New Death Records Now Available Online in the Ohio History Connection’s State Archives

The Ohio History Connection’s State Archives’ online catalog of death records has expanded. On October 1, the Ohio Department of Health transferred nearly two million death certificates from the years 1954 to 1963 to the Ohio History Connection.

Previously, these records were only available in paper form and could only be obtained through a request with the Ohio Department of Health’s Office of Vital Statistics.

Visitors can view the expanded online collection by visiting the Ohio History Center’s Archives/Library. Death certificates from December 20, 1908 to December 31, 1953 are also available in the online catalog.

Death certificates from December 20, 1908 to December 31, 1953 are also available in the online catalog.
The new accessibility and availability of these documents could make it easier for family researchers to develop and discover new information regarding their family’s history. A death certificate can include information like the date and place of birth of the deceased, parents’ names, last known address and last known occupation. Each piece of information can be integral in the completion of a family’s story.

“These records provide an important tool to family researchers working to uncover their family’s history,” says Liz Plummer, manager of research services at the Ohio History Connection. “Making them available online makes it that much easier to learn key facts about specific family members.”

Death certificates can be viewed online for free at the Ohio History Center’s Archives/Library at 800 E. 17th Ave. in Columbus. Those unable to visit the Archives/Library can purchase a copy online from the Ohio History Store by visiting

The Archives/Library is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday at the Ohio History Center. Admission is free with an Archives/Library card. For more information about the Archives/Library at the Ohio History Center, or to learn about obtaining a library card, call 800.686.6124 or visit–archives/archives-library.

The Ohio History Connection
As the State Archives of Ohio, the Ohio History Connection’s Archives/Library collects, preserves and makes available to the public written and graphic information concerning Ohio’s history. It is the designated repository for state government records of enduring historical value. For more than 50 years, the Ohio History Connection has been working with state and local governments to preserve the history of Ohio and its citizens. The State Archives at the Ohio History Center contain over 70,000 cubic feet of records, thousands of printed materials and several online collections that help people connect with Ohio’s past.

Ohio Historical Society is now Ohio History Connection
On May 24, 2014, the Ohio Historical Society changed its name to the Ohio History Connection. Established in 1885, this nonprofit organization provides a wide array of statewide services and programs related to collecting, preserving and interpreting Ohio’s history, archaeology and natural history through its more than 50 sites and museums across Ohio, including its flagship museum, the Ohio History Center in Columbus. The Ohio History Center is located at I-71 and 17th Ave. in Columbus. For more information about programs and events, call 800.686.6124 or go online at

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8 Responses to New Death Records Now Available Online in the Ohio History Connection’s State Archives

  1. R. Dotson says:

    Is there a way to search the new death certificates in the online catalog? I can’t find a link to the actual search fields for the database. Thanks.

  2. R Horner says:

    Will there be an index for Ohio Death Certificates for the years 1954 through 1963?

    1954 through 1963 Ohio Death Certificates.

    $7.00 (non certified) versus $25.00 (certified) is very reasonable.

    Yet, as an example for certain areas such as Belmont County which has death records and certificates up to 1982, and Fulton county death records to 1954, Huron county death records/certificates up to 1997 at

    You still have to know the exact date of death, and a certificate number for 1954 through 1963.

    Drawback is the Ohio Death index at familysearch at jumps from 1944 to 1958 with the important years of 1944 through 1957 being missing from the index.

    But you can search Ohio, Deaths, 1908-1953 at to find between 1944 through 1953.
    Still leaves the gap from 1954 through 1957 that is unavailable to find.

    ohiogenealogy says:
    August 23, 2007 at 7:16 pm
    We have recently added a new feature to the Online Death Index! You can now order certificates that OHS holds but do not appear in the online index. We have developed an online order form at that allows researchers to enter the name and other required information and then send this to the online store where they can pay for it using a credit card.

    Also, I clicked on there link at


  3. R Horner says:

    Will the the Ohio Death Certificates 1954 through 1963 ever be scanned by familysearch or

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