Note: We do not have death certificates and only have very few marriage records. For marriage records dating from 1825 to the present, contact Holmes County Probate Court at 330-674-5881. For Ohio records, see the Ohio department of health at www.odh.ohio.gov. Please contact us at 330-674-5972 before sending money for research.
Remember to check our Cemetery Site for more information about where your ancestors are buried.
Other Family Search links:
Library Sponsored Genealogy Resources
HeritageQuest Online - Online index to US Census as well as additional family history information.
RB Hayes Obituary Database - An index to 2,100,000 obituaries, death & marriage notices & other sources from Ohio from the 1810s to the present day. You will find Holmes County Obituaries here.
Genealogy and History links.
Ancestry Library - IN LIBRARY USE ONLY - A library edition of the popular online database, Ancestry.com.
Calmoutier Genealogy (research conducted by Father James Semonin)
Much of the information on familysearch.org is free of charge. However, there is a charge of $5.50 for the family history microfilms on FamilySearch.org Contact the Reference Department for more details.
Other Family Search links:
These are on microfilm Beginning-1850 through 1984
HOLMES COUNTY FARMER-HUB: Aug. 1843 – 2010 (Papers from 2010 to the current date are in paper format.)
HOLMES COUNTY REPUBLICAN: Aug. 1856 – July 1923
HOLMES COUNTY WHIG: Jun. 21, 1844 – Dec. 6, 1845
Mar. 18, 1946 – Mar. 13, 1847
Jun. 19, 1847 – Dec. 28, 1848
Jan. 4, 1850 – Apr. 29, 1853
Farmer-Hub obituaries are available on index cards in a file cabinet.
Hub obits are indexed at http://index.rbhayes.org/hayes/index/. However, there are years that have not been indexed. They are: 1888-1917, 1925, 1932, 1938-1957, 1967-1985.
These available on microfilm for the years 1824 – 1900. However, 2 rolls are missing and may be available from the Holmes Co. Genealogical Society. They are indexed in a blue notebook beside the microfilm storage cabinet and online at www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ohholmes/index.html
COMMON PLEAS COURT CIVIL RECORDS
These are available on microfilm for the years 1826 -1900. They are indexed in 2 blue notebooks beside the microfilm storage cabinet and online at www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ohholmes/index.html
These are available on microfilm for the years 1852-1900. They are not indexed.
We do have some wills available on microfilm for the years 1824 – 1938. These are not indexed.
We have marriage records on microfilm for the years 1821 -1955. Some rolls have indexes. Others do not.
We also have typed summaries of marriage information in book form for the years 1825 – 1895. A listing is also found on our website,
These are available on microfilm for the years 1867 – 1956. Some rolls are indexed, others are not. There is an index available, which covers years 1867-1877 on our website, http://www.holmeslibrary.org/wp-content/uploads/2010/11/Birth-Death-Record.pdf
HOLMES CO. COMMON PLEAS NATURALIZATION RECORDS (index cards)
Available on microfilm for the years 1840 – 1940
Available on microfilm for the years 1825 – 1841
Available on microfilm for the years: 1830, 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880, 1900, 1910, 1920.
Census information is also available online using HeritageQuest Online. Go to http://www.heritagequestonline.com/hqoweb/library/do/index
We have a Holmes County Cemetery Index and a Holmes County Cemetery Book (3 ring binders) in the genealogy room. These contain cemetery inscriptions through the early 1960’s. Cemetery locations and contact information for some cemeteries can also be found here.
Also, Holmes County cemetery inscriptions and other information is available on our website, www.holmeslibrary.org/cemeteries/townships/ Patrons can then select a township and search the available cemeteries.
We also have the book, Cemetery Directory of the Amish Community in Eastern Holmes & Adjoining Counties in Ohio, published in 1975.
An index of the available family histories is available on our website, http://www.holmeslibrary.org/wp-content/uploads/2010/11/Family-History-Index.pdf
HOLMES COUNTY HISTORY BOOKS
Holmes County, Ohio – Fred W. Almendinger – 1962
Holmes County History – W. S. Hanna – 1932
Holmes County A Pictorial History – 1994
Holmes County Ohio to 1985 – 1985
Holmes County, Ohio Celebrating 175 years – 1999
Holmes County Historical Sketches 1803 – 2003 – Brooks Harris
Holmes County, Ohio History in Photo Postcards – Brooks & Kathleen Harris 2005
COMMUNITY HISTORY BOOKS
A History of Baltic 1848 – 1973 – Clarence Troyer
History of Benton 1810 – 1995 – Clayton W. Miller
Sesquicentennial History of the Berlin Community 1816 – 1966
Historical Album of Charm, Ohio – Vernon Miller – 1995
Doughty Valley Happenings – Eli A. Yoder
EASTERN HOLMES COUNTY
History of Villages – People – Places in Eastern Holmes Co. – C. Troyer 1975
A History of Fredericksburg & Community – 1991
Home Sweet Holmesville – David A. Stallman – 2011
Our Home Town – Holmesville, Ohio – David A. Stallman – 2001
Killbuck – Early Years Vol. 1, 2, 3, & 4 - Lucille Lowe
Shrimplin Settlement – Oxford – Palladium – Killbuck 1810 – 1976
Mt. Hope – A Pictorial History 1824 – 1999 – Eli H. Bowman
PAINT TOWNSHIP, MT. EATON
The History of Paint Township Mount Eaton, Ohio 1829 – 2003
There’s No Place Like Home Shreve, Ohio, USA 1853 – 2003
Sesquicentennial History of New Carlisle & Walnut Creek Township
1827 – 1977
An Authentic History of Winesburg Holmes Co., Ohio – Arthur A. Smith
Winesburg Sketch Book – Robert Mohr