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Guernsey County Genealogical Society

Guernsey County Courthouse

Guernsey County Administration Building

Guernsey County District Public Library

Guernsey County Health Department

Guernsey County Historical Museum

Byesville Historical Society and Museum

Cambridge/Guernsey County Visitors & Convention Bureau

Guernsey County Courthouse

Probate Court Division
801 Wheeling Ave. D-203
Cambridge OH 43725

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:

  • Court of Common Pleas proceedings (1810 – present)
  • Wills & Administrations (1812 – present)
  • Marriages (1812 – present)
  • Guardianships (1812 – present)
  • Naturalizations (1864 – 1909)
  • Births & Deaths (1867 – 1908)

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
Cambridge OH 43725

Hours: Monday - Thursday 8:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M.
             Closed Fridays (as of March 2009)

The Recorder

Suite 305
(740) 432-9275

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

Suite 303
(740) 432-9277

The Map Department provides maps for many purposes, including historical and cemetery maps.

Guernsey County District Public Library

800 Steubenville Ave.
Cambridge, Ohio 43725
Phone: (740) 432-5946
Fax: (740) 432-7142

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.
Cambridge, OH 43725
Phone: 740-439-3577
FAX: 740-432-7463

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)
P.O. Box 741
Cambridge, Ohio 43725
Phone: (740) 439-5884

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)
Byesville, Ohio 43723
Phone: (740) 685-3251

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.  

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