Vital Records

The Jefferson County Chapter, OGS
Available at our archive/office as follows:

Probate/Estate Files (1797-1930) Indexes included
Probate Journals (relating to Probate/Estates Files)
Wills (contact for date range information) Indexes included
Common Pleas Journals (1797-1920)
Mothers Pension Files/Indexed (WWI)
Delayed/Corrected Births (1867-1907) Indexed
Coroners Reports (various dates, many ranges missing) Indexed
Grave Registration Cards (veterans graves identified)
(many other records are also available)

Many of the oldest records, such as; Marriages, wills, etc. are housed at the office archive but are fragile and can't be used in research. Concerning the oldest fragile records, they have all been captured in a digital image (and many are indexed, currently indexing and will continue to be indexed)  and are available at Our office volunteers would be happy to answer any questions about the digitizing of these records and how to access those images/records at FamilySearch.

Family Search Labs - Death Certificates FREE to Ohio

About FamilySearch

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Jefferson County, Ohio Vital Records
Jefferson County Board-Health, 814 Adams St, Steubenville, OH 43952; 740-283-8530  - In Jefferson County after 1908.
Steubenville City Health Dept, 312 Market St., P.O. Box 1427 Steubenville, OH 43952; 740-283-6050 - In Steubenville after 1908.
NOTE - For Early Vital Records check at the Jefferson County Courthouse {Mandatory recording of vital records began in 1867}
Marriage and Divorce Records for Ohio. This site is part of the Ohio Historical Society and the link will take you straight to marriage and divorce information.
Linkpendium Jefferson County
Ohio Death Certificate Index
National Birth Certificates - Birth Certificates slowly going digital – Nov. 25, 2006, Herald Star, by Julie Carr Smyth – Columbus - In America, your birth certificate is the footing on which your identification is built. Yet, for decades, getting a copy has required a weeks–long wait. That may soon change, as vital statistics offices around the country try to automate the centuries-old practice of keeping birth records. The shorter wait likely will mean a higher cost to consumers. Ohio officials have given themselves until 2010 to create digital images of the entire state’s birth certificates. Ohio: $15 - $18, Pennsylvania: $10, West Virginia: $15.00. Source:
Birth records on file at the County Health Department in Steubenville, previous to 1909
Online Searchable Death Indexes for the USA
Ordering Ohio Vital Records
Single Death Certificate Copy Orders – The copy fee is now $7.00 (plus 6.75% tax for Ohio residents) per name/certificate. Copy requests must be PREPAID with check or money order payable to Ohio Historical Society. DO NOT SEND CASH. No refund will be provided for records that are searched but not found. Allow 30 days or more for a response to your inquiry. You can download forms at –
Online Ohio Death Records & Indexes -
  • Ohio’s birth certificate conversion is projected to take until 2010, the death certificate conversion, with Social Security Administration’s help, will be done later this year.
  • As of October 1, 2005 – Ohio sets new vital records fee – Info obtained from each department as listed below: Ohio Dept. of Health, Columbus, Ohio – fee $16.50, Steubenville Health Dept and Jefferson Co. Health Dept fees are $17.00, dates cover 1909 to present.
The Ohio Historical Society Archives/Library has most birth records before 1908 and copies of original death certificates on microfilm for the period December 20, 1908 through 1953.
Digital Archives - Great Site!
It has original records for veterans serving from PA.... It is a PA website for Veterans of all wars. You can print out file card data for various military records. Once the homepage comes up click on EXPLORE HISTORICAL RECORDS at bottom of page.
Arizona - (Arizona Department of Health Services) -
Georgia - (Georgia Archives) -
Kentucky - (Kentucky Vital Records Project) -
Missouri - (Missouri State Archives) -
Ohio - (Family Search Lab) -
Texas - (Family Search Lab) -
Utah - (Utah State Archives) -
West Virginia - (West Virginia Division of Culture and History) - or - (Archives and History) (Births, Deaths, and Marriages) (Deaths)
Philadelphia, PA - (Family Search Lab) -
Shelby County, TN - (Shelby County and the Register of Deeds) - (under the Archives logo change Search Type to "Death Records 1848-1956") -
Washington - (Family Search Lab) (contains only extracted information from death certificates and no images) -
Where To Write For Vital Records -
Jefferson County Wills, Extracted by Cindy Rush
Ohio, Jefferson County Deaths 1908-1909 by Cindy Rush.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints, official websites

LDS website continues worldwide digital project at FamilySearch – This site manages the largest collection of genealogical records worldwide. In 2007 it announced plans to begin digitizing and indexing its collection for broader, more economic online access—starting with popular collections like the U.S., Canada, and U.K. censuses. FamilySearch has created free online indexes to date for the 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880, and 1900 U.S. Censuses. FamilySearch is working with The Generations Network to provide enhanced, free indexes for the remaining U.S. censuses. Salt Lake City, Utah—FamilySearch International reaches a milestone with the digitization of publications online. It began the initiative in 2007 and is ramping up to do even more—and faster. The effort targets published family, society, county, and town histories, as well as numerous other historical publications that are digitally preserved and made accessible for free online. The digital publications can be searched at (Go to, then click Search Records, then click Historical Books).

FREE COURTHOUSE DIGITAL RECORDS AND MORE - Entire collections can be searched for free directly online.  Approximately 46.3 million new records and 1.2 million new images are now available on the Record Search pilot at

NOTE – For the following website you will need to download Flash if you do not already have it on your computer. The link is also provided right there on the website, to download it. The direct route:

Over 700 PA early marriages