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General Information

Established: 12 February 1820
County Seat: Kenton


Local Government Records

Counties, townships, and cities all keep records of interest to family historians. Probate Court records include Births and Deaths (first recorded in 1867), marriages, wills, and guardianships. Naturalization records may also be found here as well as in the Court of Common Pleas. For a full listing of offices, see Hardin County Guide to Local Government Records.

Researchers interested in contemporary records, or any record not listed here on the CAC's inventories should contact the Hardin County Courthouse for more information.


Geographical Names

  • Ada
  • Alger
  • Blanchard
  • Blanchard Township
  • Buck Township
  • Cessna Township
  • Dempster
  • Dola
  • Dudley
  • Dudley Township
  • Dunkirk
  • Foraker
  • Forest
  • Goshen Township
  • Grant
  • Grassy Point
  • Hale
  • Hale Township
  • Hardy
  • Hepburn
  • Holden
  • Hudsonville
  • Huntersville
  • Jackson Township
  • Jagger
  • Jumbo
  • Jump
  • Kenton
  • Liberty Township
  • Lynn Township
  • Marion Township
  • McArthur
  • McDonald
  • McDonald Township
  • McGuffey
  • Mount Victory
  • North Washington
  • Patterson
  • Pfeiffer
  • Pleasant Township
  • Ridgeway
  • Robertson
  • Roundhead
  • Roundhead Township
  • Silvercreek
  • Sylvia
  • Taylor Creek Township
  • Washington Township
  • Yelverton

Active post offices in bold.



Search the BGSU Libraries online catalog for Hardin County, Ohio histories and atlases. The following indexes have been compiled and are available for use at the Center for Archival Collections.

  • Cemetery Inscriptions. CAC OG F497.H4 ...
  • Hardin County, Ohio: A Historical Update with Family Histories, 1983. CAC OG F497.H4 H35
  • Hardin County, Ohio Marriage Records. CAC OG F497.H4 H38
  • Hardin County, Ohio Death Index, 1867-1908. CAC OG F497.H4 H375 1998
  • Old Kenton Newspaper Death and Marriage Notices. CAC OG F497.H4 O55

Most local government record volumes are indexed at the front of each volume. Some separate indexes have been prepared and form part of the local record series. These include:

  • Birth Registrations and Corrections, 1867-1986, 1r (#416)
  • Births, 1867-1908, 1r (#416)
  • Deaths, 1867-1908, 1r (#416)
  • Estates, 1852-1994, 3r (#417-419)
  • Marriages, 1833-1959, 4r (#45, 358-360)

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Newspapers are useful to genealogical research because of the obituaries and community news appearing in them. The following communities published newspapers with information relating to Hardin County residents. To see the CAC's holdings for each title, go to the Guide to Newspaper Holdings, select the letter the city name begins with and scroll down or use your browser's search function to locate the description of the newspapers. Newspapers may also be located at your local public library or at the Ohio Historical Society.

  • Ada
  • Dunkirk
  • Forest
  • Kenton
  • Mount Victory

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