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Holmes County, Ohio
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Holmes County, Ohio Facts

When was Holmes County, OH Created?
Holmes County was created on January 20, 1824 from Wayne CountyCoshocton County and Tuscarawas County (Organized in 1825). This county was named for Major Andrew Holmes (d. 1814), a War of 1812 officer .

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

What counties are adjacent to Holmes County, OH?
Bordering Counties are Wayne CountyStark County ( northeast), Tuscarawas CountyCoshocton CountyKnox CountyAshland County.

Holmes County, OH Vital Records

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

Holmes County, OH Census Records

What Holmes County, OH census records are available?
There are many types of census records for Holmes County guide you in researching your family tree. Federal Population Schedules are available for 183018401850186018701880 (free index)1890 (fragment)19001910192019301940.

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

Holmes County, OH Courthouse and Government Records

Holmes County Courthouse

What genealogical records can I find in the Holmes County Courthouse?
Researchers frequently overlook the great importance of Holmes 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 Holmes 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.

Holmes County, OH Societies and Family History Resources

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

  • Holmes County Chapter, OGS, PO Box 136, Millersburg, OH 44654-0136; Holmes County Chapter, OGS meets at the Holmes County Library in Millersburg on the fourth Thursday of each month at 7:30pm. This OGS Chapter helps people researching their ancestors through consultation and with a newsletter that is rated as one of the top in the nation. In the last several years the group has considerably augmented the library’s genealogical collection and has purchased a microfiche reader to aid researchers.
  • County Line Historical Society of Wayne-Holmes County, 281 North Market St., Shreve, OH 44676-0614; Phone: 330-567-0071; The County Line Historical Society has a small but interesting collection of historical documents and items in their office and showrooms in the back of the Shreve Townhouse. They hold open houses starting in May through October on the second Saturday of the month from noon to 3 pm.
  • Holmes County Historical Society, PO Box 126, Millersburg, OH 44654-0126; Phone: (330) 674-0022; The Holmes County Historical Society has restored a 28-room Queen Anne Victorian House, filled with period antiques, Holmes County History, artifacts, and pioneer tools.
  • Killbuck Valley Historical Society, PO Box 142, Killbuck, OH 44637-0142; Phone: (330) 377-4572; The Killbuck Valley Historical Society supports programs designed for teaching the natural and human history of the Killbuck Valley area with an emphasis on geology, paleontology, and archaeology. The Museum’s exhibits focus on zoology and local history, and a committee of teachers coordinates the Society’s educational programs.
  • Winesburg Historical Society, PO Box 14, Winesburg, OH 44690-0014; Phone: (419) 935-3765; The Winesburg Historical Society maintains the 1830 Marker Log House and is currently working on the 1876 Peters School House, dismantled and moved to its present site.
  • 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 Holmes County, OH Researchers through message boards and forums?

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

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Holmes Co. OH Military Records