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

County Facts
County seat:
Parent County(s): Coshocton, Tuscarawas, Wayne
Neighboring Counties
Ashland  • Wayne  • Stark  • Tuscarawas  • Coshocton  • Knox County
See County Maps
Holmes County, Ohio Courthouse.jpg
Location Map
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.== County Information ==

.=== Description === 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.[1]

.=== County Courthouse ===

Holmes County Courthouse
1 East Jackson
Millesburg, Ohio 44654

Holmes County Website

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[2]

.=== Holmes County, Ohio Record Dates === 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[3]
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.

.=== Record Loss ===

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

.=== Boundary Changes ===

.=== 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: [5]

Unincorporated communities
Census-designated places

.=== History Timeline ===

.== Resources ==

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

.=== Biographies ===

.=== Business, Commerce, and Occupations ===

.=== Cemeteries ===

Cemeteries of Holmes 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 ===

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: "".

.=== Church Records === 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 ===

.=== Directories ===

.=== Emigration and Immigration ===

.=== Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups ===

.=== Funeral Homes ===

.=== Genealogies ===

.=== Guardianship ===

.=== Land and Property Records === 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 === 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.

  • 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

.=== Maps and Gazetteers ===

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

.=== Migration ===

.=== Military Records ===

Civil War
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

.=== Naturalization and Citizenship ===

.=== Newspapers === Holmes 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 ===

.=== Other Records ===

.=== Periodicals ===

.=== Probate Records === 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 Holmes 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

.=== School Records ===

.=== Tax Records === 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 === 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 ====

.==== Marriage ====

.==== Death ====

.==== Divorce ====

.== Research Facilities ==

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

.=== Family History Centers === 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 === Listed below are libraries in Holmes County. For state-wide library facilities, see Ohio Archives and Libraries.

.=== Museums ===

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

.== Websites ==

.== Research Guides ==

.== References ==

  1. Genealogy Trails History Group, “Holmes County, Ohio Genealogy and History”, accessed 2/17/2017.
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Ohio.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Ohio.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  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. Wikipedia contributors, "Holmes County, Ohio," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Ohio, accessed 17 December 2018.