County Information, Brown County

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PARENT COUNTY: Adams, Clermont

COUNTY SEAT: Georgetown

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Brown County Probate Court
PO Box 379
Georgetown, OH 45121-0000

Brown County Board Of Health
204 E Cherry St # D
Georgetown, OH 45121

Mary P Shelton Public Library
200 W Grant Ave.
Georgetown, OH 45121


Other Information

Brown County is situated on the Ohio River about 35 miles east of Cincinnati. It was formed in 1817 from parts of Adams and Clermont counties. The name comes from Jacob Brown, a hero of the War of 1812.

Georgetown, the largest village in the county, is the county seat. It is also the boyhood home of Ulysses S. Grant. Near Georgetown, the George Rankin House in Ripley was the first established station of the underground railroad which enabled slaves to escape to freedom.

Agricultural products include; tobacco, livestock, and grain. Other principle industries in Brown county include; leather, shoes, plastic machinery parts, surgical equiptment, non-alcoholic beverages, cement blocks, metal tool boxes, railroad cars, and wildlife art prints.

Probate Court has birth, marriage & probate records from 1800s; Clerk of Courts has divorce & civil court records from 1800s; County Health Department has death records from 1800s; County Recorder has land records.

Following is information received from Wayne Hill at [email protected] on January 26, 1998.

Hello........I am a long time resident of Brown County Ohio and I think that there is some vital information of its history that you need to include in your outline of Brown County.

Brown County has the biggest county fair in Ohio,(only smaller to the State Fair)
Sometime in the 1970's I believe the courthouse in Georgetown burnt down.......with it MANY of the public files went up in flames.
The Ohio Tobacco Festavil is the largest in its kind in the world.
Brown County Farmers produce the largest crop of tobacco in Ohio every year.
(This may be a small fact and miniscule) Brown County was the first to elect into the Fair Court male representitives of each of the departments, (Beef,Swine,Poultry) very similar to the Fair King and Queen.

Following is information received from Dennis Haskamp at [email protected] on February 11, 1999.

There is a great deal of archive information in Brown County.

Estate, Guardianship, Marriage, and Civil Court records from 1818 to today are at the
Brown County Probate Court
101 S, Main St.
Georgetown Ohio 45121
They will look up and send copies of records for $1 per page. If there is a thick estate file, then they will either do selected pages or send the entire file for $25.00

They also have at Probate the Birth and Death records from 1867 to 1908

B&D records from 1908 to today are at the

Brown County Health Dept.
825 Mt. Orab Pike
Georgetown, Oh 45121

There is an extensive archive of family histories, old newspapers from 1900 or earlier to today, old historical farm books and railroad books, cemetery records, funeral home records, etc.

Their address is:

Brown County Genealogical Society
P.O.Box 83
Georgetown Ohio, 45121

Their library and museum is at Cherry & Apple Streets on the southeast of the courthouse square.
Meetings are monthly on the 3 td Thursday, and they are open for research on Thursdays fro 12 - 5 PM and Saturdays from 12 - 5 PM

There is also a LDS church in Georgetown and just two weeks ago it opened a family history center there.

One of the neat things I found in their museum was a bundle of Flax. This crop that was used for weaving, linens, and other products but has not been grown there for generations. It was replaced by cotton. The bundle of flax they had came from the "old-timers" building that used be on the county fair grounds. Now all of its contents are in the museum. My interest in flax is my surname. In old german, Has(e) means Flax, and kamp means field. My ancestors were Flax Farmers near the Hase river in Amt Damme, Oldenburg, Germany near Steinfeld. Our records are back to 1146 AD.

Till next time,

Dennis Haskamp


Surrounded By

NORTHWEST by Clinton County
NORTHEAST by Highland County
EAST by Adams County
SOUTH by State of Kentucky
WEST by Clermont County


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