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The Ohio Territory became a state in 1803. A statute was enacted in 1856-57 requiring registration of deaths, but it was mostly ignored. A law was passed in 1867 requiring registration but the current record keeping system was not in place until 1908.

Next Step: When did the death occur?

Choose a time period to search for your ancestor's death record:

Learn more about U.S. Death Records

Deaths before 1867

Before 1867, deaths were not recorded formally by the county or state. Almost 50,000 records from 1854-1867 are indexed in the following database:

Ohio Deaths and Burials Database - Includes Index only


1854-1997 - At FamilySearch.org Free; Ohio, Deaths and Burials, 1854-1997: Name index to death and burial records from the state of Ohio. Dates vary by county.


If your ancestor's death was not found in this database, you must search substitute records to locate your ancestor’s death date and place.

  Records that give death information:
Cemetery Records
Newspapers
Probate (wills, etc)
Tax Records
Church Records
Census
Bible Records
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Deaths from 1867 thru 1908

Prior to 1908, death records for the state of Ohio were kept by the county probate court where the death occurred. Some of these records are indexed in this database:


Ohio Deaths and Burials Database - Includes Index only


1854-1997 - At FamilySearch.org Free; Ohio, Deaths and Burials, 1854-1997: Name index to death and burial records from the state of Ohio. Dates vary by county.


If your ancestor's death was not found in this database, you must search substitute records to locate your ancestor’s death date and place.

  Records that give death information:
Cemetery Records
Newspapers
Probate (wills, etc)
Tax Records
Church Records
Census
Bible Records
Return to top: Choose another death year


Deaths from 1908 thru 1953

The state of Ohio began recording deaths in 1908. There are no restrictions on ordering death certificates from Ohio. Not all deaths occurring in this time period are in the indexes below.  If you cannot find your person, go to Step Two below.

STEP ONE: Find Death Information

For deaths that occurred during the time period, try the following databases. Try each link.

Ohio Deaths Databases - Includes Index and Digital Images

Try 1st:


1908 - 1953 - At FamilySearch.org] Free; Ohio, Deaths, 1908-1953: Name index and images of Ohio statewide death certificates.
Next try:


Includes Index Only

Choose one of the following:


1908-1932, 1938-1944, and 1958-2007 - At FamilySearch.org] Free; Ohio Death Index: Index of deaths from the Ohio Department of Health in Columbus.



1908-1932, 1938-2007 use at FamilySearch Centers/Libraries Free at FamilySearch Centers and Libraries; Ohio, Deaths, 1908-1932,1938-2007:Find your local FamilySearch Center OR use your own Ancestry.com subscription. Ancestry is often available through your local public library for free.




1913-1944 - At the Ohio Historical Society Free; Ohio Public Records Index: Index of death certificates from the Ohio Department of Health, prepared by the Ohio Historical Society.



Can't search the index listed above? Try searching other records for death information.


Can't find your ancestor in the index? Tips for searching indexes


No death record for your ancestor? Other records with death information

STEP TWO: Obtain the Certificate

If the image was not included in the index entry above, you can order a copy of the death record for a fee from the following locations:

To Order Death Certificates
From County of Death From OH Dept. of Health State office
Pros Cons Pros Cons
May be less expensive and faster than ordering from the state County websites can be more difficult to use Offers a search of the state index for an additional fee May be more expensive than ordering from the county

Death Certificates for the period December 20, 1908 through 1953 are held at the Ohio Historical Society.

If you do not know the exact date or place of death:
The Ohio Department of Health will search for the death of one individual for free. Searches for additional individuals are available for a fee.

If you do not want to order the death record, there are other records with death information you can search.

Return to top: Choose another death year


Deaths from 1954 to the present

The state of Ohio began recording deaths in 1908. There are no restrictions on ordering death certificates from Ohio.

STEP ONE: Find Death Information

For deaths that occurred during the time period, try the following databases. Try each link.

Ohio Deaths Databases - Includes Index Only

Try 1st:


1908-1932, 1938-1944, and 1958-2007 - At FamilySearch.org] Free; Ohio Death Index: Index of deaths from the Ohio Department of Health in Columbus.
Next try:


Choose one of the following:




1908-1932, 1938-2007 use at FamilySearch Centers/Libraries Free at FamilySearch Centers and Libraries; Find your local FamilySearch Center

OR use your own Ancestry.com subscription. Ancestry.com is often available through your local public library for free.





1954-1963 - At the Ohio Historical Society Free; Ohio Public Records Index: Index of death certificates from the Ohio Department of Health, prepared by the Ohio Historical Society.





Can't search the index listed above? Try searching other records for death information.


Can't find your ancestor in the index? Tips for searching indexes


No death record for your ancestor? Other records with death information

STEP TWO: Obtain the Certificate

If the image was not included in the index entry above, you can order a copy of the death record for a fee from the following locations:

To Order Death Certificates
From County of Death From OH Dept. of Health State office
Pros Cons Pros Cons
May be less expensive and faster than ordering from the state County websites can be more difficult to use Offers a search of the state index for an additional fee May be more expensive than ordering from the county

If you do not know the exact date or place of death:
The Ohio Department of Health will search for the death of one individual for free. Searches for additional individuals are available for a fee.

If you do not want to order the death record, there are other records with death information you can search.

Return to top: Choose another death year


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