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Helpful Guide for Genealogy Research
Revised 04/13/2009

The following is a helpful guide for those researching genealogical records.

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HAMILTON COUNTY PROBATE COURT
William Howard Taft Center
Room10120 - 10th Floor
Cincinnati, OH 45202
  • General Info
    • 513-946-3600
    • Fax: 513-946-3565
  • Certified Copies Request
    • 513-946-3598
  • Marriage Index/Records
    • 1817 Thru Present.
  • Birth Records
    • Index from about 1863 thru Nov 1982 Books of Records (Incomplete).
  • Death Records
    • 5 Volumes Self Indexed 1882 thru Nov 1908.
  • Naturalization
    • Index 1864 thru 1884 Records on Microfilm. Also See Marriage Records Book #C-8 - See Index in Book.
  • Guardianship
    • Records and Index - 1852 thru present.
  • Administration
    • Records and Index - 1852 thru present.
  • Wills - 1791 thru present (many of the early ones destroyed in three Courthouse fires)

Additional Dept.'s For Birth & Death Records

HAMILTON COUNTY GENERAL HEALTH DISTRICT
250 William Howard Taft Rd.
Cincinnati, OH 45219
www.hamiltoncountyhealth.org
  • General Info:
    • 513-946-7800
  • Appointment:
    • 513-946-7805
  • Cost: $11.00 per copy.
    • Make Money Orders and Checks Payable to: "Hamilton County General Health District"
    • DISCOVER Credit Card Only
  • Birth Records
    • 1875 thru present
  • Death Records
    • 1891 thru present
  • Hospital Records Handled by this Office:
    • Anderson Mercy, Jewish Kenwood, Maple Knoll, Anderson and Marimont - After 1951, Bethesda North - After 1991.
CINCINNATI VITAL RECORDS
1523 Elm Street
Cincinnati, OH 45210
www.vitalcheck.com
  • General Info:
    • 513-352-2912
  • Cost: $11.00 per copy.
    • Make Money Orders Payable to: "Vital Records"
    • NO PERSONAL CHECKS
  • Birth Records
    • 1874 thru present
  • Death Records
    • 1865 thru present
NORWOOD HEALTH CENTER
2059 Sherman Ave Norwood, OH 45212
  • General Information:
    • 513-458-4600
  • Cost: $7.00 per copy
  • Records:
    • Only for Those Who Were Born, or Died in Norwood, Ohio.
CITY OF READING HEALTH DEPARTMENT
1000 Market Street
Cincinnati, OH 45215
  • E-Mail:
  • General Information:
    • 513-733-3725
  • Cost: $7.00 per copy
  • Records:
    • Only for Those Who Were Born, or Died in Reading, Ohio.
    • 1889 thru present - these records are very difficult to read.
    • 1899-1908 - only in Ledger Form.
ST. BERNARD CITY HALL
110 Washington Ave
Cincinnati. OH 45217
  • General Information:
    • 513-242-7770
  • Cost: $7.00 per copy
  • Records:
    • Only for Those Who Were Born, or Died in St. Bernard, Ohio.
    • 1889 thru present.
CARL BLEGEN LIBRARY
Carl Blegen Library Archives
University of Cincinnati
P.O. Box 210113
Cincinnati, OH 45221-0113
  • General Information:
    • 513-556-1959
    • www.uc.edu Keyword: archives and rare books
  • Cost:
    • All Requests Must Be Made in Writing and Accompanied by a $10.00 Check Made Payable to the University of Cincinnati.
    • Genealogical Requests - Allow 4-6 Weeks Turnaround Time.
  • Records:
    • Archives are for the following counties: Adams, Brown, Butler, Clermont, Clinton, Hamilton, Highland and Warren.

Additional Sources For Records

MARRIAGES

Hamilton County Recorder
County Administration Building
138 E. Court Street
Cincinnati, OH 45202
  • Use Microfilm Index (2) on "Sundries & Miscellaneous Records." Then find records on similarly titled microfilm

NATURALIZATION

Stewart Potter Federal Court Building
5th and Main Streets
3rd Floor #324
Cincinnati, OH 45202
www.uscis.gov
  • General Information:
    • 1-800-375-5283
    • Use Main Street Entrance
NATIONAL ARCHIVES CENTER
7358 South Pulaski
Chicago, Ill 60629
www.nara.gov (go to regional info)
  • General Information:
    • 1-773-581-7816

CINCINNATI, OHIO

CLERK OF COURTS
Hamilton County Courthouse
1000 Main Street, Rm. 315
Cincinnati, OH 45202
www.courtclerk.org
  • General Information:
    • 513-946-5699
    • Paper Room 513-632-8242
  • Domestic Indexing
    • (Divorced before 1994)
    • Few Divorce Records from 1830 - 1896.
    • Better Records from 1896 - 1993.
    • Divorces 1994 - present.
    • Information:
      • 513-852-8026
DOMESTIC RELATIONS DOCKET OFFICE
800 Broadway Rm. 243
Cincinnati, OH 45202
  • Information:
    • 513-852-8043
  • Cost:
    • $5.00 Money Order (any unused money will be returned)
    • 10 cents per page
    • $1.00 per certification
THE CINCINNATI HISTORICAL SOCIETY RESEARCH LIBRARY
Cincinnati Union Terminal
1301 Western Avenue
Cincinnati, OH 45203
www.cincymuseum.org Keyword: library
  • General Information:
    • 513-287-7097
HAMILTON COUNTY CHAPTER OHIO GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY
P.O. Box 15865
Cincinnati, OH 45215-0865
www.hcgsohio.org  (Main Site)
www.hcgsdata.org  (Databases)
  • General Information:
    • 513-956-7078
HISTORICAL ARCHIVES OF THE CHANCERY
6616 Beechmont Avenue
Cincinnati, OH 45230
www.catholiccincinnati.org
  • General Information:
    • 513-231-0818
    • Open Mon. - Wed. 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
HEBREW UNION COLLEGE
Jacob Rader Marcus Center
3101 Clifton Avenue
Cincinnati, OH 45220
www.huc.edu
  • General Information:
    • 513-221-1875
CINCINNATI-HAMILTON COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY
History and Genealogy Department
8th & Walnut Streets
Cincinnati, OH 45202
www.plch.lib.oh.us
  • General Information:
    • 513-369-6000
CINCINNATI STARK FAMILY HISTORY LIBRARY
Mormon Research Library
Church of the Latter Day Saints
5505 Bosworth Pl.
Cincinnati, OH 45212
www.familysearch.org
  • General Information:
    • 513-531-5624

ADDITIONAL SOURCES IN OHIO

BUTLER COUNTY RECORDS CENTER
123 North 3rd Street
Hamilton, OH 45011
www.butlercountyohio.org
  • General Information:
    • 513-887-5607
    • Hours 9:00 a.m. - 4 p.m.
CLERMONT COUNTY PROBATE COURT
76 South Riverside
Batavia, OH 45103
  • General Information:
    • 513-732-7243
FRANKLIN COUNTY COURTHOUSE
373 S. High
Columbus, OH 43215
  • General Information:
    • 614-462-3894
    • 614-462-3898
WARREN COUNTY RECORDS CENTER & ARCHIVES
406 Justice Drive
Lebanon, OH 45036
  • General Information:
    • 513-695-1339
  • Marriage License (Historical)
    • 513-695-1815
  • Marriage License (Contemporary)
    • 513-695-1183
OHIO DEPT. OF HEALTH DIV. OF VITAL STATISTICS
35 East Chestnut
Columbus, OH 43215
Or Write To:
P.O. Box 15098
Columbus, OH 43215 - 0098
www.odh.ohio.gov/vitalstatitics/vitalstats.aspx
  • General Information:
    • 614-466-2531
  • Records:
    • Marriages and Divorces from September 1949
VITAL RECORDS - HISTORICAL SOCIETY
1982 Velma Avenue
Columbus, OH 43211
www.ohiohistory.org/dindex/search.cfm
  • General Information:
    • 614-466-2531
  • Records:
    • Death Records1908-1936
OHIO VITAL RECORDS DEPT OF HEALTH
P.O. Box 15098
Columbus, OH 43215 - 0098
  • Costs:
    • Send a $7.00 Check or Money Order Payable to: "Treasurer of State of Ohio"
    • Allow 2-3 weeks for a reply
  • Records:
    • Birth & Death Records
    • Birth Records:
      • Send Full Name at Birth, Father's Full Name, Mother's Maiden Name. County and City of Birth and Date.
    • Death Records-1937 to Present:
      • Send Full Name of Person, Date of Death, County and City.
OHIO MINISTER REGISTER
Secretary of State
180 East Broad Street
Columbus, OH 43215
www.state.oh.us/sos/
  • General Information:
    • 614-466-2585

ADDITIONAL SOURCES IN KENTUCKY

CAMPBELL COUNTY CLERK OF COURTS
Marriage Records
340 York St.
Newport, KY 41071
  • General Information:
    • 859-292-3885
KENTON COUNTY CLERK OF COURTS
Marriage Records
3030 Court Street
Covington, KY 41011
Or Write To:
Kenton County Clerk of Courts
Marriage Records
P.O. Box 1109
Covington, KY 41012
  • General Information:
    • 859-491-0702
KENTON COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY
502 Scott Boulevard
Covington, KY 41011
www.kenton.lin.ky.us
  • General Information:
    • 859-491-7610
FRANKLIN COUNTY COURT HOUSE
231 East Main Street
Frankfort, KY 40621
VITAL STATISTICS - STATE DEPT. OF HEALTH
ALL BIRTH & DEATH RECORDS
Vital Statistics
275 E. Main Street
Frankfort, KY 40621
(Write to this address to locate birth, death, marriages, etc. for all of KY, or visit the KENTON COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY - address above.)
www.publichealth.state.ky.us
  • General Information:
    • 502-546-4212
  • Cost:
    • Certified copy of Birth Record: $10.00
    • Certified copy of Death Record: $6.00
    • Certified copy of Marriage: $6.00

ADDITIONAL SOURCES IN INDIANA

ALLEN COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY
900 Webster Street
Ft. Wayne, Indiana 46802
www.acpl.lib.in.us
  • General Information:
    • 219-421-1200
DEARBORN CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT
Marriage Records
215 B West High Street
Lawrenceburg, Indiana 47025
  • General Information:
    • 812-537-1040
DEARBORN COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT
Birth or Death Records
215 West High Street
Lawrenceburg, Indiana 47025
  • General Information:
    • 812-537-1040
INDIANA STATE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
Vital Records
P.O. Box 7125
Indianapolis, Indiana 46206-7125
www.state.in.us/isdh/bdcertifs
  • General Information:
    • 317-233-2700
    • Fax 317-233-7210