Maintained by civil authorities, they are prime sources of genealogical information; but, unfortunately, official vital records are available only for relatively recent periods.
These records, despite their recent creation in the United States, are critically important in genealogical research, often supplying details on family members well back into the nineteenth century. Birth records between through are publicly available.
The Ohio History Connection holds probate court records from several Ohio counties. For probate court birth records not held by the Ohio History Connection, you may wish to contact the probate court or clerk of courts directly. The probate court may still hold the records or tell you if they transferred their court records elsewhere.
For birth records not in their collections, check the Library and Newspapers database of the Online Collections Catalog for indexes done by county genealogical and historical societies. Death records are publicly available. The Ohio History Connection holds probate court death records for several Ohio counties between In Person You can stop by our office during normal business hours.
Certificates are made while you wait and usually only take a few minutes. Please make sure you have the required information and either cash, money order, or a check. No out-of-state checks, please.
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A self-addressed stamped return envelope. Check or money order payable to: Wood County Health Department.
Important: We can not accept out-of-state checks. Please use a money order or cashier's check.
See FAQ 4 for fee information. Daytime phone number in case we have any questions.
Through the Internet For your convenience, you can process online requests through an independent company that Wood County Health Department has partnered with to provide you this service; VitalChek Network, Inc. One way you can get a certificate quickly is: 1.
see Send a completed Certificate Request Form and a check or money order to the health department through an overnight mail carrier, such as Federal Express or UPS. Include in a prepaid express service envelope for the certificate to be returned to you.
Another way to get a certificate in a hurry is: For your convenience, you can process online requests through an independent company that Wood County Health Department has partnered with to provide you this service; VitalChek Network, Inc. Back to Top.