DEFIANCE COUNTY OHIO
1895 Map of Ohio
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Williams, Henry, Paulding
MAGGIE'S SKELETON CLOSET AKA PLACES TO SEEK YOUR ANCESTORS
Defiance County Probate Court
500 Court St.
Defiance, OH 43512-2157
Defiance County Health Dept
197 Island Park Ave # C, Defiance, OH 43512
Defiance County was formed in 1845, the name coming from Fort Defiance. The county seat is also named Defiance.
The city of Defiance was laid out in 1822 on the site of a large Indian settlement and became a busy trade center. The citizens were said to have "defied" the early Indians. The arrival of a canal later increased the town's growth. It is the home of Defiance College, a coeducational institution that grew out of the Defiance Femal Seminary.
Soybeans are the agricultural crop. Metals, machinery, stone-clay-glass, ordnance, food, transportation equipment, gray iron castings, radio condensers, fiberglass insulation, automotive mufflers, hand tools, meat, dairy and bakery are all part of the main industries.
Probate Court has birth & marriage records from 1845; Clerk of Courts has divorce & civil court records from 1845; General Health District has death and burial records.
Information from Cecily G. (Roszell) Steele
June 28, 1999
I have had some very excellent help from a Records Clerk in the Defiance
County Records Center in Defiance, Ohio. Her name is Corrine Duerk and when
I ask for some information from her she not only sends that information, but
sends additional information that she thinks I might like and/or need (I
asked for the birth record on Ola E. Steele and she sent me the names and
birth dates on all children she could find by the last name of Steele in that
county for a 10 year period, giving us names of siblings of his we didn't
even know about). She works at keeping the costs down and informed me that
the costs for photo copies are $1.00, uncertified copies $2.00, certified
copies $3.00. She is great at research and is very friendly. She's doing
genealogy research of her own so understands the kinds of things we need.
Any way to make a long story short, she is very willing to help on genealogy
projects and very good at it.
Cecily G. (Roszell) Steele
Bibliography (Includes detailed sources for all the information on this and the connected pages.)
Hixson Plat Maps, Ohio Townships W. W. Hixson & Company, Rockford, Illinois
(These plat maps were published without dates or copyright notice,
but are believed to be from the 1920s and 1930s. The W. W. Hixson
Company published an Ohio Atlas around 1925 with individual County
maps and Township plat maps.)
Vital Statistics (Includes Birth, Death, Marriage, Divorce, Land, Will & Estate Records.) This is an area
that explains where to look for vital records in the state of Ohio.