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General Information

Established: 12 February 1820
County Seat: Bryan


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 Williams 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 Williams County Courthouse for more information.


Geographical Names

  • Ainger
  • Alvordton
  • Bettsford
  • Blakeslee
  • Boise
  • Bryan
  • Cooney
  • Deer Lick
  • Domestic
  • Durbins Corners
  • Eagle Creek
  • Edgerton
  • Edon
  • Grisier
  • Howe
  • Karle
  • Kunkle
  • Lockport
  • Lukes Corners
  • Mazes Corners
  • Melburn
  • Montpelier
  • Nettlelake
  • Northwest
  • Oak
  • Phalanx
  • Pioneer
  • Primrose
  • Pulaski
  • Saint Joseph
  • Springlake
  • Stryker
  • West Bridgewater
  • West Buffalo
  • Westburgh
  • West Unity
  • Williams Center
  • Wilna

Active post offices in bold.



Township Date Other Notes
Pulaski 1837 Formerly called Beaver Township
St. Joseph 1832  
Superior 1839  
Brady 1836 Set off from Springfield Township
Madison 1843  
Millcreek 1839  
Springfield 1835  
Centre 1836 Once part of Delaware Township (1833), then part of St. Joseph
Florence 1837  
Bridgewater 1839  
Jefferson 1837 Once part of Beaver Township
Northwest 1840  


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

  • Cemetery indexes for Brady, Bridgewater, Center, Florence, Jefferson, Madison, Millcreek, Northwest, Pulaski, Springfield. St. Joseph, and Superior Townships.
  • Census index for 1870.
  • Potts, William M. A Necrology Index of Williams County, Ohio Residents as Reported in The Bryan Democrat, 1885-1910. University of Toledo, 1973.
  • Lash, Pamela Pattison. Williams County, Ohio Marriages: Volumes 1-8. Bryan, Ohio: Williams County Chapter, OGS, 1984.

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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 Williams 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.

  • Bryan
  • Edgerton
  • Edon
  • Montpelier
  • Pinoeer
  • Stryker
  • West Unity

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