225 Neilston Street,
Columbus, Ohio 43215;
The Health Department has Birth & Death Records from 1908-Present.
278 West Union Street
Athens, OH 45701
Athens County Clerk of Probate Court has Marriage Records from 1817 to present and
Probate Records from 1800 to present.
Athens County Clerk of Court of Common Pleas has Court Records from 1807 to present.
Phone: (740) 592-3242,
Athens County Recorder has Land Records from 1792 to present.
Ohio did not make it a law to keep birth records until 1867. Ohio made it a law to record births in 1867. County probate courts kept birth records between 1867 and December 19, 1908. There is no statewide index to birth records from 1867 through December 19, 1908. If the Ohio Historical Society does not hold a county's birth records, contact the county's probate court.
The state of Ohio began issuing certificates for births on December 20, 1908. The Ohio Department of Health holds birth certificates for the state of Ohio from December 20, 1908 to the present. The Vital Statistics Office maintains statewide Death Certificates from 1954 to the present. Individual health departments in the county or city where the death took place keep certificates for their local area