Portsmouth Public Library | Local History

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View Our New Digital Collection

All images and texts have been moved to our new online digital collection. Thousands of new items have already been added, and more are being added every week! Click here to view it now.

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Written Histories

The Local History Department has put together a collection of interesting stories about Scioto County. Subjects include early baseball, the brick industry, early railroad history and much more. View our collection of stories.

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View Our Postcard Collection

Over 400 high-resolution postcards are available for viewing on our new digital archive website. More postcards are being added as we get them. View them here.

World Vital Records

World Vital Records

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Early Cemetery Index

The Local History Department houses information on township and city cemeteries. The indexes refer to the cemetery and township of the burial. As not all records are available, this is not a complete record. In some cases, it may be necessary to contact the cemetery and/or township trustee for information. Please note that some records have been destroyed by natural disasters such as fire and flood. The Local History Department will continue to add records as time allows and as they become available to us.


Early Marriage Index

The Local History Department has marriages for Scioto County from 1803-1911 on microfilm. The following indexes refer to the original marriage books by volume and page number. Please note that early marriage records do not necessarily have the parents listed, as they were not required to do so until after 1900. The marriage indexes will be added book by book as time allows.


Early Property Tax Index

The Local History Department has abstracts of the property taxes for Scioto County from 1806 to 1820. Information may be obtained by contacting Local History.


Early Newspaper Index

Portsmouth (Scioto County) has had a long newspaper history. The first newspaper published in Scioto County was the Portsmouth Gazette in 1818. It was short lived and lasted only about 6 months. Many early newspapers merged or carried additional editions (weekly or daily), some of which was indicated in their name.


Early Death Index

The Local History Department has early death records for Scioto County from 1856-1908 on microfilm. The county was not required to record death records prior to 1856. Deaths were not recorded from 1859 to 1866.