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Sunday, July 19, 2015

Good news and bad news about Ohio birth certificates

Birth certificates that list the names of the parents are the ideal documents to link the line carrier on a lineage application to his or her parents. The Society of Mayflower Descendants, like all other lineage societies wants birth certificates as far back as we can get them, with earlier birth records when they were kept at the local level.

The good news in Ohio is that you can walk into any Health Department office in the state and obtain a birth certificate for any one born in Ohio since December 1908.

The bad news is that by Ohio law, if you request that birth certificate in a county other than where the person was born, the staff are prohibited from listing the birth location as anything other than "Ohio" on the certificate. We actually want to see the city and county of birth in addition to the state, so this law makes the certificates less than ideal.

What to do? Send to the county where the person was born and request the certificate there, or send to the State Health Department. You can download the application at http://www.odh.ohio.gov/pdf/forms/hea2709.pdf. You can also include a hospital birth certificate or other document to prove the complete location of the birth.

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