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

County Facts
County seat: Montgomery
Organized: 1 April, 1807
Parent County(s): Montgomery
Neighboring Counties
Shelby  • Darke  • Montgomery  • Clark  • Champaign County
See County Maps
Courthouse
Miami County Ohio Courthouse.jpg
Location Map
OH miami.png
Adoption

County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The county was named for the Miami Indians. It's county seat is Troy and was founded March 1, 1807. It is located in the West-Central area of the state.[1]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Miami County Courthouse
215 W. Main St.
Troy, Ohio 45373-3263

Miami County Website

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

Information for this chart was taken from various sources, often containing conflicting dates. This information should be taken as a guide and should be verified by contacting the county and/or the state government agency.

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[2]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1853 1807 1867 1807 1807 1807 1820
Statewide registration for births and deaths started in 1908. General compliance year is unknown.

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

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

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

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: [4]

Cities
Villages
Unincorporated communities
Townships

History Timeline[edit | edit source]

Resources[edit | edit source]

Bible Records[edit | edit source]

Biographies[edit | edit source]

Business, Commerce, and Occupations[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries of Miami County, Ohio online and in print
Tombstone Transcriptions Online
Tombstone Transcriptions in Print (Often more complete)
List of Cemeteries in the County
See Ohio Cemeteries for more information.

 

Census Records[edit | edit source]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1810 3,941
1820 8,851 124.6%
1830 12,807 44.7%
1840 19,688 53.7%
1850 24,999 27.0%
1860 29,959 19.8%
1870 32,740 9.3%
1880 36,158 10.4%
1890 39,754 9.9%
1900 43,105 8.4%
1910 45,047 4.5%
1920 48,428 7.5%
1930 51,301 5.9%
1940 52,632 2.6%
1950 61,309 16.5%
1960 72,901 18.9%
1970 84,342 15.7%
1980 90,381 7.2%
1990 93,182 3.1%
2000 98,868 6.1%
2010 102,506 3.7%
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, view the Ohio Church Records wiki page.

Lutheran

  • Records of St. John's Lutheran Church, Piqua, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at Archives.com ($).

Court Records[edit | edit source]

An Index to Court Records from the Miami County Courthouse and other locations containing Probate Court Index, Deeds Index, Marriage Index, Children's Home records, Pauper's Records, etc.

Directories[edit | edit source]

Emigration and Immigration[edit | edit source]

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

Funeral Homes[edit | edit source]

Genealogies[edit | edit source]

Miami Valley Genealogy Index is an Index to more than a half million pointers to records all over Miami Valley not just Miami County, Ohio.

Guardianship[edit | edit source]

Land and Property Records[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.

Township Maps of the 12 townships along with census indexes and historical descriptions.

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Local histories are available for this county. 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.

  • Hill, Leonard U., A History of Miami County, Ohio, 1807-1953, (Columbus, Ohio: 1953). FHL book 977.148 H2m

Local Histories
Histories of Miami County for 1846, 1880, 1909, 1920 and Randolph Slaves.

The History of Miami County, Ohio, published 1880, W. H. Beers & Co. is available at FamilySearch.

Maps and Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

Darke CountyShelby CountyChampaign CountyClark CountyMontgomery CountyOH MIAMI.PNG
Click a neighboring county
for more resources

Migration[edit | edit source]

Military Records[edit | edit source]

Civil War, 1861-1865
Civil War service men from Miami 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 Miami County.

- 1st Regiment, Ohio Cavalry, Company I

World War I

Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

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

For more Ohio newspaper information see Ohio Newspapers and Obituaries.

Obituaries[edit | edit source]

Other Records[edit | edit source]

Social Security:
Social Security Death Index

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Public Records[edit | edit source]

Periodicals[edit | edit source]

Probate Records[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 Miami 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 Records

School Records[edit | edit source]

Piqua, Ohio High School 1919 Basketball Team

Tax Records[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.

Birth[edit | edit source]

Marriage[edit | edit source]

Death[edit | edit source]

Divorce[edit | edit source]

Research Facilities[edit | edit source]

Miami County Courthouse
201 West Main Street
Troy, OH 45373-3263
Phone: 937-332-6855

Clerk Court has divorce and court records from 1807;
Probate Judge has marriage, death and probate;
County Health Department has birth records;
County Recorder has land records[5]

Archives[edit | edit source]

Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance and free access to premium genealogical websites. In addition, many centers have free how-to genealogy classes.

Libraries[edit | edit source]

The following public libraries in Miami County have collections of particular interest to genealogists.

Troy-Miami County Public Library
419 W. Main St.
Troy, Ohio 45373
Telephone: 937- 339-0502
Website

The collections include books, maps, microfilm, newspapers, and several original local records with internet access to sites with additional records.

Museums[edit | edit source]

Societies[edit | edit source]

Websites[edit | edit source]

  • Miami County OH Genealogy
  • USGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.
  • Miami County, Ohio site has many links to court records, newspapers, histories of the county, etc.
  • FamilySearch Catalog – The FamilySearch catalog contains descriptions and access information for all genealogical materials (including books, online materials, microfilm, microfiche, and publications) in their collection.  Use Historical Records to search for specific individuals in genealogical records.

Research Guides[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Genealogy Trails History Group, “Miami County, Ohio Genealogy and History”, http://genealogytrails.com/ohio/miami/ accessed 2/22/2017.
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Ohio.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Ohio.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  4. Wikipedia contributors, "Miami County, Ohio," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miami_County,_Ohio, accessed 3 January 2019.
  5. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Ohio.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.