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The Galion City Health Department’s Vital Statistics Department issues birth certificates, death certificates, and burial permits. For birth records, we can issue certified copies for anyone born in the state of Ohio from December 20, 1908 to the present. For death records we can issue certified copies for deaths that occurred within the city limits of Galion from December 20, 1908 to the present. If you would like to request a birth certificate, please see our Birth Certificate page for more information. If you would like to request a death certificate, please see our Death Certificate page for more information.

The Vital Statistics Department is also responsible for registering all births, deaths, and fetal deaths that occur within the Galion city limits, assisting parents with completing Acknowledgement of Paternity Affidavits, assisting people with completing Birth Affidavits to make minor corrections on birth records, issuing copies of records to the Veteran’s Administration, and assisting people with genealogical requests.

Birth and death records from 1867 through December 19, 1908, were filed through the county probate courts. There is no statewide index for birth and death records from 1867 through December 19, 1908. The Ohio History Connection maintains a list of county probate court vital records held in their archives; if the Ohio History Connection does not hold a county’s vital records, please contact the county’s probate court directly.

 

Archived Records

Pursuant to Ohio Administrative Code, Section 3701-5-11, death records older than 50 years and birth records older than 125 years may be removed from the State Office of Vital Statistics, and sent to the Ohio History Connection for archival. Therefore the state office will not certify copies of records that have been removed from its vital records vault and sent to the archives at the Ohio History Connection. However customers may still obtain certified copies by contacting the local health district in which the vital event took place. Also plain-paper copies may be purchased from the Ohio History Connection. If you need a certified copy that falls within this timeframe and are unsure where the event took place, you can use the Ohio History Connection to determine where the event took place. For more information about archived records, including how to request a plain-paper copy, please contact:

The Ohio History Connection - Phone: 614-297-2300 - Website: www.ohiohistory.org

The Ohio History Connection houses Ohio death records from December 20, 1908 through December 31, 1963. A limited internet index of death certificates is available at http://www.ohiohistory.org/collections--archives/archives-library/about-the-collection/death-records

 

Adoption Information

The Ohio Department of Health, Office of Vital Statistics, houses birth and adoption records of persons born in Ohio and adopted anywhere in the United States. Please note: a copy of an adoption file CANNOT be ordered online, nor can a copy of an adoption file be provided in the State Office of Vital Statistics’ lobby on the same day. Customers may mail the required documents with payment or submit them in the State Office of Vital Statistics’ lobby; requests will be verified and researched, then copies will be mailed within one month. Below is the list of adoption laws and procedures that are used in Ohio:

Adoptions Prior to January 1, 1964 - Adoption records are open to adoptee's whose birth occurred in Ohio, with proper identification. Also available for lineal descendants with proof of identity and genetic linkage.

Adoptions Between January 1, 1964 and September 18, 1996 - Adoption records are open to adoptee's whose birth occurred in Ohio, with proper identification. Also available for lineal descendants with proof of identity and genetic linkage.

Adoptions After September 18, 1996 - Adoption records are open to adoptive parents when the adopted person is between 18-21 years of age. If the adopted person is 21 years or older, the records are open to the adoptee.

 
For more information, use the links above or contact the State Office of Vital Statistics’ customer service team at (614) 466-2531.

 

Marriage and Divorce Information

The State Office of Vital Statistics does not issue marriage licenses nor divorce decrees (they are issued by the probate court or clerk of courts). The State Office of Vital Statistics maintains the index of marriages that occurred in Ohio from January 1, 1950 to present and divorces that occurred in Ohio from January 1, 1954 to present. The service provided by the state office is to search for limited information from marriage and divorce abstracts that may be used to locate actual licenses or decrees from the courts. The state office does not have marriage licenses or divorce decrees on file. Please use the following links to contact the local court if you need a certified copy of the record:

Marriage License - County Probate Court

Divorce Decree – County Clerk of Courts

 
Should you need assistance determining which county a marriage or divorce occurred in, please contact the state office’s customer service team at 614-466-2531.

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