Beginning Ohio Research
Choose one of the following date ranges that is closest to when you think your ancestor was born:
Before 1867 - limited records
Before using marriage records know:
- Name of the groom or bride
- Year of the marriage
- Place of marriage (county)
Search a marriage record index
If your search was unsuccessful, Try 2nd
If the first two sources did not provide you with any additional information, Try 3rd
No marriage record for your ancestor?
- Search for Gretna Greens-- locations away from the home county where marriage laws were less restrictive.
- Try searching substitute records that contain marriage information.
Death and Burial
Choose one of the following date ranges that is closest to when you think your ancestor died:
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.