About Ohio Marriage Index Records, 1970, 1972-2010
Information Available in this Collection
The Ohio Marriage Index Records cover a large number of records for 1970 and between 1972 and 2010 and contain over 3.59 million marriages. The records typically include the following information:
- Groom’s Name
- Groom’s Age
- Groom’s Residence
- Times Married - Groom
- Bride’s Name
- Bride’s Age
- Bride’s Residence
- Times Married - Bride
- Date of Marriage
- County Where License Issued
- Certificate Number
- Volume Number
Please note the original data does not always provide full information and there are fewer records in the earlier years.
This database is an invaluable tool for those researching family history marriage records in the state of Ohio.
IMPORTANT Please also note that the original index created by the Ohio Department of Health has in some cases limited the length of a given name to seven characters. Therefore some names that have more than seven characters have been truncated and are displayed as shortened names. For example Alexander Hunter should be searched as Alexand Hunter
Ohio is an “open record” state. Vital records (records of births, deaths, marriages and terminations of marriage) are considered to be public records by the State of Ohio. This means that anyone who can submit the basic facts of a certificate may request a copy of it.
The State Office of Vital Statistics has all births that occurred in Ohio between December 20, 1908– present and all deaths occurring in Ohio that occurred from January 1, 1954 to the present.
The State Office of Vital Statistics also has indexes for marriages and divorces from January 1, 1954 to the present and Familyrelatives has placed these online for the above dates for your convenience.
The Office of Vital Statistics does not issue marriage licenses nor divorce decrees (they are issued by the probate court or clerk of courts). The Office of Vital Statistics maintains the index of marriages and divorces that occurred in Ohio from January 1, 1954, to present. The service provided by our office is to search for limited information from marriage and divorce abstracts that may be used to locate actual licenses or decrees from the courts.
For a marriage license, contact your County Probate Court where the original marriage license is on file.
For a directory, visit http://www.franklincountyohio.gov/probate/ohio_judges.cfm
For a divorce decree, contact your County Clerk of Courts where the original divorce decree is on file.
For a directory, visit http://www.occaohio.com/
For Further information please visit http://www.odh.ohio.gov/vitalstatistics/vitalmisc/vitalstats.aspx
Ohio Department of Health
Ohio Department of Health
Office of Vital Statistics
225 Neilston Street
Telephone: (614) 466-2531