|Welcome to the Ottawa County OHGenWeb project.
More than a century and a half has passed since Ottawa
County, in the middle of the "Black Swamp" of NW Ohio, had a reputation as
having some of the toughest wagon road between "Cleaveland" and Maumee.
Gradually, the swamp was drained, the timber harvested and the stumps removed. Now
the area boasts some of the finest farmland found anywhere as well as the recreational
playground of Marblehead, Lakeside and the Erie Islands.
If you're researching your Ottawa County ancestors, or just
interested in the unique history of Ottawa County, this is the place for you.
If you're an experienced Ottawa County researcher, or just have something that might be of
interest, you're invited to share genealogical or historical information you have about
this county and its people with others through this site.
Ottawa County was created in 1840 from portions of Sandusky,
Erie and Lucas Counties.
Just passing through?
Visit our "quick tips" guide
for finding Ottawa County information on the internet.
Indexed images of The Ottawa County Exponent from 1897-1957 are now available via the
Oak Harbor Public Library website.
Microfilms of the Toledo News-Bee from 1903-1940 and the Toledo Blade from 1940-2007 are
now available on-line through
Indexed listings and images of Michigan Death
Certificates from 1900-1940 are now available via the
Seeking Michigan website.
Images of Toledo Diocese Catholic Church Records
are available via the
The Harris-Elmore Public Library has begun digitizing some of their Local
Indexed listings and images
of Ohio Death Certificates from 1908-1953 are available via the
A sincere "Thank you!" to all who have contributed content to
Many thanks to Bonnie Walsh and to Dan Krupp, previous Ottawa County
Coordinators, who paved the way.
Read about the mission of the USGenWeb and OHGenWeb projects.
This site (c) 2005-2019 by Greg Knopp.
Predecessor sites (c) 2005 by Bonnie Walsh, (c) 1996-2004 by Dan Krupp
Cover photos include the old Graytown School (abt
1930), a wedding at Trinity Church in Elliston (abt 1915), and an old Benton Township Farm
Map courtesy of the Library of Congress.
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