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Guide to Knox County Ohio genealogy. Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

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Address Knox County Courthouse
106 East High Street
Mt. Vernon, Ohio 43050
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Contents

Historical Facts

Beginning dates for major county records
Birth
Marriage
Death
Tax
Land
Probate
1867
1808
1867
1808
1808
*For earlier dates, try... Church | Obituaries | Cemeteries

Boundary Changes

Knox County gave up land for the formation of Morrow County in February 1848.  The townships of Chester, Franklin and South Bloomfield went to Morrow County.

See an interactive map of Knox County boundary changes.

Record Loss

Resources

Bible Records

Biography

Business Records and Commerce

Cemeteries

Ankenytown Owl Creek Church of the Brethern Cemetery, Berlin Township; active from 1815–1952. North side of TR 288 (Tims Road), north of Ankenytown.

Bassett Cemetery, Berlin Township; active from 1820–1940. South side of CR 55 (Mishey Road), east of SR 95; 1 mile south of Ankenytown.

Old Ankenytown Cemetery, Berlin Township; active from 1842–1886. South side of TR 396 (Gregg Road), 3/4 mile north of Ankenytown.

Mound View Cemetery, Mount Vernon, Clinton Township; BillionGraves


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

USGenWeb

Billion Graves

Billion Graves

Epodunk

Ohio Gravestones

Names in Stone

See Ohio Cemeteries for more information.

Census

Church Records

Court Records

Emigration and Immigration

Ethnic, Political, or Religious Groups

Gazetteers

Genealogy

History

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The county is named for General Henry Knox (1750-1806), Revolutionary War hero, and the nation's first Secretary of War.[3]

The first white man known to have passed through this area was John Stilly, a white captive of a native tribe, who crossed through in 1779. The "frontier character" Andrew Craig is believed to be the first permanent white settler—arriving before Ohio became a state and remaining until it became "too crowded" about 1809.[4]

The first settlers who remained in the area were mostly from Virginia, Maryland, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Many of these earliest settlers arrived between 1800-1808, attracted by inexpensive, but fertile, military land.

Local Histories
  • History of Knox County, Ohio, Its Past and Present,...a complete history of Knox County; its townships, city, towns, villages, schools, churches,... etc; a record of its soldiers in the late war (Civil War); portraits of its early settlers and prominent men; biographies and histories of pioneer families; etc. compiled by Norman Newell Hill (published: Mt. Vernon, Ohio : A. A. Graham, 1881. 854 p.)
  • A History of Knox County, Ohio, from 1779 to 1862 Inclusive: comprising biographical sketches, anecdotes and incidents of men connected with the county from its first settlement: together with complete lists of the senators, representatives, sheriffs and other officers of the county, also of those who have served in a military capacity from its organization to the present time..., by Anthony Banning Norton, (Columbus : R. Nevins, 1862, 424 p.)

Land and Property

Maps

Military

Civil War

Civil War service men from Knox County served in various regiments. Men often joined a regiment or a company (within a regiment)that originated in their county. Listed below are the military units that were formed in or had many men from Knox County.

- 4th Regiment, Ohio Infantry (3 months, 1861), Company A (also known as Knox County Guards) and Company B (also known as Union Guards).
For information about these companies, such as muster out rolls, see History of Knox County, Ohio, Its Past and Present starting with p. 290
- 96th Regiment, Ohio Infantry
Company A, roster 
Company B, roster

Naturalization and Citizenship

Newspapers

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Obituaries

Periodicals

Probate

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Public Records

Repositories

Courthouse

Knox County Courthouse
111 East High Street
Mount Vernon, OH 43050-3453
Phone: 740.393.6788 

County Health  Department has birth records from 1908,
death and burial records; Probate Judge has marriage records
from 1803 and probate records; Clerk Court has divorce and 
court records from 1810; County Records has land records[1]

Family History Centers
Libraries
Museums
Societies

Taxation

Finding More Tax Records

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

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

Birth
Marriage
Death

Ohio Deaths, 1908-1953 Free name indexes and images at 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.

Web Sites

  • USGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.
  • Family History Library Catalog

Places

Populated Places

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), [FHL book 973 D27e 2002].
  2. Wikipedia contributors, "Knox County, Ohio" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Knox_County,_Ohio (accessed 10 May 2012).
  3. "Henry Knox," Wikipedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_Knox.
  4. A. Banning Norton. A History of Knox County, Ohio, from 1779 to 1862 Inclusive. Columbus: Richard Nevins, Printer (1862)

 

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