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WILLIAMS COUNTY OHIO



SURROUNDED BY:

NORTH
Michigan

NORTHEAST
Fulton County

SOUTHEAST
Henry County

SOUTH
Defiance County

WEST
Indiana


COUNTY INFORMATION

1895 Map of Ohio
(Click on Thumbnail
for Large Map)

Map modified with permission
of Ray Sterner from http://fermi.jhuapl.edu/states

DATE CREATED

1820

PARENT COUNTY

Darke

COUNTY SEAT

Bryan

MAGGIE'S SKELETON CLOSET AKA PLACES TO SEEK YOUR ANCESTORS

Williams County Probate Office
100 S Main St # E
1 Courthouse Square
Bryan, OH 43506-0000
419-636-2059

Williams County Clerk of Courts
1 Courthouse Square
Bryan, OH 43506
(419) 636-1548

Williams County Recorder
1 Courthouse Square
Bryan, OH 43506
419-636-3259

Williams County Records Center
107 West Butler
Bryan, OH 43506
419-636-8253

Williams County Engineers Office
12 953 Rd G
Bryan, OH 43506
419-636-2454

Williams County Health Department
310 Lincoln Ave.
Montpelier, OH 43543
419-485-3141

Bryan City Clerk
321 W. Bryan St.
Bryan, OH 43506
419-636-4232

Village of Edgerton
Village Hall
103 S. Michigan
Edgerton, OH 43517
419-298-2912

Village of Edon
East Indiana St.
Edon OH 43518
419-272-2512

Village of Montpelier
211 Jonesville St.
Montpelier, OH 43543
419-485-5543

Village of Pioneer
205 S. State St.
Pioneer, OH 43554

Village of Stryker
North Defiance St.
Stryker, OH 43557
419-682-2191

Village of West Unity
P. O. Box 207
118 W. Jackson St.
West Unity, OH 43570
419-924-2215

Bryan Public Library
Williams County Public Library
107 East High Street
Bryan, OH 43506-1702
419-636-6734 or 419-636-6735
Fax: 419-636-3970
Reference: 419-636-6734
E-Mail: kellyja@oplin.org
School Year Hours:
Monday - Thursday 9:00 am - 8:00pm
Friday - Saturday 9:00am - 5:00pm
Sunday CLOSED
Summer Hours:
Monday - Thursday 9:00am - 8:00pm
Friday 9:00am - 5:00pm
Saturday 9:00am - 1:00pm
Sunday CLOSED
Ohioiana Room aka "Van Gundy Room"
Main research library for
Williams County genealogy/history

Edgerton Public Library
319 N. Michigan Ave.
Edgerton, OH. 43517-9719
419-298-3230
Special collections
Bound copies of the "Edgerton Earth" newspaper

Edon Public Library
104 E. Indiana
Edon, OH 43518
419-272-2839

Montpelier Public Library
216 E. Main
Montpelier, OH 43543
419-485-3287
Fax: 419-485-5671
Contact Page
Hours:
Monday    --    10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Tuesday    --    10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday*    --    10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Thursday    --    10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Friday    --    10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday*    --    10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
* In the summer, the library closes
Wednesday at 5 pm and Saturday at 12 noon
Summer hours begin in June and end
after the Williams County Fair
---Microfilm copies of the "Montpelier
Leader-Enterprise"; 1880 to the present
---Indexed Newspaper obituaries (card file)

Pioneer Public Library
106 Baubice
Pioneer, OH 43554
419-737-2833
Special collections
---History of the village of Pioneer
and its founder, Philetus Wilson Norris

Stryker Public Library
204 N. Defiance
Stryker, OH 43557
419-682-5081

West Unity Public Library
117 E. Jackson
West Unity, OH 43570
419-924-5237

Carnegie Public Library
322 S. Wayne
Angola, IN 46703
219-665-3362

Defiance College
Pilgrim Library
701 N. Clinton
Defiance, OH 43512
419-783-2481

Defiance Public Library
320 Fort St.
Defiance, OH 43512
419-782-1456

Johnson Memorial Library
West High St.
Hicksville, OH 43526
419-542-6200

Napoleon Public Library
310 W. Clinton
Napoleon, OH 43545
419-485-3287

Northwest State Community College
Rt 1 Box 246 A.
Archbold, OH 43502
419-267-5511

American Legion Post 284
519 East Butler
Bryan, OH 43506
419-636-3237
---Military museum about Williams County Veterans

Bryan Historic Homes Association
P. O. Box 7042
Bryan, OH 43506
---Association's records housed
at the Bryan Public Library

Scout David Williams Chapter NSDAR
Jacquelyn Whetro, Registrar
10533 SR 107
Montpelier, OH 43543
419-485-4264
Email: GENEAJAC@bright.net

Williams County Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 293
Bryan, OH 43506

Williams County Historical Society
619 East Main
Montpelier, OH 43543
419-485-8200
Email: wchs@williams-net.com
---Maintain a museum & a large farm museum
---Maintain several historic sites in the county

Center for Archival Collections
Bowling Green State University

Jerome Library, 5th Floor
Bowling Green, OH 43403

Bryan Chamber of Commerce
138 S. Lynn, Bryan, OH 43506
419-636-2247

Edgerton Chamber of Commerce
P. O. Box 399
153 N. Michigan Ave.
Edgerton, OH 43517
419-298-2335

Edon Area Chamber of Commerce
P. O. Box 218
Edon, OH 43518

Montpelier Area Chamber of Commerce
410 West Main
Montpelier, OH 43543
419-485-4416

Pioneer Chamber of Commerce
P. O. Box 633
Pioneer, OH 43551-0633
419-737-2273

Stryker Chamber of Commerce
P. O. Box 70
Stryker, OH 43557
419-682-4231

West Unity Chamber of Commerce
Box 263
West Unity, OH 43570
419-924-2652

Williams County Veterans Service Commission
228 S. Main
Bryan, OH 43506
419-636-9077

BryanWorld: The Bryan, Ohio Web PageBryanWorld: The Bryan, Ohio Web Page

The Williams County Courthouse

Bryan Churchs Online

Bryan's Christmas Manor

S-K Publications (PO Box 8173, Wichita KS 67208-0173) has 1850 Census Books for sale for Williams County, Ohio, as listed at http://www.skpub.com/genie/census/oh/williams.html.


OTHER INFORMATION

Williams County borders the state of Indiana and Michigan about 50 miles west of Toledo. Heavily timbered and difficult of access, this section of Ohio was the last to be settled. David Williams was a Revolutionary War hero.

Williams County was originally much larger and the city of Defiance was the original county seat. Bryan became county seat when Defiance County was formed, which greatly reduced the size of Williams County. Bryan maintains a branch of Bowling Green State University.

Industries in Williams County include; machinery, transportation equipment, metlas, air tools, candy, toys, rolled copper and brass, truck bodies, mobile homes, concrete mixers, metal stampings and mufflers.

Clerk of Courts has divorce & civil court records. Probate office has birth and death records from 1867 to 1908, probate records, wills, estate records, marriage records and misc. records from 1824 to present. Williams County Records Center has many of the older county records from the various county offices. The Williams County Engineer's Office has the original (unindexed) road survey & ditch record books. The County Health Department has birth and death records (alphabetized card index) for the entire county except for the City of Bryan from 1908 to the present. Bryan City Clerks office has death and birth records (computer index) for Bryan City only from 1908 to the present.

CORRECTION on 2/22/1999: The Williams County Records Center Houses All of the Probate Courts Early Birth, Death, & Will Records and Early and Present Day Estate & Marriage Records. Clerk of Common Pleas Court has case files from the early 1800s through to the mid 1970's.

INFORMATIONAL LINKS

Bibliography (Includes detailed sources for all the information on this and the connected pages.)
Covered Bridges - Ohio
Discovering Family Histories - Ohio
Favorite Genealogy Web Links
Genealogy Look Up Forum
Hixson Plat Maps, Ohio Townships W. W. Hixson & Company, Rockford, Illinois (These plat maps were published without dates or copyright notice, but are believed to be from the 1920s and 1930s. The W. W. Hixson Company published an Ohio Atlas around 1925 with individual County maps and Township plat maps.)
Individual Ohio County Selection Table
Join the Maggie_Ohio Mailing List! or the OHROOTS-L Mailing List!
Maggie's World of Courthouse Dust & Genealogy Fever
OHGenWeb Archives
Ohio Clickable Map
Ohio County Courthouse Project
Ohio County Information Page
Ohio Government Mapping System - GNIS for land features, historical places
Ohio Memory An Online Scrapbook of Ohio History
Ohio Migration Trails
Ohio Network of American History and Research Centers (This is a descriptiong of the central storage places for groups of Ohio counties.)
Ohio Tools for Genealogy Researchers
USGenWeb Project - Ohio
Vital Statistics (Includes Birth, Death, Marriage, Divorce, Land, Will & Estate Records.) This is an area that explains where to look for vital records in the state of Ohio.

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