Sunday, December 30, 2012

[USA] Ohio Department of Health Changing Marriage and Divorce Abstracts Retention

Posted by: Jan Meisels Allen

The [USA] Ohio Department of Health (ODOH) maintains an index of all marriages and divorces registered by Ohio Probate courts and submitted to the ODOH back to 1950. As of January 1, 2013 the ODOH Office of Vital Statistics (ODOH/VS) will change the way marriage and divorce abstracts are filed with them.  Starting January 1, 2013 the ODOH/VS will only maintain two years of marriage and divorce abstracts in their office  (2011 and 2012).  They will continue to maintain and electronic index--the new policy only effects the housing of the physical paper abstracts from 1950 forward.
 
The electronic index is searchable and provided free to the public.  The ODOH/VS will still be able to confirm marriage and divorce dates, the names of the individuals involved and the county where the event took place.
 
While I have a copy of the notice, at the time of writing this notice I was unable to find it on the Department's website.  http://www.odh.ohio.gov/
 
Jan Meisels Allen
IAJGS Vice President
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee

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