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General Information

Established: 12 February 1820
County Seat: Napoleon


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, Henry 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 Henry County Courthouse for more information.


Geographical Names

  • Alma
  • Bartlow Township
  • Beaver Creek
  • Black Ash
  • Colton
  • Damascus
  • Damascus Township
  • Deshler
  • Durand
  • Elery
  • Flatrock Township
  • Florida
  • Freedom Mills
  • Freedom Township
  • Gallup
  • Gerald
  • Grelton
  • Hamler
  • Harrison Township
  • Holgate
  • Le Sueur
  • Liberty Center
  • Liberty Township
  • Malinta
  • Marion Township
  • McClure
  • McLain
  • Monroe Township
  • Naomi
  • Napoleon
  • Napoleon Township
  • New Bavaria
  • Odessa
  • Okolona
  • Peters Corner
  • Petonquet
  • Pleasant Bend
  • Pleasant Township
  • Richfield Township
  • Ridge
  • Ridgeland
  • Ridgeville Corners
  • Ridgeville Township
  • Shunk
  • Stanley
  • Texas
  • Tubbsville
  • Turkey Foot
  • Washington Township
  • Westhope
  • Willford

Active post offices in bold.



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

  • Cemeteries, Henry County, Ohio. Deshler, Ohio: The Chapter, 1988-
  • Cemeteries in Milton Township, Wood County, Angel Cemetery in Henry County. Bowling Green, OH: Wood County Chapter, OGS, [1987]

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:

  • Naturalization Records, 1852-1904, 1r (#57)


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 Henry 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.

  • Deshler
  • Hamler
  • Holgate
  • Liberty Center
  • McClure
  • Napoleon

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