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Guide to '''Jefferson County Ohio genealogy.''' Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.  
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Guide to '''Jefferson County, Ohio ancestry, family history, and genealogy''' birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.  
  
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*'''Parent Counties''': Formed from [[Washington County, Ohio|Washington]] County 27 July 1797.<ref name="HBG">[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/50140092;referer=brief_results ''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed.''] (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), [FHL book 973 D27e 2002].</ref>  
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*'''Parent Counties''': Formed from [[Washington County, Ohio Genealogy|Washington]] County 27 July 1797.<ref name="HBG">[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/50140092;referer=brief_results ''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed.''] (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), [FHL book 973 D27e 2002].</ref>  
*'''County Seat: '''Steubenville  
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*'''County Seat: '''Steubenville
*'''Neighboring Counties''': {{PAGENAME}}&nbsp;'''residents''' may also have records in <ref>Wikipedia contributors, "Jefferson County, Ohio" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jefferson_County,_Ohio (accessed 26 June 2013).</ref>[[Columbiana County, Ohio|Columbiana]] (north){{·}}[[Belmont County, Ohio|Belmont]] (south){{·}}[[Carroll County, Ohio|Carroll]] (northwest){{·}}[[Harrison County, Ohio|Harrison]] (southwest){{·}}[[Hancock County, West Virginia|Hancock County, West Virginia]] (northeast){{·}}[[Brooke County, West Virginia|Brooke County, West Virgina]] (east){{·}}[[Ohio County, West Virginia|Ohio County, West Virginia]] (southeast)
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==== Description ====
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The county was named  for Thomas Jefferson, author of the Declaration of Independence, Secretary of State, and Vice President of the United States at the time of the County’s creation. It's county seat is La Belle and was founded July 29, 1797.  It is located in the East-central area of the state.<ref>Genealogy Trails History Group, “Jefferson County, Ohio Genealogy and History”, http://genealogytrails.com/ohio/jefferson/ accessed 2/17/2017.</ref>
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==== Neighboring Counties  ====
  
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[[Columbiana County, Ohio Genealogy|Columbiana County]] {{•}} [[Carroll County, Ohio Genealogy|Carroll County]] {{•}} [[Harrison County, Ohio Genealogy|Harrison County]] {{•}} [[Belmont County, Ohio Genealogy|Belmont County]] {{•}} [[Hancock County, West Virginia|Hancock County, West Virginia]] {{•}} [[Brooke County, West Virginia|Brooke County, West Virginia]] {{•}} [[Ohio County, West Virginia|Ohio County, West Virginia]]
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==== Boundary Changes  ====
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
  
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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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  ====
 
==== Record Loss  ====
For a list of record loss in Ohio counties see: [http://www.familytree101.com/ohio/oh-counties.html#courthouse Ohio Counties with Burned Courthouses]
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There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.
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=== Resources  ===
 
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[http://www.interment.net/us/oh/Jefferson.htm Interment.net]  
 
[http://www.interment.net/us/oh/Jefferson.htm Interment.net]  
 
 
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[http://www.namesinstone.com/CemeteryList.aspx Names in Stone]  
 
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[https://billiongraves.com/search/results?year_range=5&action=search_cemetery&exact=true&country=United%20States&state=Ohio&county=Jefferson&cemetery_name=a#/ Billion Graves]  
 
 
 
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[http://www.epodunk.com/cgi-bin/localList.php?local=16236&locTGroup=Cemeteries&direction=down&sec=0&qty=49&stateAbbv=&stateName= Epodunk]  
 
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Cemetery records often reveal birth, marriage, death, relationship, military, and religious information.
See [[Ohio Cemeteries|Ohio Cemeteries]] for more information.  
 
  
 
==== Census  ====
 
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:*Sinclair, Mary Donaldson, ''Pioneer Days,'' (Steubenville, Ohio: M.D. Sinclair, 1962). {{FHL|132353|item|disp=FHL book 977.169 H2s}}
 
:*Sinclair, Mary Donaldson, ''Pioneer Days,'' (Steubenville, Ohio: M.D. Sinclair, 1962). {{FHL|132353|item|disp=FHL book 977.169 H2s}}
  
You can find many local histories within Jefferson County at [http://www.digitalshoebox.org www.digitalshoebox.org], which is a website from the Public Library of Steubenville and Jefferson County, Ohio (Schiappa Branch), where they have digitized many of their collection.&nbsp;&nbsp; This website includes library contributions from all of southeast Ohio.  
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You can find many local histories within Jefferson County at [http://www.digitalshoebox.org Digital Shoebox], which is a website from the Public Library of Steubenville and Jefferson County, Ohio (Schiappa Branch), where they have digitized many of their collection.&nbsp;&nbsp; This website includes library contributions from all of southeast Ohio.  
  
You can also find much information on the Jefferson County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society website at http://[http://www.jeffcochapter.com jeffcochapter.com].&nbsp; Many of the early records of this county have been donated to the chapter, and they are in the process of housing and cataloging these collections.  
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You can also find much information on the Jefferson County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society website at [http://www.jeffcochapter.com Jefferson County Chapter] Many of the early records of this county have been donated to the chapter, and they are in the process of housing and cataloging these collections.  
  
You can also find much historical and genealogical information at the Jefferson County Historical Museum located at 426 Franklin Ave., Steubenville, OH 43952. Phone 740-283-1133.&nbsp; Hours of operation vary due to volunteer staff, so please call ahead to make arrangements for tours and library researching.  
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You can also find much historical and genealogical information at the Jefferson County Historical Museum located at 426 Franklin Ave., Steubenville, OH 43952. Phone: 740-283-1133.&nbsp; Hours of operation vary due to volunteer staff, so please call ahead to make arrangements for tours and library researching.
  
 
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*[http://www.mapofus.org/ohio/ Maps of Ohio (1788-1940)]
  
 
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<br> '''Newspaper Extracts and Abstracts in Book Form'''<br>  
 
<br> '''Newspaper Extracts and Abstracts in Book Form'''<br>  
  
The local newspaper is "The Herald-Star" located at 401 Herald Square, Steubenville, OH&nbsp; 43952.&nbsp; Phone (740) 283-4711.&nbsp; The website is [http://www.hsconnect.com www.hsconnect.com].&nbsp; The archive issues of this paper date to 1806, and can be accessed at the Public Library of Steubenville and Jefferson County (Schiappa Branch - Ohio Room).&nbsp; They are housed on microfilm, and many issues have been indexed.&nbsp; Some of these indexes are digitized online (including [http://www.digitalshoebox.org/cdm/compoundobject/collection/steubenbks2/id/7019/rec/3 1892]), and others are available at the library.  
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The local newspaper is "The Herald-Star" located at 401 Herald Square, Steubenville, OH&nbsp; 43952.&nbsp; Phone (740) 283-4711<br> [http://www.hsconnect.com Website]The archive issues of this paper date to 1806, and can be accessed at the Public Library of Steubenville and Jefferson County (Schiappa Branch - Ohio Room).&nbsp; They are housed on microfilm, and many issues have been indexed.&nbsp; Some of these indexes are digitized online (including [http://www.digitalshoebox.org/cdm/compoundobject/collection/steubenbks2/id/7019/rec/3 1892]), and others are available at the library.  
  
 
Obituaries of the recently deceased (last 5-10 years) can also be accessed by visiting the websites of local funeral homes.&nbsp; A few of these are listed below:  
 
Obituaries of the recently deceased (last 5-10 years) can also be accessed by visiting the websites of local funeral homes.&nbsp; A few of these are listed below:  
  
Clarke Funeral Home, Toronto - [http://www.clarkefuneralhome.com www.clarkefuneralhome.com]  
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Clarke Funeral Home, Toronto - [http://www.clarkefuneralhome.com Website]  
  
Everhart-Bove Funeral Home - [http://www.everhart-bovefuneralhomes.com www.everhart-bovefuneralhomes.com]  
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Everhart-Bove Funeral Home - [http://www.everhart-bovefuneralhomes.com Website]  
  
Shorac Funeral Homes - [http://www.shorac.com www.shorac.com]  
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Shorac Funeral Homes - [http://www.shorac.com Website]  
  
Mosti Funeral Home - [http://www.mostifuneralhome.com www.mostifuneralhome.com]  
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Mosti Funeral Home - [http://www.mostifuneralhome.com Website]  
  
J.E. Foster Funeral Homes - [http://www.jefosterfh.com www.jefosterfh.com]  
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J.E. Foster Funeral Homes - [http://www.jefosterfh.com Website]  
  
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'''Online Probate Records'''
:*'''1790–1940''' - {{RecordSearch|1935519|Ohio, Probate Records, 1790-1940}} at [http://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch Historical Records] – free. This collection consists of records from Jefferson County, Ohio. This collection is being published as images become available. An index is being created in cooperation with the Jefferson County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society and will be published as it becomes available. Currently, (September 2012) the collection includes Probate records from 1797 to 1940, and is only searchable by [[How to Navigate Browsable Images|browsing]] the images. <br>  
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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 '''$'''
:*'''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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*'''1789 - 1996''' {{RecordSearch|1992421|Ohio Probate Records 1789-1996}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — images
:*'''various years''' - [http://www.usgwarchives.net/oh/jefferson/wills-index.html community contributed wills] Courtesy OhioGenWeb Archives
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*'''1790–1940''' - {{RecordSearch|1935519|Ohio, Probate Records, 1790-1940}} at [http://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch Historical Records] – free. This collection consists of records from Jefferson County, Ohio. This collection is being published as images become available. An index is being created in cooperation with the Jefferson County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society and will be published as it becomes available. Currently, (September 2012) the collection includes Probate records from 1797 to 1940, and is only searchable by [[How to Navigate Browsable Images|browsing]] the images. <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>  
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*'''various years''' - [http://www.usgwarchives.net/oh/jefferson/wills-index.html community contributed wills] Courtesy OhioGenWeb Archives
  
 
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:*'''1852-1888''' - [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/show?uri=http%3A%2F%2Fcatalog-search-api%3A8080%2Fwww-catalogapi-webservice%2Fitem%2F250624 Final record of probate cases], 1852-1888. FHL microfilm.
 
:*'''1852-1888''' - [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/show?uri=http%3A%2F%2Fcatalog-search-api%3A8080%2Fwww-catalogapi-webservice%2Fitem%2F250624 Final record of probate cases], 1852-1888. FHL microfilm.
  
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===== Courthouse  =====
 
===== Courthouse  =====
  
[http://www.jeffersoncountyoh.com/ Jefferson County Courthouse]<br> 301 Market Street<br> Steubenville, OH 43952<br> Phone: 740.283.8583&nbsp;<br><br>Probate Judge has marriage, probate and naturalization records, <br>probate and naturalization records; Clerk Court has divorce and&nbsp;<br>court records from 1797; County Recorder&nbsp;has land records <br>from 1797; Board of Health has birth and death records<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Jefferson County, Ohio. Page 543 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>  
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[http://www.jeffersoncountyoh.com/ Jefferson County Courthouse]<br> 301 Market Street<br> Steubenville, OH 43952<br> Phone: 740.283.8583&nbsp;<br><br>Probate Judge has marriage, probate and naturalization records, <br>probate and naturalization records; Clerk Court has divorce and&nbsp;<br>court records from 1797; County Recorder&nbsp;has land records <br>from 1797; Board of Health has birth and death records<ref>''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Jefferson County, Ohio. Page 543 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>  
  
 
===== Family History Centers  =====
 
===== Family History Centers  =====
  
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*[[Wintersville Ohio Family History Center|Wintersville Ohio Family History Center]]
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*[[Wintersville Ohio Family History Center]]
  
For additional nearby Family History Centers, search online in the [http://www.familysearch.org/locations FHC directory]. Put your town name in the top search box.  
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For additional nearby Family History Centers, search online in the [http://www.familysearch.org/locations FHC directory]. Put your town name in the top search box.
  
 
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*Jefferson County Chapter, OGS - [http://jeffcochapter.com http://jeffcochapter.com] <br>
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*Jefferson County Chapter, OGS - [http://jeffcochapter.com Website] <br>
  
 
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''Online Marriage Indexes and Records''  
 
''Online Marriage Indexes and Records''  
  
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:*'''1789-2013''' - {{RecordSearch|1614804|Ohio, County Marriages, 1789-2013}} at [https://familysearch.org FamilySearch] — index and images
 
:*'''1797-1901''' - [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ohjeffer/VITALS.html Marriage of Jefferson County] Courtesy OhioGenWeb  
 
:*'''1797-1901''' - [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ohjeffer/VITALS.html Marriage of Jefferson County] Courtesy OhioGenWeb  
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:*'''1800-1958''' - {{RecordSearch|1681001|Ohio, Marriages, 1800-1958}} at [http://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch] — free; Index.
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:*'''1800-1942''' - {{RecordSearch|2367319|Ohio, Marriages, 1800-1942}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
 
:*'''1949-1963''' - [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ohjeffer/VITALS.html Some Births, Marriages and Divorces of Jefferson County, Ohio] Courtesy OhioGenWeb
 
:*'''1949-1963''' - [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ohjeffer/VITALS.html Some Births, Marriages and Divorces of Jefferson County, Ohio] Courtesy OhioGenWeb
  
''Original Marriage Records on Microfilm''  
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''Original Marriage Records on Microfilm''
  
 
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''Online Death Indexes and Records''  
 
''Online Death Indexes and Records''  
  
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:*'''1840-2001''' - {{RecordSearch|2128172|Ohio, County Death Records, 1840-2001}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
 
:*'''1908-1953''' - [[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.  
 
:*'''1908-1953''' - [[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.  
 
:*'''1908-1932, 1938-2007''' - [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ohjeffer/VITALS.html Onlin Ohio Death Records and Indexes] Courtesy OhioGenWeb  
 
:*'''1908-1932, 1938-2007''' - [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ohjeffer/VITALS.html Onlin Ohio Death Records and Indexes] Courtesy OhioGenWeb  
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''Original Death Records on Microfilm''  
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=== Web Sites ===
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*[http://www.genealogyinc.com/ohio/jefferson-county/ Jefferson 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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*[http://ldsgenealogy.com/OH/Jefferson-County.htm Jefferson County OH Genealogy]
 
*USGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.  
 
*USGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.  
*{{FHL|Ohio%2C+Jefferson|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}  
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[[Category:Jefferson County, Ohio]]

Latest revision as of 22:50, 11 May 2017

United States
Ohio
Jefferson County

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


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Jefferson County, Ohio
Map
Boundary map of Jefferson County, Ohio
Map of the U.S. highlighting Ohio
Location of Ohio in the U.S.
Courthouse
Jefferson County, Ohio Courthouse.jpg
Address Jefferson County Courthouse
301 Market St.
Steubenville, Ohio 43952
Jefferson County Website


Historical Facts

Beginning dates for major county records
Birth
Marriage
Death
Tax
Land
Probate
1867
1803
1867
1795
1798
*For earlier dates, try... Church | Obituaries | Cemeteries
  • Parent Counties: Formed from Washington County 27 July 1797.[1]
  • County Seat: Steubenville

Description

The county was named for Thomas Jefferson, author of the Declaration of Independence, Secretary of State, and Vice President of the United States at the time of the County’s creation. It's county seat is La Belle and was founded July 29, 1797. It is located in the East-central area of the state.[2]

Neighboring Counties

Columbiana County  • Carroll County  • Harrison County  • Belmont County  • Hancock County, West Virginia  • Brooke County, West Virginia  • Ohio County, West Virginia


Jefferson CountyColumbiana CountyTuscarawas CountyCarroll CountyHarrison CountyGuernsey CountyNoble CountyMonroe CountyHancock CountyGreene CountyMarshall CountyBrooke CountyWashington CountyFayette CountyWestmoreland CountyAllegheny CountyBeaver CountyButler CountyLawrence CountyOhio CountyBelmont CountyStark CountyColumbiana CountyOHJefferson.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

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 Tomstones

Billion Graves

Billion Graves

Epodunk

Ohio Gravestones

See Ohio Cemeteries for more information.

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

Census

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

Court Records

Court of Common Pleas
Probate Court

The probate was formed in 1851 and generated many types of documents. Resources containing probate documents are listed under the Probate section of the Jefferson County, Ohio page. Likewise for resources containing naturalization documents see Naturalization. This section focuses on resources containing "the other" documents generated by the probate court; but in some cases a resource (such as a journal) will have entries regarding both probate and "other things".'Note also that the probate court had jurisdiction over the county and justice of the peace records.

  • Ohio, Jefferson County Court Records (FamilySearch Historical Records) This is a wiki article describing and linking to an online collection. As of 15 Nov 2012 this collection only contains probate estate packets, but perhaps more documents generated by the the probate court will be added.
  • 1818-1820s Clerk of Court Justice of Peace Ledger. See Ohio State Archives
  • Probate journal, 1852-1887. FHL film.
Supreme Court
  • 1803-1826 Clerk of Courts Supreme Court Complete Record. 2 Vol. See Ohio State Archives.


Emigration and Immigration

Ethnic, Political, or Religious Groups

Gazetteers

Genealogy

History

Local histories are available for Jefferson 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
  • Andrews, J.H., Centennial Souvenir of Steubenville and Jefferson County, Ohio: 1797-1897, (Apollo, Pennsylvania: Closson Press, 2006). FHL film 908200 Item 1
  • Miligan, T.V., History of Jefferson County, Ohio: An Address Delivered at the Centennial Celebration on 4 July 1876, (Westerville, Ohio: F.J. Milligan, 1993). FHL book 977.1 A1
  • Hunter, W.H., Pathfinders of Jefferson County, Ohio, (Ohio: Ohio Archaeological and Historical Society, 1885). Digital copy at Google Books FHL book 977.169 H2p
  • Sinclair, Dohrman J., Pioneer Collection of Jefferson County, Ohio, (Stephens City, Virginia: Commercial Press, 1984). FHL book 977.169 H2si
  • Sinclair, Mary Donaldson, Pioneer Days, (Steubenville, Ohio: M.D. Sinclair, 1962). FHL book 977.169 H2s

You can find many local histories within Jefferson County at Digital Shoebox, which is a website from the Public Library of Steubenville and Jefferson County, Ohio (Schiappa Branch), where they have digitized many of their collection.   This website includes library contributions from all of southeast Ohio.

You can also find much information on the Jefferson County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society website at Jefferson County Chapter Many of the early records of this county have been donated to the chapter, and they are in the process of housing and cataloging these collections.

You can also find much historical and genealogical information at the Jefferson County Historical Museum located at 426 Franklin Ave., Steubenville, OH 43952. Phone: 740-283-1133.  Hours of operation vary due to volunteer staff, so please call ahead to make arrangements for tours and library researching.

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


Maps

Ohjefferson.jpg

Military

  • Civil War
    Civil War service men from Morgan 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 Morgan County.
- 98th Regiment, Ohio Infantry, Companies A and D

Naturalization and Citizenship

Newspapers

Jefferson 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

The local newspaper is "The Herald-Star" located at 401 Herald Square, Steubenville, OH  43952.  Phone (740) 283-4711
WebsiteThe archive issues of this paper date to 1806, and can be accessed at the Public Library of Steubenville and Jefferson County (Schiappa Branch - Ohio Room).  They are housed on microfilm, and many issues have been indexed.  Some of these indexes are digitized online (including 1892), and others are available at the library.

Obituaries of the recently deceased (last 5-10 years) can also be accessed by visiting the websites of local funeral homes.  A few of these are listed below:

Clarke Funeral Home, Toronto - Website

Everhart-Bove Funeral Home - Website

Shorac Funeral Homes - Website

Mosti Funeral Home - Website

J.E. Foster Funeral Homes - Website


Obituaries

Periodicals

Probate

Probate records created after 1852 are held by the Jefferson 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 Jefferson 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

Wills - Index and Abstracts
  • early to 1853 - Daily, Linda. Index to early wills and estates of Jefferson County, Ohio up to 1853. FHL US/CAN Book 977.1 A1 no. 676.
  • 1798-1821 - DiThomas, Mary, Will abstracts taken from will book one, 1798-1821, Jefferson County, Northwest Territory, and the State of Ohio. FHL US/CAN Book 977.1 A1 no. 269.
  • 1821-1836 - DiThomas, Mary E. Will abstracts taken from will book two, 1821-1836, Jefferson County, Ohio. State of Ohio FHL US/CAN Book 977.1 A1 no. 276.
Wills - Images (digital or film)
Administration
  • early to 1818 - DiThomas, Mary E. Early estate administrations, Jefferson County, Ohio, to 1818 : taken from Common Pleas Court journals. FHL US/CAN Book 977.169 P2.
  • 1838-1918 - Administrators' dockets, 1838-1918. FHL film.
  • 1849-1885 - Administrators bonds vols. 1-3, 1849-1885. FHL film.
Executors Bonds
  • 1849-1885 - Executors bonds vol. 1-3, 1849-1885. FHL film
Inventories - Index and Abstracts
  • 1803-1816 - Francy, Leila S. Inventory of estates, Jefferson County, Ohio : books I and II, 1803-1816. FHL US/CAN Book 977.169 P28i.
Inventories - Images (digital or film)
  • 1803-1889 - Inventory of estates, 1803-1889. See FHL catalog.
Guardianship - Index and Abstracts
  • early to 1818 - DiThomas, Mary E. Court appointed, and chosen guardians from Common Pleas Court journals, Jefferson County, Ohio, to 1818 FHL US/CAN Book 977.1 A1 no. 271.
  • 1838-1920 - Guardians' dockets, 1838-1920. FHL film.
  • 1849-1894 - Guardian bonds and letters, 1849-1894. FHL film.
Estate Packets
Final Record Books
Finding More Probate Records

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

Public Records

Repositories

Courthouse

Jefferson County Courthouse
301 Market Street
Steubenville, OH 43952
Phone: 740.283.8583 

Probate Judge has marriage, probate and naturalization records,
probate and naturalization records; Clerk Court has divorce and 
court records from 1797; County Recorder has land records
from 1797; Board of Health has birth and death records[4]

Family History Centers

Family history centers provide one-on-one assistance and free access to premium genealogical websites. In addition, many centers have free how-to genealogy classes. See family history center for more information. Search the online FHC directory for a nearby family history center.

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

Libraries
  • Public Library of Steubenville and Jefferson County, Ohio - Schiappa Branch Ohio Room (for genealogical research and history), 4141 Mall Drive, Steubenville, OH 43952. Phone: 740-264-6166
Museums
  • Vivian Snyder Genealogical Library, Jefferson County Historical Museum, 426 Franklin Ave., Steubenville, OH  43952.  Phone (740) 283-1133
Societies
  • Jefferson County Chapter, OGS - Website

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.
  • 1816-1838 Ohio Tax Records, 1800-1850. FamilySearch Historical Records Collection. As of 12 Nov 2012 only partially digitalized, but on microfilm. Appears that when complete, this collection will cover Jefferson county from 1816-1838.
  • 1835, 1864, 1865, 1869, 1870 See Ohio State Archives.

Finding More Tax Records

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

Finding More Vital Records

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

Original Death Records on Microfilm

Divorce

Websites

Places

Populated Places

References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), [FHL book 973 D27e 2002].
  2. Genealogy Trails History Group, “Jefferson County, Ohio Genealogy and History”, http://genealogytrails.com/ohio/jefferson/ accessed 2/17/2017.
  3. Carol Willsey Bell, Ohio Wills and Estates to 1850: An Index (Columbus, Ohio: the author, 1981). FamilySearch Books Online - Free online copy.
  4. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Jefferson County, Ohio. Page 543 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.