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General Information On Ohio Genealogy Records
For those who are in Ohio or looking for Ohio genealogy records for their family, there are a few great resources to turn to that will help you in this search. It is a good idea to start your search at the most local resource possible. In Ohio, there are various resources for you to use to help gather this information, but you may need to start with a statewide search. The area does have some very old records available especially if you turn to the local records. These records can help you in many ways. You can learn about your family and when they arrived in the state. Take a few minutes to consider these resources.
 
If you are looking for information for Ohio genealogy records, a good resource to start with is the statewide registration. The state required that all counties and townships report all vital records to the state in 1908. This law was not the first, though. In fact, in Ohio, there were two previous attempts at getting a statewide collection of data put into place but both were significantly unsuccessful. However, it still makes sense to check these databases because some fragmented data is available dating back hundreds of years. If you need any death or birth records in the state, write or visit the following address first.
 
Ohio Department of Health
Division of Vital Statistics
PO Box 15098
Columbus, Ohio 43215
 
It is also a good idea to call the agency before making the trip out. You can call at 614 466-2531. You may be able to place a request this way but it may not be possible. The second step in finding this information should be the Probate Clerk's office in the county the person lived in. If this does not work, turn to the township's records through the clerk's office. Some records date back to the 1800's in these establishments or even earlier.
 
There are other resources for finding Ohio genealogy records, though. One of the most interesting of resources that can provide the most information for an entire family is the cemeteries. These locations often had significant data backing them up and some of them are from the 1700's. Take a look at some of the options to consider.
·        In Adams County, check out the McKinley, Mount Unger Baptist Church and the Rogers Family cemeteries.
·        In Drake County, the Abbottsville, Fort Jefferson Methodist Church Pioneer and the Martin Cemeteries.
·        In Summit County, the Bible Baptist Church is one of the oldest in the region.
·        In Clermont County, the Butler, Clarence W Seibert and the Franklin Cemeteries are important for this type of research.
In addition to these resources, you may also want to check out the churches in the area. Many who moved into Ohio did so because of the promise of work. They also came with their religious leaders and established churches that date back through the 1700's. These are excellent resources for those conducting Ohio genealogy records searches throughout the region.
Ohio Genealogy Records
  • Ohio Genealogical Society

    Ohio Genealogical Society
    713 South Main Street
    Mansfield, OH 44907-1644
    p (419) 756-7294
  • Ohio Historical Society

    Ohio Historical Society
    1982 Velma Avenue
    Columbus, OH 43211
    p (614) 297-2300
  • State Archives

    Archives/Library 1982 Velma Ave
    None
    Columbus, OH 43211-2497
    p (614) 297-2300
    f (614) 297-2546
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