Holmes County, Ohio Genealogy

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Guide to Holmes County, Ohio ancestry, family history, and genealogy birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

Holmes County, Ohio
Boundary map of Holmes County, Ohio
Map of the U.S. highlighting Ohio
Location of Ohio in the U.S.
Holmes County, Ohio Courthouse.jpg
Address Holmes County Courthouse
1 East Jackson
Millesburg, Ohio 44654
Holmes County Website

Holmes County, Ohio Record Dates[edit | edit source]

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[1]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1867 1825 1867 1825 1808 1825 1820
Statewide registration for births and deaths started in 1908. General compliance year is unknown.

Description[edit | edit source]

The county was named after Andrew Holmes, an officer killed in the War of 1812. It's county seat is Millersburg and was founded January 20, 1824. It is located in the Mid-central area of the state.[3]

Populated Places[edit | edit source]

For a complete list of populated places, including small neighborhoods and suburbs, visit Hometown Locator. The following are the most historically and genealogically relevant populated places in this county: [4]

Unincorporated communities
Census-designated places

Neighboring Counties[edit | edit source]

Ashland County  • Wayne County  • Stark County  • Tuscarawas County  • Coshocton County  • Knox County

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

For animated maps illustrating Ohio county boundary changes, "Rotating Formation Ohio County Boundary Maps" (1788-1888) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.

Resources[edit | edit source]

Bible Records[edit | edit source]

Biography[edit | edit source]

Business Records and Commerce[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Cemetery records often reveal birth, marriage, death, relationship, military, and religious information.

Online Grave Transcripts Published Grave Transcripts County Cemetery Directories


Family History Library




Names in Stone

USGW Tombstones

Billion Graves

Billion Graves
OHGenWeb Tombstone Photos

Ohio Gravestones

See Ohio Cemeteries for more information.

Census[edit | edit source]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1830 9,135
1840 18,088 98.0%
1850 20,452 13.1%
1860 20,589 0.7%
1870 18,177 −11.7%
1880 20,776 14.3%
1890 21,139 1.7%
1900 19,511 −7.7%
1910 17,909 −8.2%
1920 16,965 −5.3%
1930 16,726 −1.4%
1940 17,876 6.9%
1950 18,760 4.9%
1960 21,591 15.1%
1970 23,024 6.6%
1980 29,416 27.8%
1990 32,849 11.7%
2000 38,943 18.6%
2010 42,366 8.8%
Source: "Wikipedia.org".

Church Records[edit | edit source]

Church records and the information they provide vary significantly depending on the denomination and the record keeper. They may contain information about members of the congregation, such as age, date of baptism, christening, or birth; marriage information and maiden names; and death date. For general information about Ohio denominations, see Ohio Church Records.

Ward and Branch Records of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

  • Nashville

Court Records[edit | edit source]

Emigration and Immigration[edit | edit source]

Ethnic, Political, or Religious Groups[edit | edit source]

Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

Genealogy[edit | edit source]

History[edit | edit source]

Local histories are available for Holmes County, Ohio Genealogy. County histories may include biographies, church, school and government history, and military information. For more information about local histories, see the wiki page section Ohio Local Histories.

Local Histories[edit | edit source]
  • Holmes County Historical Society, Holmes County Historical Sketches: Ohio Bicentennial Edition, 1803-2003, (Holmes County Historical Society, 2002). FHL fiche 6007465; book 977.164 H2ho
  • Holmes County History Book Committee, Holmes County Ohio to 1985, (Salem, West Virginia: Walsworth Pub. Co., 1985). FHL book 977.164 H2hc
  • Egger, Donald, Holmes County, Ohio: Flashes from the Past, (Library Archives of Holmes County, 1963). FHL book 977.1 A1

Land and Property[edit | edit source]

Maps[edit | edit source]

Ashland CountyWayne CountyStark CountyTuscarawas CountyCoshocton CountyKnox CountyOH HOLMES.PNG
Click a neighboring county
for more resources

Military[edit | edit source]

Civil War[edit | edit source]

Civil War service men from Morgan County served in various regiments. Men often joined a company (within a regiment) that originated in their county. Listed below are companies that were specifically formed in Morgan County.

- 102nd Regiment, Ohio Infantry, Companies A and G
- 166th Regiment, Ohio Infantry (National Guard), Companies A, I and K
World War I[edit | edit source]

Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

Holmes County, Ohio Genealogy newspapers may contain genealogical value including obituaries, births, marriages, deaths, anniversaries, family gatherings, family travel, achievements, business notices, engagement information, and probate court proceedings.

To access newspapers, contact public libraries, Ohio Genealogical Society chapters, college or university libraries, the Library of Congress, Google News, or the Ohio Memory. The Ohio Genealogical Society Obituary Database is another source of newspaper information.

For more Ohio newspaper information see the Newspaper Guides on the wiki page Ohio Newspapers and Obituaries.
Online Newspapers
Online Newspaper Abstracts
Newspaper Extracts and Abstracts in Book Form

Obituaries[edit | edit source]

Periodicals[edit | edit source]

Probate[edit | edit source]

From 1797 or the creation of the county, probate records were held by the Court of Common Pleas. After 1852, records are held by the {{{1}}} County Probate Court. Records include wills, estates, guardianships, naturalizations, marriage, adoption, and birth and death records (1867-1908 only). The records may give the decedent's date of death, name of spouse, children, parents, siblings, in-laws, neighbors, associates, relatives, and their place of residence.

See Ohio Probate Records for information about how to use probate records.

Probate Records: Civil, Criminal, Guardianships, Probate and Wills

  • Holmes Co.- OHGenWeb
  • Select Court Indexes. There are five choices to browse: Civil, Criminal, Guardianship, Probate and Wills
  • For any Civil, Criminal or Guardianship record, as of this writing, the record must be pulled locally at the Genealogy Department of the Holmes County Library
  • For Probate and wills, you can log the information from the index and go to FamilySearch to obtain the actual record:
  • FamilySearch wiki – search ‘Holmes County’
  • Select ‘Ohio Probate Records, 1789-1996’ [1]
  • Identify the category that your document is in, for example if you want will #1200, then select ‘Wills 1895-1910, no 940-1339’

Online Probate Records

Finding More Probate Records[edit source]

Additional probate records can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Holmes County, Ohio Genealogy Probate Records in online catalogs like:

Public Records[edit | edit source]

Repositories[edit | edit source]

Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Holmes County Courthouse
1 East Jackson Street
Millersburg, OH 44654
Phone: 330.674.0286 

Probate Court has birth and death records 1867-1982,
marriage and probate records from 1825 and naturalization
records; Clerk Circuit has divorce and court records;
County Recorder has land and military records; County
Library has burial and census records[5]

Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance, free access to center-only databases, and to premium genealogical websites.
FamilySearch Affiliate Libraries have access to most center-only databases, but may not always have full services normally provided by a family history center.

Local Centers and Affiliate Libraries

For additional nearby Family History Centers, search online in the FHC directory. Put your town name in the top search box.

Libraries[edit | edit source]
Museums[edit | edit source]
Societies[edit | edit source]
Online Genealogy Research Groups[edit | edit source]

Taxation[edit | edit source]

Finding More Tax Records

Additional tax records can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Holmes County, Ohio Genealogy Tax Records in online catalogs like:

Vital Records[edit | edit source]

Vital records consist of birth, death, marriage and divorce records. Marriages were usually recorded from the formation of the county and are held at the office of the County Probate Court. Divorce records are located with the county Clerk of Courts.

Any existing birth and death records from 1867 through December 19, 1908 are located at the County Probate Court. The Ohio Department of Health has birth records filed after December 20, 1908 and death records filed after January 1, 1954, while the Ohio History Connection houses death records from December 20, 1908 through December 31, 1953.

Birth[edit | edit source]

Online Birth Indexes and Records

Original Birth Records on Microfilm

Marriage[edit | edit source]

Online Marriage Indexes and Records

Original Marriage Records on Microfilm

Death[edit | edit source]

Online Death Indexes and Records

Finding More Vital Records

Additional vital records can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Holmes County, Ohio Genealogy Vital Records in online catalogs like:

Original Death Records on Microfilm

Divorce[edit | edit source]

Websites[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Holmes County, Ohio. Page 540-547 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002; Alice Eichholz, ed. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, Third ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004), 531-533.
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), [FHL book 973 D27e 2002].
  3. Genealogy Trails History Group, “Holmes County, Ohio Genealogy and History”, http://genealogytrails.com/ohio/holmes/ accessed 2/17/2017.
  4. Wikipedia contributors, "Holmes County, Ohio," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Holmes_County,_Ohio, accessed 17 December 2018.
  5. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Holmes County, Ohio. Page 543 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.