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How to Obtain Ohio Death Certificates

The early nineteenth century was the changing time in the history of the Ohio state when in 1908, the statewide registration of the vital records like births, marriages and deaths was made mandatory by the state government of Ohio. Before the year 1908 when registration and maintenance of the records of the vital events was made mandatory, there was no formal way of statewide registration of the vital records. The town or city offices were responsible fro collecting and maintaining their vital records with themselves. There was no formal data available before that date when the official registration of the vital events started in the state of Ohio. The state also tried the same registration of these vital events statewide but all efforts went into vain as there was no compliance by the low level officers of the legislation made by the government. In this context two attempts for the legislation were largely unsuccessful, but all in all there was some success in collecting the data from the far-off places and gathering it at the state office was the achievement at that time.

However, if you want to access to the data earlier than 1908 then you must have to contact in question to the town or county clerk who has got some of the earlier records with himself.

Death records or death certificates (MCCD), Are a substantial part of the legal process. This significant information is vital to state and local government official. The state death record database contains information about a person's death, location, date, time, residence. Sometimes the names of the mother and father, and Even the physician who declares vital statistics and the cause of a person's death. Death records have long been used to help with ancestry, research. They are considered to be "primary source" records, because the information is recorded by an eye witness, at the time the death takes place.

Ohio County Death Records

Adams County
Allen County
Ashland County
Ashtabula County
Athens County
Auglaize County
Belmont County
Brown County
Butler County
Carroll County
Champaign County
Clark County
Clermont County
Clinton County
Columbiana County
Coshocton County
Crawford County
Cuyahoga County
Darke County
Defiance County
Delaware County
Erie County
Fairfield County
Fayette County
Franklin County
Fulton County
Gallia County
Geauga County
Greene County
Guernsey County
Hamilton County
Hancock County
Hardin County
Harrison County
Henry County
Highland County
Hocking County
Holmes County
Huron County
Jackson County
Jefferson County
Knox County
Lake County
Lawrence County
Licking County
Logan County
Lorain County
Lucas County
Madison County
Mahoning County
Marion County
Medina County
Meigs County
Mercer County
Miami County
Monroe County
Montgomery County
Morgan County
Morrow County
Muskingum County
Noble County
Ottawa County
Paulding County
Perry County
Pickaway County
Pike County
Portage County
Preble County
Putnam County
Richland County
Ross County
Sandusky County
Scioto County
Seneca County
Shelby County
Stark County
Summit County
Trumbull County
Tuscarawas County
Union County
Van Wert County
Vinton County
Warren County
Washington County
Wayne County
Williams County
Wood County
Wyandot County


Ohio Death Record Certificates and Obituaries

Ohio Department of Health
Division of Vital Statistics
P.O. Box 15098
Columbus, OH 43215-0098
Tel: 614-466-2531