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Many thanks to Jan Cortez who worked hard to get Jefferson County up and running and for all her work and efforts over the years prior to entrusting me to continue her work! Please remember that most coordinators aren't able to research for you as most if not all don't live in the county they host.

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Jefferson County was erected and organized on July 29, 1797. The county seat is Steubenville.



Jefferson County flag with the county seal
image by: Phil Nelson




Short History of Jefferson County


Jefferson County was named for Thomas Jefferson, author of the Declaration of Independence, Secretary of State, and Vice President of the United States at the time of the county's creation. It was created July 29, 1797, by proclamation of Governor Arthur St. Clair. In 1786, the United States built Fort Steuben on a hill overlooking the Ohio River. The fort's purpose was to protect the government surveyors mapping seven ranges of wilderness land from Indian attack. When the surveyors had completed their task, the two companies of troops were transferred to Fort Harmar. In 1794, the abandoned fort caught fire. In the meantime, a small cluster of homes had collected around the fort in 1787, which the residents named La Belle. In 1797, Jefferson County was created, and the site where La Belle stood was selected as the county seat. Bezaleel Wells and James Ross laid out a town around La Belle, whose name was subsequently changed to Steubenville in honor of the charred fort.
During the first half of the nineteenth century, Steubenville was primarily a port town. However, in 1856, Frazier, Kilgore and Company erected a rolling mill (the forerunner of the area's steel mills) and the Steubenville Coal and Mining Company sank a coal shaft resulting in a new industrial base for the city and county. Around 1800, a group of Quakers founded the town of Mount Pleasant, which became a center for abolitionist activity. Besides being a primary stop on the Underground Railroad, Mount Pleasant in 1817 saw the publication of one of the first abolitionist newspapers in the United States - the "Philanthropist". In 1837, Ohio's first abolitionist convention was held in Mount Pleasant. Jefferson County was the birthplace of President Abraham Lincoln's secretary of war, Edwin M. Stanton, who was born in Steubenville on December 19, 1814.




SURROUNDING COUNTIES


Jefferson County is bordered on the North by Columbiana County, OH. on the South by Belmont County, OH. on the West by Carroll County, OH. and on the West by Harrison County, OH.



July 29, 1797--Jefferson County erected & organized; Dec. 19, 1799--Part of Washington attached; July 10, 1800--Reduced by formation of Trumbull County; Sept. 7, 1801--Reduced by formation of Belmont County; May 1, 1803--Reduced by formation of Columbiana County; Jan. 31, 1807--Western boundary extended; Feb. 11, 1809--Part attached to Tuscarawas County; Feb. 1, 1813--Reduced by formation of Harrison County; Jan. 1, 1833--Reduced by formation of Carroll County. Part of Columbiana attached.


WHAT'S NEW!!


Stop in at our What's New page and see what things have been added to the Jefferson county page. I'll also be letting you know what plans are taking place for the future.


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AHNENTAFELS


Ahnentafels family relationship records submitted by descendants of ancestors of Jefferson County, Ohio


BIBLE RECORDS


Bible Records Online with listed Surnames
Family Bible Database


BIOGRAPHIES


1890 History of the Upper Ohio Valley Biographies by Brant & Fuller

Belmont County
Brooke County
Hancock County
Jefferson County
Marshall County
Ohio County

20th Century Biography Index to Jefferson County
Jefferson County, Ohio
Historical Collections of Ohio by Henry Howe 1888
US Biographies Project An awesome project that includes biographies Statewide
Historical Collections of Ohio by Henry Howe
Complete Book
Family History Archive--LDS Family History Books Online
Beers Biographical Records online Washington County, Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania History, Biographies, Yearbooks, Genealogy & More


CEMETERIES


Roots Central Cemetery Research on Roots Television: FREE funeral records, cemeteries, graveyards, monuments and more
NAOMI National Archive of Memorial Inscriptions enables researchers to check without charge for any memorial inscriptions on UK ancestors'
Ohio Grave Stones A new and growing awesome site of Ohio's graves and cemeteries with actual photos of tombstones
Tombstone Symbols
ePodunk Jefferson County, Ohio Cemeteries list with maps and location
Interment
Records of burial from cemeteries across the world for genealogy and historical research
Cemeteries Worldwide Provides links and info on obituary records and funeral homes
Cemeteries
Ohio Cemeteries and Tombstone Project
All States Cemeteries and Tombstone Project
Jefferson County Cemeteries
Ohio Cemetery Photo Project
FIND A GRAVE
Excellent site for
Free tombstone photos and information by volunteers
African American Cemeteries Online
Old City Cemetery
Galena Twp. (Jefferson County, Ohio resident buried there--Alias Lee. (submitted by: Melany)


CENSUS


USGenWeb Census Project for Jefferson County
Free Census Records Online - Links to Online Census Records for all states
Ohio Census Online
1890 Special Census of Jefferson County Civil War Veterans/Widows


CHURCH RECORDS


Church Records
on Linkpendium for Jefferson County
Church Records
USGENWEB Project
History of American Religion
1600-2004; great use for timelines in research
Religious Affiliation
of ancestors-how to identify and where to find records


COMMUNITY NEWS


Family Reunion News Announcement and Update Page
Tidbits
of Odds and Ends
Brick Walls
Jefferson County Trading Post


DEATH & MILITARY INFORMATION


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American Civil War Comprehensive American Civil War site with forums
Virtual Wall Vietnam Veterans Memorial
(DUVCW) Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War--Nationally Recognized-a wonderful way to prove your civil War veteran and preserve their memories forever! Chapters all over the United States


DEEDS


Deeds of Jefferson County, Ohio


DIRECTORIES


1850 Steubenville Directory
1856-'57 Steubenville Directory
1933-35 Farm Directory of Jefferson County, Ohio


FAMILY PAGES AND LINKS


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Yellow Creek History
An online collection of adventurism along historic yellow creek by a local resident. Great site!!
Paul Ridenour's
Ridenour Family Tree - Awesome site!
Page 2 of Paul Ridenour's
Ridenour Family Tree
Stories in and Around
Jefferson County past & present
Scamahorn Family
of Jefferson County, Ohio
Maxwell and Goodwin Family
Bible records of the Goodwin and Maxwell Family
Chamberlain and Morgan
Brothers Page
The Matthew Warden
Family Page


FORMS AND SOFTWARE WEBSITES;
WEB BASED SOFTWARE AND FUN & FREE WEBSITES


1790 - 1930 Census Forms; Miscellaneous forms and software
FREE Family Tree Chart
My Heritage Face Recognition-find the celebrity in you
Perpetual Calendar Calculator Find the day your ancestors were born, married or died on
Birth Date Calculator
FotoTagger a free downloadable program to record identification data on people in family photos
Family Tree Legends
Legacy Family Tree Free Standard Edition
Personal Ancestral File Free Basic Version
Find My Past Family History in the Making, Build your tree; with free and pay-per-view pages


GENEALOGICAL & HISTORICAL SOCIETIES

The Toronto, Ohio Historical Society
Weirton, West Virginia Area Museum and Cultural Center
Brooke County Genealogy
The Official Website of Jefferson County, Ohio
Jefferson County Historical Association and Museum
A wonderful and very large collection of the old records with much to offer researchers!
Belmont County Chapter, OGS
Carroll County Chapter, OGS
Columbiana County Chapter, OGS
Federation of Genealogical Societies
Harrison County Chapter, OGS
Jefferson County Chapter, OGS
National Genealogical Society
Ohio Genealogical Society
Ohio Historical Society
OGS of Ontario, Canada
includes Cemetery Index of Over 6,000 cemeteries transcribed


HISTORICAL INFORMATION


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The Historical Information has been moved to it's own page. Please click the "Enter" in order to view all the great information and sites.
OHS complete 113 volume set of the Journals which include many of Jefferson County, Ohio
on the Pathfinders--newly organized for better viewing with index and quick page locators
The Pathfinders of Jefferson County, Ohio Online--lots of historical information as well as family genealogical information--INDEXED
International Trading Service (ITS) Open to the Public after more than 60 years
Holocaust and Historical Researchers can examine
archives and documents from WWII at the ITS located
in Bad Arolsen, Germany


LIBRARIES

Cornell University LibraryDigitized County and Local Histories of Ohio
Jefferson County Resources
Cleveland Public Library
Columbus Metropolitan Library
St. Clairsville Public Library
Oberlin Public Library
Public Library of Steubenville and Jefferson County
Original primary records on microfilm, includes births, deaths, marriages, early deeds, Naturalizations, Newspapers of Jefferson County, Ohio, etc. A great resource for needed documents and a wonderful staff to help.
Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County
Stark County Public Library
Mary H. Weir Public Library located in Weirton, West Virginia
Library Historical Newspaper Index 1785-2000
beneficial to Ohio researchers whose family members came from Virginia
Iron Range Research Center Library & Archival Facility
American Cultural History
19th century life-created by Librarians for researching-Kingwood College Library
Library of Congress Library of Congress (LOC)

LOC Digital Resources
Morgan Library of Ohio Imprints, 1796-1850--includes many Counties in Ohio with great genealogical resources


LOST AND FOUND

Ancestors Lost & Found
Past Connections Search by surname; postcards, letters, diplomas, receipts, photos, bibles, etc.
Lost & Found Family Treasures
Heirlooms Lost Returning you with your lost family treasures
Rescued family heirlooms Albums, Bibles, Documents, Military, Photos, etc.


MAPS

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Maps
of the Upper Ohio River and Town Maps of Ohio, West Virginia and Kentucky-published in 1877. Excellent resources thanks to Mr. Moyer! Free to download and print.
Ohio
map that shows the townships in each county
Ohio
maps and atlases by n2genealogy


NATURALIZATIONS and IMMIGRATION

1823-1906 Early Naturalizations
of Jefferson County, Ohio
These original records are on microfilm
at the Schiappa Branch Library
Later Naturalization Records
of Jefferson County, Ohio
Immigration
of European countries to the US 1860-1960
The Ships List
transcripts of original documents, illustrations and databases


NEWSPAPERS AND OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST

Steubenville Herald Star
Weirton Daily Times
Wheeling-News Register
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19th Century British Library Newspapers online FREE from the British Library--includes British and Irelan-Belfast; Dublin; Scotland and Wales
National Digital Newspapers Program (NDNP)Excellent source of an internet based, searchable database of all U. S. newspapers
Paper of Record
Digitized papers from all over and its FREE!
Wyoming Newspaper Project


OBITUARIES

Obituary Page
State-by-state directory of obituary resources and archives
Obituary archive and obituary search engine directory
Random obituaries extracted from various Steubenville, Ohio newspapers
Obituaries and death notices
Free searching
RB Hayes Obituary Index Ohio obituary index
Obit Finder


OTHER WEBSITES FOR JEFFERSON COUNTY GENEALOGY

Ohio Genealogy Express
Jefferson County, Ohio. FREE genealogy records.
n2genealogy
genealogy, facts and record resources for Ohio
Digital Shoe Box
Excellent online records and resources FREE by the Schiappa Library Genealogy Section
Arcadia Publishing History of Local and Regional areas across the United States-Great book sources with photos as well
PA's Past
Digital Bookshelf at Penn State
Access Pennsylvania
Digital Repository
Descendants of Bower, Easterday, Hoover and SwinehartFamilies from Colonial Maryland to Ohio in the 1800's
Old Fort Steuben
Genealogy Today Great website with free pages to browse
Genealogy Pit Stop WV-OH-PA***EXCELLENT SITE!
Hancock County Genweb
Brooke County GenWeb
Washington County, Pennsylvania PaGenWeb
Genealogy site with links to all states
Afrigeneas
African Ancestored Genealogy
State of US.com website

Jefferson County, Ohio facts


PHOTOS/POSTCARDS

PHOTO RESTORATION
a local resident offers free restoration to all your old family photos of Jefferson County, Ohio. Visit her site and contact her for the details!
Penny Postcards
America as it was USA Vintage Postcards
Photo Album
Early 1900 Jefferson Co. Post Cards
Dead Fred
Genealogy Photo Archive
The American Local History Network - Ohio
PHOTO PAGE of people, places and misc. in and around Jefferson County, Ohio
Ohio Old Photos Faces and Places of the Past


QUERIES

Site Query Page
Site Query Page 2
Site Query Page 3
Queries
Cousin Connect Jefferson County, Ohio Queries


RAILROADS/TRAINS

Railroads of Jefferson County
Railroads of Jefferson County page 2
U.S. Railroad Retirement Board
Railroads of Pennsylvania


RESEARCHERS

Lookup Volunteers
FREE Genealogy Look-Up Forum
RAOGK Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness; Volunteers kindly search for your documents you are in need of and you only pay for the expenses they incur in helping you, ex. copies ~ Excellent site! NOTE: this site will be down for a while due to the passing of one of the founders.


SCHOOLS

1850
Steubenville Female Seminary Name Index
Old Ohio Schools
Old Schools in Jefferson County, Ohio
SCHOOLS

Old Photos of and Around Jefferson County, Ohio


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SURNAMES

Surnames A - E Page
Surnames F - L Page
Surnames M - P Page
Surnames Q - Z Page
Index to Surnames, Queries & Researchers
Surname research tool; searchable library of data files
Do you have info to trade?
Veteran Ancestor Registry
The OHGenWeb Project
World Genealogy Web Project
The USGenWeb Search Engine


TOWN & COUNTY


Town and County search engine for any place-A great rootsweb project to aid in your genealogical searches!


TOWNSHIPS


WELLS Township a new and awesome website for Wells Township in Jefferson County, Ohio
Cities
and
Towns


TRAVEL and TRANSPORTATION


19th Century in Print
Travel and Westward Expansion
Hudson's Bay Company
articles describing canoes, York boats, sailing boats and steamships


VITALS


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OHIO death certificates 1908-1953 online
at the familysearch.org site--registration no longer required!--FREE and printable
Arizona Birth and Death certificates
free and printable!


WILLS


Wills of Jefferson County, Ohio




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