if any, fields are required when conducting a search?
A. When searching marriages, either the Groom's last name
or the Bride's last name is required. When searching for
divorces, only the Groom's last
name is required, but, in
both search types, it is recommended that you provide as
much information as possible to reduce the number of initial,
Q. I tried to search for a marriage/divorce using the
Bride and Groom's full names but could not find it.
I know the marriage exists, why can't I find it?
A. As with any large database, minor discrepancies
between the data on hand and the actual information may
exist. Since the search relies on exact
matches, even a missing period (.) is enough to prevent
the marriage/divorce record you're searching for from being
located. If you conduct a specific
and don't find the record you're looking for, try the search
again with less information (i.e. drop the Bride's and/or
Groom's first name).
Q. I searched for my marriage that occurred just last
month but I couldn't find it. Why not?
A. Since such a large number of marriages and divorces
occur each year in Ohio and we acquire our data from
a third party after they take the time to
compile it, we
are only able to
our records once a year with the previous year's information.
So, in 2005, we added the information pertaining to
and divorces that
occurred in 2004. This means our records are effectively
one year behind actual occurrances.