**Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, we are trying to limit face-to-face contact. As we try to limit face-to-face contact, we request birth and death certificates are purchased through the mail by clicking on the "Mail Order" prompt on the respective page, completing and printing the application, signing the completed application, and mailing it with an Ohio Check/Money Order AND a self-addressed stamped envelope for return. If you choose to come into our office, we do require face coverings. If you cannot wear a face covering, please call and we will assist you curbside.
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.
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
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:
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: