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Guide to '''Ross County Ohio genealogy.''' Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
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Guide to '''Ross County Ohio genealogy.''' Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.  
  
 
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See an interactive map of Ross County [http://www.ohio.n2genealogy.com/oh-maps.html boundary changes].  
  
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==== Census and Directories  ====
 
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*Many Church Records for Ross 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 {{FHL|359549|subject-id|disp=topic details}}.
 
*Many Church Records for Ross 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 {{FHL|359549|subject-id|disp=topic details}}.
  
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==== Court Records  ====
 
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*[http://search.ancestry.com/iexec/?htx=BookList&dbid=48565&offerid=0%3a7858%3a0 Gateways to the West ]$ (Includes Territorial Court Order Book, 1798-1799, 1799-1800, Index to Estates and Guardianships 1797-1820).  
 
*[http://search.ancestry.com/iexec/?htx=BookList&dbid=48565&offerid=0%3a7858%3a0 Gateways to the West ]$ (Includes Territorial Court Order Book, 1798-1799, 1799-1800, Index to Estates and Guardianships 1797-1820).  
 
*Many Court Records for Ross 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 {{FHL|440141|subject-id|disp=topic details}}.
 
*Many Court Records for Ross 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 {{FHL|440141|subject-id|disp=topic details}}.
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==== DNA  ====
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DNA has been collected from men claiming descent from the following Ross County, Ohio residents. Attempts have not been made to verify the lineages of those tested.
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*'''[Wright]''' Descendant of Gabriel Wright, b. c1743, d. 1803 Ross County, Ohio. Y-DNA Test, FTDNA (Kit 280291). Genetic signature available at [http://danstone.info/wrightdna.htm Relatives of Dan Stone - Wright DNA Results] and at [http://www.wright-dna.org/dna/R1b1Results.html Wright DNA Surname Project Results], courtesy: Dan Stone, [http://www.wright-dna.org Wright DNA Surname Project] and [http://www.familytreedna.com Family Tree DNA].
  
 
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ohross/biographies.htm Biographies]  
 
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ohross/biographies.htm Biographies]  
 
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ohross/histories.htm Histories]  
 
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ohross/histories.htm Histories]  
*[http://www.ohiogenealogyexpress.com/ross/bios/rossco_bios_a.html Biographies ]extracted from ''The County of Ross'': by Henry Holcomb Bennett 1902
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*[http://www.ohiogenealogyexpress.com/ross/bios/rossco_bios_a.html Biographies ]extracted from ''The County of Ross'': by Henry Holcomb Bennett 1902  
 
*[http://www.myohiogenealogy.com/oh_county/ro.htm#eh County History]  
 
*[http://www.myohiogenealogy.com/oh_county/ro.htm#eh County History]  
 
*[http://www.heritagepursuit.com/Ross/RossBio373.htm Biographical Sketches]  
 
*[http://www.heritagepursuit.com/Ross/RossBio373.htm Biographical Sketches]  
 
*Many History Records for Ross 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 {{FHL|393546|subject-id|disp=topic details}}.
 
*Many History Records for Ross 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 {{FHL|393546|subject-id|disp=topic details}}.
  
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==== Land and Property  ====
 
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*[http://search.ancestry.com/Browse/view.aspx?dbid=1246&cj=1&iid=RHUSA2007B_OH0150-00012&o_xid=0001546952&o_lid=0001546952 U. S. General Land Office Records, 1796-1907] $  
 
*[http://search.ancestry.com/Browse/view.aspx?dbid=1246&cj=1&iid=RHUSA2007B_OH0150-00012&o_xid=0001546952&o_lid=0001546952 U. S. General Land Office Records, 1796-1907] $  
 
*Many Land Records for Ross 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 {{FHL|454088|subject-id|disp=topic details}}.
 
*Many Land Records for Ross 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 {{FHL|454088|subject-id|disp=topic details}}.
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==== Maps  ====
 
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ohross/maps.htm Ross County Ohio Maps]  
 
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ohross/maps.htm Ross County Ohio Maps]  
 
*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Map_of_Ross_County_Ohio_With_Municipal_and_Township_Labels.PNG Map of Ross County Ohio With Municipal and Township Labels]  
 
*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Map_of_Ross_County_Ohio_With_Municipal_and_Township_Labels.PNG Map of Ross County Ohio With Municipal and Township Labels]  
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*http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~obitsindex/obits_oh_ross_01.htm Obituary Index, Ross County, Ohio]
 
*http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~obitsindex/obits_oh_ross_01.htm Obituary Index, Ross County, Ohio]
  
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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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:*'''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>
  
 
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ohross/probate_records.htm Wills &amp;&nbsp;Probate Records]  
 
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ohross/probate_records.htm Wills &amp;&nbsp;Probate Records]  
 
*Many Probate Records for Ross 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 {{FHL|454109|subject-id|disp=topic details}}.
 
*Many Probate Records for Ross 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 {{FHL|454109|subject-id|disp=topic details}}.
  
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==== Public Records  ====
 
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*[[Chillicothe Ohio Family History Center|Chillicothe Ohio Family History Center]]
 
*[[Chillicothe Ohio Family History Center|Chillicothe Ohio Family History Center]]
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*[[Ohio Tax Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Ohio Tax Records 1816-1838]]
 
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==== Vital Records  ====
 
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Original Death Records on Microfilm  
 
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Revision as of 19:00, 18 February 2014

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

Hand and keyboard.jpg Ohio
Online Records
Ross County, Ohio
Map
Boundary map of Ross County, Ohio
Map of the U.S. highlighting Ohio
Location of Ohio in the U.S.
Courthouse
Ross County Ohio Courthouse.jpg
Address Ross County Courthouse
2 N. Paint St.
Chillicothe, Ohio 45601
Ross County Website
United States go to Ohio go to Ross County

Contents

Historical Facts

Beginning dates for major county records
Birth
Marriage
Death
Tax
Land
Probate
1867
1798
1867

1797
1797
*For earlier dates, try... Church | Obituaries | Cemeteries
  • Parent Counties: Formed from Adams and Washington Counties in 1798.
  • County Seat: Chillicothe
     
  • Neighboring Counties: Ross County, Ohio Genealogy residents may also have records in [1]Pickaway (north) · Pike (south) · Highland (southwest) · Fayette (northwest) · Vinton (east)  · Hocking (northeast)  · Jackson (southeast)

Boundary Changes

See an interactive map of Ross County boundary changes.

Record Loss

Resources

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

USGenWeb

Billion Graves

Billion Graves

Epodunk

Ohio Gravestones

Names in Stone

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.

Finding More Church Records

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

Court Records

  • Gateways to the West $ (Includes Territorial Court Order Book, 1798-1799, 1799-1800, Index to Estates and Guardianships 1797-1820).
  • Many Court Records for Ross 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.

DNA

DNA has been collected from men claiming descent from the following Ross County, Ohio residents. Attempts have not been made to verify the lineages of those tested.

Emigration and Immigration

Ethnic, Political, or Religious Groups

  • Many Minority Records for Ross 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.

Funeral Homes

Gazetteers

Genealogy

History

Local histories are available for Ross 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.

Wikipedia
Wikipedia has more about this subject: Ross County, Ohio
Local Histories
  • Finley, Isaac J. and Rufus Putnam, Pioneer Record and Reminiscences of the Early Settlers and Settlement of Ross County, Ohio, (Cincinnati, Ohio: Robert Clarke, 1871). Digital copy at Internet Archive FHL film 824057 Item 3
  • Perkins, George, Pioneer Sketches, Life in the Northwest Territory and Ross County, Ohio: 1600s-1896, (Chillicothe, Ohio: Ross County Genealogical Society, 1999). FHL book 977.182 H2p


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



Maps

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Military

General
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 Cavalry, Company M
- 1st Regiment, Ohio Heavy Artillery, Company B
-106th Regiment, Ohio InfantryCompany F
World War I
World War II


Naturalization and Citizenships

  • Naturalization
  • Many Naturalization and Citizenship Records for Ross 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.

Newspapers

Ross 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

OnlineNewspaperAbstracts

Newspaper Extracts and Abstracts in Book Form

Obituaries

Periodicals

Probate

Probate records created after 1852 are held by the Ross 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 Ross 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).


  • 1790–1967 - Ohio, Probate Records, 1790-1967 at 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 browsing the images. A list of Fires that have destroyed records in the courthouses of several counties are listed on the Record Description page.
  • Wills & Probate Records
  • Many Probate Records for Ross 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.
Finding More Probate Records

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

Public Records

Repositories

Courthouse

Ross County Courthouse
2 N Paint Street
Chillicothe, OH 45601
Phone: 740.702.3085

Probate Judge has birth, marriage, death and probate records;
Clerk Court has divorce records from late 1800’s and court records;
County Recorder has land records[3]

Family History Centers

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 Ross County, Ohio Genealogy is the

For additional nearby Family History Centers, search online in the FHC directory. Put your town name in the top search box.

Libraries
Museums
Societies

Schools

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.

Finding More Tax Records

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

  • 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.
  • Many Divorce Records for Ross 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.
  • Ohio Deaths, 1908-1932, 1938-1944, and 2002 $
  • Death Records
  • Gateway to the West $ (Marriages from 1798-1809)
  • Many Vital Records for Ross 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.

Finding More Vital Records

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

Original Death Records on Microfilm

Divorce

Web Sites

Places

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

References

  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Mahoning County, Ohio" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mahoning_County,_Ohio (accessed 2 jULY 2013).
  2. Carol Willsey Bell, Ohio Wills and Estates to 1850: An Index (Columbus, Ohio: the author, 1981). FamilySearch Books Online - Free online copy.
  3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Ross County, Ohio. Page 545 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.