County Information, Allen County

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Allen County Clerk Of Courts &
Allen County Probate Court
301 N. Main St.
Lima, OH 45801-4456

Allen County Health Dept
219 E Market St.
Lima, OH 45801

Lima Public Library
650 W Market St.
Lima, OH 45801

Allen County Chapter-Ohio Genealogical Society
Allen County Museum
620 West Market Street, Lima, OH 45801-4665

Elizabeth M. MacDonnell Memorial Library
620 West Main Street, Lima, OH 45081

Center for Archival Collections
Bowling Green State University

Jerome Library, 5th Floor
Bowling Green, OH 43403


Other Information

Allen County was formed from Indian territory in 1831. The county takes its name from Ethan Allen, famed leader of the "Green Mountain Boys" of the American Revolution.

Lima, the county seat, received its name from Lima Peru. In 1885 the discovery of oil by Benjamin Faurot brought booming prosperity to the city. Even after the oil had tapered off, Lima maintained a position in the oil industry with refineries and important pipelines.

Principle industries in Allen County include; machinery, transportation equiptment, fabricated metals, food and petroleum refining.

Probate Court has birth and death records 1867 to 1908, marriage records from 1831, County Museum has naturalization records from 1851 to 1929.


Surrounded By

NORTH by Putnam County
NORTHEAST by Hancock County
SOUTHEAST by Hardin County
SOUTH by Auglaize County
WEST by Van Wert County


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