Genealogy Research @ SCDL: Birth Records

Welcome to this week’s SCDL Tree Talk Tuesdays. This week we begin a journey of Genealogy Research @ SCDL. During the course of this year,  we will take a look at  specific records that are available within our collection to help you with your research. Today we will begin with Birth Records.

The Genealogy collection has the Birth Records on microfilm for the state of Ohio (with the exception of Mahoning and Hamilton Counties). These records cover the years of 1867-1908. Although, there was an attempt  made in 1856 to begin recording births, there was almost no compliance and very few still exist. With that in mind let’s look at what information can be found on these records and how to locate them. Locating a Birth Records (1867-1908) Birth Records between 1867-1908 were recorded in journals at the Probate Court in the county where the individual was born. Below are three different locations that the early Birth Records can be found.

What Information is found on a Birth Record (1867-1908)

  • Child’s name if named at birthBirth Records.pdf
  • Date and place of birth
  • Gender and race of child
  • Parent’s name (with mother’s maiden name) and residence

Locating Ohio Birth Records after 1908: Ohio Department of Health became responsible for recording births after December 19, 1908.

  • Ohio Health Department: Birth Records can be requested from any Ohio Health Department for any Ohio Birth.

What Information is found a Birth Record (1908-Present)

  • Child’s Name
  • Date, Place, and Time of Birth
  • Gender and race of Child
  • Parent’s Names, Occupations, Address
  • Numbers of Previous Births to the mother
  • Name of Physician

We hope that this information is helpful in your researching. Next month we will take a look at finding Death Records. Until then. Happy Ancestor Hunting!

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