Following is a description of
some of the records that are available for research
the Probate Court.The staff is helpful and co-operative
please be courteous and patient. Correspondence is
and please remember to include an SASE for your reply and
if you wish a certified or non-certified copy. The Probate
is located on the main floor of the courthouse. Most, but
all of the records which can be researched, are on microfiche.
There are 2 microfiche reader/printers available in an adjoining room
which researchers may use The staff prefers to print out
copies. Some records are in individual case numbered file jackets
in numbered metal file cabinets which you may take from the file
to research. As an ongoing project, the Muskingum
County Genealogical Society is copying the records and
and copies are given to the court to further aid the researchers.
The Motion Dockets which contain Mental Illness and Adoption
are closed to the public. At the present time copies are 5 cents but
would be wise to check for current rates when you request
These records were not mandatory until 1867
information and dates exist. Even though it was mandated
1867 the information was only recorded if it was reported
to the court. After 1908 the records are in the Muskingum County
Department of Health. All records are on microfiche.
- 1804 THRU PRESENT
The administration books are
by years. For example: Administration Docket A
Administration Docket B 1838-1849,etc. An index prefaces
volume and gives the name and page number where the records
recorded in the docket. Each individual record has a case
which corresponds with a case file jacket which is in the numbered
cabinets. The original records are in a file jacket which can be
searched or they can be researched on the microfiche. If there
a will it will also be in the jacket with the estate papers.
though, that not everyone may have a will but by checking the
you will find the estate papers. A few of the case files are
missing. Make a note of the case file number as you will need
to pull the file. All records are on microfiche.
WILLS - 1804
The will books are
by years and each volume is prefaced by an index which gives
name and page number where it is recorded in that volume. Since
you need a case number to search the original will in the case
jacket it is advisable, therefore, to check the administration
first to obtain it. The wills are also on microfiche. A few
wills are missing.
- 1804 THRU PRESENT
books are recorded by years and an index appears in
of each volume. Check the guardianship index on microfiche
a case number. The original record is in a corresponding
file jacket which is kept in the numbered metal file cabinets.
records are on microfiche.
The earliest Declaration of Intention is 1811. They are the
Declarations handwritten on small pieces of paper and
discovered in the courthouse attic several years ago.
are filed alphabetically in a file box in the room with the
metal file cabinets. There are over 2700 names, 32 counties
21 states referenced. Information varies from very limited
as name,date of application and county or state where the
was made to more detailed information added such as country
of emigration and age. For
reference see MUSKINGUM COUNTY FOOTPRINTS,
Vol. 1 by Hargrove and Yinger for an index to the names.
can be viewed at the Muskingum County Genealogical Library
by contacting the authors. (See address below)
The earliest is 1812. Before 1850 they are in the unindexed Minute Books. From 1923 to 1953 they are in Common Pleas Court. An application to become a citizen did not need to be applied for in the same jurisdiction as the Declaration of Intention and even though a Declaration of Intention was filed, final naturalization papers were not always applied for. The naturalization laws changed many times through the years and you should refer to a reference about the naturalization process to better understand it.