Do you have Jefferson County, Ohio, ancestors? If so, there's help available for you.
That wonderful organization, the Jefferson County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society, has been busy indexing. Many files and records were saved when they were removed from the Jefferson County Courthouse and placed in the custory of the Jefferson County OGS. Some records have been scanned and published on FamilySearch. Recently indexes to two collections were published on the Jefferson County OGS website.
At FamilySearch you can browse Jefferson County Court Records, 1797-1974. But better, first use Jefferson County OGS's Probate/Estate Index to help you determine whether your ancestor has a file and where it's located. How much easier it is to know the location than to browse.
Use their Master Will Index to look for your ancestor's will. Not all wills are included in this index because some are in the probate files and some in the Common Pleas files. The wills are housed at the Jefferson County OGS office in Wintersville, Ohio. You can contact them at P. O. Box 2367, 100 Fernwood Road, Wintersville, Ohio,43953; at firstname.lastname@example.org; or by phone at 740-346-2820. They have limited hours so check the website before you visit. If you can't visit, I believe they will make copies for you.
I'm especially excited about the index to the probate and estate files. I haven't been working on my Jefferson County ancestors lately but when I get back to them this will be one of the best helps I know when I'm looking for probate records.
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