Guernsey County Courthouse
Probate Court Division
Phone: (740) 432-9262
Hours: Monday - Friday 8:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M.
The Courthouse has court, probate, naturalization, and vital records. Specific record holdings are:
Before Guernsey County's formation in 1810, London, Oxford, and Millwood Township records can be found at the Belmont County Courthouse in St. Clairesville, and the other townships' records can be found at the Muskingum County Courthouse in Zanesville.
Births and deaths were not recorded prior to 1867 in Guernsey County, and after 1908 December 20 they are located at the Guernsey County Health Department.
Copies are $1.00 per page. There is no charge for searching.
Guernsey County Administration Building
627 Wheeling Avenue
Hours: Monday - Thursday 8:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M.
The Recorder has records of land deeds (as well as other related documents) beginning around 1802. Land records from before 1810 (when Guernsey County was formed) may also be found at the Belmont County Courthouse in St. Clairesville (for London, Oxford, and Millwood Townships) and at the Muskingum County Courthouse in Zanesville (for the other townships).
U.S. Federal land patents (the original deeds for most land in Guernsey County) from 1820 to 1908 can be viewed on-line at the Bureau of Land Management.
The Map Department provides maps for many purposes, including historical and cemetery maps.
Guernsey County District Public Library
800 Steubenville Ave.
The genealogy collection is in a separate room called the Finley Room - Local History and Genealogy Department. It is located on the second floor; take the stairs at the front of the library.
The Finley Room is always staffed when open. It has its own hours, different from the library; see the above website for details.
The above website also has a listing of the documents available in the Finley Room.
The Finley room librarians welcome brief mail and e-mail inquiries.
Guernsey County Health Department
326 Highland Ave.
The Guernsey County Health Department, in coordination with the Ohio Department of Health, took over the recording of birth records from the county court, beginning on 1908 December 20.
Death certificates are available from the Ohio Department of Health.
The department also has death records, and marriage and divorce abstracts beginning on 1954 January 1.
An index to many death records, from 1913 to 1937, can be found online at the Ohio Historical Society.
Guernsey County Historical Museum
218 North Eighth Street (one block behind the Courthouse)
165-year-old, restored 16-room home museum, containing antique furnishings, products, and personal items from Guernsey County and its people. One room features Guernsey Countians of national or worldwide fame; another honors Sen. John H. Glenn, Jr., first U.S. astronaut to orbit the Earth.
Open April 1 through December 31 on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday, 12 Noon to 3 p.m. Open other times and days by appointment. Closed January, February, and March. Admission: Adults $1, Children $ .50.
Byesville Historical Society and Museum
236 East Main Avenue (at Second Street)
Operated by the Byesville Historical Society and housed in a historical bank building, the Museum features a collection of antique articles, photographs, and documents which chronicle the history of the Byesville area from the mid 1800s to the present.
Open 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Mon., Tues., Wed., and Fri. Special tours offered throughout the year upon request. Donations requested.