Welcome to Wood County OHGenWeb
Wood County, Ohio was part of the Northwest Territory and inhabited
by Native Americans from the following tribes; Wyandot, Ottawa,
Seneca, Chippewa, Shawnee, Delaware, Potawatomi natives. The
land was infested with mosquitoes since the Great Black Swamp
covered a good portion of this area. It was claimed as hunting grounds
by the Native Americans.
At first the county encompassed what is currently Lucas and Wood
counties all the way to the Michigan border. After purchasing these
grounds from the Native Americans in the Lower Maumee Treaty,
the county became organized on February 12, 1820. The first Judicial
seat was Maumee since Lucas County was part of Wood County.
The first county seat was Perrysburg from 1822 to 1868. Then it was
moved to Bowling Green and this city is the present county seat.
Wood County was downsized to it's present boundaries in 1835 when
Lucas became a County of it's own. The county was named for
Colonel Eleazor D. Wood who graduated from West Point
Military Academy, was an engineer, War of 1812 soldier, and
designed Fort Meigs located in the current city of Perrysburg
along the Maumee River.
(Source:) Wood County District Library
If you have some time you can read more online,
or download this Wood County history book in PDF format.
Another great source of further reading is the
Biographical Record of Wood County Ohio, J.H. Beers, Chicago, 1897
Notice: This site is still under construction. More records will be available over the next few weeks as they are converted from the old website. Thank you for your patience.