Tuscarawas County, Ohio Genealogy

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

County Facts
County seat: New Philadelphia
Organized: March 15, 1808[1]
Parent County(s): Muskingum[2]
Neighboring Counties
Stark  • Carroll  • Harrison  • Guernsey  • Coshocton  • Holmes
See County Maps
Tuscarawas County, Ohio Courthouse.jpg
Location Map
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County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The county was named is a Delaware Indian word variously translated as "old town" or "open mouth". [3] It is located in the East-central area of the state.[4]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Tuscarawas County Courthouse
101 E High Ave
Public Square
New Philadelphia, OH 44663
Phone: 330-364-8811
Tuscarawas County Website

Probate Judge has birth, marriage, death and probate records;
Clerk Court has divorce and court records from 1808 and naturalization records from 1907;
County Recorder has land records[5]

Tuscarawas 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[6]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1867 1808 1867 1808 1809 1809 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]

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]

Unincorporated communities
Census-designated places
Ghost towns

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]

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

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries of Tuscarawas 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 3,045
1820 8,328 173.5%
1830 14,298 71.7%
1840 25,631 79.3%
1850 31,761 23.9%
1860 32,463 2.2%
1870 33,840 4.2%
1880 40,198 18.8%
1890 46,618 16.0%
1900 53,751 15.3%
1910 57,035 6.1%
1920 63,578 11.5%
1930 68,193 7.3%
1940 68,816 0.9%
1950 70,320 2.2%
1960 76,789 9.2%
1970 77,211 0.5%
1980 84,614 9.6%
1990 84,090 −0.6%
2000 90,914 8.1%
2010 92,582 1.8%
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.
List of Churches and Church Parishes

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.

Maps and Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

Holmes CountyStark CountyCarroll CountyCoshocton CountyGuernsey CountyHarrison CountyOH TUSCARAWAS.PNG
Click a neighboring county
for more resources

Migration[edit | edit source]

Military Records[edit | edit source]

Civil War
Service men from Tuscarawas 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 Tuscarawas County.

- 4th Regiment, Ohio Infantry (3 months, 1861), Company F (also known as Canton Zouaves) with 16 men from Tuscarawas County.
- 98th Regiment, Ohio Infantry, Company K
- 104th Regiment, Ohio Infantry, Company E
- 107th Regiment, Ohio Infantry, Company I

World War I

Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

Online Naturalization Indexes and Records

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

Tuscarawas 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.

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 Tuscarawas 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 Indexes and 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.

Online Tax Indexes and Records

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 Tuscarawas County. For state-wide archival repositories, see Ohio Archives and Libraries.

Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

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Local Centers and Affiliate Libraries

Libraries[edit | edit source]

Listed below are libraries in Tuscarawas County. For state-wide library facilities, see Ohio Archives and Libraries.

Tuscarawas County Public Library System
Main Library
121 Fair Ave NW
New Philadelphia, OH 44663

Claymont Public Library
215 E Third St
Uhrichsville, OH 44683

Dover Public Library
525 N Walnut St
Dover, OH 44622-2851

Gnadenhutten Public Library
160 N Walnut St
PO Box 216
Gnadenhutten, OH 44629-0216

Newcomerstown Public Library
123 E Main St
Newcomerstown, OH 43832-1093

Museums[edit | edit source]

Reeves Victorian Home & Carriage House Museum
325 E Iron Ave
Dover, OH 44622
330-343-7040 or 800-815-2794

Schoenbrunn Village
1984 E High Ave
New Philadelphia, OH 44663
800-752-2711 or 740-9226776

Societies[edit | edit source]

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

Tuscarawas County Genealogical Society
307 Center St
Dennison, OH 44621

The Ragersville Historical Society, Inc.
8800 Crooked Run Rd
Sugarcreek, OH 44681

Tuscarawas County Historical Society
PO Box 462
​New Philadelphia, OH 44663
330-308-7494 or 330-339-3391 ext. 47494

Dover Historical Society
325 E Iron Ave
Dover, OH 44622-2105

Websites[edit | edit source]

Research Guides[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Ohio Historical Boundary Changes - list of all boundary changes by county provided by Newberry Library
  2. Ohio Historical Boundary Changes - list of all boundary changes by county provided by Newberry Library
  3. Wikipedia contributors, "Tuscarawas County," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tuscarawas_County,_Ohio accessed 2/27/2017.
  4. Genealogy Trails History Group, “Tuscarawas County, Ohio Genealogy and History”, http://genealogytrails.com/ohio/tuscarawas/ accessed 2/27/2017.
  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), Ohio.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  7. Ohio Historical Boundary Changes - list of all boundary changes by county provided by Newberry Library
  8. Wikipedia contributors, "Tuscarawas County, Ohio," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tuscarawas_County,_Ohio, accessed 16 January 2019.