Follow the Paper Trail
Many types of land and property records are available through the Marysville Municipal, Union County and Ohio state offices that are responsible for creating or recording records. Types of records you will find are:
Abstracts. These are logs reflecting the true chain of title for property and any encumbrances on it. Abstracts and their indexes are available through the Union County Recorder’s Office. Official Record documents (including deeds) from July , 1996 onward, may be viewed online at Union County Recorder's Office.
Deeds. These are recorded copies of various types of deeds registered with the Union County Recorder that show land ownership and changes to the land ownership. Deeds and their indexes, most commonly Grantor (the seller of property) and Grantee (the buyer of the property) indexes recording land transfer, are available through the Union County Recorder’s Office, 233 West 6th Street, Marysville.
Tax Assessment Rolls. County treasurers record property tax assessments given to individuals and businesses on a yearly basis, and the payment of those taxes. The assessment rolls show the name and address of an owner (who may or may not have resided on the property), the legal description of the land and value of the property, the value of improvements, the amount of taxes and date of payment. These rolls can be used to determine property ownership, the age and value of structures and improvements, and legal descriptions. The rolls are available at the Union County Treasurers’ office and current information is available at Union County Property Search.
Plat Maps/Books and Historic Atlases. These maps, dating back to the 1800’s, are maintained at the Union County Recorders Office, are often used as a reference for taxpayers inquiring about their property. They can also be used to trace property ownership and location. The Marysville Public Library has the 1877 Atlas of Union County with landowners and town lots , 1908 Wall map of Union County and 1992, 1996 and 2000 Union County Plat Directories. These are located in our Genealogy and Local History Collection.
Another source of maps are the Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps which can be accessed at www.oplin.org. You must have a valid Ohio library card to access the databases. Upon reaching the sign in page, enter your full library barcode number (no spaces) from which library you are affiliated with. Sanborn Historic Maps are large scale street plans produced by the Sanborn Fire Insurance company from 1867 to 1970. These maps can be used by researchers including local historians to locate and identify buildings and neighborhoods. The city of Marysville is well represented in this online database.
By this time, you probably already have a pretty good idea about the age of your home however. research is addictive You may not resist scouting out nuggets of information buried in resources like these that are located in the Genealogy and Local History Collection at Marysville Public Library.
· Biographies of people who lived in Union County.
· Local newspapers on microfilm dating back to the 1840’s.
· Wills, Pre 1910 Birth, Death and Marriage Records, various other records on microfilm.
· Marysville City and Union County directories.
· Family Histories and Surname files.
· Ancestry and HeritageQuest online Databases (available in the Lower Level on the public computers)
· 1877 and 1908 Union County Atlases. (The 1877 has several etchings of residences in Union County.)
· The Ohio Historical Inventory of homes and businesses in the Historic District of Marysville.
Here is a short list of books to help you get started with your historical home research.
Architectural Style Examples
|Architectural Features of Queen Anne
||1880 - 1910|
American Vernicular Farmhouse
1700 - 1910
1900 - 1930s
||One of many Sear's Catalog homes 1908 - 1940
Check out these digitized collections of local information:
Helpful Websites for Researching Your Home
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Newspapers on Microfilm
Marysville Tribune 1849 - 1938
Marysville Evening Tribune 1919 - 1951
Marysville Journal-Tribune 1951 - current
Plain City Advocate 1897 - 1934
Milford Center The Ohioan 1906 - 1934
Union County Journal 1876 - 1951
Richwood Gazette 1872 - 2000
Scattered issues of newspapers 1839 - 1848
Local Records on Microfilm
This is a partial list of microfilm we own. Some years may be missing for some records.
Probate Birth Records 1867-1909
Probate Will Records 1852-1919
Probate Marriage Records 1854-1904
Probate Naturalization Records 1860-1906
Union County Soldiers Discharge Papers 1861-1899
Union County Children's Home Admittance Records 1884-1907
St. John's Lutheran Church Records (in German) 1846-1947
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