Ohio Resources

Vital Records

From 1867-1908, births and deaths were recorded in the County Probate Courts. After that date, the function was taken over by the General Health District, and reported to the state. Death Certificates from December 20, 1908 - 1936 can be obtained from the Ohio History Connection. An online index to death certificates from 1913 - 1937 is available at the Ohio History Connection Website. Birth Records from 20 December 1908 to present, Death Records from 1945 to present, and Marriage Records from September 7, 1949 to the present can be obtained from the Ohio Department of Health. Marriage licenses must be obtained from the County Probate Court where the marriage license was issued.

Other Records

Divorces. Divorces are usually found through the Clerk of Courts Journals, Court of Common Pleas in the county in which the divorce took place. The Ohio Department of Health houses only the abstracts of couples divorced in Ohio from September 7, 1949 to the present. Copies of divorce decrees can be obtained from the county clerk of courts where the divorce was granted.

Adoptions. The Ohio Department of Health website has information on obtaining adoption records. For information on nineteenth century adoptions or guardianships, search the county Probate Courts' Wills, Estates, and Guardianships, County Home records, or other court records. Some "adoptions" at that time were informal within the family or community and may not have been documented in court records.

Resources at the CAC

Statewide and Regional Resources

  • U.S. Federal Census 1790, Ohio Census 1810 (reconstructed), 1820, 1830, 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880, 1890 (Civil War Veterans), 1900, 1910, 1920. Ohio Indexes, 1820-1880; Federal Census Index for 1880
  • Early Ohio Census records. (CAC[OG] F490.E27)
  • Abstracts and Extracts of the Legislative Acts and Resolutions of the State of Ohio, 1803-1821. (CAC[OG] F490 .B65 1994)
  • Early Ohio Settlers: Purchasers of Land in Southwestern Ohio, 1800-1840. (CAC[OG] F490.B48 1986)
  • Early Ohio Settlers: Purchasers of Land in Southeastern Ohio, 1800-1840. (CAC[OG] F490.B47 1984)
  • Early Ohio Settlers: Purchasers of Land in East and East Central Ohio, 1800-1840 (CAC[OG] F490.B466 1989)
  • First Families of Ohio [microform] [17--]-1992. (CAC MS 651mf)
  • First Families of Ohio: Official Roster. (CAC[OG] F490 .F49 1982)
  • Ohio Marriages: Extracted from the Old Northwest Genealogical Quarterly (CAC [OG]F490.S53 1980)
  • Ohio Marriages Recorded in County Courts through 1820: An Index. (CAC [OG]F490 .O366 1996)
  • Ohio Marriages Recorded in County Courts 1 Jan 1821 - 31 Dec 1830: An Index. (CAC [OG] F490 .O368 2003)
  • Ohio Amish Genealogy, Holmes County and Vicinity. (CAC[OG] F497.H74C7)
  • Registers of Blacks in the Miami Valley: A Name Abstract, 1804-1857.(CAC pOG 1172)
  • A Genealogical Index of Pioneers in the Miami Valley, Ohio: Miami Co., Montgomery Co., Preble Co., and Warren Co. (CAC[OG] F497.M64B68)
  • Pioneer Ohio Newspapers, 1793-1810: Genealogical and Historical Abstracts (CAC [OG] F483 .G74 1986)
  • Index to the Grave Records of Servicemen of the War of 1812, State of Ohio. (CAC [OG] F490.I54 1988)
  • The Official Roster of Ohio Soldiers, Sailors and Marines in the World War, 1917-18. (CAC [OG] D570.85 .O3 O43 1918)
  • Index to Official Roster of Ohio Soldiers in the War with Spain, 1898-1899. (CAC[OG] E725.8 .B76 1991)
  • Ohio Veteran's Home Death Records, January 3, 1889, through December 31, 1983. (CAC pOG 3071)
  • Ohio Wills and Estates to 1850: An Index (CAC [OG] KFO 144.A58B45)

Counties Outside of the Northwest

In addition to county histories on every county in the state, some counties are represented by additional resources listed below. Contact the regional network center (listed above) for more complete information on these counties.

  • Athens County, Ohio, Birth Records, 1867-1881 (CAC[OG] F497.A8 B6 1990)
  • Cemetery Records of Athens and Meigs Counties (CAC pOG 4641)
  • Auglaize County, Ohio, Obits, Death Mentions & Funeral Cards (CAC [OG]F497.A9 A85 1996)
  • Index of Probate Death Records, 1867-1898 Auglaize County. (CAC [OG] F497.A9 A84 1995)
  • A Listing of Entrymen on Lands in Belmont County. (CAC [OG]F497.B4 K63 1996)
  • An Index to Naturalization Records from Champaign County, Ohio 1820-1956 and Logan County, Ohio 1820-1906. (CAC pOG 3507)
  • Chancery Records of the Court of Common Pleas, record books 1 through 23 [Champaign County, Ohio] (CAC[OG] F497.C4 C55)
  • Clermont County, Ohio, Pioneers, 1798-1812 (CAC[OG] F497.C53 W48 1983)
  • Columbiana County, Ohio Cemetery Inscriptions (CAC[OG] F497.C6 C6) (Index, pOG 4642)
  • An Index to Naturalization Records from Darke County, Ohio, 1812-1928 and Miami County, Ohio, 1814-1906. (CAC pOG 3128)
  • List of Male Inhabitants over the Age of 21 in Delaware County, Ohio in the Year 1835. (CAC [OG]F497.D34 C69 1988)
  • Index to Naturalizations of Fairfield County, Ohio. (CAC pOG 2820)
  • The Columbus Catholic Cemetery: History and Records, 1846-1874 [Franklin County](CAC[OG] F499.C753 A7 1983)
  • An Index to Naturalization Records from Greene County, Ohio, 1831-1958 and Clark County, Ohio 1820-1906. (CAC pOG 3340)
  • Will Index of Hamilton County, Ohio, 1792-1850. (CAC [OG] F497.H2W54 1975)
  • A Listing of Entrymen on Lands in Jefferson Co., Ohio. (CAC [OG] F497.J4 K63 1996)
  • Cemetery Inscriptions of Lorain County, Ohio (CAC [OG]F497.L86 L86)
  • Cemetery Inscriptions of Marion County, Ohio. (CAC[OG] F497.M3 M53 1985)
  • Mahoning County, Ohio Wills and Administrations: Abstracts. (CAC [OG] F497.M18 M3)
  • Tombstone Inscriptions from the Cemeteries in Medina County, Ohio. (CAC [OG] F497.M5 T64)
  • Declaration of Intention & Final Naturalization, Medina County, Ohio, 1830-1860 (CAC pOG 2861)
  • Mercer County, Ohio Marriages, 1823-1861 (CAC[OG] F497.M56 G38 1990)
  • Mercer County, Ohio, Cemetery Inscriptions (CAC [OG]F497.M56 M461 1995)
  • An Index to Naturalization Records from Mercer County, Ohio, 1814-1906 and Auglaize County, Ohio, 1854-1906. (CAC pOG 3129)
  • An Index to Naturalization Records from Montgomery County, Ohio, 1803-1931. (CAC pOG 3339)
  • Montgomery County, Ohio, Administration and Wills, 1805-1850, Guardians, 1805-1860. (CAC[OG] F497.M7 S55 1985)
  • Richland County, Ohio Marriage Records 1813 to 1871. (CAC [OG[ F497.R5 R516 1993)
  • Richland County, Ohio, Cemetery Records. (CAC [OG] F497.R5O45)
  • Richland County, Ohio Civil War Veterans. (CAC [OG] F497.R5R54 1998)
  • Tuscarawas County Grave Registrations of Veterans. (CAC [OG] F497.T9 L68 1986)
  • Marriage Records of Shelby County, Ohio, v 1-2 (CAC[OG] F497.S54A29)
  • Memorial records of Shelby County, Ohio, 1819-1975 (CAC[OG] F497.S54A32)
  • Abstracts of Probate Records: Trumbull County, Ohio, Nov 1803 - Aug.1843 (CAC[OG] F497.T8 W562 1986)
  • Index, Cuyahoga County, Ohio, Coroner Files, 1833-1900. (CAC pOG 2821)
  • An Index to Naturalization Records from Shelby County, Ohio, 1814-1906. (CAC pOG 3127)
  • Pioneer Cemeteries of Southeastern Ohio, 1801-1980: the Mound Cemetery, Marietta, Ohio.[Washington County] (CAC pOG 4622)

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Updated: 06/05/2023 09:34AM