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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.  
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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.
 
  
The collection covers the years 1856 to 1909.&nbsp;
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== What is in This Collection? ==
  
=== Citation for This Collection  ===
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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.
  
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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The records are usually handwritten on pre-printed 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. Some of the birth records may be delayed, and created from other types of records.
  
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The collection covers the years 1841 to 2003.  
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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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===To Browse This Collection===
  
== Record Content  ==
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Key genealogical facts found in this collection may include:  
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== What Can These Records Tell Me? ==
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Information found in this collection may include:  
  
[[Image:Ohio Birth Register.jpg|thumb|right]]
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*Date birth was recorded  
 
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*Full name of child  
*Date birth was recorded
 
*Full name of child
 
 
*Child’s birth date  
 
*Child’s birth date  
*Place of birth, including city, country and state
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*Place of birth, including city, country and state  
*Child's gender and race
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*Child's gender and race  
 
*Parents’ names, including mother’s maiden name  
 
*Parents’ names, including mother’s maiden name  
*Parents' place of residence
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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
  
<br> Later records may also list the following:  
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Later records may also list the following:  
  
 
*Parents' birth dates and places  
 
*Parents' birth dates and places  
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*Name of attending physician or midwife
 
*Name of attending physician or midwife
  
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== Collection Content ==
  
== How to Use the Records  ==
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=== Coverage Table ===
  
To begin your search it is helpful to know the following:
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A coverage table for this collection is available in the wiki article [[Ohio, County Birth Records, Coverage Table (FamilySearch Historical Records)]].
  
*The child's name
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===Image Visibility===
*The birth place
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Whenever possible, FamilySearch makes images available for all users. However, ultimate rights to view images on our website are granted by the record custodians. Some of the images in this collection are only available for viewing if you are a registered FamilySearch user. You can register for a free FamilySearch account [https://familysearch.org/register/1 here]. For additional information about image restrictions, please see the [[Restrictions for Viewing Images in FamilySearch Historical Record Collections]] page.
*The approximate birth date
 
  
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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.
  
==== Search the Collection  ====
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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.
  
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 [http://broadcast.lds.org/familysearch/2011-12-03-familysearch-search-tips-1000k-eng.mp4 FamilySearch Search Tips].  
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== How Do I Search This Collection?  ==
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Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:
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*The name of the person.  
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*The date and location of birth.
  
==== Using the Information  ====
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=== Search the Index ===
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=== View the Images ===
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View images in this collection by visiting the
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'''{{RecordSearch|1932106|Browse Page|access=browse}}''':<br>
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# Select the '''County'''
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# Select the '''Record Type, Date Range and Volume''' which takes you to the images.
  
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.  
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{{Tip|More images are available in the FamilySearch Catalog at [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/1932106 Ohio, County Births, 1841-2003]. Some catalog records link to multiple references. In this case, click on a reference to find a camera icon to see images.}}
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=== How Do I Analyze the Results? ===
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Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images.
  
For example:
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== What Do I Do Next? ==
  
*Use the birth date along with the place of birth to find the family in census records.  
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Indexes and transcriptions may not include all the data found in the original records. Look at the actual image of the record, if you can, to verify the information and to find additional information.  
*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.
 
  
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=== I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?  ===
  
==== Tips to Keep in Mind ====
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*Copy the citation below, in case you need to find this record again later.
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*Use the age or estimated birth date to find other church and vital records such as baptism, marriage, and death records.
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*Use the information found in the record to find land, probate and immigration records.
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*Use the information found in the record to find additional family members in censuses. Witnesses were usually family members.
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*Repeat this process with additional family members found, to find more generations of the family.
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*[[Ohio Church Records| Church Records]] were kept years before counties began keeping records. They are a good source for finding ancestors before 1900.
  
*The information in birth records is usually reliable, but depends upon the reliability of the informant.
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=== I Can't Find the Person I'm Looking For, What Now?  ===
*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.
 
  
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*If your ancestor does not have a common name, collect entries for every person who has the same surname. This list can help you find possible relatives.
 
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*If you cannot locate your ancestor in the locality in which you believe they lived, then try searching records of a nearby town or county.  
==== Unable to Find Your Ancestor?  ====
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*Try different spellings of your ancestor’s name.
 
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*Remember that sometimes individuals went by [http://usgenweb.org/research/nicknames.html nicknames] or alternated between using first and middle names. Try searching for [http://genealogy.about.com/od/first_names/fl/nickname-given-name-equivalents.htm these names] as well.
*Check for variant spellings of the names.  
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*Check the info box above for additional FamilySearch websites and related websites that may assist you in finding similar records.
*Look for a different index. Local genealogical and historical societies often have indexes to local records.  
 
*Search the records of nearby counties.
 
 
 
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==== 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  ==
 
== 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.  
 
{{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.  
  
== Related Websites  ==
 
 
*[http://www.accessgenealogy.com/ohio/ Ohio Genealogy]
 
*[http://www.ohiohistory.org/resource/archlib/ Ohio Historical Society]
 
 
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== Related Wiki Articles  ==
 
 
*[[Ohio|Ohio]]<br>
 
*[[Ohio Vital Records|Ohio Vital Records]]&nbsp;
 
*[[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 This Collection ==
  
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Citations help you keep track of places you have searched and sources you have found. Identifying your sources helps others find the records you used.
  
== Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections  ==
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;Collection Citation:
  
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.  
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"Ohio, County Births, 1841-2003." Database with images. <i>FamilySearch</i>. http://FamilySearch.org : 11 October 2016. County courthouses, Ohio.
  
A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the wiki article [[Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections]].
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=== Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection  ===
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“Ohio County Births, 1856-1909,” index, ''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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== How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki? ==
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Ohio, United States
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Record Description
Record Type Birth Records
Collection years 1841-2003
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What is in This Collection?

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 pre-printed 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. Some of the birth records may be delayed, and created from other types of records.

The collection covers the years 1841 to 2003.

To Browse This Collection

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Ohio, County Births, 1841-2003.

What Can These Records Tell Me?

Information 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

Collection Content

Coverage Table

A coverage table for this collection is available in the wiki article Ohio, County Birth Records, Coverage Table (FamilySearch Historical Records).

Image Visibility

Whenever possible, FamilySearch makes images available for all users. However, ultimate rights to view images on our website are granted by the record custodians. Some of the images in this collection are only available for viewing if you are a registered FamilySearch user. You can register for a free FamilySearch account here. For additional information about image restrictions, please see the Restrictions for Viewing Images in FamilySearch Historical Record Collections page.

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.


How Do I Search This Collection?

Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:

  • The name of the person.
  • The date and location of birth.

Search the Index

Search by name by visiting the Collection Page.
  1. Fill in the search boxes on the Collection Page with the information you have
  2. Click Search to show possible matches

View the Images

View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page:

  1. Select the County
  2. Select the Record Type, Date Range and Volume which takes you to the images.

How Do I Analyze the Results?

Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images.

What Do I Do Next?

Indexes and transcriptions may not include all the data found in the original records. Look at the actual image of the record, if you can, to verify the information and to find additional information.

I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?

  • Copy the citation below, in case you need to find this record again later.
  • Use the age or estimated birth date to find other church and vital records such as baptism, marriage, and death records.
  • Use the information found in the record to find land, probate and immigration records.
  • Use the information found in the record to find additional family members in censuses. Witnesses were usually family members.
  • Repeat this process with additional family members found, to find more generations of the family.
  • Church Records were kept years before counties began keeping records. They are a good source for finding ancestors before 1900.

I Can't Find the Person I'm Looking For, What Now?

  • If your ancestor does not have a common name, collect entries for every person who has the same surname. This list can help you find possible relatives.
  • If you cannot locate your ancestor in the locality in which you believe they lived, then try searching records of a nearby town or county.
  • Try different spellings of your ancestor’s name.
  • Remember that sometimes individuals went by nicknames or alternated between using first and middle names. Try searching for these names as well.
  • Check the info box above for additional FamilySearch websites and related websites that may assist you in finding similar records.

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.


Citing This Collection

Citations help you keep track of places you have searched and sources you have found. Identifying your sources helps others find the records you used.

Collection Citation

"Ohio, County Births, 1841-2003." Database with images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : 11 October 2016. County courthouses, Ohio.

Record Citation:
When looking at a record, the citation is found below the record.
Image Citation:
When looking at an image, the citation is found on the Information tab at the bottom left of the screen.

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