Ohio Birth Records Index, 1959-2005

The Ohio Birth Records Index comes from the Ohio Department of Health and contains 3,235,770 birth records statewide between the years of 1959 and 2005. To obtain further information regarding the Ohio Birth Records Index, visit the Ohio Department of Health Vital Records .

Information Available In This Collection

The Ohio Birth Records Index provides the first and last names, plus the middle initial of the individual, as well as the place of birth, including zip code, and date of birth. If any of that information is missing from a particular birth record, it is due to an incomplete birth record original.

About the Ohio Department of Health

The Ohio Department of Health Vital Records Department is responsible for compiling and storing Ohio birth records and offers the public several ways to obtain copies of birth certificates. The Ohio Department of Health is also responsible for holding other vital records, including death records and marriage and divorce records.

The Ohio Department of Health collects birth records starting from December 20, 1908 through the present. Individuals may request birth records from their local Ohio Health Department, from the local Ohio Health Department office where the birth took place, or may access birth records through the state office, which offers birth certificates from all Ohio counties.

Ohio did not begin requiring birth certificates for newborns until 1867, so older birth records can be more difficult to obtain. After 1867, Ohio probate courts in the locale where the birth occurred would house the birth certificate until the Ohio Department of Health started archiving records after December 20, 1908, when the state took over issuing birth certificates, rather than individual probate courts.

Ohio birth records are housed by the Ohio Department of Health and can be obtained by any individual, as Ohio is an open records state and considers birth records to be public information. Individuals may request birth records in person on a first come, first served basis, which is usually the fastest route, or may request birth records by mail or online, although these requests can take anywhere from three to six weeks to complete. For additional information or to request a hard copy of a birth certificate, contact the Ohio Department of Health directly.

Ohio Department of Health Vital Statistics
225 Neilston Street
Columbus, Ohio 43215
614-466-2531


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