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''[[United States Vital Records|United States Vital Records]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Ohio|Ohio]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Ohio Vital Records|Ohio Vital Records]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] Ohio County Birth Records''
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== Record Description  ==
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==== Style Guide  ====
 
For guidelines to use in creating wiki articles that describe collections of images and indexes produced by FamilySearch, see: [[FamilySearch Wiki:Guidelines for FamilySearch Collections pages|FamilySearch Wiki: Guidelines for FamilySearch Collections pages ]]
 
== Collection Time Period<br>  ==
 
County birth records were kept from 1867 to December 1908, though later in some counties.
 
== How to Use the Records<br>  ==
 
Prior to 1908, county birth records are the best source for birth information. Use the family residence at the time of birth to find other records about the family. Use the parents’ names to search for information about them and earlier generations.
 
== Record Description<br> ==
 
County birth records were entered into register books. The pages of these books were preprinted, the entries were handwritten, and there were multiple entries to a page. Birth records are generally well preserved, though some may have been lost because of fire or other disasters. Also, some records may have been sent to the Ohio Historical Society.
 
  
=== Record Content  ===
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The collection includes a name index and images of county birth records in Ohio. The time period and type of record varies by county.
  
Birth entries include the following genealogical information:
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The records are usually handwritten on preprinted pages, bound into books. The books are in register style with multiple entries to a page. The records are generally well preserved, though some may have been lost because of fire or other disasters. Some of the records have been sent to the Ohio Historical Society.
  
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The collection covers the years 1841 to 2003.
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=== Citation for This Collection  ===
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The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamilySearch.org Historical Record collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher and archive for the original records.
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|text = Probate Courts in Ohio. Ohio, county birth records. Courthouses in Ohio.}}
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[[Ohio County Birth Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)#Citation_Example_for_a_Record_Found_in_This_Collection|Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.]]
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== Record Content  ==
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<gallery perrow="3" heights="120px" widths="160px" caption="Ohio Birth Record Examples">
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Image:Ohio County Birth Records (11-0702) DGS 4022895_6.jpg|Birth Record
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Image:Ohio County Birth Records (11-0702) DGS 4022895_722.jpg|Birth Record
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Key genealogical facts found in this collection may include:
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*Date birth was recorded
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*Full name of child
 
*Child’s birth date  
 
*Child’s birth date  
*Sex
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*Place of birth, including city, country and state  
*Township, county, and state of the birth
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*Child's gender and race
*Child’s name
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*Parents’ names, including mother’s maiden name  
*Parents’ names, including the mother’s maiden name  
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*Parents' place of residence
*Name of the person reporting the birth  
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*Name of the person reporting the birth
*Residence of the parents
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Later records may also list the following:
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*Parents' birth dates and places
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*Parents' age
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*Parents' occupation
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*Name of attending physician or midwife
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== How to Use the Records  ==
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To begin your search it is helpful to know the following:
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*The child's name
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*The birth place
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*The approximate birth date
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==== Search the Collection  ====
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Fill in the requested information in the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about the ancestors in the list to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to find your ancestor.
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For tips about searching on-line collections see the on-line video at [http://broadcast.lds.org/familysearch/2011-12-03-familysearch-search-tips-1000k-eng.mp4 FamilySearch Search Tips].
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To search the collection image by image you will need to follow this series of links:<br> ⇒ Select the "Browse" link in the initial search page<br> ⇒ Select the "County" category<br> ⇒ Select the "Record Type, Date Range and Volume" category which takes you to the images<br>
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Look at the images one by one comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine which one is your ancestor.
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==== Using the Information  ====
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When you have located your ancestor’s birth record, carefully evaluate each piece of information about them. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records about your ancestors. For example:
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*Use the birth date along with the place of birth to find the family in census records.
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*Use the residence and names of the parents to locate church and land records.
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*The father’s occupation can lead you to other types of records such as employment or military records.
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*The parents' birth places can tell you former residences and can help to establish a migration pattern for the family.
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*It is often helpful to extract the information on all children with the same parents. If the surname is unusual, you may want to compile birth entries for every person of the same surname and sort them into families based on the names of the parents. Continue to search the birth records to identify siblings, parents, and other relatives in the same or other generations who were born in the same county or nearby.
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==== Tips to Keep in Mind  ====
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*The information in birth records is usually reliable, but depends upon the reliability of the informant.
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*Earlier records may not contain as much information as the records created after the late 1800s.
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*There is also some variation in the information given from record to record.
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==== Unable to Find Your Ancestor?  ====
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*Check for variant spellings of the names.
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*Look for a different index. Local genealogical and historical societies often have indexes to local records.
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*Search the records of nearby counties.
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==== General Information About Birth Records  ====
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Ohio counties generally began keeping birth records in 1867, when Ohio passed a law requiring this. Physicians or county assessors in cities and townships created the birth records and then sent them to the country probate court. On December 20, 1908, a new state law required the county to send the birth records to the state. Most births that occurred in a county were probably recorded because of the legal requirement for registration.
  
== Record History<br>  ==
 
Ohio counties generally began keeping birth records in 1867, when Ohio passed a law requiring this. Physicians or county assessors in cities and townships created the birth records and then sent them to the country probate court. On December 20, 1908, a new state law required the county to send the birth records to the state. Most births that occurred in a county were probably recorded because of the legal requirement for registration.
 
=== Why This Collection Was Created?  ===
 
 
The state required counties to begin recording births both to document the births and to track public health issues. A delayed registration allowed an individual whose birth had not been recorded to obtain a birth certificate, which was usually needed to receive certain government benefits.  
 
The state required counties to begin recording births both to document the births and to track public health issues. A delayed registration allowed an individual whose birth had not been recorded to obtain a birth certificate, which was usually needed to receive certain government benefits.  
  
=== Record Reliability ===
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== Known Issues with This Collection  ==
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{{HR Known Issues}}For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached [[Ohio County Birth Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)/Known Issues|Wiki article]]. If you encounter additional problems, please email them to [mailto:support@familysearch.org support@familysearch.org]. Please include the full path to the link and a description of the problem in your e-mail. Your assistance will help ensure that future reworks will be considered.
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== Related Websites ==
  
The information on birth records is generally reliable, but there is always the possibility of misinformation.
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*[http://www.accessgenealogy.com/ohio/ Ohio Genealogy]
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*[http://www.ohiohistory.org/resource/archlib/ Ohio Historical Society]
  
== Related Web Sites  ==
 
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== Related Wiki Articles  ==
 
== Related Wiki Articles  ==
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*[[Ohio|Ohio]]<br>
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*[[Ohio Vital Records|Ohio Vital Records]]&nbsp;
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*[[Ohio Births and Christenings (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Ohio Births and Christenings (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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== Contributions to This Article  ==
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== Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections  ==
 
== Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections  ==
A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the Wiki Article: [[How to Cite FamilySearch Collections|How to Cite FamilySearch Collections]]
 
  
Please add sample citations to this article following the format guidelines in the wiki article listed above.
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When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find the record again. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records.  
Examples of citations:
 
  
*United States. Bureau of the Census. 12th census, 1900, digital images, From FamilySearch Internet (www.familysearch.org: September 29, 2006), Arizona Territory, Maricopa, Township 1, East Gila, Salt River Base and Meridian; sheet 9B, line 71
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A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the wiki article [[Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections]].
*Mexico, Distrito Federal, Catholic Church Records, 1886-1933, digital images, from FamilySearch Internet (www.familysearch.org: April 22, 2010), Baptism of Adolfo Fernandez Jimenez, 1 Feb. 1910, San Pedro Apóstol, Cuahimalpa, Distrito Federal, Mexico, film number 0227023
 
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== Sources of Information for This Collection:  ==
 
  
<!--bibdescbegin-->Ohio, Probate County [County Name]. Birth records, [date range]. From URL, date accessed or downloaded. Digital reference number, name of person, event place (if any), birth date. Example: Ohio, Probate County (Washington County). Birth records, 1867-1941. From FamilySearch (www.familysearch.org), February 9, 2007. Geo. Heinrich Schramm, born 24 Aug 1867.<br><br>Ohio, Probate County [County Name]. Birth records [date range]. Salt Lake City: Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, [filming date]. Microform number, page number, entry number (if any), name of person, event place (if any), birth date.<br> <!--bibdescend-->
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=== Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection  ===
  
<br>The format for citing FamilySearch Historical Collections, including how to cite individual archives is found in the following link: [[How to Create Source Citations For FamilySearch Historical Records Collections|How to Create Source Citations for FamilySearch Historical Records Collections]]
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“Ohio County Births, 1856-1909,” index and images, ''FamilySearch ''(https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/X6Q9-68L&nbsp;: accessed 3 May 2012), Rachel Adams, 1895; entry for Rachel Adams, 28 April 1895, Henrietta, Lorain, Ohio; citing "Ohio, County Births, 1856-1909." Various county clerks throughout Ohio. FHL # 1294334; FHL microfilm, 367 reels. Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah.
  
 
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Record Description

The collection includes a name index and images of county birth records in Ohio. The time period and type of record varies by county.

The records are usually handwritten on preprinted pages, bound into books. The books are in register style with multiple entries to a page. The records are generally well preserved, though some may have been lost because of fire or other disasters. Some of the records have been sent to the Ohio Historical Society.

The collection covers the years 1841 to 2003.

Citation for This Collection

The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamilySearch.org Historical Record collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher and archive for the original records.

Probate Courts in Ohio. Ohio, county birth records. Courthouses in Ohio.

Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.

Record Content

Key genealogical facts found in this collection may include:

  • Date birth was recorded
  • Full name of child
  • Child’s birth date
  • Place of birth, including city, country and state
  • Child's gender and race
  • Parents’ names, including mother’s maiden name
  • Parents' place of residence
  • Name of the person reporting the birth

Later records may also list the following:

  • Parents' birth dates and places
  • Parents' age
  • Parents' occupation
  • Name of attending physician or midwife

How to Use the Records

To begin your search it is helpful to know the following:

  • The child's name
  • The birth place
  • The approximate birth date

Search the Collection

Fill in the requested information in the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about the ancestors in the list to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to find your ancestor.

For tips about searching on-line collections see the on-line video at FamilySearch Search Tips.

To search the collection image by image you will need to follow this series of links:
⇒ Select the "Browse" link in the initial search page
⇒ Select the "County" category
⇒ Select the "Record Type, Date Range and Volume" category which takes you to the images

Look at the images one by one comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine which one is your ancestor.

Using the Information

When you have located your ancestor’s birth record, carefully evaluate each piece of information about them. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records about your ancestors. For example:

  • Use the birth date along with the place of birth to find the family in census records.
  • Use the residence and names of the parents to locate church and land records.
  • The father’s occupation can lead you to other types of records such as employment or military records.
  • The parents' birth places can tell you former residences and can help to establish a migration pattern for the family.
  • It is often helpful to extract the information on all children with the same parents. If the surname is unusual, you may want to compile birth entries for every person of the same surname and sort them into families based on the names of the parents. Continue to search the birth records to identify siblings, parents, and other relatives in the same or other generations who were born in the same county or nearby.

Tips to Keep in Mind

  • The information in birth records is usually reliable, but depends upon the reliability of the informant.
  • Earlier records may not contain as much information as the records created after the late 1800s.
  • There is also some variation in the information given from record to record.

Unable to Find Your Ancestor?

  • Check for variant spellings of the names.
  • Look for a different index. Local genealogical and historical societies often have indexes to local records.
  • Search the records of nearby counties.

General Information About Birth Records

Ohio counties generally began keeping birth records in 1867, when Ohio passed a law requiring this. Physicians or county assessors in cities and townships created the birth records and then sent them to the country probate court. On December 20, 1908, a new state law required the county to send the birth records to the state. Most births that occurred in a county were probably recorded because of the legal requirement for registration.

The state required counties to begin recording births both to document the births and to track public health issues. A delayed registration allowed an individual whose birth had not been recorded to obtain a birth certificate, which was usually needed to receive certain government benefits.

Known Issues with This Collection

Important.png Problems with this collection?
See a list of known issues, workarounds, tips, restrictions, future fixes, news and other helpful information.

For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached Wiki article. If you encounter additional problems, please email them to support@familysearch.org. Please include the full path to the link and a description of the problem in your e-mail. Your assistance will help ensure that future reworks will be considered.

Related Websites

Related Wiki Articles

Contributions to This Article

We welcome user additions to FamilySearch Historical Records wiki articles. We are looking for additional information that will help readers understand the topic and better use the available records. We also need translations for collection titles and images in articles about records written in languages other than English. For specific needs, please visit WikiProject FamilySearch Records.

Please follow these guidelines as you make changes. Thank you for any contributions you may provide.


Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections

When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find the record again. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records.

A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the wiki article Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections.

Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection

“Ohio County Births, 1856-1909,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/X6Q9-68L : accessed 3 May 2012), Rachel Adams, 1895; entry for Rachel Adams, 28 April 1895, Henrietta, Lorain, Ohio; citing "Ohio, County Births, 1856-1909." Various county clerks throughout Ohio. FHL # 1294334; FHL microfilm, 367 reels. Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah.