Ohio counties began recording births and deaths in 1867 after the passage of a state law. County probate courts kept birth and death records between 1867 and December 19, 1908. There is no statewide index to birth and death records from 1867 through December 19, 1908.
Special Collections and Archives has the birth and death records for the following counties:
For the remaining counties in the Special Collections and Archives service area, please contact the county’s probate court.
The state of Ohio began issuing certificates for births and deaths on December 20, 1908.
The Ohio Department of Health holds birth certificates for the state of Ohio from December 20, 1908 to the present, and death certificates from 1964 to the present.
The Ohio History Connection holds death certificates for the entire state of Ohio from December 20, 1908, through December 31, 1963. The Ohio History Connection has an Ohio Death Certificate Index for 1913-1944 and 1954-1963 that will provide the death certificate number and instructions for requesting a copy.
An index to Ohio death certificates for 1908-1953 is available through FamilySearch.