We encourage public visitation to our Research Room at the Ohio History Center in Columbus [link to RR Hours & Rules Page], but we realize that not everyone is able to come to us. Our staff can make copies when an exact citation is provided. Our basic copy request services are outlined below.
Our staff can review a specific government record collection if you provide information about the place, date, and type of event you are hoping to document. Click here to find out more about submitting a formal request for information from public records held at the Ohio History Center.
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This index includes records from the following collections:
Ohio Department of Health Death Certificates (December 20, 1908 – 1963; index only includes records from 1913-1944 and 1954-1963)
Information includes name of deceased, date and cause of death, race, sex, last known address, and place of burial. Other fields provided for birth date, marital status, name of spouse (not all years), occupation, birth place, and names and birth places of parents .You request copies of death certificates for the years 1909-1912 and 1945-1953 by completing an online request form and checking out through the Ohio History Store. You can also request copies of death certificates from December 20, 1908 - 1953 that don't show up in our online death index by completing an online request form and checking out through the Ohio History Store. For information on how to search for pre 1908 and post 1963 death certificates, please click here.
Ohio Department of Health Stillborn Death Certificates (December 20, 1908 – 1935, and 1942 – 1946)
Information includes name of deceased, sex, date and cause of death, place of burial, names and birthplaces of parents, and mother’s address. It may include race, age, and occupation of parents, and number and mortality of siblings.
Columbus Board of Health Death Certificates (1904 - 1908)
Information includes name of deceased, date and cause of death, race, sex, last known address, and place of burial. Other fields provided for birth date, marital status, birth place, and names and birthplaces of parents.
Ohio Girls’ Industrial School (1869-1943)
Two series of records are included in this index. Inmate Case Record, 1869-1911 contains case records listing inmate’s name, number, date received, birthdate, age, nationality, father’s name, mother’s name, habits of parents, education of parents, occupation of father, county of residence, court, name of sentencing judge, office held by judge, offense, education level, health, any special marks, employment (if any), and miscellaneous remarks.
Register of Girls Received and Paroled, 1881-1943 lists girls received at and paroled from the school. Receiving records include inmate’s name, number, date of receiving, date of birth, race, county of residence, family number, and remarks. Discharge records include inmate’s name, discharge date, number, whether or not on trial, whether or not under limitation, whether or not indentured, whether or not paroled by a special act of the board, whether or not deceased, whether or not escaped, and remarks.
Ohio Boys Industrial School (1858-1944)
This index provides access to the admission records. The original Inmate Case records include name, birthplace, date received, parent’s names, nationality, offense, by whom committed, education (including Sunday School for some years), health, special marks, employment (including parents’ occupations for some years, miscellaneous, bad habits such as tobacco, profane language, intoxicants, truancy, and remarks on discharge. Beginning in 1914, the form of the entries changed to one page per boy, and additional information such as previous commitments and family data was added.
Ohio Penitentiary Bertillon Card with Photographs (1888-1919)
Information includes front and profile photographs, height, age, weight, color of hair, state of birth, and several Bertillon system measurements. The Bertillon system of identification of criminals was based on the measurement of certain bony lengths of the body and it was used before fingerprints. It was invented by Alfonse Bertillon and was adopted by the Ohio Penitentiary in 1887.