Local government records are one of the many types of archival resources at the Ohio Historical Society. These records include local probate court birth, death and marriage records, as well as county recorder’s deed records, county auditor tax records and many others. Ohio’s eighty eight counties each started producing records the moment they were formed but locating these records now can be a time consuming project. The online catalog at OHS lists our holdings, which makes it easier to tell whether you need to come to OHS or visit the county courthouse.
You can find out what types of records we have by searching our Online Collection Catalog at http://www.ohiohistory.org/occ/menu.htm . You can find county government public records in our Online Collection Catalog by doing an Archives/Library Collections search. Click on the word Browse in the green bar at the top of the page. From the drop down menu choose to search by Author for the county name (use search term: Franklin County Ohio). This search will retrieve a list of links to our holdings for the county’s offices including auditor, clerk of courts, probate court, etc. The Browse by Author search method also works for other offices, such as city governments (search term: Columbus Ohio), that produce public records. You can also use the Keyword by Author search to locate township records (search term: Madison Township) and State of Ohio records (search term: Ohio Secretary of State).