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Welcome to the 
Williams County Genealogical Society's Web Site 


The Williams County Genealogical Society    
was formed in 1981 and is a chapter of 
the Ohio Genealogical Society.

       (WCGS New Website)    




Land Records of Williams Co. OH Beginning 1823, Marty Richie

$35.00, S and H $3.00, OH Residents Tax $2.54

Master Index for the Township Cemetery Books Wms. Co., OH
         This  publication is an all name index to be used in conjunction  
                with the 12 township cemetery books

Death Records Vol lll 1893-1909 
covers all the death vital records
available at the Wms. Co. Records Center. 

Marriage Records Vol IX, X, XI    1903 -1918

Other member contributions

  ARO - First A Dream: History of the ARO Corporation

 Frederic W. Strobel II

Fred has donated 200 books of his recent publication to WCGS so from this stash all profits go to WCGS to augment research materials for our wonderful library.

$20 plus $5 S/H

          This book tells the story of the unusual 80-year history of ARO and it's company founder,     John Clifton Markey.  It's definitely a one-of-a-kind story; the book has a wide assortment 
of photos and write-ups of workers at the ARO within its 368 pages. 


West Unity Friends Burial Ground - walk among the stones


Obituaries from "West Unity Reporter"

  Divorce Stories  

  Family group sheets

  Black Sheep

       1850 Defiance County Federal Census

    Farmer - Milford - Tiffin - Washington Townships

     Defiance County was part of Williams County up to 1845 when Defiance County became a county in its own right.  Many of the people who lived in those tier-townships have records found in Williams County.  Compiling the census for 1850 is hoped to be a help for those researchers who have people in these areas.

1850 Index of Surnames


1860 Defiance County Federal Census

Farmer - Tiffin Townships

1860 Index of Surnames

                        Williams County Ties - Gleanings from Commerative Biographical Record, Northwestern Ohio Including Defiance, Henry, Williams, and Fulton, Chicago: J. H. Beers & Co,1899

     Williams County Genealogical Society's president, Pamela Pattison Lash has provided this research on Divorces in Williams County. 

        Divorce Primer: How to use divorce records

        Divorce Index 1830 - 1886: Alphabetized listing

           Divorces Stories: A series of genealogical detailing 
                                             by Pam Pattison Lash


For more of Pam's research visit her blog at: 



Newer Publications

      Vol 3 Birth Records of Williams County OH. 1892-1908

       All 1860 Townships are available.

       Methodist Church Records              

Montpelier's Native Son:
Dr. Paul Siple
- A native of Superior Township, Williams County, OH "celebrity" during his lifetime. See how other Wms. Co. Oh., families are linked to the Siples.

Fayette's Native Son: 
William R. Gamber Second Lt. Airman 1919 - 1942

           Research starting points are great finds. Here are some Williams County, Ohio families that may be links to your research. Check them out.

  The Williams County Genealogy Society proudly announces the limited reprint of the
     Williams County Atlas
originally published in 1983 includes:
1864 Wall map
1874 Atlas
1894 Atlas
1904 Plat Book
Hard cover with indexes

   In Newsletter Excerpt we have copied parts of our old newsletters which were filled with information about the early settlers of Williams County. We will be adding to this section please keep checking for your ancestors. 
                  (Enter - with button on the left)    

The 1890
"Bryan Democrat"

 extracts from old Bryan papers

 "County of Williams Ohio" Weston A. Goodspeed &
  Charles Blanchard

1882 History Biographical Index

 "Biographical Record of Northwestern Ohio
  J.H. Beers & CO.

1899 History Biographical Index
also check
Williams County Ties


 "The County of Williams"
  William Henry Shinn

1905 History Biographical Index

"A Standard History of Williams County Ohio"
  Charles A. Bowersox

1920 History Biographical Index

Civil War Men of 
Williams County, Ohio 

Family Group 

Williams Co., Ohio Administration, Executor Accounts 1856-1868 

Vol  1-2

Index for Wms Co. 
Wills 1852-1878 
on Microfilm at Wms Co. Library 
Local History Center

Wms Co Probate  Entries 


Williams County Common Pleas Court Cases
 Witness Book 1858 -1868

Wolf Scalps Records 1835-1847

Cemeteries of
 Williams County 

 Click here for link
 for listing of Williams County Obits from area papers.  Wms. Co. Public Library site  

     Black Sheep: Gleanings of Civil and Criminal Court Records 

                               Williams County, Ohio

   WCGS member David Miller has created a photo CD collection of all the     tombstones currently found in the cemeteries of Williams Co. 

The holdings of the WCGS are located in the Local History Center of the Williams County Public Library, Bryan Branch, 
East High Street, Bryan Ohio



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