Ohio Guided Research #1
Find Birth Info
Choose one of the following date ranges that is closest to when you think your ancestor was born:
Before 1867 - limited records
Find Marriage Info
Search a marriage record index
No marriage record for your ancestor?
- Search for Gretna Greens: Some couples traveled away from their county of residence to locations that had less restrictive marriage laws.
- Search substitute records: Sometimes marriage records do not exist. Use substitute records to obtain marriage information.
- Other reasons why you cannot find the marriage
Find Death and Burial Info
Choose one of the following date ranges that is closest to when you think your ancestor died:
General Research Tips Success with birth, marriage and death records depends on a few key points.
- If your ancestor has a common name, extra reference points in the search query improve search options and success.
- Find your ancestor in each available census.
- Use indexes, but if the image is available, always look at the image to verify accuracy and see information not indexed.
- Where a person lived can be a great help to group individuals into their correct families.
- Dates in a person's life will point to various options for learning more about them. Even approximate dates for birth, marriage and death can help.
- Find at least two documents from independent sources to verify what you learn.
- Use maps - doing genealogy without a map is like painting with your eyes shut.