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Muskingum County, Ohio Facts

Muskingum County

When was Muskingum County, OH Created?
Muskingum County was created on March 1, 1803 from Fairfield County and Washington County. This county was named for the Native American word meaning "A town by the river" or a Native American word meaning "by the river side" .

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

What counties are adjacent to Muskingum County, OH?
Bordering Counties are Coshocton County (north), Guernsey County (east), Noble County (southeast), Morgan County (south), Perry County (southwest), Licking County (west) .

Muskingum County Townships Map

What cities and towns are in Muskingum County, OH?
Cities and towns located in the County include Zanesville, Adamsville, Dresden, Frazeysburg, Fultonham, Gratiot, New Concord, Norwich, Philo, Roseville, South Zanesville. Other communities include Adams Mills, Blue Rock, Chandlersville, Duncan Falls, East Fultonham, Hopewell, Nashport, Trinway, White Cottage, North Zanesville, Pleasant Grove.

What townships are in Muskingum County, OH?
Townships located in the County include Adams, Blue Rock, Brush Creek, Cass, Clay, Falls, Harrison, Highland, Hopewell, Jackson, Jefferson, Licking, Madison, Meigs, Monroe, Muskingum, Newton, Perry, Rich Hill, Salem, Salt Creek, Springfield, Union, Washington, Wayne.

Muskingum County, OH Vital Records

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

Muskingum County, OH Census Records

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

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

Muskingum County, OH Courthouse and Government Records

Muskingum County Courthouse

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

  • Muskingum County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: 401 Main St., Zanesville 43702-0000
    • Phone: (740) 455-7100
  • Muskingum 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) 455-7113
    • Marriage Records: 1804 
    • Probate Records: 1804
  • Muskingum County Recorder has the duty of keeping specific records which may include: deeds, mortgages, military discharges, plats, etc.
    • Phone: (740) 455-7107
    • Land Records: 1800
  • Muskingum 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: 740-455-7104
    • Court Records: 1804
  •  Ohio, Wills and Probate Records, 1786-1998
  • BLM Land Records
  • Muskingum County USGenWeb Archives Project

Muskingum County, OH Societies and Family History Resources

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

  • Muskingum County Chapter, OGS, PO Box 2427, Zanesville, OH 43702; Muskingum County Chapter, OGS meets the third Thursday of the month (except December) at 6:00pm at the John McIntire Library, 220 N. Fifth St., Zanesville.
  • Lower Muskingum Historical Society, PO Box 525, Beverly, OH 45715; Phone: (740) 984-4250; The Lower Muskingum Historical Society's collection includes spinning wheels, dolls, organs, and the contents of a doctor's office. The property includes an original 1800s Log Cabin and a new barn with farm equipment, tools, a forge, and an anvil.
  • Pioneer & Historical Society of Muskingum Cty, 115 Jefferson St, Zanesville, OH 43701-4940; Phone: (740) 454-9500; The Pioneer & Historical Society of Muskingum County has a collection of local artifacts, including early documents, clothing, fine art, furniture, locally made glass and pottery, and everyday objects used by area pioneer settlers. The Stone Academy contains exhibits on abolition, the Underground Railroad and actress-author Elizabeth Robins.
  • 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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