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.
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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.
The Local History Department has early wills for Scioto County from 1810-1876 on microfilm. The records have been indexed, and the information from these records can be obtained by contacting Local History.