Pike County, Ohio Genealogy

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


Pike County, Ohio
Boundary map of Pike County, Ohio
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Pike County, Ohio Courthouse.jpg
Address Pike County Courthouse
100 E. 2nd
Waverly, Ohio 45690-1301
Pike County Website

Historical Facts

Beginning dates for major county records

*For earlier dates, try... Church | Obituaries | Cemeteries
  • Parent Counties: Formed from Adams, Ross, and Scioto Counties 4 January 1815.[1]
  • County Seat: Waverly


The county was named for Zebulon Pike, explorer and soldier killed in the War of 1812. It's county seat is Waverly and was founded February 1, 1815. It is located in the South-Central area of the state.[2]

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: [3]

Unincorporated communities
Census-designated places

Neighboring Counties

Ross County  • Jackson County  • Scioto County  • Adams County  • Highland County

Boundary Changes

For animated maps illustrating Ohio county boundary changes, "Rotating Formation Ohio County Boundary Maps" (1788-1940) 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


Ohio OHGenWeb Tombstone Photos

Ohio Gravestones

See Ohio Cemeteries for more information.

Census and Directories

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.

Court Records

  • Many Court Records for Pike County have been microfilmed or abstracted. Some of those copies are available at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City. For a listing of their holdings, see topic details.
  • Many Guardianship Records for Pike County have been microfilmed or abstracted. Some of those copies are available at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City. For a listing of their holdings, see topic details.

Emigration and Immigration

Ethnic, Political, or Religious Groups

Funeral Homes




Local histories are available for Pike 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
  • McCormick, Mrs. Harold, History of Pike County, (Waverly, Ohio: The Commissioners of Pike County, 1960). FHL film 213048 Item 1
  • Howe, Henry, History Articles About Pike County, Ohio, from the Historical Collections of Ohio, (Cincinnati, Ohio: Bradley and Anthony, 1848). FHL book 977.1847 H2h

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 Pike County, Ohio Genealogy Land and Property Records in online catalogs like:


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Civil War
  • Civil War service men from Ross 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 Ross County.
- 1st Regiment, Ohio Heavy Artillery, Company C
- 56th Regiment, Ohio Infantry, Company I
World War I
World War II

Naturalization and Citizenship


Pike 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 Pike 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 Pike 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 Pike County, Ohio Genealogy Probate Records in online catalogs like:

Public Records



Pike County Courthouse
100 E 2nd Street
Waverly, OH 45690
Phone: 740.947.2715

Probate Judge has birth, marriage and probate records;
Clerk Court has divorce and court records from 1815;
County Recorder has land records[5]

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.


Garnet A. Wilson Public Library
207 North Market Street
Waverly, Ohio 45690
Telephone: 740-947-4921


Pike County Genealogy and Historical Society
PO Box 224
Waverly, Ohio 45690

The Ohio Genealogical Society
611 State Route 97 West
Bellvile, Ohio 44813-8813

Online Genealogy Research Groups



Finding More Tax Records

Additional tax records can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Pike 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 Pike 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 Pike County, Ohio Genealogy Probate Court with divorce records located with the Pike 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 Pike County, Ohio Genealogy Vital Records in online catalogs like:

Original Death Records on Microfilm




  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, “Pike County, Ohio Genealogy and History”, http://genealogytrails.com/ohio/pike/ accessed 2/22/2017.
  3. Wikipedia contributors, "Pike County, Ohio," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pike_County,_Ohio, accessed 9 January 2019.
  4. Carol Willsey Bell, Ohio Wills and Estates to 1850: An Index (Columbus, Ohio: the author, 1981). FamilySearch Books Online - Free online copy.
  5. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Pike County, Ohio. Page 545 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.