County Links

Lorain County Justice Center
225 Court Street
Elyria OH 44035
Phone: (440) 329-5000, (440) 329-5175 or (440) 244-6261
Fax (440)328-2157

Lorain County Probate Court Online Record Search
Marriage, Estate, and Guardianship records since 1990 and are updated weekly.  Older records are in the process of becoming available at the above site.
Marriage records from 1824 to present.
Probate records: wills, estates from 1824 and divorce records.
Probate court will not honor mail or phone requests for documents.  Requests must be made in person.

Clerk of Courts has Divorce records from 1858, Civil court records from 1824.
Naturalization records are available on microfilm here.  Computerized records are searchable online.  The original Naturalization records are housed at the 
Western Reserve Historical Society.

 Lorain Co. Clerk of Court of Common Pleas  computerized case records of Civil, Criminal, Domestic Relations and 9th District Court of Appeals Cases, since 1988, is now available on-line.

Vital records from LDS:  Birth & Death 1867-1908 Microfilm available.

Lorain County Records Retention Center  If you are seeking information or a specific record, you are encouraged to call the Records Center directly.  They can assist and provide you with the location and/or the status of the information you need.
You can browse original documents by type:
Commissioners Minutes/Agendas/Miscellaneous Records
Probate Court Early Birth and Death Records
Auditors Tax Duplicate Books
Early Years Tax Duplicates

Lorain County Recorder  for Deeds, Plats, Military Discharge papers.
Lorain County Auditor  Lorain County real estate Information.
Lorain County Engineer  Free "Highway Map of Lorain County." Locating aid for County Townships, Cemeteries, Municipal Bldgs, Points of Interest, etc.

Lorain County General Health District
9880 South Murray Ridge Rd.,
Elyria OH 44035
(440) 322-6367
Birth and Death records from 20 Dec 1908 for all of Lorain County except for the cities of Lorain, Avon Lake and Vermilion.  The staff accommodates requests for information by mail, telephone or in person.

Elyria City Health Department
202 Chestnut St.,
Elyria OH 44035
(440) 323-7595
Since May 15, 2006, all Elyria birth and death records are available ONLY at  the Lorain County General Health District.

Lorain City Health Department
1144 West Erie Ave
Lorain OH 44052
(440) 246-6836
Birth and Death records from 20 Dec 1908 for Lorain City, Black River Twp, Sheffield and Sheffield Lake Village from 20 Dec 1908 to 29 Jul 1951.

Townships and Telephone numbers.

Amherst - City  Welcome to Amherst OH

Amherst Township  Welcome to Amherst Twp

Avon Township -
Historical Sketch of Avon, Ohio to 1974   by Taylor J. Smith
Avon Genealogy
City of Avon
Avon Lake City History

Brownhelm Township
Lake Road Cemetery (Brown Cemetery),  Ted Reising

Columbia Township
Columbia Township Historical Society
Columbia Station, Ohio

Grafton Township
Village of Grafton

Huntington Township

Kipton Village

LaGrange Village and Township
Welcome to LaGrange

Penfield Township Official Website

Pittsfield Township

Ridgeville Township
Brief History of North Ridgeville,  by Jeff Sigsworth
City of North Ridgeville

Russia Township
1850 Census of Russia Twp  Everyname index

Oberlin African-American Genealogy & History Group
Oberlin Electronic Group,  Oberlin: History, People, Resource
Oberlin - City
Oberlin Historical and Improvement Organization,   Historical Society
O-High Alumni  free online website for Oberlin High School alumni and classmates.  The site includes class lists from 1863 to present, e-mail addresses for about 1100 registered members, In Memoriam pages where about 1300 obituaries have been posted, information on reunions and other class gatherings, and other items of historical interest pertaining to OHS.

Sheffield Township

Sheffield Village

Thomas Hoerrle's Home Page,  History of Sheffield Ohio, Sheffield Historic Homes, and The Range 17 Preservation Project

Vermilion Village History

Wellington Township

Village of Wellington