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Monroe County, Ohio

Monroe County

Monroe County was created on January 29, 1813 from Belmont County (Organized in 1815). This county was named for James Monroe (1758-1831), Secretary of State when the county was organized and future U.S. President .

The Monroe County Seat is located in Woodsfield also, the county government website is .

Areas bordering to Monroe County are Belmont County (north), Marshall County, West Virginia (northeast), Wetzel County, West Virginia (east), Tyler County, West Virginia (southeast), Washington County (south), Noble County (west) .

Cities and towns located in Monroe County include Antioch, Beallsville, Clarington, Graysville, Jerusalem, Lewisville, Miltonsburg, Stafford, Wilson, Woodsfield. Other communities include Cameron, Hannibal, Laings, Malaga, Rinard Mills, Sardis, Sycamore Valley.

Monroe County Townships Map

Monroe County Townships include Adams, Benton, Bethel, Center, Franklin, Green, Jackson, Lee, Malaga, Ohio, Perry, Salem, Seneca, Summit, Sunsbury, Switzerland, Washington, Wayne.

Monroe 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 Monroe 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.

Monroe County consists of Federal Census Schedules to guide in looking into your family tree. Federal Population Schedules can be found for 1820, 1830, 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.

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

Monroe County Societies and Family History Resources

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

  • RAOGK Volunteers for Ohio (
  • Ohio Genealogy Community (
  • Ohio State Genealogy Network (
  • Monroe County Chapter, OGS, PO Box 641, Woodsfield, OH 43793-0641; Phone: (740) 483-1481; Monroe County Chapter, OGS meets the third Sunday of every month (except December) at 2:00pm in the Conference Room of the Monroe County District Library, 96 Home Avenue, Woodsfield, OH. This OGS Chapter promotes and preserves the genealogical heritage of Monroe County. It sponsors speakers on genealogical and local historical subjects at its monthly meetings and maintains a research room at the Monroe County District Library.
  • Monroe County Historical Society, PO Box 538, Woodsfield, OH 43793-0538; Phone: (740) 472-1933; The Monroe County Historical Society maintains the 1850s Parry House as its museum that depicts the lifestyle practiced during the Monroe County oil boom days. The Parry Museum, along with the Dairy Museum and a one-room stone schoolhouse, are located within the Monroe County Park District from which they are leased.
  • Monroe County USGenWeb Archives Project (
  • Monroe County, Ohio Message Boards ( read and post messages about your ancestors in Monroe County
  • Monroe County, Ohio Genealogy Forum ( read and post messages with other genealogy researchers for Monroe County

Monroe County Courthouse and Government Records

Monroe County Courthouse

Genealogist typically fail to notice the benefits of Monroe 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 Monroe 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 Monroe County. The dates indicated listed below are considered the first noted records data for this particular county.

  • Monroe County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: 101 N. Main St., Woodsfield 43793-1097
    • Phone: (740) 472-0873
  • Monroe 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) 472-1654
    • Marriage Records: 1866
    • Probate Records: 1840
  • Monroe County Recorder has the duty of keeping specific records which may include: deeds, mortgages, military discharges, plats, etc.
    • Phone: 740-472-5264
    • Land Records: 1836
  • Monroe 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) 472-0841
    • Court Records: 1818
  • The Monroe 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.

Monroe County Links

The following are web links to Genealogy, Records and Resources pertaining to Monroe 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 Monroe County genealogy or family history related sites.

Monroe Co. OH Books, Newspapers & Publications

Monroe Co. OH Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Monroe Co. OH Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Monroe Co. OH Census Records

Monroe Co. OH Cemeteries & Graveyards

Monroe Co. OH Church & Bible Records

Monroe Co. OH Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Monroe Co. OH General and History Websites

Monroe Co. OH Immigration & Naturalization

Monroe Co. OH Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Monroe Co. OH Military Records

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