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Guernsey County, Ohio
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Guernsey County, Ohio Facts

Guernsey County

When was Guernsey County, OH Created?
Guernsey County was created on March 1, 1810 from Belmont County and Muskingum County. This county was named for the Island of Guernsey, from where most of the settlers originated .

What is the County Seat of Guernsey County, OH?
The County Seat is located in Cambridge also, the county government website is .

What counties are adjacent to Guernsey County, OH?
Bordering Counties are Tuscarawas County (north), Harrison County (northeast), Belmont County (east), Noble County (south), Muskingum County (west), Coshocton County (northwest).

Guernsey County Townships Map

What cities and towns are in Guernsey County, OH?
Cities and towns located in the County include Cambridge, Byesville, Cumberland, Fairview, Kimbolton, Lore City, Old Washington, Pleasant City, Quaker City, Salesville, Senecaville. Other communities include Buffalo, Derwent, Kipling .

What townships are in Guernsey County, OH?
Townships located in the County include Adams, Cambridge, Center, Jackson, Jefferson, Knox, Liberty, Londonderry, Madison, Millwood, Monroe, Oxford, Richland, Spencer, Valley, Washington, Westland, Wheeling, Wills.

Guernsey County, OH Vital Records

Where can find Guernsey County Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
Guernsey 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 Guernsey 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 Guernsey 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.

Guernsey County, OH Census Records

What Guernsey County, OH census records are available?
There are many types of census records for Guernsey 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.

Guernsey Co. Mortality Schedules can be found for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Guernsey Co. Industry and Agriculture can be obtained for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Guernsey 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

Guernsey County, OH Courthouse and Government Records

Guernsey County Courthouse

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

  • Guernsey County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: 801 E. Wheeling Ave., Cambridge 43725-0000
    • Phone: (740) 432-9200
  • Guernsey 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
    • Phone: 740-432-9262
    • Marriage Records: 1810 
    • Probate Records: 1812
  • Guernsey County Recorder has the duty of keeping specific records which may include: deeds, mortgages, military discharges, plats, etc.
    • Address: 627 Wheeling Ave Ste 305, Cambridge, OH 43725
    • Phone: 740-432-9275
    • Land Records: 1802
  • Guernsey 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.
    • Phone: (740) 432-9252
    • Court Records: 1810
  •  Ohio, Wills and Probate Records, 1786-1998
  • BLM Land Records
  • Guernsey County USGenWeb Archives Project

Guernsey County, OH Societies and Family History Resources

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

  • Guernsey County Chapter, OGS, P.O. Box 661, 125 N. 7th St., Cambridge, OH 43725-0661, Guernsey County Chapter, OGS meets at the Guernsey County Genealogical Society Office at 7:00pm on the first Monday of each month. This OGS Chapter operates a resource group that maintains lineage information named the "First Families of Guernsey County by 1830" and pioneer families by 1850.
  • Byesville Historical Society, 236 E Main Ave, Byesville, OH 43723-1208; Phone: (740) 685-2812; The Byesville Historical Society's Museum is located on the first floor of the circa 1900 Old Bank Building. The Society collects and preserves materials and landmarks in order to arouse interest in the historical records of the founding and development of the Village of Byesville.
  • Guernsey County Historical Society, PO Box 741, Cambridge, OH 43725-0741; Phone: (740) 439-5884; The 160-year-old, 15-room museum, former home of the William McFarland family, contains county families' memorabilia and features a Victorian parlor, dining room and kitchen, the Guernsey County Hall of Fame, and a military room and farm rooms. Cal Rice, curator, does a drama portrayal of "Fighting Bill Reed" who fought in Perry's Victory, The Battle of Lake Erie, War of 1812, following group tours.
  • 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

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What other genealogical resources are available in Guernsey County, OH?
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