Area Resources

Court Resources

RICHLAND COUNTY

Clerk of Courts
Divorces, foreclosures, criminal, civil and domestic cases
50 Park Avenue East
Mansfield, Ohio 44902
419-774-5549

Common Pleas Court – Probate Division
The Probate division contains estate probate documents, as well as wills, marriage licenses. Richland County births and deaths occurring before 1908 are kept at the Probate Courthouse.
50 Park Avenue East
Second Floor
Mansfield, Oh 44902
419-774-5583

Recorder’s Office
The County Recorder maintains deeds and  land records, which enables researchers to establish a history of ownership.
50 Park Ave. East
Mansfield, Ohio 44902
419.774.5599

Tax Map Office
The Richland County Tax Map Office houses tax maps that date back to 1853, including old road record books from the early 1800’s. The office carries United States Geographical Survey topography maps, and has copies of most state right-of-way plans and some cemetery plots mapped.
50 Park Avenue East
Mansfield, Ohio 44902
419.774.5620

Richland County Public Health
The Vital Statistics division maintains records of all births and deaths in Richland County since 1909 (excluding Shelby). A computerized index in the lobby allows for a records search for the whole state of Ohio; death records start in 1959 and birth records start at 1909.  Richland County births and deaths occurring before 1908 are kept at the Probate Courthouse.
555 Lexington Ave.
Mansfield, Ohio 44907
419.774.4500

Shelby City Hall
The Shelby City Health Department can issue certificates of all births in the State of Ohio. Death Certificates are available from 1908. City of Shelby death records before those dates are kept at the Richland County Probate Courthouse in Mansfield.
43 W. Main St.
Shelby, OH 44875
419-347-5131

CRAWFORD COUNTY

Court of Common Pleas
Early naturalizations, divorces, foreclosures, criminal, civil and domestic cases.
112 E. Mansfield Street
Suite 204
Bucyrus, OH 44820
419-562-2766

Probate Court
Wills, administrations, marriages, estates, naturalizations, guardianships, name changes, registrations of birth, trusts. Records from 1867 through 1908 are stored at the Crawford Co. Probate Court.
419-562-8891

County Recorder’s Office
An extensive collection of deed and land record books are located in this area.
112 E. Mansfield Street, Suite 206
Bucyrus, OH 44820
419-562-6961

Auditor
The auditor is the first stop to verify land.
112 E. Mansfield St., Suite 105
Bucyrus, OH 44820
419-562-7941

Health Department
The Crawford Co. General Health District has statewide access to birth certificates for anyone born within the state of Ohio from 1909 to the present.  The office has death certificates from l909 to the present for those individuals that died in Crawford County, excluding Galion City.
1520 Isaac Beal Rd
Bucyrus, OH 44820

Libraries

Ohio Genealogical Society

  • 50,000 volumes alphabetically arranged by state/county/subject
  • Nearly all Ohio published local history and genealogical resources
  • Ohio census 1800 to 1930 on film and US census 1790-1940 digitally
  • 250,000 ancestor cards filed by surname
  • 4,000 Bible records, indexed
  • City and county directories for Ohio
  • Ohio yearbook collection for high schools and colleges
  • Nearly 15,000 lineage society applications
  • Environmentally controlled archives filled with manuscript materials
  • Collection of original and reprint Ohio county cadastral atlases
  • Online searchable library catalog
  • Over 5,000 family histories
  • Obituaries, Family Group Sheets, Ancestor Charts & More!
  • Naturalization records for Richland County from 1800 forward

611 State Route 97 W
Bellville, OH 44813-8813
419-886-1903

Mansfield/Richland County Public Library Sherman Room

  • Businesses, Churches, Schools, Biographies of notable locals
  • Family histories
  • Richland County histories
  • Indexes of local wills, early property owners and marriages
  • Cemetery indexes for Richland and Crawford Counties
  • City directories 1858 present, Richland County directories
  • Telephone directories 1904 present
  • Local author collection
  • Historical atlases of Richland and surrounding counties
  • Local clipping file
  • Annual Reports for local businesses
  • Local photo file

Microfilm Resources

  • Mansfield newspapers 1823 – present (some gaps exist)
  • Scattered Richland County newspapers
  • Selected Ohio and Pennsylvania Census records
  • Sanborn fire maps for Mansfield
  • Sturges family papers
  • Board of Richland County Commissioners Journals 1872 1903
  • Richland County Probate Court Naturalization Records 1852 1906
  • Richland County Children’s Home Record of Indentures 1880 1917

43 West Third Street
Mansfield, OH 44902
419-521-3115

Marvin Memorial Library
The Marvin Genealogy Room contains volumes of books of local history and genealogy, a card file and clippings of obituaries, and microfilm of Shelby newspapers, including more than 100 years of the Shelby Daily Globe. Microfilm of Shelby Settlement Sacred Heart Church records of births, marriages, deaths (in Latin).
29 W. Whitney Ave.
Shelby, Ohio 44875
(419) 347-5576

Bucyrus Public Library
The Bucyrus Public Library houses a very nice genealogy area on the second floor. Many family books are included as well as microfilm of Bucyrus newspapers.
200 E. Mansfield St.
Bucyrus, Ohio 44820
419-562-7327

Crestline Public Library
The Crestline Public Library maintains a microfilm collection of Crestline newspapers.
324 N. Thoman St.
Crestline, Ohio 44827
419-683-3909

Galion Public Library
Genealogy and local history materials are maintained in the Ohio Room, located on the lower floor. This collection includes back issues of the Galion Inquirer going back to the early 20th century, local county history books, and other items of local interest. The microfilm reader is here, as well.
123 North Market Street
Galion, OH 44833
419-468-3203