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

County Facts
County seat: Athens
Organized: March 1, 1805[1]
Parent County(s): Washington[2]
Neighboring Counties
Washington  • Morgan  • Perry  • Hocking  • Vinton  • Meigs  • Wood (WV)
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Courthouse
Athens County, Ohio Courthouse.jpg
Location Map
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Adoption

County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The county was named for Athens, Greece. It is located in the South Central area of the state.[3]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Athens County Courthouse
1 South Court Street
Athens, Ohio 45701
Phone: 740-592-3242
Athens County Website

Probate Judge has birth, marriage and probate records.
Court Clerk has divorce and court records from 1800.
County Recorder has land records.[4]

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

Information for this chart was taken from various sources, often containing conflicting dates. This information should be taken as a guide and should be verified by contacting the county and/or the state government agency.

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[5]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1867 1817 1867 1800 1792 1800 1820
Statewide registration for births and deaths started in 1908. General compliance year is unknown.

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

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

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

Populated Places[edit | edit source]

Populated Places
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:[8]

Cities
Villages
Unincorporated communities
Census-designated places
Townships


History Timeline[edit | edit source]

Resources[edit | edit source]

Bible Records[edit | edit source]

For an extensive list of resources for Bible Records see Ohio Bible Records.

Biographies[edit | edit source]

  • Hildreth, Samuel P., Biographical and historical memoirs of the early pioneer settlers of Ohio: with narratives of incidents and occurrences in 1775 (Cincinnati: H.W. Derby, 1852) Digital version at Internet Archives; FamilySearch Digital Library

Business, Commerce, and Occupations[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries of Athens County, Ohio online and in print
Tombstone Transcriptions Online
Tombstone Transcriptions in Print (Often more complete)
List of Cemeteries in the County
See Ohio Cemeteries for more information.

 

Census Records[edit | edit source]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1810 2,791
1820 6,338 127.1%
1830 9,787 54.4%
1840 19,109 95.2%
1850 18,215 −4.7%
1860 21,364 17.3%
1870 23,768 11.3%
1880 28,411 19.5%
1890 35,194 23.9%
1900 38,730 10.0%
1910 47,798 23.4%
1920 50,430 5.5%
1930 44,175 −12.4%
1940 46,166 4.5%
1950 45,839 −0.7%
1960 46,998 2.5%
1970 54,889 16.8%
1980 56,399 2.8%
1990 59,549 5.6%
2000 62,223 4.5%
2010 64,757 4.1%
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.

Court Records[edit | edit source]

Directories[edit | edit source]

Emigration and Immigration[edit | edit source]

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

Funeral Homes[edit | edit source]

Genealogies[edit | edit source]

Guardianship[edit | edit source]

Land and Property Records[edit | edit source]

Land and property records can place an ancestor in a particular location, provide economic information, and reveal family relationships. Land records include: deeds, abstracts and indexes, mortgages, leases, grants and land patents.

See Ohio Land and Property for additional information about early Ohio land grants. After land was transferred to private ownership, subsequent transactions were usually recorded at the county courthouse and where records are currently housed.

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Local histories are available for this county. County histories may include biographies, church, school and government history, and military information. For more information about local histories, see Ohio Local Histories.

  • Walker, Charles Manning, History of Athens County, Ohio and incidentally, of the Ohio Land Company and the first settlement of the state at Marietta, with personal and biographical sketches of the early settlers, narratives and pioneer adventures, etc (Cincinnati: R. Clarke Co., 1869) Digital version at: FamilySearch Digital Library; Google Books; Internet Archives

Maps and Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

Perry CountyMorgan CountyWashington CountyMeigs CountyVinton CountyHocking CountyWood CountyOH ATHENS.PNG
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Migration[edit | edit source]

Military Records[edit | edit source]

Revolutionary War

Civil War
Servicemen from Athens 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 Athens County.

-36th Regiment, Ohio Infantry, Companies B and C
-116th Regiment, Ohio Infantry, Companies I and K

War with Spain

World War I

World War II

Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

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

For more Ohio newspaper information see Ohio Newspapers and Obituaries.

Obituaries[edit | edit source]

Other Records[edit | edit source]

Periodicals[edit | edit source]

Probate Records[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 Athens 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.

Online Probate Records

School Records[edit | edit source]

Social Security Records[edit | edit source]


Tax Records[edit | edit source]

Ohio tax records complement land records and can be used in place of censuses before 1820 or to supplement the years between censuses. Because only persons who owned taxable property were listed, many residents were not included in tax lists. There may also be gaps of several years in the tax records of some counties.

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]

Marriage[edit | edit source]

Death[edit | edit source]

Divorce[edit | edit source]

Research Facilities[edit | edit source]

Archives[edit | edit source]

Listed below are archives in Athens County. For state-wide archival repositories, see Ohio Archives and Libraries.

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 Libraries

Libraries[edit | edit source]

Listed below are libraries in Athens County. For state-wide library facilities, see Ohio Archives and Libraries.
Ohio University Alden Library
30 Park Place
Athens, OH 45701
740-593-2710
Website

Athens County Public Library (Main Branch)
95 W Washington
Nelsonville, OH 45764-3543
740-753-2118
E-mail:nelpl@myacpl.org
Website

Museums[edit | edit source]

Southeast Ohio History Center
24 W State Street
Athens, Ohio 45701
740-592-2280
Website

Societies[edit | edit source]

Listed below are societies in Athens County. For state-wide genealogical societies, see Ohio Societies.

Athens County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society
24 W. State Street
Athens, Ohio 45701
740 592-2280
Website

Websites[edit | edit source]

Research Guides[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. http://genealogytrails.com/ohio/athens/ accessed 2/14/2017
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Athens 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.
  3. http://genealogytrails.com/ohio/athens/ accessed 2/14/2017
  4. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Ohio.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  5. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Ohio.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  6. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Athens 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.
  7. http://genealogytrails.com/ohio/athens/ accessed 2/14/2017
  8. Wikipedia contributors, "Athens County, Ohio," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Athens_County,_Ohio, accessed 31 October 2018.