Holmes County, Ohio

Holmes County

Holmes County was created on January 20, 1824 from Wayne County, Coshocton County and Tuscarawas County (Organized in 1825). This county was named for Major Andrew Holmes (d. 1814), a War of 1812 officer .

The Holmes County Seat is located in Millersburg also, the county government website is www.co.holmes.oh.us/ .

Areas bordering to Holmes County are Wayne County (north), Stark County ( northeast), Tuscarawas County (east), Coshocton County (south), Knox County (southwest), Ashland County (northwest).

Cities and towns located in Holmes County include Baltic, Glenmont, Holmesville, Killbuck, Loudonville, Millersburg, Nashville. Other communities include Berlin, Big Prairie, Charm, Lakeville, Mount Hope, Walnut Creek, Winesburg .

Holmes County Townships Map

Holmes County Townships include Berlin, Clark, Hardy, Killbuck, Knox, Mechanic, Monroe, Paint, Prairie, Richland, Ripley, Salt Creek, Walnut Creek, Washington.

Holmes 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 Holmes 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.

Holmes County consists of Federal Census Schedules to guide in looking into your family tree. Federal Population Schedules can be found for 1830, 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.

Holmes Co. Mortality Schedules can be found for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Holmes Co. Industry and Agriculture can be obtained for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Holmes Co. Union Veterans Schedules is available for 1890. One can find free online and printable census forms to help you with your research.

Holmes County Societies and Family History Resources

A list of Holmes County Historical  and Genealogical Societies, Forums, Message Boards, Libraries, Archives.

  • Ohio Genealogy Community (plus.google.com)
  • Ohio State Genealogy Network (facebook.com)
  • Holmes County Chapter, OGS, PO Box 136, Millersburg, OH 44654-0136; Holmes County Chapter, OGS meets at the Holmes County Library in Millersburg on the fourth Thursday of each month at 7:30pm. This OGS Chapter helps people researching their ancestors through consultation and with a newsletter that is rated as one of the top in the nation. In the last several years the group has considerably augmented the library's genealogical collection and has purchased a microfiche reader to aid researchers.
  • County Line Historical Society of Wayne-Holmes County, 281 North Market St., Shreve, OH 44676-0614; Phone: 330-567-0071; The County Line Historical Society has a small but interesting collection of historical documents and items in their office and showrooms in the back of the Shreve Townhouse. They hold open houses starting in May through October on the second Saturday of the month from noon to 3 pm.
  • Holmes County Historical Society, PO Box 126, Millersburg, OH 44654-0126; Phone: (330) 674-0022; The Holmes County Historical Society has restored a 28-room Queen Anne Victorian House, filled with period antiques, Holmes County History, artifacts, and pioneer tools.
  • Killbuck Valley Historical Society, PO Box 142, Killbuck, OH 44637-0142; Phone: (330) 377-4572; The Killbuck Valley Historical Society supports programs designed for teaching the natural and human history of the Killbuck Valley area with an emphasis on geology, paleontology, and archaeology. The Museum's exhibits focus on zoology and local history, and a committee of teachers coordinates the Society's educational programs.
  • Winesburg Historical Society, PO Box 14, Winesburg, OH 44690-0014; Phone: (419) 935-3765; The Winesburg Historical Society maintains the 1830 Marker Log House and is currently working on the 1876 Peters School House, dismantled and moved to its present site.
  • Holmes County USGenWeb Archives Project (usgwarchives.net)
  • Holmes County, Ohio Message Boards (boards.ancestry.com) read and post messages about your ancestors in Holmes County
  • Holmes County, Ohio Genealogy Forum (genforum.genealogy.com) read and post messages with other genealogy researchers for Holmes County

Holmes County Courthouse and Government Records


Holmes County Courthouse

Genealogist typically fail to notice the benefits of Holmes County court, probate, and land records as a source of genealogical details. Hidden away in Ohio courthouses and archives just about everywhere are often the hopes and dreams and frustrations of countless Ohio people.

The possibilities are excellent that your potential forefathers have left a comprehensive document of at least quite a few aspects of their lives in the Holmes County court records. Even if your ancestors is not discussed in a Court case, take into consideration all of the other methods which often can have lead to her or him appearing in court records.

Please make sure to call the clerk's department to confirm hours, mailing address, fees and other details prior to visiting or seeking information because of sometimes changing contact details. The Department Offices DO NOT DO RESEARCH. The records are accessible to interested parties, barring private issues. A good number of workers will help people in locating the materials, however it's up to the man or women to do the researching.

The following facts denotes exactly what death, marriage, birth, property, wills, and court records are typically in Holmes County. The dates indicated listed below are considered the first noted records data for this particular county.

  • Holmes County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: 1 E. Jackson St., Millersburg 44654-0000
    • Phone: (330) 674-0286
  • Holmes 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: (330) 674-5881
    • Marriage Records: 1821 
    • Probate Records: 1825
    • Birth / Death Records: 1867-1908
  • Holmes County Recorder has the duty of keeping specific records which may include: deeds, mortgages, military discharges, plats, etc.
    • Address: 75 E. Clinton St. Suite 101, Millersburg, OH 44654
    • Phone: (330) 674-5916
    • Land Records: 1808
  • Holmes 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: (330) 674-5086
    • Court Records: 1825
  • The Holmes 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.

Holmes County Links

The following are web links to Genealogy, Records and Resources pertaining to Holmes County. A lot of these genealogy links fall into 3 categories: Professional Sites, Personal Sites or Organization Sites. Some have free access some have to have a payment. This is just a list which has been compiled or submitted. I do not recommend or promote one genealogy site above another. Feel free to submit your own favorite Holmes County genealogy or family history related sites.

Holmes Co. OH Books, Newspapers & Publications

Holmes Co. OH Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Holmes Co. OH Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Holmes Co. OH Census Records

Holmes Co. OH Cemeteries & Graveyards

Holmes Co. OH Church & Bible Records

Holmes Co. OH Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Holmes Co. OH General and History Websites

Holmes Co. OH Immigration & Naturalization

Holmes Co. OH Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Holmes Co. OH Military Records

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