Ohio Vital Records

Ohio Vital Records
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Learn how and where to obtain birth, marriage, and death certificates and records in Ohio, including the dates for which Ohio vital records are available, where they are located, and links to online Ohio vital records databases.

Ohio Vital Records:

Ohio Department of Health
Center for Vital and Health Statistics
246 North High Street
Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: 614-466-2531
Email: vitalstat@odh.ohio.gov

Walk-in Address:
Ohio Department of Health
Office of Vital Statistics
225 Neilston Street
Columbus, Ohio 43215

What You Need to Know:
Check or money order should be made payable to Treasurer, State of Ohio. Personal checks are accepted. Call or visit the Web site to verify current fees. Requests for vital records may take as long as 10-12 weeks. If you do not know the date or place of event, you may request a search of the State Vital Statistics office files and records. The fee for a search is $3.00 per name for each ten years searched. Payment must be made in advance. After searching is completed you will be informed if the record was located.

Vital records in Ohio were not recorded by law until 1867. Although some records from a few counties predate 1867, records of births, marriages and deaths in Ohio are generally not available before this date.

Web site: Ohio Vital Records

 

Ohio Birth Records:

Dates: From 20 December 1908*

Cost of copy: $21.50 (certified copy from state)

Comments: The Ohio Department of Health issues only certified copies of birth certificates.

Include with your request as much as you can of the following: full name of individual, date of birth, city or county of birth, full name of father, full maiden name of mother, your relationship to the individual, your name and address and a daytime telephone number.
Application for Certified Birth Record

Uncertified copies for genealogy purposes are not available from the State or Local Registrars in Ohio. Since vital records are open in Ohio you may, however, perform searches in the indexes at the Ohio Department of Health, Office of Vital Statistics, or arrange for a genealogist to search the indexes for you. An appointment is required to search the records. Records identified in the indexes may be viewed and information may be copied from them, however the supplied copy of the vital record must be returned and is not permitted to leave the building.

* For birth records from 1867 - December 29, 1908, contact the Probate Court of the county where the birth occurred.

Online:
Ohio Births and Christenings, 1821-1962
 (index only, incomplete)
Ohio, County Births, 1841-2003 (index and images, incomplete)

 

Ohio Death Records:

Dates: From 1 January 1954

Cost of copy: $21.50 (certified copy from state)

Comments: The Ohio Department of Health issues only certified copies of death certificates. Include with your request as much as you can of the following: full name of decedent, date of death, city or county of death, your relationship to the individual, your name and address and a daytime telephone number.

Application for Certified Death Record

Uncertified copies for genealogy purposes are not available from the State or Local Registrars in Ohio. As with birth records you may, however, perform searches in the indexes at the Ohio Department of Health, Office of Vital Statistics, and view and copy information from the death records themselves.

* For Death Records from December 20, 1908-December 1953 contact the Ohio Historical Society, Archives Library Division, 1982 Velma Ave., Columbus, OH 43211-2497. For death records from 1867- December 20, 1908, contact the Probate Court of the county where the death occurred.

Online:
Ohio Death Certificate Index, 1913-1944 - Ohio Historical Society
 (index only)
Ohio, Deaths and Burials, 1854-1997 (index only, incomplete)
Ohio Deaths, 1909-1953 (name index and images)
Ohio, Death Index, 1908-1932, 1938-1944, and 1958-2007 (index only)

 

Ohio Marriage Records:

Dates: Varies

Cost of Copy: Varies

Comments: Copies of marriage records are not available from the State Health Department. Inquiries will be referred to appropriate office. For certified copies of marriage records, please write to the Probate Court in the county where the event occurred.

Online:
Ohio, County Marriages 1789–2013 (not all counties available; coverage varies by county)
Ohio Marriage Records Index 1803–1900 (requires Ancestry.com subscription)

 

Ohio Divorce Records:

Dates: Varies

Cost of copy: Varies

Comments: Certified copies are not available from the State Health Department. For certified copies of divorces, please write to county Clerk of Courts where the divorce was granted. 

Online:
Ohio Divorce Index 1962–1963, 1967–1971, 1973–2007 (requires Ancestry.com subscription)

 

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