Scioto County, Ohio
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Scioto County

Scioto County was created on May 1, 1803 from Adams County. This county was named for the Scioto River; Scioto is a Wyandot word meaning "deer" .

The Scioto County Seat is located in Portsmouth also, the county government website is www.sciotocountyohio.com/ .

Areas bordering to Scioto County are Pike County (north), Jackson County (northeast), Lawrence County (east), Greenup County, Kentucky (south), Lewis County, Kentucky (southwest), Adams County (west) .

Cities and towns located in Scioto County include Portsmouth, New Boston, Otway, Rarden, South Webster. Other communities include Friendship, Haverhill, McDermott, Minford, Scioto Furnace, Stout, Franklin Furnace, Lucasville, Rosemount, Sciotodale, West Portsmouth, Wheelersburg.

Scioto County Townships Map

Scioto County Townships include Bloom, Brush Creek, Clay, Green, Harrison, Jefferson, Madison, Morgan, Nile, Porter, Rarden, Rush, Union, Valley, Vernon, Washington.

Scioto 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 Scioto 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.

Scioto County consists of Federal Census Schedules to guide in looking into your family tree. Federal Population Schedules can be found for 1810, 1820, 1830, 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.

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

Scioto County Societies and Family History Resources

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

  • Ohio Genealogy Community (plus.google.com)
  • Ohio State Genealogy Network (facebook.com)
  • Scioto County Chapter, OGS, PO Box 812, Portsmouth, OH 45662-0812; Scioto County Chapter, OGS meets bimonthly on the second Saturday beginning in February at the Portsmouth Public Library. This OGS Chapter's materials are housed at the Portsmouth Public Library.
  • Scioto County Historical Society, PO Box 1810, Portsmouth, OH 45662-7710; Phone: (740) 810-8453; The 1810 House Museum is a homestead of Aaron and Mary Kinney who settled in Scioto County in 1804, built the first brick home in the area, and raised twelve children there. The house is furnished with items from early area settlers.
  • Lucasville Historical Society, 1332 Saffron Pl, Galloway, OH 43119-9278; Phone: (740) 446-7200; The Lucasville Historical Society is dedicated to the preservation of local history.
  • Scioto County USGenWeb Archives Project (usgwarchives.net)
  • Scioto County, Ohio Message Boards (boards.ancestry.com) read and post messages about your ancestors in Scioto County
  • Scioto County, Ohio Genealogy Forum (genforum.genealogy.com) read and post messages with other genealogy researchers for Scioto County

Scioto County Courthouse and Government Records


Scioto County Courthouse

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

  • Scioto County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: 602 7th St., Portsmouth 45662-3948
    • Phone: (740) 355-8356
  • Scioto 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)355-8290
    • Marriage Records: 1804 
    • Probate Records: 1810
  • Scioto County Recorder has the duty of keeping specific records which may include: deeds, mortgages, military discharges, plats, etc.
    • Phone: 740.355.8304
    • Land Records: 1803
  • Scioto 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: 40-355-8218/8226
    • Court Records: 1809
  • The Scioto 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.

Scioto County Links

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

Scioto Co. OH Books, Newspapers & Publications

Scioto Co. OH Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Scioto Co. OH Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Scioto Co. OH Census Records

Scioto Co. OH Cemeteries & Graveyards

Scioto Co. OH Church & Bible Records

Scioto Co. OH Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Scioto Co. OH General and History Websites

Scioto Co. OH Immigration & Naturalization

Scioto Co. OH Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Scioto Co. OH Military Records

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