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About Marriage Records in Ohio


Marriage Records

Divorce Records

Guidelines for requesting marriage records held by the Ohio Historical Society


Before September 7, 1949
Ohio county probate courts have kept marriage records from the date of the county's formation. There is no statewide index to marriage records before September 7, 1949. Go to the list of county probate court marriage records held at the Ohio Historical Society. If the Ohio Historical Society does not hold a county's marriage records, please contact the county's probate court. A list of county courthouse contacts is available at Ohio County Courthouse Addresses. up

After September 7, 1949
The Ohio Historical Society holds probate court marriage records for Delaware, Franklin, Marion, and Tuscarawas counties after September 7, 1949. Please visit the list of marriage records held at the Ohio Historical Society for a description of the Delaware, Franklin, Marion, or Tuscarawas marriage records in our collection.

All other counties' marriage records for September 7, 1949 to the present must be requested from the probate court of the county where the marriage occurred. A list of county courthouse contacts is available at Ohio County Courthouse Addresses. The Ohio Department of Health maintains a statewide index to marriage records for all Ohio counties from September 7, 1949 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

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Divorce Records
Divorce records are maintained by the court of common pleas in each county. Prior to 1851, the records were found in either the county supreme court, the county chancery court, or the county common pleas court. Appeals were made to the state legislature. After 1913 divorces were handled by a division of the county court of common pleas known as the domestic relations court. Please contact the court of common pleas of the county where the divorce was filed to request records. A list of county courthouse contacts is available at Ohio County Courthouse Addresses. up

Guidelines for requesting marriage records
Before making a request for a marriage record, please confirm that we hold records for the county and time period by reviewing County Marriage Records Held at the Ohio Historical Society. Requests that are submitted with a county, name(s) of spouse(s), and exact year of marriage are processed by our staff as COPY REQUESTS. The county where the marriage was registered and at least one spouse's name must be provided, but our staff will search a 10 year time frame if the exact year of marriage is unknown. Requests that are submitted with a county, name(s) of spouse(s), and a time frame within the 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.
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