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Special Collections & Archives

Death Records

Before 1867

Ohio did not make it a law to keep death records until 1867.

1867 through December 19, 1908

Ohio made it a law to record deaths in 1867. County probate courts kept death records between 1867 and December 19, 1908.

There is no statewide index to death records from 1867 through December 19, 1908.

Special Collections and Archives has death records for the following counties:

December 20, 1908, through December 31, 1963

January 1, 1964, to the present

Death certificates from 1964 to the present are held by the Ohio Department of Health. Please contact the Ohio Department of Health.