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Ohio Deaths Before 1908[edit | edit source]

Ohio Death Return, 1868.jpg

Although Ohio became a state in 1803, death registration was not required until 1856. This statute was mostly ignored.

A law was passed in 1867 requiring registration by the county probate court where the death occurred but the current record keeping system was not in place until 1908. Some of these records are indexed in the following database:

Before using death records know:[edit | edit source]

  • Name of the deceased
  • Year of the death
  • Place of death/residence at death

Search a state death record index[edit | edit source]

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Can't find your ancestor's Death record?[edit | edit source]

Next Steps[edit | edit source]

  • Compare any new information in the record with what was known before to be sure details are consistent
  • Check for a monumental inscription or cemetery record which may link individuals to other family members
  • Check probate records to see if the deceased left a will