County Information, Ashtabula County

1895 Map of Ohio (Click on Thumbnail Image of the map for the Large Map). Map modified with permission of Ray Sterner from



PARENT COUNTY: Trumbull, Geauga

COUNTY SEAT: Jefferson

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Ashtabula County Probate Court
25 West Jefferson St.
Jefferson, OH 44047-1027
(1st floor new County Courthouse)
Marriage licenses, 1812-present (pre-1900 licenses have scant information, usually giving only names, towns of residence, date of marriage, and officiant.)
Births and Deaths 1867-1908
Estates 1811-present
Copies: $1.00 Non-Certified; $5.00 Certified

Ashtabula County Recorder's Office
25 West Jefferson St, Jefferson, OH 44047
(2nd floor new County Courthouse)
Land Records from inception of the county as well as those transcribed from Trumbull and Geauga County Records pertaining to what is now Ashtabula County. Connecticut Land Co. Records in back of first liber of Kingsville deeds. Also soldiers' graves, mortgages, powers of attorney, etc.
Copies: $1.00 per page

Ashtabula County Court of Common Pleas
25 West Jefferson St, Jefferson, OH 44047
(2nd floor new County Courthouse)
Early court records that contain many subjects of interest to genealogists, including naturalizations. Go to office to use index. Make full citation of any pertinent entry and go to microfilming department to view record on film. If you are from out of town, they may look it up and send it to you.
Copies: $0.50

Ashtabula City Ohio Health Department
Ashtabula, OH 44004

Conneaut Ohio Board of Health
327 Mill St, Conneaut, OH 44030-2439
NOTE: Half of Conneaut is in the State of Pennsylvania

Ashtabula County Health Dept
12 West Jefferson St, Jefferson, OH 44047
Births and Deaths after 12/20/1908 for most of county. EXCEPTIONS: For Ashtabula and Conneaut cities go to the cities' Board of Health. Jefferson Village and townships of Ashtabula, Austinburg, Conneaut, Denmark, Hartsgrove, Jefferson, Kingsville, Lenox, Monroe, Plymouth, Saybrook, and Trumbull did not file until the 1920's. Problems with Colebrook and Pierpoint deaths.
Copies: $7.00 Certified

Ashtabula County District Library
335 West 44th Street, Ashtabula, OH 44004

Geneva Public Library
860 Sherman Street, Geneva, Ohio 44041-9101
Archivist on duty limited hours. Call to confirm times.

Ashtabula County Genealogical Society
Ashtabula County District Library-Geneva Library
860 Sherman Street, Geneva, Ohio 44041-1227
Depository located at Geneva Public Library
ACGS, Inc. Archives Webpage

Ashtabula County Historical Society
Route 531, Geneva-on-the-Lake, OH 44041
440-466-7337 (call Wednesdays only)
mailing address:
P.O. Box 36, Jefferson, Ohio 44047
Preserving Your Heritage Since 1838

Conneaut Area Historical Society
c/o Bob Blickensderfer
235 Fifield Ave., Conneaut, OH 44030
Brief History of Conneaut

Conneaut Valley Area Historical Society
PO Box 266
Conneautville, PA 16406
Email: [email protected]


Other Information

History of Ashtabula County by the Ashtabula Chamber of Commerce.

Ashtabula County is the largest of Ohio's counties, containing 720 square miles. The name comes from an Indian word meaning "fish".

The city of Ashtabula is the largest municipality in the county, an important Lake Erie port. Conneaut and Ashtabula city harbors are important iron ore and coal shipping ports. Route 45, which connects Ashtabula with Warren, Salem and the Ohio River has carried homesteaders in covered wagons inland from the lake and was later the trade route between eastern cities and the frontier.

The main industries in Ashtabula County include; metals, machinery, transportation equipment, fabricated metals, rubber, stone-clay-glass, chemicals, automotive equipment, fiberglass boats, home appliances, microphones and tin cans. Dairy products are the chief agricultural industry.

Probate Court has birth and death records 1867 to 1908, marriage records from 1811, probate records from 1800's, Health Department has birth and death records from 1909; Clerk of Courts has divorce records from 1811 and civil court records from 1800's; County Recorder has land records from 1800.

The county newspaper in Ashtabula County is The Star Beacon. The URL for The Star Beacon is,

Links to cemetery listings:
Conneaut Valley Area Historical Society Menu
Crawford County, Pennsylvania


Surrounded By

NORTH by Lake Erie
EAST by State of Pennslyvania
SOUTH by Trumbull County
WEST by Geauga County
NORTHWEST by Lake County


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