Records Requests of Probate Records
The records maintained at Probate Court are public information, with the exception of adoption, mental illness cases and those ordered sealed by the Court. Most of our public records are available for inspection at any time during business hours (8:30a.m.- 4:30p.m weekdays) in our Public Records Area, located on the second floor of the Courthouse. Some of the Court's older records are stored outside the courthouse at Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center and the Center for Archival Collections at BGSU. The originals are only available by request; however, microfilm copies can be obtained in this office at any time. Follow the links below for more information on records stored at these locations.
Copies can be obtained by visiting the office. If you call ahead, your copies will be ready for you when you arrive. If you prefer, you may send your request by mail. A request form is available below. Please complete the request form fully so that we may process your request timely. You will receive a response to your request, whether we have found the information or not. You do not need to identify yourself when making a records request. If you identify yourself, however, please include a phone number or e-mail address if we need to contact you with questions.
The Court does not have a genealogical researcher on staff. If you are researching a family history, you may wish to contact the Wood County Genealogical Society for assistance. You can write to them at P.O. Box 722, Bowling Green, Ohio 43402 for further information and pricing.
Please Note: Birth and death records after 1908 are maintained at the Health Department. Information on how to obtain a certified copy can be found by following this link to the Department’s web site:
http://www.co.wood.oh.us/healthdepartment/Vital Records.htm (opens new window)
Wood County Probate Court
One Courthouse Square
Bowling Green, Ohio 43402
**It is always best to verify the cost of what you are seeking prior to sending a check. If you do not, and the amount is inaccurate, we will return the check and delay your search**
Public Records Area
The Wood County Probate Court maintains a Public Records Area for easy access and viewing of our documents. The area includes a paper and electronic docket to search for cases, a public computer terminal, a microfilm reader and printer, accessible staff to answer questions, as well as tables and chairs to comfortably perform your search. Researchers and other interested parties are welcome to visit us.