Ohio County Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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This article describes a collection of records at FamilySearch.org.
Ohio, United States
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Record Description
Record Type Marriage Records
Collection years 1789-2013
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What is in This Collection?

The "Ohio County Marriages, 1789-2013" collection consists of index and images of county marriage records within the state of Ohio, acquired from local courthouses. The records consist of:

  • Licenses
  • Certificates
  • Declarations
  • Affidavits
  • Loose documents
  • Abstracts
  • Licenses to perform marriages

The records are generally arranged by:

  • County, volume and date
  • License number
  • Page number

The "Ohio, Marriages, 1800-1942" is a name index to marriage records from the state of Ohio. Microfilm copies of some of these records are available at the Family History Library and some FamilySearch Centers. Due to privacy laws, recent records may not be displayed. The year range represents most of the records. A few records may be earlier or later. Images containing social security numbers of living individuals are restricted and are not displayed. European Union member-country passports were sometimes photocopied and included with marriage license documents and are restricted. Images within the same digital folder as a restricted image are also unavailable.

To Browse This Collection

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Ohio County Marriages, 1789-2013.

What Can These Records Tell Me?

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

Beginning about 1870:

  • Ages of bride and groom
  • Bride and groom's place of residence
  • Bride and groom's place of birth
  • Occupation
  • Names of parents, including maiden name of mother
  • Names of witnesses, if any
  • Title of officiator

Collection Content

Coverage Map

A coverage map of cut-off dates for marriages in Ohio County is found at Ohio County Marriages Restriction Dates.

Sample Images

County marriage records have been kept from about the time the county was formed to the present. The marriages were recorded by clerks of the various courts. In Ohio the probate court usually recorded marriages, although the court of common pleas also recorded some early marriages. In 1949 the state assumed responsibility for recording marriages.

Most marriages in a county were recorded. However, some religious groups may not have reported church marriages to civil authorities. General compliance with the civil registration process increased after civil registration began in 1949.

How Do I Search This Collection?

Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:

  • The name of the bride or groom.
  • The date and location of the marriage.

Search the Index

Search by name by visiting the Collection Page.
  1. Fill in the search boxes on the Collection Page with the information you have
  2. Click Search to show possible matches

View the Images

View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page:

  1. Select the County
  2. Select the Record Type, Year Range and Volume Number or Letter which takes you to the images.

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 the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?

  • Copy the citation below, in case you need to find this record again later.
  • Use the information found in the record to find additional land records that might have more information.
  • Use the age or estimated birth date to determine an approximate birth date to find church and vital records such as birth, baptism, and death records.
  • Use the information found in the record to find immigration and probate records.
  • Use the information in each record to find additional family members in the censuses. There may be clues to maiden names if a father deeded property to his daughter upon marriage. Witnesses and neighbors may be in-laws or relatives.
  • Repeat this process with additional family member’s records 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 the Person 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.

Known Issues with This Collection

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Citing This Collection

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Collection Citation

"Ohio, County Marriages, 1789-2013." Database with images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : 7 March 2017. County courthouses, Ohio.

Record Citation:
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