FamilySearch’s Top 10 Most Searched Record Collections: Collection 9—Ohio, County Marriages, 1789-1997

March 11, 2015  - by 

Spanning more than 2 centuries and including more than 4.5 million records, the Ohio, County Marriages, 1789-1997 records collection provides a “must use” source of primary records for Ohio genealogy. The variety and breadth of information this collection offers is why it is #9 in our list of top 10 most searched records collections on the website.

This collection of marriage records consists of indexes and images of county marriage records within the state of Ohio. County marriage records include the following information:

  • Names of bride and groom
  • Date and place where license issued
  • Date and place of marriage
  • Date marriage was recorded
  • Name of officiator

Tips to Keep in Mind

  • Occupations listed can lead you to employment records or other types of records such as military records.* The name of the officiator is a clue to their religion or area of residence in the county. However, ministers may have reported marriages performed in other counties.
  • Compile the marriage entries for every person who has the same surname as the bride or groom, this is especially helpful in rural areas or if the surname is unusual.
  • Continue to search the marriage records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives of the bride and groom who may have married in the same county or nearby. This can help you identify other generations of your family or even the second marriage of a parent. Repeat this process for each new generation you identify.
  • When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.
  • Earlier records may not contain as much information as the records created after the late 1800s.
  • There is also some variation in the information given from one marriage record to another record.
  • The facts that were current at the time of the marriage, such as marriage date, residence, and so on, were usually accurate, although some misinformation may have been given. Other facts that relied on a person’s memory, such as age or birthplace, were more likely to have been incorrect.


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  1. This is a great resource, but it’s definitely not complete for Akron, Summit County in the early 1900s. It’s also wise to search each spouse separately since there are some strange transcription errors that have been carried over from an earlier indexing.