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Athens County, Ohio Facts

Athens County

When was Athens County, OH Created?
Athens County was created on March 1, 1805 from Washington County. This county was named for Athens, Greece.

What is the County Seat of Athens County, OH?
The County Seat is located in Athens also, the county government website is www.athenscountygovernment.com/ .

What counties are adjacent to Athens County, OH?
Bordering Counties are Perry County (north), Morgan County (northeast), Washington County (east), Wood County, West Virginia (southeast), Meigs County (south), Vinton County (west), Hocking County (northwest).

Athens County Townships Map

What cities and towns are in Athens County, OH?
Cities and towns located in the County include Athens, Nelsonville, Albany, Amesville, Buchtel, Chauncey, Coolville, Glouster, Jacksonville, Trimble. Other communities include Carbondale, Guysville, Hockingport, Millfield, New Marshfield, Shade, Sharpsburg, Stewart.

What townships are in Athens County, OH?
Townships located in the County include Alexander, Ames, Athens, Bern, Canaan, Carthage, Dover, Lee, Lodi, Rome, Trimble, Troy, Waterloo, York. .


Athens County, OH Vital Records

Where can find Athens County Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
Athens County vital records can be found at the Ohio Department of Health which has Birth Records since Dec 20, 1908; Death Records since since 1954 and copies of Marriage and Divorce Records since 1918 to present There is a fee for each copy requested. Please refer to the information to the Statewide Vital Records in Ohio for current fees and application process.

You can search online for Athens County Birth, Marriage, Divorce or Death Records. You can also Order Electronically Online or can download an application for Ohio Birth Certificate, Marriage Certificate, Divorce Certificate, Death Certificate Application to mail. The Archives Division has copies of births before 1908, death before 1944 and marriage records before 1949.

The Athens County Health Department has Birth & Death Records from 1908-Present. For birth and death records prior to Dec. 20, 1908, contact the Probate Court of this county.


Athens County, OH Census Records

What Athens County, OH census records are available?
There are many types of census records for Athens County guide you in researching your family tree. Federal Population Schedules are available for 1810, 1820, 1830, 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.

Athens Co. Mortality Schedules can be found for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Athens Co. Industry and Agriculture can be obtained for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Athens Co. Union Veterans Schedules is available for 1890. One can find free online and printable census forms to help you with your research. See Also Ohio Census Records Research Guide


Athens County, OH Courthouse and Government Records


Athens County Courthouse

What genealogical records can I find in the Athens County Courthouse?
The below facts shows exactly what death, marriage, birth, property, wills, and court records are typically in Athens County. The years listed below are the first noted records with this county. See Also Ohio Corthouse Records Research Guide

  • Athens County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: Athens 45701-2888
    • Phone: (740) 592-3242
  • Athens County Clerk of Probate Court handles the probating of wills, estate administrations, trusts, guardianships, adoptions, birth corrections, delayed birth registrations and issues marriage licenses. The Probate Court is that the Probate Judge is the ex-officio Clerk of Courts, thus, the Court performs all the duties as its own Clerk of Courts
    • Address: 1 S. Court Street, 4th Floor; Athens, OH 45701
    • Phone: (740)592-3242
    • Marriage Records: 1817 
    • Probate Records: 1800
  • Athens County Recorder has the duty of keeping specific records which may include: deeds, mortgages, military discharges, plats, etc.
    • Address: 15 S. Court Street - Room 236, Athens, Ohio 45701
    • Phone: (740) 592-3228
    • Land Records: 1792
  • Athens County Clerk of Court of Common Pleas is responsible for duties that include filing, docketing, indexing, and preserving all court pleadings for civil, felony criminal and domestic relations cases. Other services provided by the Clerk of Court of Common Pleas are administering oaths, keeping naturalization records, and recording and retention of coroner records.
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    • Court Records: 1807
  • Athens Co. Land Records
  • Athens Co. Court Records
  • Athens Co. Wills
  • BLM Land Records
  • Athens County USGenWeb Archives Project

Athens County, OH Societies and Family History Resources

What genealogical and historical societies, archives, museums, associations and libraries are available for Athens County, OH?
A list of Athens County Historical  and Genealogical Societies, Libraries, Archives. See also list of Statewide Ohio Archives, Historical & Genealogical Societies.

  • Athens County Chapter, OGS, 65 N. Court St., Athens, OH 45701-2506; meets usually at 65 N. Court St., Athens, OH, on the third Monday of each month. There are no meetings in July and August. Dates and sites of meeting change at times. Operating as a division of the Athens County Historical Society and Museum, the Chapter collects Bible records, generation charts, and family histories. It maintains a research library and provides limited research assistance. Additionally it sponsors both the First Families of Athens County and the newly organized Pioneers of Athens County.
  • Athens County Historical Society & Museum, 65 N Court St, Athens, OH 45701-2506; Phone: (740) 592-2280; The Athens County Historical Society & Museum collects, preserves, and exhibits interactively the material culture found in the histroy of Athens County and its citizens. ACHS&M also provides local history programming and genealogy research assistance.
  • Robert E. & Jean R. Mahn Center for Archives & Special Collections at Ohio University, Alden Library, 30 Park Place, Athens, OH 45701-2978; Phone: (740) 593-2710
  • Shade-Lodi History and Genealogy Association, 14611 Ruth Rd, Athens, OH 45701-9088; Phone: (740) 696-0070
  • Western estern Washington County Historical Society, 17050 Murphy Rd, Amesville, OH 45711-3907
  • Ohio Historical Society, Archives-Library Division,  1982 Velma Avenue, Columbus, OH 43211; Telephone: 614-297-2300
  • Ohio Genealogical Society, 713 South Main Street, Mansfield OH 44907-1644

Where can I connect with other Athens County, OH Researchers through message boards and forums?

What other genealogical resources are available in Athens County, OH?
The following are web links to Genealogy, Records and Resources pertaining to Athens County.

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Athens Co. OH Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Athens Co. OH Military Records

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