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


Licking County, Ohio
Boundary map of Licking County, Ohio
Map of the U.S. highlighting Ohio
Location of Ohio in the U.S.
Licking County, Ohio Courthouse.jpg
Address Licking County Courthouse
Courthouse Square
Newark, Ohio 43055
Licking County Website

Historical Facts

Beginning dates for major county records
*For earlier dates, try... Church | Obituaries | Cemeteries
  • Parent Counties: Formed from Fairfield County 30 January 1808.[1]
  • County Seat: Newark


The county was named after the salt licks in the area. It's county seat is Newark and was founded March 1, 1808. It is located in the Mid-central area of the state.[2]

Neighboring Counties

Delaware County  • Franklin County  • Fairfield County  • Perry County  • Muskingum 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 website.

Record Loss

1875 A courthouse fire on 2 April destroyed or damaged records. Records in the Recorder’s, Sheriff’s, Auditor's and Treasurer’s offices were saved. [3] The marriage records between 1829-1839 [4]were possibly completely lost in the fire. Some estate records also were burned in the fire. There are gaps in records for this county.[5]

For suggestions about research in places that suffered historic record losses, see:


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.

Green-Beard Cemetery


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.

Finding More Church Records

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

Court Records

Harold Henderson composed a blog post describing his recent research at the courthouse in Licking County, Ohio. Many records were burned in a fire in 1875. Here is the link to his blog post titled Not Everything Burned -- Partitions and Mortgages in Licking County, Ohio.


Emigration and Immigration

Ethnic, Political, or Religious Groups




Local histories are available for Licking 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
  • A Bicentennial History of Licking County, Ohio: 1808-2008, (Licking County Bicentennial Commission, 2008). FHL book 977.154 H2f

Land and Property

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




Revolutionary War
- Revolutionary War Veterans of Licking County, Ohio
Civil War

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

- 1st Regiment, Ohio Cavalry, Companies D and F
-113th_Regiment,_Ohio_Infantry, Companies D and F
  • Miller, Charles D. Report of the great re-union of the veteran soldiers and sailors of Ohio held at Newark, July 22, 1878, under the auspices of the Society of the soldiers and sailors of Licking County, Ohio (Ann Arbor, Michigan : University Microfilms International - Books on Demand, 1972), FHL book 977.1 M25m

Naturalization and Citizenship


Licking 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 Licking 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 Licking 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).

Online Probate Records

Finding More Probate Records

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

Public Records



Licking County Courthouse
20 S 2nd Street
Newark, OH 43058
Phone: 740.349.6062 

Probate Judge has birth, marriage and probate records;
County Health Department has death records; Clerk Court
has divorce records from 1876 and court records from 1872;
County recorder has land records[7]

County Archives

Licking County Records and Archives Department
Mailing Address:
20 S. 2nd Street
Newark, OH 43055

Physical Address:
39 S. Buena Vista Street
Newark, OH 43055
Phone: 740.670.5121
Online Records Catalog

The office houses a selection of Licking County Government records dating from 1808 to the present and provides direction to customers researching county records.

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.


Licking County Genealogical Society
101 West Main Street
Newark, OH 43055-5054
Telephone: (740) 349-5510

School Records

Jacksontown Alumni Book 1890-1959. Digitized book which includes the history of the school and numerous class photos.


Finding More Tax Records

Additional tax records can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Licking 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 Licking 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 Licking County, Ohio Genealogy Probate Court with divorce records located with the Licking 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

  • 1789-2013 - Ohio, County Marriages, 1789-2013 at FamilySearch — index and images
  • 1790-1950 - FamilySearch Historical Records For Licking County, the 1808-1951 database is variably extracted; often the Volume and Page number are not given. The "image numbers" given in the extracts refer to the image numbers in the microfilm, not to the image numbers as uploaded to Historical Records. The links to images from search results in the Historical Records for this County are wrong for at least Volumes 7 and 11, but the user can often find the wanted record by going to the next image in sequence. In Volume 7 the images are about 8 MBeach, and in Volume 11 about 5 MB each, so searchers with slow internet connections should be prepared for considerable load time.
  • 1800-1958 - Ohio, Marriages, 1800-1958 at FamilySearch — free; Index.
  • 1800-1942 - Ohio, Marriages, 1800-1942 at FamilySearch — index
  • various years - community contributed marriage records Courtesy OhioGenWeb Archives.

Original Marriage Records on Microfilm


Online Death Indexes and Records

  • 1840-2001 - Ohio, County Death Records, 1840-2001 at FamilySearch — index and images
  • 1908-1953 - Ohio Deaths, 1908-1953 Free name indexes and images at FamilySearch-Historical Records. Records include such information as birth date of deceased, city, county, and state of death, name of spouse if married, names of parents, maiden name of mother, name of informant, if deceased was single, married, widowed or divorced, occupation of deceased and disposition of remains.

Finding More Vital Records

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

Original Death Records on Microfilm




Populated Places


  1. referer=brief_results Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), [FHL book 973 D27e 2002].
  2. Genealogy Trails History Group, “Licking County, Ohio Genealogy and History”, accessed 2/22/2017.
  3. Newark, OH Licking County Courthouse Fire, Apr 1875
  4. res=980DE7D9123EE63BBC4850DFB5668382669FDE ;oref=slogin "A County Court House in Flames"New York Times March 30, 1879 Article.
  5. Licking County Research Article
  6. Carol Willsey Bell, Ohio Wills and Estates to 1850: An Index (Columbus, Ohio: the author, 1981). FamilySearch Books Online - Free online copy.
  7. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Licking County, Ohio. Page 543 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.