Courthouse

Ross County Court of Common Pleas
Probate-Juvenile Divisions

Building Address
21 West Main Street
Chillicothe, OH  45601

Mailing Address
2 N. Paint Street, Suite A
Chillicothe, OH  45601

Phone (740) 774-1177 ext 113  or  774-1179 ext. 113

 


Archives
Hours of Operation
Monday-Friday
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Closed for lunch from noon-1pm
Closed on all legal holidays
Visitors to the Archives

Please note that we only have one Archivist on staff. Before you visit, please contact our Archivist, Janet Ackley, at (740) 774-1179 ext. 113 or by email at jackley@horizonview.net to make sure that she will be here to accomodate you.

Our Archivist is out of the office from Monday, May 12, 2014 through Friday, May 23, 2014

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  The Archives structure was originally build in 1878 as the Ross County Sheriff's jail and jailer's residence. It contained 16 cells used for males, one holding cell for females, and one holding cell for the mentally ill. Sheriff Fred Heinzelman was the last Sheriff to actually reside in the jail. When Sheriff Thomas Hamman took office in 1977, he converted the living quarters into office space.
  In July of 1989, The Sheriff's Department moved into the newly completed law complex. The Ross County Commissioners then approved the use of the old jail as the Ross County Probate Archives. The Archives was officially dedicated and opened for public use in April of 1996.
  This may be the first time you have visited the Probate Court of Ross County, Ohio. We would like to welcome you to the oldest Probate Court in Ohio.
  The records of the Probate Court of Ross County, Ohio are a treasure trove of historical information. Many of these records pre-date the establishment of the State of Ohio in 1803.
  Chillicothe was the capitol of the Territory Northwest of the River Ohio established by the Ordinance of 1787.
  General Arthur St. Clair, the Territorial Governor, issued marriage licenses in Ross County in 1798 and the Probate Court continues this service today.
  Estate records or inventories of decedent estates were filed in the Probate Court beginning in 1797. These early records reflect values made in two monetary systems, i.e. American dollars and cents and British pounds, shillings, and pence. Estates are also currently administered in this Court.
The Board of County Commissioners recognize the importance of these records and provide space for the storage of our inactive records by the establishment of the Ross County Archives.
All visitors are respectfully requested to treat all of these records with the utmost care being especially careful not to deface, alter, remove, or damage them in any way because many of them are irreplaceable.
Severe penalities may be imposed against anyone failing to honor this request.
  On behalf of the Board of Commissioners and myself, I personally welcome you to our facility.
            Richard G. Ward, Judge    
                             
 
Marriage Records
   
Death Records
 
 
Marriage Record Index
   
Death Records Index
 
 
Ross County Marriages 1951 - 1975 by Groom
   
1867 - 1908 Probate Death Records - primarily township deaths
 
 
Ross County Marriages 1951 - 1975 by Bride
   
General Index to Probate Court Death Records
 
 

1798 - 1876 Marriage Registers - Personal Information not Included "Ross County Marriage Index" by Bob Casari

   
1888 - 1980 Health Department Records - primarily city deaths
 
1908 - Present - recorded and housed at the Health Department
     1877 - 1900 Marriage Registers - Personal Information not Included "Ross County Marriage Index" by Bob Casari
 
 

1900 - 1976 Marriage Registers - Personal Information Included Indexed in individual volumes

   
 

 

1977 - 1992 Marriage Registers - Personal Information Included Indexed by males in General Marriage Index

   
Birth Records
 
(Recording not mandaated by law until 1867)
 

1993 - Present Marriage Registers - Personal Information Included Indexed in Individual Volumes - computerized

   
 
Birth Records Index
 

 

   
1867 - 1908 Probate Birth Records - primarily township records
 
General Index to Probate Court Birth Records
             
1888 - 1908 Health Department Records - primarily city records
 
 
   
1908 - Present recorded and housed at the Health Department
 
             
 
 
Marriage Affidavits
       
 
(Parental Consent of Underage Bride and/or Groom)
   
 
 
1816 - 1855
                   
 
1855 - 1870
   
Delayed Birth Registration and Corrections
 
 
1871 - 1885
     
 
1886 - 1896
   
1941 - 1960 - 19 Volumes - indexed in each volume
 
 
1897 - 1900
       
 
   
 
                             
     
Probate Records (General Index for all Probate Proceedings)
           
                 
     
1797 - Present   Estate Proceedings
           
     
1801 - Present   Guardianship Proceedings
           
     
Naturalization Records
           
     
Lunacy Proceedings
           
     
1801 - Present    Miscellaneous Suits
           
                             

                       
                             
Ross County Genealogical Society
444 Douglas Avenue
140 - 146 South Paint Street
Chillicothe, Ohio 45601
Chillicothe, OH 45601
Phone: (740) 773-2715
Phone: (740) 702-4145
Hours: M-W-F 1:00-4:00 pm   TH 6:00-9:00 pm  SAT 9:00am-1:00pm
Hours: M-Th 9:00am - 9:00pm F-Sat 9:00am - 5:30pm  Sun-Closed
           
Ross County Health Department
Vital Statistics Section
Bennett Hall
475 Western Ave., Suite A
571 West Fifth Street
Chillicothe, OH 45601
Chillicothe, OH 45601
Phone: (740) 779-9630
Phone: (740) 774-7201
Hours: M-F 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
For their hours, click here
                             
McKell Library
39 West Fifth Street
Chillicothe, OH 45601
Phone: (740) 773-1896
Hours: T-W-F-Sat 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Closed All Holidays

Questions & Answers
Q. What is the cost of a copy?
A. An uncertified copy is $0.05 per page and a certified copy is $2.00 per page.
Q. How do I get a copy?
A. Write down the information you are wanting, include a check or money order made payable to Ross County Probate Court along with a self-addressed stamped envelope and mail to: Ross County Probate Court Archives 2 N. Paint St., Suite A, Chillicothe, Ohio 45601

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