Guidelines for requesting birth records held by the Ohio Historical Society
Death records in Ohio
Ohio did not make it a law to keep birth records until 1867.
1867 through December 19, 1908
Ohio made it a law to record births in 1867. County probate courts
kept birth records between 1867 and December 19, 1908. There is no statewide
index to birth records from 1867 through December 19, 1908. Go
to the list of county probate court birth records held at the Ohio Historical
Society. If the Ohio Historical Society does not hold a county's
birth records, please contact the county's probate court. A list of
county courthouse contacts is available at Ohio
County Courthouse Addresses.
December 20, 1908 to the present
The state of Ohio began issuing certificates for births on December
20, 1908. The Ohio Department of Health holds birth certificates for
the state of Ohio from December 20, 1908 to the present. You should
contact the Ohio Department of Health at the address below for information
concerning their request procedures.
Ohio Department of Health
Division of Vital Statistics
PO Box 15098
Columbus, OH 43215-0098
(614 ) 466-2531
Guidelines for requesting birth records
Before making a request for a birth record, please confirm that we
hold records for the county and time period by reviewing County
Birth Records Held at the Ohio Historical Society. Requests that
are submitted with a county, name of child, and exact year of birth
are processed by our staff as COPY REQUESTS.
The county where the birth was registered and the child's name must
be provided, but our staff will search a 10 year time frame if the exact
year of birth is unknown. Requests that are submitted with a county,
name of child, and a time frame within a 10 year span are processed
by our staff as RESEARCH REQUESTS.
A complete description of all request policies can be reviewed at Guidelines
for Offsite Copy and Research Requests.