The marriage of a couple should be documented and it is
done in the form of a certificate. Marriage certificates
are usually grouped together and kept in records. In
Ohio, these documents are considered open documents.
This means that OH marriage records are available for
the residents to access anytime.
There are several reasons why the people of Ohio
request for a copy of a marriage certificate. One of the
primary uses of this document is for genealogy research.
It is used as reference when updating the family tree
because it has information that is vital in the process of
genealogy. Government transactions would also call for
a copy of a marriage certificate. It is used as proof of
one's marital status and identification. Without it
requests may be delayed if not, denied. It is also used
when conducting a background check especially on the
marital status of a person. It can help individuals to
know their partners and verify whether they are with a
married person or not.
A lot of information can be obtained from a marriage
certificate. It is considered an invalid document without
the complete names of the bride and the groom. The
date and the place of marriage are the highlights of the
document. The names of the couple's parents as well as
the witnesses are also indicated on the file.
There are certain guidelines and procedures that should
be followed when requesting for a copy of a marriage
certificate in Ohio. One should know that the state only
releases documents which have been registered since
1949. The marriage records are not available at the
office of the Vital Statistics but some files are available
at the Historical Society of Ohio. There are times that
the document you seek is not in the said office, it may
be available at the county court office here it was filed.
The service fees are different per county. It can depend
on the number of pages the document has or the fee is
paid per requests made. It is important that one knows
some information about the file
that is being requested to help avoid delay in the
Aside from requesting it personally at the office requests
can also be done by sending a mail order through the
USPS. The mail should be addressed to the county
clerk's office where the marriage occurred. It should
include all the require documents and information in
order for the request to be processed.
Marital records can now be obtained online. With this,
the problem faced by many when obtaining marital
records can be avoided. One good thing about this is
that the search can be done at your convenience which
means that you can do the search even early in the
morning or late at night. It is also fast since the results of
the search are displayed in just seconds. Several
websites are offering such services and people can
choose to pay for the service or do a free search.