Source Information

Ancestry.com and Ohio Department of Health. Ohio, Death Records, 1908-1932, 1938-2007 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2010.
Original data:
  • Ohio. Division of Vital Statistics. Death Certificates and Index, December 20, 1908-December 31, 1953. State Archives Series 3094. Ohio Historical Society, Ohio.
  • Ohio Department of Health. Index to Annual Deaths, 1958-2002. Ohio Department of Health, State Vital Statistics Unit, Columbus, OH, USA.

About Ohio, Death Records, 1908-1932, 1938-2007

This database, with over 5.3 million names, lists those who died between 1908 and 2007 in the state of Ohio. Within that range the coverage is incomplete or missing for 1933-1937 and 1952-1955. Information contained in this index includes:

  • Name of the deceased
  • Place of residence
  • Death place
  • Death date
  • Age at time of death
  • Birth date
  • Race
  • Educational level
  • Father's name

Note: Each entry may not provide ALL of this information. Also, only records from 1908-1944 will include a corresponding image.

Search Tip:

The original index created by the Ohio Department of Health, in some cases, limits the length of a given name to seven characters. Names such as Christian, Elizabeth, Katherine, etc. that are more than seven characters in length may need to be truncated to produce search results. If desired search results are not appearing, please try searching in the given name field using seven letters or less.

Where to Go From Here:

Information found within this database may provide you with enough information to be able to obtain a copy of a death certificate. Copies of death certificates can be ordered through Ancestry by clicking on the "Order Original Certificate" link shown on the record page.

Additional information about obtaining death certificates is available at the Ohio Department of Health website. You can also contact the Department directly at:

Ohio Department of Health
Bureau of Vital Statistics
PO Box 15098
Columbus, OH 43215-0098
MAIN TELEPHONE: 614-466-2531
FACSIMILE: 614-466-6604
HOURS: 7:45AM-4:30PM

General Note: Please contact the Ohio Department of Health for current fees.

About Death Records:

Death records of the nineteenth century often include the name of the deceased, date, place, and cause of death, age at the time of death, place of birth, parents' names, occupation, name of spouse, name of the person giving the information, and the informant's relationship to the deceased. Race is listed in some records.

Death records, both early and modern, can help you identify others related to the decedent. The information provided in the records is usually given to authorities by a close relative. If the relative is a married daughter, the record will state her married name. Aunts, uncles, in-laws, cousins, and other relatives are listed as informants on death records. Each new name is a clue to the identity of other ancestors that should be pursued.

Why can’t I see the Social Security Number?

If the Social Security Number is not visible on the record index it is because Ancestry.com does not provide this number for any person who has passed away within the past 10 years.

Taken from Chapter 3: Research in Birth, Death, and Cemetery Records, The Source: A Guidebook of American Genealogy by Johni Cerny; edited by Loretto Dennis Szucs and Sandra Hargreaves Luebking (Salt Lake City, UT: Ancestry Incorporated, 1997).