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Out of the Clock Tower

Hello and welcome to the Greene County Archives' blog, "Out of the Clock Tower".  Please join us as we share information on archival issues, news, special events, and highlights from our collection.

Before the archives program began in Greene County in 1996, permanent records were stored in every conceivable space, in basements, garages, and closets. Usually they were in boxes of various shapes and sizes, although seldom adequately labeled, but occasionally they were just in loose piles of books and papers. Most notable were the old records stuffed into the clock tower of the County Courthouse, where they shared their home with pigeon droppings.

Now, there is a clean, environmentally controlled, well appointed location for the county archives, where our historical records are housed in standard sized boxes on steel shelves. We have taken note of their journey in the name for our blog.

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Jul 02

Online Resources for Local History Research

Posted on July 2, 2020 at 3:05 PM by Melissa Dalton

As the pandemic continues to affect our daily lives and activities, and our facility continues to operate at a reduced capacity, we thought it prudent to remind all our patrons and visitors of resources we have available online. We’ve highlighted some periodically, but today we’d like to provide a full listing to make your research a bit easier (we hope).

We have records on a few online platforms. As you may remember, FamilySearch imaged thousands of records housed here at the Archives. The records imaged are available on their website, and if you do not have a membership, you can create an account for free. Some of these records are not indexed, so you will have to perform a search using the “Catalog” feature on their site. From there, you can filter the search parameters to Greene County, Ohio. It is a bit tricky to find the unindexed records at times, but they do offer user tutorials and a help center if you have questions.

We’ve also uploaded many records to our Flickr page. There is some overlap with records on FamilySearch, but we’ve indicated below which are available on both platforms. Records uploaded to Flickr are hyperlinked to their respective collection for ease of use.

For all the records listed below, if a location is not indicated after the record series, the records are on FamilySearch only. Please note that we’ve also hyperlinked any transcripts or indexes we have available on our website. For a full list of indexes, please visit the Online Resources page on our website.

Auditor Records
  • Enumeration of white, unmarried youth: 1831-1833
  • Sale of School Land: 1836-1872 (Flickr and FamilySearch)
  • Duplicate Tax Record (from State and on use film at Archives): 1816-1838
  • Auditor’s Duplicates: 1839-1900
  • Abstract of Real & Personal Property: 1825
  • Personal Property Tax Lists: 1830, 1841 (Flickr and FamilySearch)
  • Real Estate Tax Lists: 1806-1820
  • Virginia Military District/Congress Lands Tax Lists: 1821-1824
  • Virginia Military Survey Record: 1792-1847 (Flickr and FamilySearch)

Bath Township Trustee Minutes (Flickr Only)
  • Bath Township Trustee Minutes, 2 Volumes: 1812-1848 (originals held at the Greene County Ohio Historical Society)

Clerk of Court Records
  • Emancipation Record of Free Blacks: 1805-1845 (Flickr only, but Index and Transcript on     Greene County Archives Website)
  • Naturalizations: 1898-1951 (Index on Greene County Archives Website)
  • Naturalizations Index: 1845-1861 (Index on Greene County Archives Website)
  • Common Pleas Court Chancery Record: 1821-1854
  • Common Pleas Court Civil Minutes: 1804-1813
  • Common Pleas Court Index to Final Record: 1882-1887
  • District Court Minute Book: 1852-1885
  • Superior Court Appearance Docket: 1871-1876
  • Superior Court Final Record: 1871-1875
  • Superior Court General Index D/R: 1871-1875
  • Superior Court Minutes: 1871-1875
  • Supreme Court Chancery Record: 1824-1851
  • Supreme Court/District Court General Index D/R: 1803-1873
  • Supreme Court/District Court Record: 1803-1860
  • Supreme Court Minutes: 1810-1818
  • District Court Appearance Docket: 1852-1885
  • District Court Record, 1861-1873: 1882-1884
  • Supreme Court Execution Docket: 1871-1878

Engineer Records (Flickr Only)
  • Survey Record, Vol 1-5: 1817-1883
  • Road Record, Vol A-C: 1804-1883
  • Levi Riddell’s Survey, Index & Vol 1-2: 1859-1914
  The below are in the Fieldbooks Collection on Flickr, yet are part of the Engineer Records
  • Galloway Fieldbooks, 0-18C, 23-32: 1850-1887
  • Xenia City, Level Book 36-37, 44-45: 1870-1876
  • Grinnell Road, Level Book 38-39: 1868
  • Bryson Road, Level Book 40: 1867
  • Road Improvement Xenia & Yellow Springs, Level Book 41: 1868
  • Paulin & Steele Ditches, Level Book 42: 1869
  • Paulin Ditch, Level Book 43: 1869

Greene County Covered Bridges (Flickr Only)
  • Greene County Covered Bridges: 1981-1987 (separate collection on Flickr, yet still part of the Engineer Records

Greene County Board of Commissioners (Flickr Only)
  • Commissioners Meeting Minutes, Vol 1-4: 1804-1824

Greene County Library District Petition (Flickr Only)
  • Petition List: 1926
  • Index available on Greene County Archives Website

Probate Records
  • Probate Court Estate/Case Files: 1832-1935
  • Marriage Records: 1968-2012
  • Marriage Certificate Returns: 1930-2006
  • Mother’s Pension Case Files: 1914-1936
  • Naturalizations Index List: 1861-1906 (Index on Greene County Archives Website)
  • Determination of Heirs: 1932-1963
  • Probate Court, Miscellaneous Index: 1806-1950

Recorder Records
  • Deeds, Vol 1-91: 1803-1901
  • Index to Deeds, Direct and Reverse: 1803-1965

Veterans’ Services Records
  • Civil War Pension Claims Applications: 1889-1892 (Flickr and FamilySearch)
  • Minutes of Soldiers Relief Commission: 1886-1982 (Flickr and FamilySearch, and Index on the Greene County Archives Website)

We hope you find this list beneficial as you continue your research during this strange time. And, if you have any questions about our records, please feel free to contact us! We are here to help!

Until Next Time!


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