Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center

 

 Ottawa County, Ohio
Probate Court

 

 LG-MF


Introduction

Agency History

Scope and Content

Inventory

Introduction

The Records of the Ottawa County, Ohio Probate Court were microfilmed by the Center for Archival collections at Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio. The microfilm is located in the Library Reading Room.

Agency History

The Probate Court was established in the state of Ohio by means of the first constitution in 1802. Its primary function was to settle estates of deceased individuals. The 1853 constitution gave the court jurisdiction in taking proof of wills, granting letters testamentary, and in settling accounts of executors and administrators. It also holds original jurisdiction in granting marriage licenses and issuing ministers' licenses to solemnize marriages. It oversees the appointment of guardians for minors, inquests of insane and mentally incompetent county residents, as well as proceedings for naturalization. Between 1867 and 1908, each county's probate court kept a record of the county's births and deaths.

Scope and Content

The collection, although incomplete, is comprised of five rolls of microfilm containing a record of the marriages that occurred within Ottawa County during the years from 1840 to 1952.

Inventory

Ac. 5483

 

1. Roll 88: Marriage records: 1840-1888, 1888-1898, 1897-1904
2. Roll 89: Marriage records: 1904-1911, 1904-1918
3. Roll 90: Marriage records: 1918-1925, 1925-1930
4. Roll 91: Marriage records: 1930-1937, 1937-1943
5. Roll 92: Marriage records: 1943-1948, 1948-1952

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