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Beginning Ohio Research

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Birth

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Choose one of the following date ranges that is closest to when you think your ancestor was born:

Before 1867 - limited records

After 1867




Marriage

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Before using marriage records know:

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

Search a marriage record index

Try 1st: *United States Marriages at FindMyPast - Index and images

If your search was unsuccessful, Try 2nd

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If the first two sources did not provide you with any additional information, Try 3rd

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No marriage record for your ancestor?






Death and Burial

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 Choose one of the following date ranges that is closest to when you think your ancestor died:

Before 1908

1908-present




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.