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Perry County, Ohio Facts

Perry County

When was Perry County, OH Created?
Perry County was created on March 1, 1818 from Fairfield County, Muskingum County and Washington County. This county was named for Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry (1785–1819), a naval officer of the War of 1812.

What is the County Seat of Perry County, OH?
The County Seat is located in New Lexington also, the county government website is .

What counties are adjacent to Perry County, OH?
Bordering Counties are Licking County (north), Muskingum County (northeast), Morgan County (southeast), Athens County (south), Hocking County (southwest), Fairfield County (west) .

Perry County Townships Map

What cities and towns are in Perry County, OH?
Cities and towns located in the County include New Lexington, Corning, Crooksville, Glenford, Hemlock, Junction City, New Straitsville, Rendville, Roseville, Shawnee, Somerset, Thornville. Other communities include Bristol, Milligan, Mount Perry, Moxahala, Rehoboth.

What townships are in Perry County, OH?
Townships located in the County include Bearfield, Clayton, Coal, Harrison, Hopewell, Jackson, Madison, Monday Creek, Monroe, Pike, Pleasant, Reading, Salt Lick, Thorn.

Perry County, OH Vital Records

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

Perry County, OH Census Records

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

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

Perry County, OH Courthouse and Government Records

Perry County Courthouse

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

  • Perry County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: New Lexington 43764-0000
    • Phone: (740) 342-2045
  • Perry 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: 740-342-1493
    • Marriage Records: 1818 
    • Probate Records: 1817
  • Perry County Recorder has the duty of keeping specific records which may include: deeds, mortgages, military discharges, plats, etc.
    • Phone: 740-342-2494
    • Land Records: 1818
  • Perry 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: 740-342-1204
    • Court Records: 1818
  •  Ohio, Wills and Probate Records, 1786-1998
  • BLM Land Records
  • Perry County USGenWeb Archives Project

Perry County, OH Societies and Family History Resources

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

  • Perry County Chapter, OGS, PO Box 275, Junction City, OH 43748-0275; Perry County Chapter, OGS meets on the second Saturday of the month at the Perry County District Library, 117 S. Jackson St., New Lexington, OH at 12:30pm. There is no meeting in December. This OGS Chapter's holdings are housed in the MacGahan Room of the New Lexington Library at 216 Jackson Street in New Lexington. Visitors are welcome during regular library hours. Call (740) 343-4192 for hours of operation.
  • Perry County Historical Society, 105 S Columbus St, PO Box 684, Somerset, OH 43783-0684; Phone: (740) 743-1913; The Perry County Historical Society sponsors informative programs and exhibits, a history contest, and provides assistance with historical projects and research.
  • 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 Perry County, OH Researchers through message boards and forums?

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

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Perry Co. OH Church / Bible Records & Cemeteries / Graveyards

Perry Co. OH Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

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Perry Co. OH Immigration & Naturalization

Perry Co. OH Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Perry Co. OH Military Records

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