Ohio, Church and Civil Births and Baptisms (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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This article describes a collection of records scheduled to become available at FamilySearch.org.
Ohio, United States
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Record Description
Record Type Births and Baptisms
Collection years 1765-1947
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What is in the Collection?

The collection consists of an index to selected birth and baptism records for the years 1765 to 1947.

What Can These Records Tell Me?

The index contains the following information:

  • Name of child
  • Birth date
  • Birthplace
  • Parent's names
  • Film number
  • Digital folder number
  • Image number

How Do I Search the Collection?

You can search the index or view the images or both. Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:

  • Name of the person
  • The location or date of the event

Search the Index

You will be able to search this collection when it is published.

View the Images

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How Do I Analyze the Results?

Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images.

What Do I Do Next?

Indexes and transcriptions may not include all the data found in the original records. Look at the actual image of the record, if you can, to verify the information and to find additional information.

I Found Who I was Looking for, What Now?

  • Copy the citation below, in case you need to find this record again later.
  • Use the age or estimated birth date to find other church and vital records such as birth, baptism, marriage, and death records.
  • Use the information found in the record to find land, probate and immigration records.
  • Use the information found in the record to find additional family members in censuses. Witnesses were usually family members.
  • Repeat this process with additional family members found, to find more generations of the family.
  • Church Records were kept years before counties began keeping records. They are a good source for finding ancestors before 1900.


I Can’t Find Who I’m Looking for, What Now?

  • If your ancestor does not have a common name, collect entries for every person who has the same surname. This list can help you find possible relatives.
  • If you cannot locate your ancestor in the locality in which you believe they lived, then try searching records of a nearby town or county.
  • Try different spellings of your ancestor’s name.
  • Remember that sometimes individuals went by nicknames or alternated between using first and middle names. Try searching for these names as well.
  • Check the info box above for additional FamilySearch websites and related websites that may assist you in finding similar records.


Citing this Collection

A citation is a note where you found information. Citations help you keep track of places you have searched and sources you have found. Using citations allows others to find the same records.

Collection citation:

"Ohio, Church and Civil Births and Baptisms, 1765-1947." Database. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. Citing Community History Archives, Cleveland.

Record citation (or citation for the index entry):

The citation for a record will be available with each record once the collection is published.

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