Hamilton County Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 15865
Cincinnati, Ohio 45215-0865
Telephone:  (513) 956-7078

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A chapter of the
Ohio Genealogical Society

Births & Baptisms

For information on the following record repositories mentioned on this page see:
Since December 20, 1908, Ohio state law has required the recording of all births on standard birth certificate forms. Prior to that date Ohio counties and some cities began keeping birth records. Birth records at Hamilton County Probate Court run from 1863 to 1908. The City of Cincinnati also created birth records from 1874 to 1912. Many births were not recorded, but registration improved by the turn of the 20th century. Church baptismal records provide supplemental information, particularly for births prior to these dates and births not registered. Birth dates and parentage can sometimes be determined from Death Records, Death Notices and Obituaries, and Cemeteries.
See Guardianships and Orphanages for alternative sources of birth information, including adoption records.
19th century baptismal records
The five HCGS books, Selected Hamilton County, Ohio, Church Baptism Records Early through 1899, contain indexes of Protestant baptisms in Hamilton County, mostly in Cincinnati. Roman Catholic baptisms are not included due to Archdiocesan policy. Each entry in the index includes a reference to the source microfilm. To obtain information from these books:

To obtain information from the original records:

  • Visit PLCH, CHLA or LDS to view and copy the original baptismal records from microfilm. The source microfilms referred to in the index for the original baptismal records are available at PLCH, CHLA, and LDS.

  • Obtain copies of Roman Catholic baptismal records from the Historical Archives of the Chancery of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati.
1863 - 1908 civil birth records

Post-1908 birth records

  • The Ohio Department of Health holds birth certificates from December 20, 1908 to the present. Vital Records has instructions and forms for ordering a birth certificate from the state office. However, if you know where the person was born within Hamilton County, such as within the cities of Cincinnati or Norwood or elsewhere in the county, you can also order the certificate from:
City of Cincinnati Health Dept.
City of Norwood Health Dept.
Hamilton County Public Health Dept.
page modified: 03/15/2017