Ohio Birth & Death Vital Records

Ohio birth death recordsState Bird: Cardinal (Northern Cardinal)
State Flower: Scarlet Carnation
State Name Language of Origin: Seneca via French
State Name Meaning: Large creek
Admission to Union: March 1, 1803
Source: Wikipedia

Ohio made two failed attempts to require birth and death registration, in 1856 and 1867, before statewide compliance was achieved in 1908. The Ohio Department of Health, Office of Vital Statistics maintains Ohio birth records since December 20, 1908, and Ohio death records since January 1, 1954. Copies may be obtained by anyone in person at the Office of Vital Statistics or at City health departments or by mail or online through VitalChek. While there are earlier Ohio vital records available, there is no statewide index. The Ohio Historical Society maintains copies of many county birth and death records for 1867-1908 and a list of county probate court contacts. The Society has an online death index for 1913-1937 and death certificates for 1908-1953 as well as some cholera and veterans' deaths from the 1860s.

For more information on Ohio vital records, visit Ohio Marriage & Divorce Vital Records

Ohio Vital Records Offices


Record Type: Birth Certificates
Ohio Department of Health
Office of Vital Statistics
PO Box 15098
Columbus, OH 43215-0098
Phone: 614-466-2531
Website

Business Hours: 8AM-5PM
Note: For faster service than by mail, the ODH suggests visiting the county agency when birth occurred or use the designated vendor for expedited service.
Record Access Requirements: For questions, email VitalStat@odh.ohio.gov.

Records Available: Death Records
Ohio Department of Health
Office of Vital Statistics
PO Box 15098
Columbus, OH 43215-0098
Phone: 614-466-2531
Website

Business Hours: 8AM-5PM
Note: For faster service than by mail, the ODH suggests visiting the county agency when death occurred or use the designated vendor for expedited service.
Record Access Requirements: Requests must be in writing. For questions, email VitalStat@odh.ohio.gov.

Records Available: State Archives
Historical Society
Archives/Library
1982 Velma Ave
Columbus, OH 43211-2497
Phone: 614-297-2300
Fax: 614-297-2546
Website

Business Hours: 9AM-5PM TH-SA: 10AM-5PM SU

Ohio County Birth & Death Vital Records


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