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Scioto County, Ohio Facts

Scioto County

When was Scioto County, OH Created?
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" .

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

What counties are adjacent to Scioto County, OH?
Bordering Counties are Pike County (north), Jackson County (northeast), Lawrence County (east), Greenup County, Kentucky (south), Lewis County, Kentucky (southwest), Adams County (west) .

What cities and towns are in Scioto County, OH?
Cities and towns located in the 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

What townships are in Scioto County, OH?
Townships located in the County include Bloom, Brush Creek, Clay, Green, Harrison, Jefferson, Madison, Morgan, Nile, Porter, Rarden, Rush, Union, Valley, Vernon, Washington.

Scioto County, OH Vital Records

Where can find Scioto County Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
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. The Archives Division has copies of births before 1908, death before 1944 and marriage records before 1949.

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, OH Census Records

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

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. See Also Ohio Census Records Research Guide

Scioto County, OH Courthouse and Government Records

Scioto County Courthouse

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

  • 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
  •  Ohio, Wills and Probate Records, 1786-1998
  • BLM Land Records
  • Scioto County USGenWeb Archives Project

Scioto County, OH Societies and Family History Resources

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

  • 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.
  • 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 Scioto County, OH Researchers through message boards and forums?

What other genealogical resources are available in Scioto County, OH?
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