All Research Requests must be written for by mail.General questions pertaining to what is available can be answered by phone or email, but not actual research requests. Following are fees and type of records available.
The fee for general research is $5.00 for a half-hour search per individual name, plus cost of copies (.50 cents a page, minimum of $1.00).
This research can include:
Marriage - 1819-1913 - (Wes Cochrans transcribed book is used for general research)
Transcribed death records from 1909-1926.
Various County and Family Histories
Cemetery Tombstone Records
And numerous other resources. We have a very extensive library of Meigs County genealogical and historical resources, as well as compiled information for surrounding counties.
Research of the Official Records for Marriage 1819-1930, Birth and Death - 1867-1908, Estate Records - 1819 - 1935 (these are the original probate records) are charged at a $3.00 non-refundable search fee per record. If a birth, death or marriage record is found, a copy is either typed or photo-copied (marriages are not photo-copied) and mailed. Add $1.00 for notarized copy. Original Estates & Wills - 1819-1935 Probate Records -Wills of three pages or less will be copied and mailed with no further charge. However, Estate files can often be large or some may contain very little. Large files are generally not copied until requestor is notified what is available. These may contain estates, wills, inventories, guardianships, etc.
Checks are made to the Meigs County Historical Society, P.O. Box 145, Pomeroy, OH 45769 or we can bill for completed research.
Following is an article from a recent quarterly newsletter. Newsletters are mailed quarterly to members of the Meigs County Historical Society.
Archaeological Importance is Attached to Strange Petroglyphs. The Athens Messenger, June 1, 1928 - Malcolm Hartley, Staff Correspondent
That Meigs County is important as a place of study and a source of material for archaeologists, is a fact probably not known to most residents of the county. Little known facts on this subject have been brought to light recently. The articles published in The Messenger not long ago about the carvings in the rocks in the Ohio River bed at different points from Syracuse to Antiquity led to a conversation by the writer with G. B. Galbreath, connected with the Ohio State Museum at Columbus.
Mr. Galbreath revealed that these inscriptions have given Meigs County a certain distinction in archaeology, and that these designs inscribed by some of Ohio’s prehistoric denizens are the state’s most remarkable rock pictures.
Fortunately the Ohio Archaeological and Historical Society laid plans to preserve what remains of these rare "petroglyphs." In 1913 they were located, examined, and in due time described by the late William C. Mills, then curator of the Ohio State Archaeological and Historical Society, in his valuable work, the "Archaeological Atlas of Ohio." Some of these pictures were quarried out of the river bed since and are preserved in the society’s museum on the Ohio State University campus at Columbus.
Historical records relate that on the West Virginia shore, opposite the hamlet of Saxon, near which most of the rock writing was done, have been found numerous prehistoric works and an extensive village site. These petroglyphs and some mounds on the Ohio side near the rock writings indicate the importance of the locality as a scene of the Mound Builders’ activities.
The Meigs County petroglyphs are dealt with in Doctor Mills’ Atlas with a fullness which indicates their marked value from the archaeologists’ point of view.
The author wrote that these ancient writings, of which there are two groups, were examined by the museum staff in 1913. The pectographs were cut, pecked and ground into the horizontal surface of the sand stone which forms the bed of the river at that point. The level of the surface bearing the pictures is barely above the low water mark, so that they are exposed only when the river is at low stage, and the designs are gradually becoming more indistinct as time passes.
These writings have not been definitely translated. The characters doubtless had a meaning, which was entirely local or personal in nature, and was intelligible only to those who made them and those acquainted with the events to which they referred. The principal group of petroglyphs at Saxon cover and area of upward of an acre. Those below the Racine dam extend along at intervals for a total of more than a half a mile, but are now covered almost constantly with water impounded by the dam.
The rock pictures represent birds, animals, human beings, the tracks or footprints of all these, besides numerous unknown and partly obliterated figures. The bear, deer and panther and also the turtle, fish, serpent, and several kinds of birds can readily be depicted.
In the vicinity of Racine there are seven mounds and a number of stone graves. There have been noted in the county a total of 27 mounds, three groups of petroglyphs, one village site and two stone graves.
The remains recorded by townships are: Rutland, mounds 2; Salisbury, mounds 1; Chester, mounds 7; Sutton, mounds 10; village site, 1, stone graves, 2, petroglyphs 1; Letart, mounds 5, petroglyphs 2; Lebanon, mounds 2.
The Pictured Rocks of Antiquity, from History of Meigs County, Ohio by Stillman C. LarkinThe rock of Antiquity is so called from the fact that the earliest settlers found engraven on its face inscriptions and figures of ancient date. These consisted of names of persons not English; also the figure of an Indian cut in the face of the rock. He was represented as in a squatting position, his right elbow on his knee, with a tomahawk pipe in his mouth. Dr. Fuller Elliot, a man of much learning, thought that these inscriptions were made by a party of Frenchmen who descended the river after the evacuation of Fort Duquesne - now Pittsburg, as the date on the rock seemed to correspond with that event. The inscriptions are now obliterated. The rock in question is situated about four miles below Letart Falls, and is detached from a confused mass of rocks that have fallen from the cliff above. The village of Antiquity takes its name from this rock. - Silas Jones.
New Books: We are offering the following four volumes of books compiled from newspaper clippings of Births, Deaths, and Marriages (some Divorces) for 1890, 1891, 1892 and 1893. See the publication page for how to order.
1890 Births, Deaths and Marriages from the newspapers of that year.
1891 Births, Deaths and Marriages from the newspapers of that year, plus some additional clippings from the Tribune.
1892 Births, Deaths and Marriages from the newspapers of that year.
1893 Births, Deaths and Marriages from the newspapers of that year.
Cost per book is $20.00 plus $4.00 for shipping & handling.