In Ohio you can obtain birth and death records from
the city or county health department office where
the event occurred, provided there is no court or
legal action. The Office of Vital
Statistics (Ohio Department of Health) does
not issue marriage licenses nor divorce decrees
(they are issued by the county probate court or
county clerk of courts). The Ohio Department of
Health, Office of Vital Statistics, maintains the
abstracts of marriages and divorces that occurred in
Ohio from January 1, 1954, to present. The service
provided by the office is to search for limited
information from marriage and divorce abstracts that
may be used to locate actual licenses or decrees
from the courts. Abstracts are brief forms that list
limited information extracted from the original
marriage licenses or divorce decrees.
County vital records such as birth records,
divorce decrees, marriage certificates and death records are
required to be filed in the USA. Genealogists use this information
regularly to learn more about family history.
across the United States saw an opportunity with the Internet. They
created online databases for marriage records and other information
that allows genealogists to search for these county vital records
from their home or office computer.
Many counties, still
have not computerized their records. Many people just wanting to
trace one record are not aware of even how to begin a search. Online
records databases are a way to help anyone trying to find a marriage
record. Online search companies compile these county vital
statistics in one place. These databases have several advantages:
You can search for the marriage record discreetly.
Online databases contain records from all 50 states.
If you don’t know where the marriage record was filed, you
don’t want to waste you time calling from Florida to Alaska.
The information is at you fingertips when you use an online
database search company to help you find the marriage
These searches are inexpensive. Most
searches cost less than $50—even if you need unlimited
access to county vital records. If you are searching for
just one marriage record, you could spend as little as $10.
This saves time and money for anyone needing to find out
where a record is fast.
If you know just a little bit of information, you
can find a marriage record easily. Just type in the correct
information in the lines provided and you will see a list of records