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Spotlight: Gallia County Genealogical Society, Ohio

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Valerie Beaudrault

Valerie Beaudrault
Visitor Services Representative
Gallia County is located on the Ohio River in southeastern Ohio. Gallipolis is the county seat. The Gallia County Genealogical Society has uploaded a number of resources to its website. Click on Genealogical Resources link on the home page to access the database.


This section contains a collection of obituaries drawn from various Gallia County newspapers and other publications. They are organized alphabetically by surname. Each entry includes a transcription of the obituary, name of the newspaper, date of the obituary, page on which it appears, and the name of the individual who transcribed it.


Military Obituaries
This collection of obituaries of Civil War veterans was transcribed from various Gallia County newspapers. They have been organized alphabetically by surname. In addition to the obituary text, each entry contains the name of the newspaper, volume and date information, and the name of the individual who contributed the obituary. Additional information about the deceased may be included in a bracketed note.


Military Records
The Military Records section consists of the rosters of twelve Ohio Volunteer Cavalry and Infantry companies. Each database contains a brief history and an alphabetical list of the soldiers in each company. The data fields include name, rank in, rank out, and company. The source of most of the information presented here is the National Park Service’s Soldiers and Sailors System database.


A census of the more than 500 Gallia County cemeteries was taken between 1976 and 1983. It should be noted that Gallia County is one of the oldest counties in the state, dating back to 1803. Click on the Cemeteries link to view an alphabetical list of cemeteries by township, with specific information about the location of each one. Click on the names of the townships under the Cemetery Locations header to view a list of cemeteries organized by township.


The cemetery database, which contains more than 40,000 records, includes burials from every known cemetery in Gallia County. Small family cemeteries have been included. Sources for the information in the database include “old notes from visits to the cemeteries, and also from death records, funeral home records, obituaries, and contributions from many individuals who contributed new and corrected information.”


The database is alphabetical by surname. Click on "Alphabetical Index" on the left side of the page to begin your search. A key for the abbreviations found in the database is included on the Cemetery Records main page. The data fields include surname, given name, cemetery name, township abbreviation, date of birth, date of death, age at death, and inscription. If you are unclear about where individual townships are located within the county, go to the Maps section to access the resources there. There are links from about 25% of the names in this database to photographs of the tombstones or to an external database, which has photos and, on occasion, additional genealogical information.


Birth Records of Gallia County
The birth records transcribed here are from volume 3, covering the years 1894 to 1903. The original records are housed in Gallia County Probate Court in Gallipolis. There are a total of six volumes of births, beginning with the year 1864 with just a handful of names. Most families don’t start registering births until 1867. Records continue through 1951. There is an overlap with the Gallia County Health Department, where births were first kept starting at the end of 1908 and continuing through to the present.


Biographical Sketches
In 1909, the Gallipolis Tribune published a series of biographical sketches of some of the citizens of the county. They have been transcribed on the website. Click on the name link or scroll down the page to read them.


Ship Passengers
The ships' passenger list, which was recently added to the website, is a valuable resource for individuals who are researching German ancestry. It was created from information found in Upwards of Thirty Thousand Names of German, Swiss, Dutch, French and Other Immigrants in Pennsylvania from 1727 to 1776 by Israel Daniel Rupp, first published in 1876. All of the names from 320 separate ships' lists in the book have been combined into a single master list, which has been alphabetized by surname. Many early Pennsylvania Dutch immigrants subsequently made their way to Ohio.


Other resources include the index to Hardesty’s History of Gallia County, the Delinquent Tax list for 1860, and databases related to the French 500, a group of French individuals who settled Gallipolis in 1790. Hardesty’s History was published in 1882, and, according to the website, is the only known early history of the county. The township-by-township Delinquent Tax List for 1860 was published in the Gallipolis Journal.

Posted by Michael Leclerc at 10/20/2010 11:36:55 AM | 

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