Ohio Marriage & Divorce Records | Vital Records

Ohio marriage divorce recordsCapitol: Columbus
Most Populous City: Columbus
Total Area: 44,825 sq mi 
Total Population (2010): 11536504
Website: http://www.ohio.gov
Source: Wikipedia

The Office of Vital Statistics maintains only abstracts of marriages, with an index for marriages after 1950 and for divorces after 1954. Certified copies of these Ohio vital records are then obtained from the county probate court for marriages and from the county Clerk of Court for divorces. Historical marriage records dating to 1790 are available at the Ohio Historical Society and the Ohio Network of American History Research Centers, with several books of Ohio marriage records indexes for 1780-1897. The city of Cincinnati was known as a "Gretna Green" no-questions-asked locale, hosting marriages from Indiana and Kentucky, but many of its historical records were lost in a courthouse fire. Divorces were originally handed in several courts (Supreme Court, Chancery Court, Court of Common Pleas), but since 1851 solely in the Court of Common Pleas, with books of Ohio divorce records indexes 1795-1860 available.

For more information on Ohio vital records, visit Ohio Birth & Death Vital Records

Ohio Vital Records Offices

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

Business Hours: 8AM-5PM
Note: Marriage and divorce records are found at county of issue. This agency will only do a search of the index from 1954 forward. Abstracts are brief forms that list limited information extracted from the original marriage licenses or divorce decrees.
Record Access Requirements: For questions, email [email protected]
Search Note: An abstract is not a marriage license or divorce decree.
Records Available: Statewide Court Records
Administrative Director
Supreme Court of Ohio
65 S Front Street
Columbus, OH 43215-3431
Phone: 614-387-9000
Fax: 614-387-9419

Business Hours: 8AM-5PM
Note: This office does not provide access to county court records. Except for certain online research capabilities, all trial court record access must be done at the local level.

Records Available: Criminal Records
Ohio Bureau of Investigation
Civilian Background Section
PO Box 365
London, OH 43140
Phone: 740-845-2000
Fax: 740-845-2633

Business Hours: 8AM-5PM
Note: The state has an innovative system over the web for electronic transfer of fingerprints. See Online Access below.
Record Access Requirements: All out-of-state record requests must include a fingerprint card: name searches are not performed. In state requesters are able to access the web service, which also entails fingerprints.
Search Note: 100% of the records are fingerprint supported.

Records Available: Incarceration Records
Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction
Bureau of Records Management
770 West Broad Street
Columbus, OH 43222
Phone: 614-752-1076
Fax: 614-752-1086

Business Hours: 8AM-4:45PM M-F
Search Note: Location, physical identifiers, conviction and sentencing information, and release dates are provided.

Ohio County Marriage & Divorce Vital Records

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