Guernsey County, Ohio
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Guernsey County, Ohio Facts
When was Guernsey County, OH Created?
Guernsey County was created on March 1, 1810 from Belmont County and Muskingum County. This county was named for the Island of Guernsey, from where most of the settlers originated .
Guernsey County, OH Vital Records
Where can find Guernsey County Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
Guernsey 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 Guernsey 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.
Guernsey County, OH Census Records
What Guernsey County, OH census records are available?
There are many types of census records for Guernsey 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.
Guernsey Co. Mortality Schedules can be found for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Guernsey Co. Industry and Agriculture can be obtained for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Guernsey 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
Guernsey County, OH Courthouse and Government Records
What genealogical records can I find in the Guernsey County Courthouse?
Researchers frequently overlook the great importance of Guernsey County court, probate, and land records data as a useful resource of ancestry and genealogy information. Buried away in Ohio courthouses and archives everywhere are the ambitions and frustrations of countless Ohio residents. The possibilities are excellent that your forefathers have left a comprehensive document of at least a number of facets of their lives in the Guernsey County court records. Even if your forebears is not referred to in a Court case, contemplate all of the other procedures that could have lead to him or her to appear in court records. See Also Ohio Courthouse Records Research Guide.
- Guernsey County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
- Address: 801 E. Wheeling Ave., Cambridge 43725-0000
- Phone: (740) 432-9200
- Guernsey County Clerk of Probate Court
- Phone: 740-432-9262
- Marriage Records: 1810
- Probate Records: 1812
- Guernsey County Recorder
- Address: 627 Wheeling Ave Ste 305, Cambridge, OH 43725
- Phone: 740-432-9275
- Land Records: 1802
- Guernsey County Clerk of Court of Common Pleas
- Phone: (740) 432-9252
- Court Records: 1810
- Ohio, Wills and Probate Records, 1786-1998
- BLM Land Records
- Guernsey County USGenWeb Archives Project
Guernsey County, OH Societies and Family History Resources
What genealogical and historical societies, archives, museums, associations and libraries are available for Guernsey County, OH?
A list of Guernsey County Historical and Genealogical Societies, Libraries, Archives. See also list of Statewide Ohio Archives, Historical & Genealogical Societies.
- Guernsey County Chapter, OGS, P.O. Box 661, 125 N. 7th St., Cambridge, OH 43725-0661, Guernsey County Chapter, OGS meets at the Guernsey County Genealogical Society Office at 7:00pm on the first Monday of each month. This OGS Chapter operates a resource group that maintains lineage information named the “First Families of Guernsey County by 1830” and pioneer families by 1850.
- Byesville Historical Society, 236 E Main Ave, Byesville, OH 43723-1208; Phone: (740) 685-2812; The Byesville Historical Society’s Museum is located on the first floor of the circa 1900 Old Bank Building. The Society collects and preserves materials and landmarks in order to arouse interest in the historical records of the founding and development of the Village of Byesville.
- Guernsey County Historical Society, PO Box 741, Cambridge, OH 43725-0741; Phone: (740) 439-5884; The 160-year-old, 15-room museum, former home of the William McFarland family, contains county families’ memorabilia and features a Victorian parlor, dining room and kitchen, the Guernsey County Hall of Fame, and a military room and farm rooms. Cal Rice, curator, does a drama portrayal of “Fighting Bill Reed” who fought in Perry’s Victory, The Battle of Lake Erie, War of 1812, following group tours.
- 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 Guernsey County, OH Researchers through message boards and forums?
- Ohio Genealogy Community (plus.google.com)
- Ohio State Genealogy Network (facebook.com)
- Guernsey County, Ohio Message Boards (boards.ancestry.com) read and post messages about your ancestors in Guernsey County
- Guernsey County, Ohio Genealogy Forum (genforum.genealogy.com) read and post messages with other genealogy researchers for Guernsey County
What other genealogical resources are available in Guernsey County, OH?
The following are web links to Genealogy, Records and Resources pertaining to Guernsey County.