Ohio Research Tips and Strategies

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Purpose of Research Tips and Strategies Wiki Page

The Ohio Research Tips and Strategies page consists of links to specific research strategies for Ohio. It also contains general tips and other resources for finding your ancestors in this locality.

Ohio Research Strategies[edit | edit source]

Below are links to different research strategy pages to help you locate your ancestors in Ohio:

Ohio Research Tips[edit | edit source]

These tips will help you as you research your ancestors in Ohio.

  • Birth information: Birth records in Ohio start on the county level in 1867 - although not all counties complied with the law. A helpful substitute record to find birth information is a death record. However, date and place of birth on a death record is considered secondary information, as it was not recorded at the time of the birth event. The birth information should be corroborated with other substitute records to improve accuracy.
  • Finding Parents: The State of Ohio began recording deaths in 1908. They often will list the parents of the deceased and their birth information. Search Ohio death records
  • Look in all censuses: Always look for your ancestor in every possible census. There are clues regarding immigration, naturalization, and occupation that can lead to other records. Sometimes parents can be found living with their children later in life. Search U.S. Censuses.
  • Missing census records: To help supplement missing 1800 and 1810 census records for Ohio, use tax lists in the county your ancestor may be living in: Ohio Tax Records, 1800-1850

Ohio Record Finder[edit | edit source]

This brief Record Finder is designed to help you determine the best record to search for the type of information you are looking for. It is most helpful for post-1850 research. For a more complete Record Finder, covering additional research needs, see Ohio Record Finder.

1. What you are looking for: 2. Try these records first: 3. Other useful records

Birth information

Marriage information
Death information

Maiden name

Immigration date


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