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Guide to '''Athens County, Ohio ancestry, family history, and genealogy''' birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
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=== Historical Facts  ===
 
=== Historical Facts  ===
  
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| bgcolor="#99d6ff" width="100%" colspan="6" | '''*For earlier dates, try...''' '''[[Athens County, Ohio#Church_Records|Church]] &#124; [[Athens County, Ohio#Obituaries|Obituaries]] &#124; [[Athens County, Ohio#Cemeteries|Cemeteries]]'''
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| width="100%" bgcolor="#99d6ff" colspan="6" | '''*For earlier dates, try...''' '''[[Athens County, Ohio#Church_Records|Church]] &#124; [[Athens County, Ohio#Obituaries|Obituaries]] &#124; [[Athens County, Ohio#Cemeteries|Cemeteries]]'''
 
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*'''Parent Counties''': Formed from&nbsp;[[Washington County, Ohio|Washington]] 20 February 1805.<ref name="HBG" />
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*'''Parent Counties''': Formed from&nbsp;[[Washington County, Ohio Genealogy|Washington]] 20 February 1805.<ref name="HBG" />  
*'''County Seat:&nbsp;'''Athens  
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*'''County Seat:&nbsp;'''Athens
*'''Neighboring Counties''': {{PAGENAME}} '''residents''' may also have records in <ref>Wikipedia contributors, "Athens County, Ohio" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Athens_County,_Ohio (accessed 10 May 2012).</ref><br>[[Meigs County, Ohio|Meigs]]&nbsp;(south){{·}}[[Wood County, West Virginia|Wood County, West Virginia]]&nbsp;(east){{·}}[[Washington County, Ohio|Washington]] (northeast){{·}}&nbsp;[[Hocking County, Ohio|Hocking]](northwest){{·}}&nbsp;[[Vinton County, Ohio|Vinton]] (west){{·}}&nbsp;[[Perry County, Ohio|Perry]] and [[Morgan County, Ohio|Morgan]]&nbsp;(north)
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==== Description ====
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The county was named for Athens, Greece. It's county seat is Athens and was founded March 1, 1805.  It is located in the South Central area of the state.<ref>http://genealogytrails.com/ohio/athens/ accessed 2/14/2017</ref>
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==== Neighboring Counties  ====
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[[Washington County, Ohio Genealogy|Washington County]] {{}} [[Morgan County, Ohio Genealogy|Morgan County]] {{}} [[Perry County, Ohio Genealogy|Perry County]] {{}} [[Hocking County, Ohio Genealogy|Hocking County]] {{}} [[Vinton County, Ohio Genealogy|Vinton County]] {{}} [[Meigs County, Ohio Genealogy|Meigs County]] {{•}} [[Wood County, West Virginia|Wood County, West Virginia]]  
  
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<center>{{OHAthens County, Ohio Clickable Neighbors}}</center>
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
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For animated maps illustrating Ohio county boundary changes, [http://www.mapofus.org/ohio/ "Rotating Formation Ohio County Boundary Maps"] (1788-1888) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.
  
 
==== Record Loss  ====
 
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There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.
  
 
=== Resources  ===
 
=== Resources  ===
  
==== Bible Records ====
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==== Bible Records ====
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For an extensive list of resources for Bible Records see [[Ohio Bible Records]].
  
 
==== Biography  ====
 
==== Biography  ====
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==== Cemeteries  ====
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
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[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gsr&GSfn=&GSmn=&GSln=&GSbyrel=all&GSby=&GSdyrel=all&GSdy=&GScntry=4&GSst=37&GScnty=2044&GSgrid=&df=all&GSob=n Findagrave.com]
  
*[http://www.suvcwdb.org/home/search.php?action=list&roff=0&rcnt=50&rmax=1416&cond=IsUnion%3D%27Y%27+and+CemCounty+like+%27%25Athens%25%27+and+CemState%3D%27OH%27 Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War Grave Database].  
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*Genealogy Trails [http://genealogytrails.com/ohio/athens/cemeteries.htm Athens County, Ohio Cemetery Links Index].  
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*[http://www.epodunk.com/cgi-bin/localList.php?local=16287&locTGroup=Cemeteries&direction=down Athens County Cemeteries].  
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[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=37&CScnty=2044 Findagrave.com]
*[http://www.progenealogists.com/genealogyohio.htm Athens County Ohio Gravestones Photo Project].
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[http://www.interment.net/us/oh/Athens.htm Interment.net]
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[http://www.namesinstone.com/CemeteryList.aspx Names in Stone]
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[http://www.usgwtombstones.org/ohio/athens.htm USGW Tombstones]
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[https://billiongraves.com/search/results?year_range=5&action=search_cemetery&exact=true&country=United%20States&state=Ohio&county=Athens&cemetery_name=a#/ Billion Graves]  
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[http://www.epodunk.com/cgi-bin/localList.php?local=16287&locTGroup=Cemeteries&direction=down&sec=0&qty=49&stateAbbv=&stateName= Epodunk]  
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[http://ohiogravestones.org/cemeteries.php?selected_cid=5 Ohio Gravestones]
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Cemetery records often reveal birth, marriage, death, relationship, military, and religious information.
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See [[Ohio Cemeteries|Ohio Cemeteries]] for more information.
  
 
==== Church Records  ====
 
==== Church Records  ====
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{{OH Church Intro}}
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===== General  =====
  
 
*[http://www.ohgen.net/ohathens/athenscountychurches.htm Athens County Ohio, Churches]. Churches for Athens County from 1990 census and newspapers.
 
*[http://www.ohgen.net/ohathens/athenscountychurches.htm Athens County Ohio, Churches]. Churches for Athens County from 1990 census and newspapers.
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'''Finding Church Records at Other Repositories'''
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Additional church records can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Adams County, Ohio Church Records in online catalogs like:
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*[http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=athens+county+Ohio+church+records&qt=results_page WorldCat] (For instructions see [[WorldCat Online Catalog]]).
  
 
==== Court Records  ====
 
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==== History  ====
 
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{{OH History}}
  
 
===== Local Histories  =====
 
===== Local Histories  =====
  
*''[http://www.old-yearbooks.com/2y/oh/athens1933/ Athens High School, Athens, Ohio 1933 Arena Yearbook].''  
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:*Walker, Charles Manning, ''History of Athens County, Ohio and incidentally of the Ohio Land Company and the first settlement of the state at Marietta…'' (Cincinnati&nbsp;: R. Clarke &amp; Co., 1869) Digital version at [http://books.google.com/books?id=2FjdMKIBtr0C Google Books]; [http://archive.org/details/historyofathensc00walk Internet Archives]; {{FSbook|57028}}; also available on microfilm at {{FHL|243205|item|disp=FHL film 547578 Item 2}}.
*''[http://www.seorf.ohiou.edu/~xx075/past.html A Look at Athens' Past].''
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:*Hildreth, Samuel P., ''Biographical and historical memoirs of the early pioneer settlers of Ohio : with narratives of incidents and occurrences in 1775'' (Cincinnati : H.W. Derby, 1852) Digital version at [http://archive.org/details/biographicalhist00hild Internet Archives]; {{FSbook|101901}}; also available on microfilm at {{FHL|146436|item|disp=FHL film 1697699 Item 9}}.
*''[http://www.ohgen.net/ohathens/coalhistory.htm Southeastern Ohio Coal Industy and History].'' A Large part of the history of Athens, Hocking and Perry counties in Ohio is the local coal industry.
 
*''[http://www.progenealogists.com/athens/default.htm An Annotated Bigraphical History of Athens County, Ohio]''. Some biographies originally penned by Charles M.Walker, in 1869.
 
*''{{FHL|146436|title-id|disp=Biographical and historical memoirs of the early pioneer settlers of Ohio}}'': with narratives of inidents and occurrrences in 1775 by S. P. Hildreth.  
 
*''{{FHL|243205|title-id|disp=History of Athens County, Ohio }}and incidentally, of the Ohio Land Company and the first setlement of the state at Marietta, with personal and biographical sketches of the early settlers, narratives and pioneer adventures, etc. ''By Charles M. Walker.
 
*Many&nbsp;History records for Athens 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 the {{FHL|367906|subject-id|disp=topic details}} from their catalog.
 
  
 
==== Land and Property  ====
 
==== Land and Property  ====
  
*Genealogy Trails [http://genealogytrails.com/ohio/athens/athens_land_records.htm Athens County, Ohio Early Land Records 1804-1807].  
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:*'''1804-1907''' - Genealogy Trails [http://genealogytrails.com/ohio/athens/athens_land_records.htm Athens County, Ohio Early Land Records 1804-1807]  
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:*'''1790-1907''' - [http://files.usgwarchives.net/oh/athens/land/athens.txt Bureau of Land Management Database] original land purchasers from the Federal government Courtesy of OhioGenWeb Archives
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*Many Land records for Athens 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 the {{FHL|348805|subject-id|disp=topic details}} from their catalog.
 
*Many Land records for Athens 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 the {{FHL|348805|subject-id|disp=topic details}} from their catalog.
  
 
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*[http://www.mapofus.org/ohio/ Maps of Ohio (1788-1940)]
 
*[http://www.ohgen.net/ohathens/mapofOhiocompany.htm Map of the Ohio Company's Purchase and of Athens County, Ohio Past and Present]. Compiled and drawn by R. C. Phillips C. E. for Robert, Clarke and Co. Publishers of Cincinnati, Ohio by Act of Congress in the year 1869.  
 
*[http://www.ohgen.net/ohathens/mapofOhiocompany.htm Map of the Ohio Company's Purchase and of Athens County, Ohio Past and Present]. Compiled and drawn by R. C. Phillips C. E. for Robert, Clarke and Co. Publishers of Cincinnati, Ohio by Act of Congress in the year 1869.  
 
*Genealogy Trails [http://genealogytrails.com/ohio/athens/town_maps.htm Athens County, Ohio Sanborn Fire Maps]. The Sanborn Company began making fire insurance maps in 1867.  
 
*Genealogy Trails [http://genealogytrails.com/ohio/athens/town_maps.htm Athens County, Ohio Sanborn Fire Maps]. The Sanborn Company began making fire insurance maps in 1867.  
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===== Civil War, 1861-1865  =====
 
===== Civil War, 1861-1865  =====
  
*Civil War service men from Knox County served in various regiments. Men often joined a company (within a regiment) originated in their county. Listed below are companies that were specifically formed in Knox County.  
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====== Civil War service men from KAthens County served in various regiments. Men often joined a company (within a regiment) originated in their county. Listed below are companies that were specifically formed in Athens County. ======
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*30th Regiment, Ohio Infantry, Company C<ref>Henry R. Brinkerhoff, ''History of the Thirtieth Regiment Ohio Volunteer Infantry'', (Columbus, Ohio: J. W. Osgood, 1863). p. 3. Digital version on [https://archive.org/stream/historyofthirtie00brin#page/3/mode/1up Internet Archive]. Also on [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/681845 FHL fiche 6118177]</ref>
 
*[[36th Regiment, Ohio Infantry|36th Regiment, Ohio Infantry]], Companies B and C  
 
*[[36th Regiment, Ohio Infantry|36th Regiment, Ohio Infantry]], Companies B and C  
 
*[[116th Regiment, Ohio Infantry|116th Regiment, Ohio Infantry]], Companies I and K
 
*[[116th Regiment, Ohio Infantry|116th Regiment, Ohio Infantry]], Companies I and K
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==== Newspapers  ====
 
==== Newspapers  ====
  
*Genealogy Trails [http://genealogytrails.com/ohio/athens/obits_.htm Athens County, Ohio ''The Athens Messenger ''Obituares].
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{{OHnewspapers|Athens}} '''Online Newspapers'''<br>
*[http://www.athensnews.com/home The Athens News], Athens County Only Locally Owned Newspaper.  
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*[http://search.ancestry.com/iexec/?htx=Newspaper&dbid=7952&offerid=0%3a7858%3a0 The Athens Messenger]. $  
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:*[http://www.athensnews.com/home The Athens News], Athens County Only Locally Owned Newspaper.  
*[http://search.ancestry.com/iexec/?htx=Newspaper&dbid=7958&offerid=0%3a7858%3a0 The Athens Messenger and Herald]. $
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:*[http://search.ancestry.com/iexec/?htx=Newspaper&dbid=7952&offerid=0%3a7858%3a0 The Athens Messenger]. $  
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:*[http://search.ancestry.com/iexec/?htx=Newspaper&dbid=7958&offerid=0%3a7858%3a0 The Athens Messenger and Herald]. $
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:*Genealogy Trails [http://genealogytrails.com/ohio/athens/obits_.htm Athens County, Ohio ''The Athens Messenger ''Obituaries].
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:*'''1864, 1925''' - [http://www.usgwarchives.net/oh/athens/news-index.html newspaper abstracts] Courtesy of OhioGenWeb Archives
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'''Newspaper Extracts and Abstracts in Book Form'''<br>
  
 
==== Probate  ====
 
==== Probate  ====
  
*[http://www.sampubco.com/wills/oh/ohathens.htm Athens County, Ohio Will Index].  
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'''Online Probate Records'''
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*'''1786 - 1998''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=8801 Ohio Wills and Probate Records 1786-1998] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index and images $
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*'''1789 - 1996''' {{RecordSearch|1992421|Ohio Probate Records 1789-1996}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — images
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*'''1790–1967''' - {{RecordSearch|1992421|Ohio, Probate Records, 1790-1967}} at [http://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch Historical Records] – free. This collection consists of probate records and estate files from county courthouses in Ohio. The content and time period varies by county, with more records being added as they become available. This Collection will include records from 1789 to 1996. Currently, (September 2012) the collection is only searchable by [[How to Navigate Browsable Images|browsing]] the images. A list of Fires that have destroyed records in the courthouses of several counties are listed on the [https://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Ohio_Probate_Records_(FamilySearch_Historical_Records) Record Description page]. <br>
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*'''various years''' - [http://www.sampubco.com/wills/oh/ohathens.htm Athens County, Ohio Will Index].
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*Many&nbsp;Probate records for Athens 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 the {{FHL|366236|subject-id|disp=topic details}} from their catalog.
 
*Many&nbsp;Probate records for Athens 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 the {{FHL|366236|subject-id|disp=topic details}} from their catalog.
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==== Public Records  ====
 
==== Public Records  ====
  
 
==== Repositories  ====
 
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===== Courthouse  =====
 
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===== Family History Centers  =====
 
===== Family History Centers  =====
  
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
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{{FamilySearch Centers Intro}}
*[[Athens Ohio Family History Center]] (The Plains)
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{{OH fhc|Athens}}[[Athens Ohio Family History Center|Athens Ohio Family History Center]]. For additional nearby Family History Centers, search online in the [http://www.familysearch.org/locations FHC directory].
  
 
===== Libraries  =====
 
===== Libraries  =====
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[[Ohio University Alden Library]]. Their excellent manuscript collection includes church records, and business records. They also have county histories, biographies, and newspapers. It is like a second state archives.<ref name="DB89">William Dollarhide, and Ronald A. Bremer, ''America's Best Genealogy Resource Centers'' (Bountiful, UT: Heritage Quest, 1988), 89. {{WorldCat|39493985|item|disp=At various repositories (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|728550|item|disp=FHL Book 973 J54d}}.</ref>
  
 
===== Museums  =====
 
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*[http://www.athenshistory.org/ Athens County Historical Society &amp; Museum] Athens Ohio
 
*[http://www.athenshistory.org/ Athens County Historical Society &amp; Museum] Athens Ohio
  
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{{OH Tax Intro}}
  
*[http://www.accessgenealogy.com/scripts/data/database.cgi?file=Data&report=SingleArticle&ArticleID=0023420 Athens County, Ohio 1810 Tax List].  
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:*[http://www.accessgenealogy.com/scripts/data/database.cgi?file=Data&report=SingleArticle&ArticleID=0023420 Athens County, Ohio 1810 Tax List].  
*[https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://hr-search-api:8080/searchapi/search/collection/1473259 Ohio Tax Records 1816-1838]. More information at [[Ohio Tax Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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:*[https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://hr-search-api:8080/searchapi/search/collection/1473259 Ohio Tax Records 1816-1838]. More information at [[Ohio Tax Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]{{Template:OH Tax Records Repositories|Athens|541878}}
  
 
==== Vital Records  ====
 
==== Vital Records  ====
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{{OH Vital Intro}}
  
 
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===== Birth  =====
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''Online Birth Indexes and Records''<br>
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:*'''1800-1962''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2541 Ohio, Births and Christenings Index, 1800-1962] at [http://www.ancestry.com/ ancestry.com] ($)
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:*'''1821–1962''' - {{RecordSearch|1680845|Ohio, Births and Christenings, 1821-1962}} at [http://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch Historical Records] – free. This is an incomplete index of extractions of original records and of patron-submitted records. This index is not complete for any particular place or region. Information may have been previously published in the International Genealogical Index or Vital Records Index collections.
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:*'''1856–1909''' - {{RecordSearch|1932106|Ohio, County Births, 1856-1909}} at [http://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch Historical Records] – free; Index. The collection includes a name index and images of county birth records in Ohio. The time period and type of record varies by county.
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:*'''1908-1964''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=3146 Ohio, Birth Index, 1908-1964] at [http://www.ancestry.com/ ancestry.com] ($)
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''Original Birth Records on Microfilm''
  
 
===== Marriage  =====
 
===== Marriage  =====
  
*Genealogy Trails [http://genealogytrails.com/ohio/athens/marriages_home.htm Athens County, Ohio Marriages, 1803-1900].
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''Online Marriage Indexes and Records'' .&nbsp;
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:*'''1789-2013''' - {{RecordSearch|1614804|Ohio, County Marriages, 1789-2013}} at [https://familysearch.org FamilySearch] — index and images. Name index and images of county marriage records acquired from local courthouses.
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:*'''1800–1958''' - {{RecordSearch|1681001|Ohio, Marriages, 1800-1958}} at [http://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch Historical Records] – free; Index. Name index to marriage records from the state of Ohio. Microfilm copies of these records are available at the Family History Library and some FamilySearch Centers. Due to privacy laws, recent records may not be displayed. The year range represents most of the records. A few records may be earlier or later.
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:*'''1800-1942''' {{RecordSearch|2367319|Ohio, Marriages, 1800-1942}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
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:*'''1803-1900''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=5194 Ohio Marriages, 1803-1900] at [http://www.ancestry.com/ ancestry.com] ($)
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:*'''1898-1912''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=48348 Ohio Marriages] at [http://www.ancestry.com/ ancestry.com] ($)
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:*'''1970-2007''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2025 Ohio Marriage Index, 1970, 1972-2007] at [http://www.ancestry.com/ ancestry.com] ($)
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:*Many Vital records for Athens 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 the {{FHL|346286|subject-id|disp=topic details}} from their catalog
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:*Genealogy Trails [http://genealogytrails.com/ohio/athens/marriages_home.htm Athens County, Ohio Marriages, 1803-1900].
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''Original Marriage Records on Microfilm''
  
 
===== Death  =====
 
===== Death  =====
  
*'''[[Ohio Deaths (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Ohio Deaths, 1908-1953]]''' Free name indexes and images at [[Ohio Deaths and Burials (FamilySearch Historical Records)|FamilySearch]]. 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, windowed or divorced, occupation of deceased.  
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'''''Online Death Indexes and Records'''''<br>
*[http://opengen.net/usa/states/ohio/vital-record-batch-numbers Ohio Vital Record Batch Numbers by County]. This is a guide to the index of Ohio Vital Records microfilmed and listed at&nbsp;familysearch.org.  
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*[http://ohsweb.ohiohistory.org/death/index.cfm Ohio Death Certificate Index searchable database, 1913-1944].
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:*'''1840-2001''' - {{RecordSearch|2128172|Ohio, County Death Records, 1840-2001}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
*Genealogy Trails [http://genealogytrails.com/ohio/athens/athens_co_deaths%20Home.htm Athens County, Ohio Deaths 1908-1932, 1938-1944, and 1958-2002].  
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:*'''1854–1997''' - {{RecordSearch|1681000|Ohio, Deaths and Burials, 1854-1997}} at [http://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch Historical Records] – free; Index. Name index to death and burial records from the state of Ohio. Microfilm copies of these records are available at the Family History Library and Family History Centers. This set contains 2,535,556 records. Due to privacy laws, recent records may not be displayed. The year range represents most of the records. A few records may be earlier or later.
*Many&nbsp;Vital records for Athens 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 the {{FHL|346286|subject-id|disp=topic details}} from their catalog.
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:*'''1908–1953''' - {{RecordSearch|1307272|Ohio, Deaths, 1908-1953}} at [http://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch Historical Records] – free. Name index and images of Ohio statewide death certificates.
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:*'''1908–1932, 1938–1944, and 1958–2007''' - {{RecordSearch|1949341|Ohio, Death Index, 1908-1932, 1938-1944, and 1958-2007}} at [http://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch Historical Records] – free. Index of deaths from the Ohio Department of Health in Columbus. Index provided by Ancestry.com.
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:*'''1908-2007''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=5763 Ohio, Deaths, 1908-1932, 1938-1944, and 1958-2007] at [http://www.ancestry.com/ ancestry.com] ($)
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:*'''various years''' - [http://opengen.net/usa/states/ohio/vital-record-batch-numbers Ohio Vital Record Batch Numbers by County]. This is a guide to the index of Ohio Vital Records microfilmed and listed at&nbsp;familysearch.org.&nbsp;
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:*'''1913-1944''' - [http://ohsweb.ohiohistory.org/death/index.cfm Ohio Death Certificate Index] searchable database Courtesy of OhioGenWeb
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:*'''1908-1932, 1938-1944, 1958-2002&nbsp;'''Genealogy Trails [http://genealogytrails.com/ohio/athens/athens_co_deaths%20Home.htm Athens County, Ohio Deaths]
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'''''Original Death Records on Microfilm'''''
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===== Divorce  =====
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:*'''1962-2007''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2026 Ohio Divorce Index, 1962-1963, 1967-1971, 1973-2007] at [http://www.ancestry.com/ ancestry.com] ($) <br>
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=== Web Sites ===
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*{{FHL|Ohio%2C+Athens|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}  
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*[http://www.genealogyinc.com/ohio/athens-county/ Athens County, OH History, Records, Facts and Genealogy]
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*[https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/102354897055084945585 Ohio Genealogy Network Community on Google+]
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*[https://www.facebook.com/groups/219410844759934/ Ohio Genealogy Network Group on Facebook]
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*{{FHL|Ohio%2C+Athens|subject|disp=FamilySearch Catalog}}  
 
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ohathens/ Athens County, OHGenWeb].  
 
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ohathens/ Athens County, OHGenWeb].  
 
*[http://ohgen.net/ohathens/ Athens County,&nbsp;Ohio History and Genealogy].  
 
*[http://ohgen.net/ohathens/ Athens County,&nbsp;Ohio History and Genealogy].  
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*[http://ldsgenealogy.com/OH/Athens-County.htm Athens County OH Genealogy]
 
*[http://www.juliesgenealogy.com/athenscounty.htm Athens County Home/Infirmary 1857-1928].  
 
*[http://www.juliesgenealogy.com/athenscounty.htm Athens County Home/Infirmary 1857-1928].  
 
*[http://www.myacpl.org/about/localhistory Athens County Public Libraries].  
 
*[http://www.myacpl.org/about/localhistory Athens County Public Libraries].  
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*[http://www.accessgenealogy.com/ohio/athens_county_records.htm Athens County, Ohio Genealogy including Biograhies, 1820 Census Index, Town Officers, Land Records].  
 
*[http://www.accessgenealogy.com/ohio/athens_county_records.htm Athens County, Ohio Genealogy including Biograhies, 1820 Census Index, Town Officers, Land Records].  
 
*[http://genforum.genealogy.com/oh/athens/ Athens County, Ohio Genealogy Forum].  
 
*[http://genforum.genealogy.com/oh/athens/ Athens County, Ohio Genealogy Forum].  
*[http://recordsproject.com/county/ohio/athens.asp Records Project, Athens County Public Record Information].
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*[http://recordsproject.com/county/ohio/athens.asp Records Project, Athens County Public Record Information].  
[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ohmeigs/references/athens_refs.html Athens County, Ohio, Reference Materials]. 
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ohmeigs/references/athens_refs.html Athens County, Ohio, Reference Materials].&nbsp;
  
 
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*[http://www.familytree101.com/ohio/athens-county.html Athens County, OH History, Records, Facts and Genealogy] (Familytree101)
 
*[http://www.ohgen.net/ohathens/athenstowns.htm Athens County Towns]  
 
*[http://www.ohgen.net/ohathens/athenstowns.htm Athens County Towns]  
 
*[http://www.ohiogenealogy.org/athens/ Athens County, Ohio Genealogy and History]. Information linking to the towns and township of Athens County, Ohio.  
 
*[http://www.ohiogenealogy.org/athens/ Athens County, Ohio Genealogy and History]. Information linking to the towns and township of Athens County, Ohio.  
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Latest revision as of 19:02, 7 July 2017

United States
Ohio
Athens County

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


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Athens County, Ohio
Map
Map of Ohio highlighting Athens County
Location in the state of Ohio
Map of the U.S. highlighting Ohio
Location of Ohio in the U.S.
Courthouse
Athens County, Ohio Courthouse.jpg
Address Athens County Courthouse
1 South Court Street
Athens, Ohio 45701
Athens County Website


Historical Facts

Beginning dates for major county records
Birth
Marriage
Death
Tax
Land
Probate
1867
1817
1867
1792
1800
*For earlier dates, try... Church | Obituaries | Cemeteries
  • Parent Counties: Formed from Washington 20 February 1805.[1]
  • County Seat: Athens

Description

The county was named for Athens, Greece. It's county seat is Athens and was founded March 1, 1805. It is located in the South Central area of the state.[2]

Neighboring Counties

Washington County  • Morgan County  • Perry County  • Hocking County  • Vinton County  • Meigs County  • Wood County, West Virginia


Athens CountyWashington CountyMorgan CountyMeigs CountyScioto CountyGuernsey CountyFairfield CountyMuskingum CountyHocking CountyMonroe CountyLawrence CountyGallia CountyVinton CountyMason CountyJackson CountyRitchie CountyPleasants CountyWirt CountyRoane CountyWood CountyCalhoun CountyBelmont CountyPerry CountyJackson CountyNoble CountyOHAthens.JPG


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.

Resources

Bible Records

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

Biography

Business Records and Commerce

Cemeteries

Online Grave Transcripts Published Grave Transcripts County Cemetery Directories

Findagrave.com

Family History Library

Findagrave.com

Interment.net

WorldCat

Names in Stone

USGW Tombstones

Billion Graves

Billion Graves

Epodunk

Ohio Gravestones

Genealogy Trails

Cemetery records often reveal birth, marriage, death, relationship, military, and religious information.

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.

General

Finding Church Records at Other Repositories

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

Court Records

  • Many Court records for Athens 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 the topic details from their catalog.
  • Many Divorce records for Athens 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 the topic details from their catalog.

Emigration and Immigration

Ethnic, Political, or Religious Groups

Gazetteers

Genealogy

History

Local histories are available for Athens 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

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.

  • Many Land records for Athens 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 the topic details from their catalog.


Finding More Land Records

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



Maps

Ohathens.jpg

Military

Revolutionary War, 1775-1783
Civil War, 1861-1865
Civil War service men from KAthens County served in various regiments. Men often joined a company (within a regiment) originated in their county. Listed below are companies that were specifically formed in Athens County.
War with Spain, 1898-1899
World War I, 1917-1918
World War II, 1941-1945

Naturalization and Citizenship

Newspapers

Athens 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

Probate records created after 1852 are held by the Athens 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 Athens 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

  • Many Probate records for Athens 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 the topic details from their catalog.
Finding More Probate Records

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

Public Records

Repositories

Courthouse

County Courthouse

Athens County Courthouse
1 South Court Street
Athens, Ohio 45701
Phone: 740.592.3242

Probate Judge has birth, marriage and probate records.
Court Clerk has divorce and court records from 1800.
County Recorder has land records.[1]

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.

FamilySearch Centers are branches of the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah, and are located all over the world. Their goal is to provide resources for family history research.

The main FamilySearch Center for Athens County, Ohio Genealogy is the Athens Ohio Family History Center. For additional nearby Family History Centers, search online in the FHC directory.

Libraries

Ohio University Alden Library. Their excellent manuscript collection includes church records, and business records. They also have county histories, biographies, and newspapers. It is like a second state archives.[5]

Museums
Societies

 Taxation

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. For more information see the wiki page Ohio Taxation.

Additional tax records can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Athens 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 Athens 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 Athens County, Ohio Genealogy Probate Court with divorce records located with the Athens County, Ohio Genealogy Clerk of Courts.

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

Birth

Online Birth Indexes and Records

Original Birth Records on Microfilm

Marriage

Online Marriage Indexes and Records

Original Marriage Records on Microfilm

Death

Online Death Indexes and Records

Original Death Records on Microfilm

Divorce

Divorce

Finding More Vital Records

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

Websites

Places

Populated Places

Cities

Villages

  • Albany
  • Amesville
  • Buchtel
  • Chauncey
  • Coolville
  • Glouster
  • Jacksonville
  • Trimble

Townships Communities

  • Alexander Township
  • Ames Township
  • Athens Township
  • Bern Township
  • Canaan Township
  • Carthage Township
  • Dover Township
  • Lee Township
  • Lodi Township
  • Rome Township
  • Trimble Township
  • Troy Township
  • Waterloo Township
  • York Township

Unincorporated Communities

  • Beebe
  • Canaanville
  • Carbondale
  • Doanville
  • Enterprise
  • Frost
  • Guysville
  • Hebbardsville
  • Hockingport
  • Imperial
  • Kilvert
  • Millfield
  • Mineral
  • New England
  • New Floodwood
  • New Marshall
  • Redtown
  • Shade
  • Sharpsburg
  • Stewart
  • The Plains

Websites

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), 540, Athens County, Ohio. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. http://genealogytrails.com/ohio/athens/ accessed 2/14/2017
  3. Henry R. Brinkerhoff, History of the Thirtieth Regiment Ohio Volunteer Infantry, (Columbus, Ohio: J. W. Osgood, 1863). p. 3. Digital version on Internet Archive. Also on FHL fiche 6118177
  4. Carol Willsey Bell, Ohio Wills and Estates to 1850: An Index (Columbus, Ohio: the author, 1981). FamilySearch Books Online - Free online copy.
  5. William Dollarhide, and Ronald A. Bremer, America's Best Genealogy Resource Centers (Bountiful, UT: Heritage Quest, 1988), 89. At various repositories (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 J54d.