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We invite you to visit our Local History and Genealogy Department. The Finley Room is staffed by library personnel at all times. Brief mail and e-mail inquiries are welcomed. We have 3 microfilm and microfiche reader/printers and a photocopier. The cost for copies is .25 cents per sheet.

When corresponding with the Genealogy Dept. by mail or e-mail, please follow the guidelines listed below.

  • Be sure to have the complete information regarding your request.
    Due to the increasing volume of requests, we simply cannot remember or track what has been said in previous correspondence with each patron.
  • Include your regular street address with all requests.
    This will avoid unnecessary delays in sending requested items while we write back for your address.
  • Make your request as specific as possible.
    Please request a specific record for a specific person. Much as we would like to, we simply can't take on requests for any or all information in the collection on a given person or surname.
  • Include as much of the following information with your requests as possible.
    What type of record you want, on whom, the exact or approximate date of the event, plus the county and state of the event.
  • Limit each request to 3 records.
    Due to the high volume of requests received, we must limit the time spent on each one. If more is requested than we can do for you at one time, you will be asked to resubmit.
  • Mail your requests to:
    Guernsey County District Public Library
    800 Steubenville Avenue
    Cambridge, Ohio 43725

    E-mail requests to our This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    Phone: 740-432-5946
    Fax: 740-432-7142


Current open hours are Monday thru Friday, 1:00-5:30pm.

Online Resources

Digital Shoebox - This is your access to historical treasures from Southeastern Ohio.

Heritage Quest - HeritageQuest line represents the most comprehensive collection of genealogical and local history information available anywhere. In addition to the entire U.S. federal census, HeritageQuest microform products provide vital statistics, military records, special census schedules, ship passenger lists, and much more. Though often used by individuals, these quality films are primarily suited for libraries and archives.

Family Search

Guernsey County GenWeb

Rutherford B. Hayes Obituary Index

Ohio Genealogical Society

Research Materials Available

Household Guide and Instructor 1882
Portrait and Biographical Record 1895
Sidelines: Stories of Guernsey County, Ohio
Sixty Years of Guernsey County, Ohio
History of Guernsey County, OH 1911 Sarchet
Wolfe's Stories of Guernsey County 1943
Yesterday and Today in Guernsey County 1979
Guernsey County Black Pioneers, Patriots and Persons
Historical Views and Maps
Early Schools

Guernsey County 1855 -1870 -1913

Marriage Records 1810-1977
Death Records 1867-1908
Will and Estate Records 1810-1961

Over 300 Different Families

Pioneer Cemeteries of Guernsey County

1820-1930 on Microfilm

DAR Patriot Index
Revolutionary War Pension Abstracts
War of 1812 Ohio Roster
Official Roster of Ohio Civil War Soldiers
Official Roster of Confederate & Union Soldiers
Official Roster of Ohio WWI Soldiers

1860-Present (local)

Tax Duplicates 1816-1832
Common Pleas Journals 1810-1853
Common Pleas Records 1838-1852
Chancery Records 1836-1853
Board of Commissioners Journals 1810-1901

80 Ohio Counties
Various Counties of Maryland, Pennsylvania and Virginia

Federal Land Series
Early Ohio Tax Records
Ohio Cemeteries Directory
Ohio Wills and Estates to 1850 (index)
Ohio Mortality Schedule 1850
Land Grant Records
Guernsey Annuals and others
Howe's History of Ohio
Ohio Gateway State
Hinshaw's Quaker Records
Gateway to the West
Family Search (IGI, Ancestral File, Social Security Death lndex, Military Index, Family History Catalog)
Cambridge City Directories
Cambridge High School Yearbooks
Ohio Records and Pioneer Families
American Presidential Families
Colonial Families


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