Center for Archival Collections

Genealogy Resources: Williams County

Helps by County

Established: 12 February 1820
County Seat: Bryan

 Geographical Names (active post offices in bold)

  • Ainger
  • Alvordton
  • Bettsford
  • Blakeslee
  • Boise
  • Bryan
  • Cooney
  • Deer Lick
  • Domestic
  • Durbins Corners
  • Eagle Creek
  • Edgerton
  • Edon
  • Grisier
  • Howe
  • Karle
  • Kunkle
  • Lockport
  • Lukes Corners
  • Mazes Corners
  • Melburn
  • Montpelier
  • Nettlelake
  • Northwest
  • Oak
  • Phalanx
  • Pioneer
  • Primrose
  • Pulaski
  • Saint Joseph
  • Springlake
  • Stryker
  • West Bridgewater
  • West Buffalo
  • Westburgh
  • West Unity
  • Williams Center
  • Wilna

Township Organization

Township Date Other Notes
Pulaski1837Formerly called Beaver Township
St. Joseph1832 
Brady1836Set off from Springfield Township
Centre1836Once part of Delaware Township (1833), then part of St. Joseph
Jefferson1837Once part of Beaver Township


Newspapers are useful to genealogical research because of the obituaries and community news appearing in them. The following communities published newspapers with information relating to Williams County residents. To see the CAC's holdings for each title, go to the Guide to Newspaper Holdings, select the letter the city name begins with and scroll down or use your browser's search function to locate the description of the newspapers. Newspapers may also be located at your local public library or at the Ohio Historical Society.

  • Bryan
  • Edgerton
  • Edon
  • Montpelier
  • Pioneer
  • Stryker
  • West Unity

 Local Government Records

Counties, townships, and cities all keep records of interest to family historians. Probate Court records include Births and Deaths (first recorded in 1867), marriages, wills, and guardianships. Naturalization records may also be found here as well as in the Court of Common Pleas. For a full listing of offices, see Williams County Guide to Local Government Records .

Researchers interested in contemporary records, or any record not listed here on the CAC's inventories should contact the Williams County Courthouse for more information.


Search the BGSU Libraries online catalog for Williams County, Ohio histories and atlases. The following indexes have been compiled and are available for use at the Center for Archival Collections.

  • Cemetery indexes for Brady, Bridgewater, Center, Florence, Jefferson, Madison, Millcreek, Northwest, Pulaski, Springfield. St. Joseph, and Superior Townships.
  • Census index for 1870.
  • Potts, William M. A Necrology Index of Williams County, Ohio Residents as Reported in The Bryan Democrat, 1885-1910. University of Toledo, 1973.
  • Lash, Pamela Pattison. Williams County, Ohio Marriages: Volumes 1-8. Bryan, Ohio: Williams County Chapter, OGS, 1984.

 Online Resources