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
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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

Historical Facts

Beginning dates for major county records
*For earlier dates, try... Church | Obituaries | Cemeteries


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.[2]

Neighboring Counties

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

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Boundary Changes

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

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


Bible Records


Business Records and Commerce


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.


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, view the Ohio Church Records wiki page.

LDS Ward and Branch Records

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Finding More Church Records

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

Court Records

Emigration and Immigration

Ethnic, Political, or Religious Groups




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
  • 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

Finding More Land Records

Additional land records can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Holmes County, Ohio Genealogy Land and Property Records in online catalogs like:




  • 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

Naturalization and Citizenship


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 Historical Society. 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.
Online Newspapers
Online Newspaper Abstracts
Newspaper Extracts and Abstracts in Book Form




Probate records created after 1852 are held by the Holmes County, Ohio Genealogy Probate Court. From 1797 or the creation of the county, probate records were held by the Court of Common Pleas. Most counties transferred all records to the Probate Court, but in some circumstances, Court of Common Pleas records should be searched for records prior to 1852. Most records are housed at the Holmes County, Ohio Genealogy Courthouse. Some records are on microfilm at the Ohio Genealogical Society and the Family History Library. For more complete information about the location of county probate records see:

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

Content: Probate Records may give the decedent's date of death, names of his or her spouse, children, parents, siblings, in-laws, neighbors, associates, relatives, and their place of residence.

Record types: Wills, estates, guardianships, naturalizations, marriage, adoption, and birth and death records (1867-1908 only).

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

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

Public Records



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[4]

Family History Centers

Family history centers provide one-on-one assistance and free access to premium genealogical websites. In addition, many centers have free how-to genealogy classes. See family history center for more information. Search the online FHC directory for a nearby family history center.

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



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

Vital records consist of birth, death, marriage and divorce records. Although Ohio enacted a statute in 1856 -1857 requiring registration of births, deaths and marriages, many counties did not comply. A second law was written in 1867 but, again, was not always followed. By 1908, the law was more clearly defined and kept. Any existing birth and death records from 1867 through December 19, 1908 are located at the Holmes County, Ohio Genealogy 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 Historical Society houses death records from December 20, 1908 through December 31, 1953.

Original marriage records are held at the office of the Holmes County, Ohio Genealogy Probate Court with divorce records located with the Holmes County, Ohio Genealogy Clerk of Courts.

See also How to order Ohio Vital Records or order vital records electronically online.


Online Birth Indexes and Records
Original Birth Records on Microfilm


Online Marriage Indexes and Records

Original Marriage Records on Microfilm


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




Populated Places


  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), [FHL book 973 D27e 2002].
  2. Genealogy Trails History Group, “Holmes County, Ohio Genealogy and History”, http://genealogytrails.com/ohio/holmes/ accessed 2/17/2017.
  3. Carol Willsey Bell, Ohio Wills and Estates to 1850: An Index (Columbus, Ohio: the author, 1981). FamilySearch Books Online - Free online copy.
  4. 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.