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Beginning Ohio Research

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Birth

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Before 1867

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Ohio Birth records before 1867

Limited records available before 1867

Although Ohio became a state in 1803, recording births were not required by the county until 1867. Only a few counties recorded births and often they incomplete for all years. You can try the databases below but often birth information must be found using substitute records, such as death and church records. records, such as death and church records.

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After 1867

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Ohio Birth records after 1867

Search birth records after 1867

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Can't find your ancestor's birth record?

If you haven't found your ancestor in the above collections, try these incomplete databases that may contain more documents:

Still can't find your ancestor's birth record?

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Marriage

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Search a marriage record index

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Before using marriage records know:

  • Name of the groom or bride
  • Year of the marriage
  • Place of marriage (county)

No marriage record for your ancestor?


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Death and Burial

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Before 1908

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Ohio Deaths Before 1908

Although Ohio became a state in 1803, death registration was not required until 1856. This statute was mostly ignored. A law was passed in 1867 requiring county probate courts to register the death location, but the current record keeping system was not in place until 1908. Some of these records are indexed in the following database:

Search a state death record index

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Still can't find your ancestor's Death record?

  • Be sure details are consistent by comparing new information in a record with what is already known.
  • Check for a monument inscription or cemetery record which may link individuals to other family members.
  • Check probate records to see if the deceased left a will.
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After 1908

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Ohio Deaths after 1908

The state of Ohio began recording deaths in 1908. There are no restrictions on ordering death certificates from Ohio. Not all deaths occurring in this time period are in the indexes below.

Search Ohio death record index after 1908

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Still can't find your ancestor's Death record?

If you haven't found your ancestor in the above collections, here are some incomplete databases that may contain more documents:

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General Research Tips Success with birth, marriage and death records depends on a few key points.

  • If your ancestor has a common name, extra reference points in the search query improve search options and success.
  • Find your ancestor in each available census.
  • Use indexes, but if the image is available, always look at the image to verify accuracy and see information not indexed.
  • Where a person lived can be a great help to group individuals into their correct families.
  • Dates in a person's life will point to various options for learning more about them. Even approximate dates for birth, marriage and death can help.
  • Find at least two documents from independent sources to verify what you learn.
  • Use maps - doing genealogy without a map is like painting with your eyes shut.