Center for Archival Collections

Genealogy Resources: Wood County

Helps by County

Established: 12 February 1820
County Seat: Bowling Green

 Geographical Names (active post offices in bold)

  • Bairdstown
  • Bays
  • Blinn
  • Bloom
  • Bloomdale
  • Bowling Green
  • Bradner
  • Browns Corners
  • Chalmer
  • Cloverdale
  • Cummings
  • Custar
  • Cygnet
  • Darrell
  • Digby
  • Dowling
  • Ducat
  • Duluth
  • Dunbridge
  • Egypt
  • Farnham
  • Fenton
  • Fort Meigs
  • Galatea
  • Gilead (now Grand Rapids)
  • Grand Rapids
  • Hadley
  • Hammansburg
  • Haney
  • Haskins
  • Hatton
  • Hazelkirk
  • Henry Township
  • Hobart
  • Holt
  • Hoyts Corners
  • Hoytville
  • Hull Prairie
  • Jackson Station
  • Jerry City
  • Latchie
  • Lemoyne
  • Lime City
  • Longley
  • Lovetts Grove
  • Luckey
  • Marvel
  • Mermill
  • Millbury
  • Milton Center
  • Milton Station
  • Miltonville
  • Moline
  • Montgomerys Crossroads
  • Mungen
  • New Rochester
  • New Westfield
  • North Baltimore
  • Oil Center
  • Paragon
  • Pemberville
  • Perrysburg
  • Plaza
  • Portage
  • Potter
  • Prairie Depot (now Wayne)
  • Risingsun
  • Roachton
  • Rocky Ford
  • Rossford
  • Rudolph
  • Scotch Ridge
  • Six Points
  • Stockwells
  • Stony Ridge
  • Sugar Ridge
  • Ted
  • Tontogany
  • Trombley
  • Troy Township
  • Walbridge
  • Wayne (was Prairie Depot)
  • Webb
  • West Millgrove
  • Weston
  • Wingston
  • Woodbury
  • Woodside

Township Organization

TownshipDateOther Notes
BloomMarch 2, 1835 
Center1835 
FreedomDecember 1, 1834 
Grand RapidsSeptember 25, 1888Taken from Weston Township
HenryDecember 3, 1836 
JacksonJune 1, 1840 
LakeJune 3, 1844Taken from Perrysburg (pre-1838); 1838-1844, part of Troy Township
Liberty1836 
Middleton1832 
MiltonJune 11, 1835 
MontgomeryDecember 1, 1834 
PerryMarch 4, 1833Set off from Portage Township
PerrysburgMay 8, 1823Part of Waynesfield Township (1820-1823)
PlainMarch 3, 1835 
PortageDecember 3, 1832 
RossApril 18, 1874Taken from Perrysburg Township
TroyDecember 1, 1834 
WashingtonJune 5, 1837Taken from Middleton, Plain, and Weston Townships
WebsterDecember 8, 1846Taken from Perrysburg, Troy, Freedom, and Center Townships
WestonJune 14, 1830Originally called Ottawa Township

 Newspapers

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 Wood 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.

  • Bloomdale
  • Bowling Green
  • Bradner
  • Custar
  • Cygnet
  • Fostoria
  • Grand Rapids
  • Luckey
  • North Baltimore
  • Northwood
  • Pemberville
  • Perrysburg
  • Portage
  • Risingsun
  • Rossford
  • Scotch Ridge
  • Toledo
  • Walbridge
  • Wayne
  • Weston

 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 Wood 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 Wood County Courthouse for more information.

 Indexes

Search the BGSU Libraries online catalog for Wood County, Ohio histories and atlases. The following indexes have been compiled and are available for use at the Center for Archival Collections. Copies of these publications may also be available at the Wood County Genealogical Society, the Wood County Public Library, and many other research centers. Those marked with a * may be available for purchase from the WCGS.

  • *Index to Wood County Federal Census, 1830, 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880, 1900, 1910
  • Everyname index to Van Tassel's Pioneer Scrapbook of Wood County
  • *Everyname index to Beer's History of Wood County (1894); Deaths in the biographical section of Beer's History of Wood County (1894) (pOG 4331)
  • Index to Delayed Birth Certificates, v. 1-27 (pOG 4658 ref)
  • *Index to Naturalizations in Wood County (CAC OG F497.W8 W83 1990 ref)
  • DAR Index to Wood County Marriages, 1820-1865 (CAC OG F497.W8 D28x ref)
  • McKnight, Judith. Wood County Marriages (pOG 4294)
  • *Cemetery Inscriptions (CAC OG F497.W8 O46 ref)
  • Deaths in Wood County Townships (pOG 4274)
  • Wagher, Victor. Index to Coroners' Inquests, 1888-1893, 1895-1902 (pOG 3369)
  • *Index to Wills, Estates, and Guardianships (pOG 3074 ref)
  • McKnight, Judith. Wood County, Ohio Estates (pOG 4291)
  • *Wood County's Role in the Civil War (CAC OG F497.W8 W675)
  • McKnight, Judith. List and Records of Soldiers in the Civil War from Wood County (pOG 4333); soldiers relief applications (pOG 4292)
  • McKnight, Judith. 1839 and Before: Male Residents over 21...(pOG 4273)
  • McKnight, Judith. Letters to the Wood County Infirmary (pOG 4290); Infirmary applications index (pOG 4294, 4295)
  • McKnight, Judith. Taxable Property and Personal Property, 1825-1830 (pOG 4426)
  • McKnight, Judith. Participants, Wood County, Ohio Court, 1838, 1841, 1856...(pOG 4293)
  • McKnight, Judith. Wood County, Ohio Lawsuits, 1827-1880 (pOG 4423)
  • *Wood County Atlases (multiyear with indexes), 1875+

Most local government record volumes are indexed at the front of each volume. Some separate indexes have been prepared and form part of the local record series. These include:

  • Naturalizations--Declarations of Intention, 1870-1878, 1r (#164A)

 Online Resources