416 South East Street
Lebanon, Ohio 45036
Hours: M-F 7:30am-4pm
The Division of Vital Statistics is responsible for recording births and deaths and holds copies of all birth and death records after December 20, 1908. (Original birth and death records after 1908 were forwarded to the Division of Vital Statistics of the Ohio Department of Health.) Certified copies of birth and death records can be obtained from the Division of Vital Statistics either on-site or by mail.
Genealogical Society
406 Justice Dr.
Lebanon, Ohio 45036
Hours: M,T,Th,F 9am-4pm
Located on the lower level of the Warren County Administration Building, the Warren County Genealogical Society holds a variety of records on-site and has made available information and online indexes for a variety of resources including vital records, obituaries, cemetery records, probate records, and land records. Also check out the society's Virtual Cemetery Project.

Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Warren County Courthouse
500 Justice Dr; PO Box 238
Lebanon, OH 45036
Phone: 513.695.1120

Probate Judge has birth and death records from 1867,
marriage and probate records from 1803; Clerk Court
has divorce and court records; County Recorder has land

Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance, free access to center-only databases, and to premium genealogical websites.
FamilySearch Affiliate Libraries have access to most center-only databases, but may not always have full services normally provided by a family history center.

Local Centers and Affiliate Libraries

For additional nearby Family History Centers, search online in the FHC directory. Put your town name in the top search box.

Libraries[edit | edit source]
Museums[edit | edit source]
Societies[edit | edit source]
Online Genealogy Research Groups[edit | edit source]

Taxation[edit | edit source]

Ohio tax records complement land records and can be used in place of censuses before 1820 or to supplement the years between censuses. Because only persons who owned taxable property were listed, many residents were not included in tax lists. There may also be gaps of several years in the tax records of some counties.

Vital Records[edit | edit source]

Vital records consist of birth, death, marriage and divorce records. Marriages were usually recorded from the formation of the county and are held at the office of the County Probate Court. Divorce records are located with the county Clerk of Courts.

Any existing birth and death records from 1867 through December 19, 1908 are located at the County Probate Court. The Ohio Department of Health has birth records filed after December 20, 1908 and death records filed after January 1, 1954, while the Ohio History Connection houses death records from December 20, 1908 through December 31, 1953.

Title Description Location(s)
The first formal adoption in Warren County took place in 1856 though orphan children may have been indentured with a local family instead.[5]
Online Indexes (Warren County Genealogical Society)
In Person (Records Center & Archives)
Kept by the county starting 1867 in register format.
Order Online (Records Center and Archives)
Online Indexes (Warren County Genealogical Society)
Ohio, County Births, 1841-2003 (FamilySearch) index and images
In Person (Records Center and Archives)
Statewide registration started 20 Dec 1908. Copies can be found with both the county and the state.
Order by Mail (Warren Division of Vital Statistics)
Order by Mail (Ohio Division of Vital Statistics)
Order Online (Ohio Division of Vital Statistics)
Late Births
1868 - 1938
Birth certificates obtained  by adults oftentimes to acquire a Social Security Card or other government documentation.
Online Indexes (Warren County Genealogical Society)
Chester L. Dunn, Warren County, Ohio Birth Records: Later Reports as Recorded in Probate Files, Lebanon, Ohio: Warren County Genealogical Society, 1988.
1800 - present
Recorded by the county starting at the time the county was formed.
Online Indexes1803-1907 (Warren County Genealogical Society)
Ohio, County Marriages, 1789-2013 at FamilySearch — index and images
In Person (Records Center & Archives)
Ohio, Marriages, 1800-1958 at FamilySearch — free; Index
Ohio, Marriages, 1800-1942 at FamilySearch — index
Kept by the county starting 1867 in Register format.
Online Indexes (Warren County Genealogical Society)
Order Online (Records Center & Archives)
FHL film 384218 (FamilySearch)
In Person (Records Center & Archives)
Ellen Van Houten and Florence Cole, Death Records, 1867-1881 Probate Court, Warren County, Ohio, Loveland, Ohio: Cardinal Research, 1988.
Ohio, County Death Records, 1840-2001 - index and images
Statewide registration started 20 Dec 1908. Copies can be found with both the county and the state.
Ohio Death Index, 1908-1932, 1938-1944, and 1958-2007 1908-1953 (FamilySearch Record Search)
Online Indexes 1908-1930 (Warren County Genealogical Society)
Order by Mail (Warren Division of Vital Statistics)
Order by Mail 1954-present (Ohio Division of Vital Statistics)
Ohio, County Death Records, 1840-2001- index and images

Online Indexes 1803-1900 (Warren County Genealogical Society)

Finding More Vital Records

Additional vital records can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Warren County, Ohio Genealogy Vital Records in online catalogs like:

Websites[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Warren County, Ohio. Page 540-547 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002; Alice Eichholz, ed. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, Third ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004), 531-533.
  2. Genealogy Trails History Group, “Warren County, Ohio Genealogy and History”, http://genealogytrails.com/ohio/warren/ accessed 2/27/2017.
  3. Wikipedia contributors, "Warren County, Ohio," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Warren_County,_Ohio, accessed 17 January 2019.
  4. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Warren County, Ohio. Page 546 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  5. http://wcgsoh.org/adoptions.htm