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Guernsey County

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     Guernsey County is a county located in the state of Ohio.   As of 2000, the population was 40,792. It is named for the Isle of Guernsey in the English Channel, from which many of the county's early settlers came.  Guernsey County was created on January 31, 1810 and was formed from Belmont and Muskingum Counties.  Portions of Guernsey County were later incorporated into the counties of Monroe (1813 January 29), Morgan (1817 December 29), and Noble (1851 March 11).    Cambridge is the county seat of Guernsey County, Ohio. Residents named the town after Cambridge, Maryland. In 1806, residents established the town.       The county lies along Zane's Trace and the old National Road (U.S. 40), over which many pioneers traveled in the 18th century to open up America's interior.

    The counties that lie adjacent to Guernsey are:  Tuscarawas County (north);  Harrison County (northeast);  Belmont County (east);  Noble County (south);  Muskingum County (west); and Coshocton County (northwest).

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McVicker; Moreland; Pinnell; Scruggs and allied families

Gardner;   Johnson;   Wilkins

Bozarth; Peiffer; Quigley; Rhubart and allied families


Dellinger; Knecht; Pfeffer; Silar and allied families

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Isaac Gardner moved his family from Maryland to Ohio around 1803.  They originally lived in Harrison County then moved on to Tuscarawas County around 1808.  After this they moved to Guernsey County prior to 1820.  The Isaac Gardner household of 12 persons as well as his eldest son Miley Gardner is found in the 1820 census of Monroe Township, Guernsey County.  Isaac’s daughter Nancy Lucynthia Gardner married Disbury Johnson on 29 January 1823 in Guernsey County.  Isaac spent the remainder of his days within this area of Ohio.  Isaac was approximately 70 years old when he died in 1827.    

Map of the county

Map of the County

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Cambridge;   Monroe Township;  


LOCATION:  Country: United States;   State: Ohio;   County: Guernsey;  Coordinates/Map:40.025, -81.586667; 

NAME / DESCRIPTION:  Cambridge is a city in and the county seat of Guernsey County, Ohio, United States.[3] It lies in southeastern Ohio, in the Appalachian Plateau of the Appalachian Mountains. In 1796, Col. Ebenezer Zane received funds to blaze a road suitable for travel by horse through the Ohio wilderness from a point on the Ohio River opposite Wheeling, Virginia (now Wheeling, West Virginia) to another point opposite Maysville, Kentucky. Where this road, known as Zane's Trace, crossed Wills Creek, a ferry was established in 1798. This was followed by the first bridge authorized by the legislature of the Northwest Territory, built in 1803. A settlement grew up at the creek crossing. The town of Cambridge was platted there in 1806. In 1828, the federally built National Road came through Cambridge. The first railroad arrived in 1854.


INTERNET WEB LINK(S):   City of Cambridge, Ohio : Official Web site;  Cambridge, Ohio - Ohio History Central

Monroe Township

LOCATION:  Country: United States;   State: Ohio;   County: Guernsey; Coordinates/Map: 40.184167, -81.4825; 

Places: Birmingham; Odell

NAME / DESCRIPTION:  Monroe Township was organized at the house of Lawrence Tetrick in April, 1818.


INTERNET WEB LINK(S):   Monroe Twp., Guernsey Co. (Histopolis);

LOCATION:  Country: United States;   State: Ohio;   County: Guernsey; Coordinates/Map:; 





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Profiles for 93 cities, towns and other populated places in Guernsey County Ohio

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Guernsey County, Ohio, United States

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County boundary changes

Historical Changes in the Boundaries of this County

     Conducting genealogical research in the United States requires an understanding of county boundaries.  As the population grew more counties were created to meet the public’s need for localized governments.  This phenomena was common in all states during the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries.  As such you must be sure that you are not looking for records in the wrong county or state. 

     The web-site for the Atlas of Historical County Boundary Project provides interactive maps for all states. This Atlas is meant to be a resource for people seeking records of past events, and people trying to analyze, interpret and display county-based historical data like Land Records, Probate Records, Court Records, Tax Records, and Vital Records that document birth, death, and marriage.   Listed below are the boundary changes for this county, the dates they occurred, as well as the government statute that decreed the change.  To see actual changes in a mapping format follow this link to the Atlas of Historical County Boundary Project .

Map of 1810 County Boundaries (in black)

01 Mar 1810 - GUERNSEY created from BELMONT and MUSKINGUM.

29 Jan 1813 - GUERNSEY lost to creation of MONROE; MONROE not fully organized, part attached to GUERNSEY

                          for administrative and judicial purposes.

01 Mar 1815 - MONROE fully organized, detached from GUERNSEY.

29 Dec 1817 - GUERNSEY lost to creation of MORGAN; MORGAN not fully organized, part attached to GUERNSEY

                          for administrative and judicial purposes.

01 Mar 1819 - MORGAN fully organized, detached from GUERNSEY.

01 Apr 1851 - GUERNSEY lost to creation of NOBLE.

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Our “Gen-Tool Kit” has been primarily designed for those researchers who may be traveling to this location to perform on-site studies of their family history, or to just visit some of the interesting historical sites located in the area.  It can be very satisfying to mix research with sightseeing at historical and scenic spots.  Such activity not only gives you an understanding of the land but a needed break from intense research sessions.  When visiting an ancestral county for genealogical research we’ve found that the three most important places to visit are the county courthouse; the county library; and the county historical and/or genealogical societies.  It is also good to plan ahead by contacting any site you intend visiting in order to ascertain where it is and when it will be open.  This is especially true with regard to historical and genealogical societies.  We hope that the following information will provide you with a better idea of what resources are available, within this county, to the family historian.


County History

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 County Records


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·        Cemeteries of Guernsey County

·        Guernsey County  Cem.Transcription & Photo Project

·        Guernsey County Cemeteries

·        Guernsey County Cemetery Index

·       Guernsey County Cemetery List

·       Guernsey County Headstones

·       Guernsey County Index  OH Cemetery Photo Project



Your LINK to the Historical Places and Districts in GUERNSEY County

·        Guernsey County  1888 "Historical Collections of Ohio"

·        Guernsey County Bibliography

·        Guernsey County Historical Markers

·        Guernsey County History

·        History of Guernsey County

·        History of Guernsey County, Ohio  (Volume 1) (1911)

·        National Register of Historic Places 

·        Primitive Baptist Churches 

·        City of Cambridge, Ohio 

·        Cambridge, Ohio

Libaries, Museums, Archives

Libraries, Museums & Archives

·        Family History Library Holdings     

·        Guernsey County Libraries  Public Libraries Directory

·        Guernsey County Libraries     

·        PERiodical Source Index Search  Guernsey County, OH

Maps and Gazetteers

Maps and Gazetteers

·        Athens, Belmont, Fairfield, Guernsey, Hocking, Licking, Monroe, Morgan, Muskingum, Noble, Perry and Washington counties  1872

·        Atlas of Guernsey County, Ohio  1902

·        Cambridge, Ohio 1899

·        Guernsey County – 1895

·        Guernsey County 1870

·        Guernsey County 1914

·        Guernsey County Gazetteer

·        Guernsey County Post Offices 

·        Guernsey County Post Offices  1846

·        Guernsey County Topo Maps and Aerial Photos

·        Quad List of Antrim, Ohio

·        Quad List of Brady, Ohio

·        Quad List of Buffalo, Ohio

·        Quad List of Cambridge, Ohio

·        Quad List of Gibson, Ohio

·        Quad List of Harmony, Ohio

·        Quad List of Independence, Ohio

·        Quad List of Londonderry, Ohio

·        Quad List of Sutton, Ohio

·        Quad List of Washington, Ohio

·        Quad List of Wills, Ohio

·        Tiger Map Server Browser 

County Records


·        All Departments below are in the Guernsey County Courthouse PO Box 766, 801 Wheeling Avenue, Cambridge, OH 43725; Phone: +1-614-432-9275, unless otherwise noted below. The Official County website is located at .

·        Guernsey County Clerk of Probate Court has Marriage Records from 1810, Birth / Death Records from 1867-1908 and Probate Records from 1812. Phone Number: 740.432.9262

·        Guernsey County Recorder has Land Records from 1802. Phone Number: 740.432.9275

·        Guernsey County Clerk of Court of Common Pleas has Court Records from 1802. Phone Number: 740.432.9252


·        Guernsey County Genealogy Records 

·        Census Search  1880 Guernsey County

·        Guernsey County on Reel 1804 – 1930 Census

·        Guernsey County on Reel 1805– 1930 Census

·        Land Patent Search

·        List of Pensioners on the Roll January 1, 1883 

·        Guernsey County, Ohio  World War II Casualties

·        Guernsey County Public Records Links

·        Guernsey County Records


·        Migrations through Guernsey County

·        Chronicling America  Guernsey County

·        Guernsey County – Newspaper Abstracts

·        Black-Epperson Funeral Homes Byesville & Senecaville

·        Obituary Index  Individuals born in Guernsey County

·        Thorn-Black Funeral Homes  Cambridge and Quaker City

·        1810 Guernsey County Tax List Index

·        Guernsey County Vital Records


Societies (Historical & Genealogical)

·        Catholic Record Society  of the Diocese of Columbus

·        Guernsey County Genealogical Society 

·        Ohio National Road Association 

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Old Guernsey County Court House

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