Ohio Research Tips and Strategies

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Ohio Research Strategies

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

Ohio Research Tips

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
  • Marriage Records.  To see a coverage map showing FamilySearch's Ohio county marriage holdings click here.

Ohio Record Finder

This 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.

1. What you are looking for: 2. Try these records first: 3. Other useful records
Birth information Birth records, Death records, Obituaries, Church records Cemeteries, Naturalization and Citizenship, Bible records, Military records (pension)
Marriage information Marriage records, Obituaries, Bible records Church records, Probate records, Military records
Death information Death Records, Cemeteries, Obituaries Probate Records, Church Records, Bible Records
Parents Birth recordsDeath records, Obituaries, Census, Church records Biography, Genealogy
Maiden name Marriage Records, Obituaries, Probate records Church Records, Military Records (pension)
Immigration date Emigration and Immigration, Naturalization and Citizenship, Census Obituaries, Biography, History
Naturalization Naturalization and Citizenship, Census, Court Records Voting Registers, Biography, Periodicals
Physical description Military Records, Naturalization and Citizenship (after 1906) Biography, History

To look for more Ohio records, go here

Further Ohio Research

For more research on Ohio, including research at the county level, visit the Ohio page on the Research Wiki.

Search all of the Ohio record collections at FamilySearch.