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Guide to '''Belmont County, Ohio ancestry, family history, and genealogy''' birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
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}}[[United States]][[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Ohio|Ohio]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] '''Belmont County''' <br><br>
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=== Historical Facts  ===
 
=== Historical Facts  ===
  
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| width="100%" bgcolor="#99d6ff" colspan="6" | '''*For earlier dates, try...''' '''[[Belmont County, Ohio#Church_Records|Church]] &#124; [[Belmont, Ohio#Obituaries|Obituaries]] &#124; [[Belmont County, Ohio#Cemeteries|Cemeteries]]'''
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| width="100%" bgcolor="#99d6ff" colspan="6" | '''*For earlier dates, try...''' '''[[Belmont County, Ohio#Church_Records|Church]] &#124; [[Belmont County, Ohio#Obituaries|Obituaries]] &#124; [[Belmont County, Ohio#Cemeteries|Cemeteries]]'''
 
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*'''Parent Counties''': Formed from&nbsp;[[Jefferson County, Ohio|Jefferson]] and&nbsp;[[Washington County, Ohio|Washington]] counties 7 September 1801.<ref name="HBG" />  
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*'''Parent Counties''': Formed from&nbsp;[[Jefferson County, Ohio Genealogy|Jefferson]] and&nbsp;[[Washington County, Ohio Genealogy|Washington]] counties 7 September 1801.<ref name="HBG" />  
*'''County Seat:&nbsp;'''St. Clairsville  
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*'''County Seat:&nbsp;'''St. Clairsville
*'''Neighboring Counties''': {{PAGENAME}} '''residents''' may also have records in [[Monroe County, Ohio|Monroe]]&nbsp;(south){{·}}&nbsp;[[Ohio County, West Virginia|Ohio County, West Virginia]] (east){{·}}[[Marshall County, West Virginia|Marshall County, West Virginia]] (southeast){{·}}[[Guernsey County, Ohio|Guernsey]] (west){{·}}[[Noble County, Ohio|Noble]] (southwest){{·}}[[Harrison County, Ohio|Harrison]](north) {{·}}[[Jefferson County, Ohio|Jefferson]] (northeast)
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==== Description ====
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The county was named for rom the French for "beautiful mountain" and refers to the scenery. It's county seat is St. Clairsville and was founded September 7, 1801.  It is located in the Eastern Central area of the state.<ref>http://genealogytrails.com/ohio/belmont/ accessed 2/14/2017</ref>
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==== Neighboring Counties ====
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[[Jefferson County, Ohio Genealogy|Jefferson County]] {{}} [[Harrison County, Ohio Genealogy|Harrison County]] {{}} [[Guernsey County, Ohio Genealogy|Guernsey County]] {{}} [[Noble County, Ohio Genealogy|Noble County]] {{}} [[Monroe County, Ohio Genealogy|Monroe County]] {{}} [[Marshall County, West Virginia|Marshall County]] [[Ohio County, West Virginia|Ohio County]]  
  
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==== Boundary Changes  ====
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
  
See an interactive map of Belmont County [http://www.ohio.n2genealogy.com/oh-maps.html 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.  
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==== Record Loss  ====
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'''1980'''  A courthouse fire may have damaged records.
  
==== Record Loss ====
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{{Fire+}}
  
 
=== Resources  ===
 
=== Resources  ===
  
 
==== Bible Records  ====
 
==== 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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Cemetery records often reveal birth, marriage, death, relationship, military, and religious information.
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| width="31%" bgcolor="#ffff99" align="center" | '''Online Grave Transcripts'''
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| bgcolor="#dbeadc" align="center" | '''County Cemetery Directories'''
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[https://www.findagrave.com/memorial Findagrave.com]
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[https://www.findagrave.com/cemetery-browse/USA/Ohio/Belmont-County?id=county_2046 Findagrave.com]
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[http://www.interment.net/us/oh/Belmont.htm Interment.net]
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| bgcolor="#eddffb" | [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=su%3ACemeteries+Ohio+Belmont+County.&qt=hot_subject WorldCat]
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[http://www.namesinstone.com/CemeteryList.aspx Names in Stone]
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[http://www.usgwtombstones.org/ohio/belmont.htm USGW Tombstones]
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[https://billiongraves.com/search# Billion Graves]
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[http://www.epodunk.com/cgi-bin/localList.php?local=16340&locTGroup=Cemeteries&direction=down&sec=0&qty=49&stateAbbv=&stateName= Epodunk]
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[http://ohiogravestones.org/cemeteries.php?selected_cid=7 Ohio Gravestones]
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==== Census  ====
 
==== Census  ====
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==== Church Records ====
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==== Church Records ====
{{OH Church Intro}}
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{{OH Church Intro}}
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:*'''various years''' - [http://www.usgwarchives.net/oh/belmont/church-index.html community contributed church records] Courtesy of OhioGenWeb Archives
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{{Template:OH Church Records Repositories|Belmont|596464}}  
  
 
==== Court Records  ====
 
==== Court Records  ====
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Belmont became part of the State of Ohio on 1 Mar 1803, having formerly been part of the Northwest Territory. It was served by the Ohio District Court from 1803 until 10 Feb 1855, when the court was divided into Northern and Southern districts. Belmont was part of the Southern District. On 3 Mar 1911, the court was further divided and was subsequently part of the Southern Eastern District. See [https://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Ohio_District_Court_Jurisdictions Ohio District Court Jurisdictions] for a chart of the Ohio counties and the district courts that served them. District and Circuit Courts had the same jurisdictions.
  
 
==== Emigration and Immigration  ====
 
==== Emigration and Immigration  ====
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==== Genealogy  ====
 
==== Genealogy  ====
  
==== History ====
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==== History ====
{{OH History}}
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===== Local History  =====
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{{OH History}}  
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:*McKelvey, A.T. ''Centennial history of Belmont County, Ohio and representative citizens'' (Chicago&nbsp;: Biographical Pub. Co. 1903) Digital version at [http://books.google.com/books?id=idkyAQAAMAAJ Google Books]; {{FSbook|56988}}. Indexed in “Index to McKelvey’s centennial history of Belmont County, Ohio, 1801-1901” (St. Clairsville, Ohio&nbsp;: Cumberland Trail Genealogical Society, 2001) {{FHL|1026209|item|disp=FHL book 977.193 H22i.}}.
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:*Poorman, Christian L., ''History of the Upper Ohio Valley: with family history and biographical sketches; a statement of its resources, industrial growth and commercial advantages, Vol. 2'' (Madison, Wisconsin&nbsp;: Brant &amp; Fuller, c1890) Digital version at {{FSbook|72896}}; {{FHL|94484|item|disp=FHL book 973 H2hu v. 2}}.
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:*Caldwell J. A., ''History of Belmont and Jefferson Counties, Ohio'' (Wheeling, West Virginia&nbsp;: Historical Pub. Co., 1880) Digital version at {{FSbook|47117}};{{FHL|72930|item|disp=FHL microfilm 896779, Item 1}}.
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==== Land and Property  ====
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{{OH Land}}
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:*'''1790-1907''' - [http://www.usgwarchives.net/oh/belmont/land-index.html Bureau of Land Management database] some deeds, Courtesy of OhioGenWeb Archives
  
==== Land and Property ====
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{{Template:OH Land and Property Other Repositories|Belmont|380008}}  
{{OH Land}}
 
  
 
==== Maps  ====
 
==== Maps  ====
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[[Image:Ohbelmont.jpg|400px|Ohbelmont.jpg]]
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*[http://www.mapofus.org/ohio/ Maps of Ohio (1788-1940)]
  
 
==== Military  ====
 
==== Military  ====
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*'''1888-1919''' - {{RecordSearch|2139859|Ohio Soldier Home Records, 1888-1919}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
  
*Civil War<br>Civil War service men from Belmont County served in various regiments. Men often joined a company (within a regiment)&nbsp;that&nbsp;originated in their county. Listed below are companies that were specifically formed in Belmont County.
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Civil War service men from Belmont County served in various regiments. Men often joined a company (within a regiment)&nbsp;that&nbsp;originated in their county. Listed below are companies that were specifically formed in Belmont County.
  
 
:- [[98th Regiment, Ohio Infantry|98th Regiment, Ohio Infantry]], Companies B and E
 
:- [[98th Regiment, Ohio Infantry|98th Regiment, Ohio Infantry]], Companies B and E
  
 
==== Naturalization and Citizenship  ====
 
==== Naturalization and Citizenship  ====
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*'''1800-1977''' - {{RecordSearch|1987615|Ohio, County Naturalization Records, 1800-1977}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
  
 
==== Newspapers  ====
 
==== Newspapers  ====
  
{{OHnewspapers|Belmont}} '''Online Newspapers'''<br> '''Online Newspaper Abstracts'''<br> '''Newspaper Extracts and Abstracts in Book Form'''<br> {{OHnewspaper abstracts|Belmont}} }
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{{OHnewspapers|Belmont}} '''Online Newspapers'''<br> '''Online Newspaper Abstracts'''  
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:*'''1855-1906''' - [http://www.usgwarchives.net/oh/belmont/news-index.html Belmont County Newspapers] death and marriages notices, Courtesy of OhioGenWeb Archives
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:*'''20th century''' - [https://web.archive.org/web/20160928233326/http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ohbelmon/newsobitindex.htm Obituary Index] Courtesy of OhioGenWeb
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'''Newspaper Extracts and Abstracts in Book Form'''<br>  
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{{OHnewspaper abstracts|Belmont}}  
  
 
==== Obituaries  ====
 
==== Obituaries  ====
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==== Periodicals  ====
 
==== Periodicals  ====
  
==== Probate ====
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==== Probate ====
{{OH Probate Intro}}
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{{OH Probate Intro}}
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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''' - [https://web.archive.org/web/20160827165746/http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/%7Eohbelmon/belwills.htm community contributed wills] Courtesy of OhioGenWeb
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*'''various years''' - [https://web.archive.org/web/20171027100046/http://www.usgwarchives.net/oh/belmont/wills-index.html community contributes wills] Courtesy of OhioGenWeb Archives
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{{Template:OH Probate Repositories|Belmont|382149}}
  
 
==== Public Records  ====
 
==== Public Records  ====
  
 
==== Repositories  ====
 
==== Repositories  ====
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===== Courthouse  =====
 
===== Courthouse  =====
  
=== County Courthouse  ===
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===== County Courthouse  =====
  
 
[http://www.belmontcountyohio.org/ Belmont County Courthouse]<br>100 W Main Street <br>Saint Clairsville, OH 43950-1225<br>Phone: 740.699.2139&nbsp;<br><br>  
 
[http://www.belmontcountyohio.org/ Belmont County Courthouse]<br>100 W Main Street <br>Saint Clairsville, OH 43950-1225<br>Phone: 740.699.2139&nbsp;<br><br>  
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'''''Court Clerk''''' has divorce and court records from 1820. <br> '''''County Health Department''''' has burial records. <br> '''''Probate Court''''' has birth, marriage, death and probate records.<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Belmont County, Ohio. Page 540 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>  
 
'''''Court Clerk''''' has divorce and court records from 1820. <br> '''''County Health Department''''' has burial records. <br> '''''Probate Court''''' has birth, marriage, death and probate records.<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Belmont County, Ohio. Page 540 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>  
  
===== Family History Centers  =====
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===== Family Search Centers  =====
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{{OH fhc|Belmont}}  
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{{FamilySearch Centers Intro}}  
  
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
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For additional nearby FamilySearch Centers, search online in the [http://www.familysearch.org/locations FHC directory].
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*[http://www.stclibrary.org Belmont Public Library]
  
 
===== Libraries  =====
 
===== Libraries  =====
  
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ohbelogs/?cj=1&o_xid=0001231185&o_lid=0001231185 Belmont County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society]
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*[http://www.belmontccogs.org/ Belmont County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society]
  
 
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===== Museums  =====
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===== Societies  =====
 
===== Societies  =====
  
==== Taxation ====
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'''Belmont County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society'''<br>Barnesville Hutton Memorial Library<br>308 East Main Street<br>Barnesville OH 43713<br>P O Box 285, Barnesville, OH 43713-0285<br>Phone: 740-425-1651<br>[http://www.belmontccogs.org Website]<br><br>
{{OH Tax Intro}}
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'''Ohio Genealogical Society'''<br>611 State Route 97 West<br>Bellville, OH 44813-8813<br>Phone: (419) 886-1903<br>Email: [mailto:ogs@ogs.org ogs@ogs.org]<br> [https://ogs.org/about/contact.php Website]
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==== Taxation ====
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{{OH Tax Intro}}
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*'''1800–1850''' {{RecordSearch|1473259|Ohio Tax Records, 1800-1850}} at [http://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch Historical Records] – free. Name index of tax records as recorded with the County Auditor of each county. Entries are recorded in voucher books, one person per page. The majority of the tax records in this collection are for the years 1816 through 1838. Currently (September 2012) this collection is 17% complete. Additional records will be added as they are completed.<br>
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{{Template:OH Tax Records Repositories|Belmont|489179}}  
  
 
==== Vital Records  ====
 
==== Vital Records  ====
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{{OH Vital Intro}}  
 
{{OH Vital Intro}}  
  
===== Birth =====
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===== Birth =====
''Online Birth Indexes and Records''<Br>  
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''Original Birth Records on Microfilm''
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''Online Birth Indexes and Records''<br>  
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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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:*'''1867-8''' - [https://web.archive.org/web/20160827165759/http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/%7Eohbelmon/births.html Birth Records] transcribed from probate court records, Courtesy of OhioGenWeb
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:*'''1856''' - [https://web.archive.org/web/20161118042107/http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com:80/~ohbelmon/births1857.html some births] Courtesy of OhioGenWeb
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:*'''various years''' - [http://www.usgwarchives.net/oh/belmont/vitals-index.html community contributed births] courtesy of OhioGenWeb
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''Original Birth Records on Microfilm''  
  
 
===== Marriage  =====
 
===== Marriage  =====
  
''Online Marriage Indexes and Records''<Br>  
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''Online Marriage Indexes and Records''  
''Original Marriage Records on Microfilm''
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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://www.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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:*'''various years''' - [https://web.archive.org/web/20160827165906/http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/%7Eohbelmon/marriage.html community contributed marriages] most are pre-1900, Courtesy of OhioGenWeb
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:*'''various years''' - [http://www.usgwarchives.net/oh/belmont/vitals-index.html community contributed births] courtesy of OhioGenWeb Archives
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<br> <br>&nbsp;''Original Marriage Records on Microfilm''
  
 
===== Death  =====
 
===== Death  =====
''Online Death Indexes and Records''
 
*'''[[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.
 
''Original Death Records on Microfilm''
 
  
=== Web Sites ===
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'''''Online Death Indexes and Records'''''
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:*'''1840-2001''' - {{RecordSearch|2128172|Ohio, County Death Records, 1840-2001}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
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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.
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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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:*'''1856-7''' - [https://web.archive.org/web/20160827165820/http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/%7Eohbelmon/deaths1857.html Township Deaths] Courtesy of OhioGenWeb
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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://www.usgwarchives.net/oh/belmont/vitals-index.html community contributed deaths] courtesy of OhioGenWeb
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'''''Original Death Records on Microfilm''''' {{Template:OH Vitals Repositories|Belmoont|330476}}
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===== Divorce =====
  
*{{FHL|Ohio%2C+Belmont|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}
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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] ($)
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=== Websites  ===
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*{{FHL|Ohio%2C+Belmont|subject|disp=FamilySearch Catalog}}  
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*[http://www.genealogyinc.com/belmont/unicoi-county/ Belmont County, OH History, Records, Facts and Genealogy]
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*[http://ldsgenealogy.com/OH/Belmont-County.htm Belmont County OH 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]
  
 
=== Places  ===
 
=== Places  ===
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Latest revision as of 21:04, 9 May 2018

United States
Ohio
Belmont County

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


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Belmont County, Ohio
Map
Boundary map of Belmont County, Ohio
Map of the U.S. highlighting Ohio
Location of Ohio in the U.S.
Courthouse
Belmont County, Ohio Courthouse.jpg
Address Belmont County Courthouse
101 Main St.
St. Clairsville, Ohio 43950
Belmont County Website
Phone: 740.699.2139



Historical Facts

Beginning dates for major county records
Birth
Marriage
Death
Tax
Land
Probate
1867
1803
1867
1800
1804
*For earlier dates, try... Church | Obituaries | Cemeteries
  • Parent Counties: Formed from Jefferson and Washington counties 7 September 1801.[1]
  • County Seat: St. Clairsville

Description

The county was named for rom the French for "beautiful mountain" and refers to the scenery. It's county seat is St. Clairsville and was founded September 7, 1801. It is located in the Eastern Central area of the state.[2]

Neighboring Counties

Jefferson County  • Harrison County  • Guernsey County  • Noble County  • Monroe County  • Marshall County Ohio 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

1980 A courthouse fire may have damaged records.

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

Resources

Bible Records

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

Biography

Business Records and Commerce

Cemeteries

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

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

See Ohio Cemeteries for more information

Census

Historical populations
Census Pop.
181011,097
182020,32983.2%
183028,62740.8%
184030,9017.9%
185034,60012.0%
186036,3985.2%
187039,7149.1%
188049,63825.0%
189057,41315.7%
190060,8756.0%
191076,85626.3%
192093,19321.3%
193094,7191.6%
194095,6140.9%
195087,740−8.2%
196083,864−4.4%
197080,917−3.5%
198082,5692.0%
199071,074−13.9%
200070,226−1.2%
201070,4000.2%

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 Belmont County, Ohio Genealogy Church Records in online catalogs like:

Court Records

Belmont became part of the State of Ohio on 1 Mar 1803, having formerly been part of the Northwest Territory. It was served by the Ohio District Court from 1803 until 10 Feb 1855, when the court was divided into Northern and Southern districts. Belmont was part of the Southern District. On 3 Mar 1911, the court was further divided and was subsequently part of the Southern Eastern District. See Ohio District Court Jurisdictions for a chart of the Ohio counties and the district courts that served them. District and Circuit Courts had the same jurisdictions.

Emigration and Immigration

Ethnic, Political, or Religious Groups

Gazetteers

Genealogy

History

Local History

Local histories are available for Belmont 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.

  • McKelvey, A.T. Centennial history of Belmont County, Ohio and representative citizens (Chicago : Biographical Pub. Co. 1903) Digital version at Google Books; FamilySearch Books Online. Indexed in “Index to McKelvey’s centennial history of Belmont County, Ohio, 1801-1901” (St. Clairsville, Ohio : Cumberland Trail Genealogical Society, 2001) FHL book 977.193 H22i..
  • Poorman, Christian L., History of the Upper Ohio Valley: with family history and biographical sketches; a statement of its resources, industrial growth and commercial advantages, Vol. 2 (Madison, Wisconsin : Brant & Fuller, c1890) Digital version at FamilySearch Books Online; FHL book 973 H2hu v. 2.
  • Caldwell J. A., History of Belmont and Jefferson Counties, Ohio (Wheeling, West Virginia : Historical Pub. Co., 1880) Digital version at FamilySearch Books Online;FHL microfilm 896779, Item 1.

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


Maps

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Military

Civil War

Civil War service men from Belmont 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 Belmont County.

- 98th Regiment, Ohio Infantry, Companies B and E

Naturalization and Citizenship

Newspapers

Belmont 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

Finding More Ohio Newspapers

Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Belmont County Ohio newspapers in online catalogs like:

Obituaries

Periodicals

Probate

Probate records created after 1852 are held by the Belmont 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 Belmont 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 Belmont County, Ohio Genealogy Probate Records in online catalogs like:

Public Records

Repositories

Courthouse
County Courthouse

Belmont County Courthouse
100 W Main Street
Saint Clairsville, OH 43950-1225
Phone: 740.699.2139 

Court Clerk has divorce and court records from 1820.
County Health Department has burial records.
Probate Court has birth, marriage, death and probate records.[1]

Family Search 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 FamilySearch Centers, search online in the FHC directory.

Libraries
Museums
Societies

Belmont County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society
Barnesville Hutton Memorial Library
308 East Main Street
Barnesville OH 43713
P O Box 285, Barnesville, OH 43713-0285
Phone: 740-425-1651
Website

Ohio Genealogical Society
611 State Route 97 West
Bellville, OH 44813-8813
Phone: (419) 886-1903
Email: ogs@ogs.org
Website

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.

  • 1800–1850 Ohio Tax Records, 1800-1850 at FamilySearch Historical Records – free. Name index of tax records as recorded with the County Auditor of each county. Entries are recorded in voucher books, one person per page. The majority of the tax records in this collection are for the years 1816 through 1838. Currently (September 2012) this collection is 17% complete. Additional records will be added as they are completed.

Finding More Tax Records

Additional tax records can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Belmont 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 Belmont 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 Belmont County, Ohio Genealogy Probate Court with divorce records located with the Belmont 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 Finding More Vital Records

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

Divorce

Websites

Places

Populated Places

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Belmont County, Ohio. Page 540 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. http://genealogytrails.com/ohio/belmont/ accessed 2/14/2017
  3. Carol Willsey Bell, Ohio Wills and Estates to 1850: An Index (Columbus, Ohio: the author, 1981). FamilySearch Books Online - Free online copy.