Hamilton County Probate Court
Ralph Winkler, Judge
William Howard Taft Center
230 East Ninth Street
Cincinnati, OH 45202
Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday
File Room/Historical Research, 9th Floor, 513-946-3598
Probate Court history
The Hamilton County Probate Court was created in 1852. Before that year, guardianships, wills and probates were handled by the Court of Common Pleas from 1791 to 1852. The history of the Court House and the Probate Court is interesting. There is a list of records at the court which can be used as a finding aid.
Probate Court records
HCGS has assembled a detailed guide book available for purchase. It gives detailed information on all the various records that have been created by the Probate Court.
Birth and death records, 1863-1908
Birth records - registration and correction, 1941-1994
Marriage records - 1852 to present
Guardianship Records - 1852 to present
Minister, midwife and physician license records
Minister (1840-1976) and physician licenses (1896-1934 & 1973-1987) were recorded in the Probate Court. The early originals are at the Archives and Rare Books Library. Go to the Probate Court historical records counter for midwife records.
Naturalization and citizenship records
Probate journals, 1791-1891
Probate journals are the recorded minutes of the Probate Court proceedings when in session. Those from 1791 to 1837 have been published and are online at the Probate Court site. Those from 1858 to 1891 are online at FamilySearch. From there, click on "Browse through 6,997,828 images", click on Hamilton, then scroll down to Journals. HCGS has created a list of probate records on FamilySearch which gives image number ranges for page numbers of the probate journals. Scroll to second page.
Probate account records, 1852-1877
During the probate of an estate, the liquid assets, debts and liabilities of the deceased are collected and recorded in account books. Those surviving from 1852 to 1877 have been indexed by HCGS. See Local Records - Wills, Probate & Estates.
Probate inventory records, 1809-1883
During the probate of an estate, the material assets of the deceased are collected and recorded in inventory books. Those surviving from 1809 to1883 have been indexed by HCGS. See Local Records - Wills, Probate & Estates.
Wills - original and registered, 1791 to present
Probate Court original records in the Archives and Rare Books Library
Probate Court records in the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County
Probate Court records on FamilySearch
Hamilton County Probate Records can be found in two collections at the FamilySearch website. The first collection is with other Ohio counties at FamilySearch.org. From there, click on "Browse through 6,997,828 images", click on Hamilton. Scroll down to view the records you want. The second set added in 2014 is Ohio, Hamilton County Records, 1791-1994. Record book pages on the FamilySearch website are accessed by image number, not page number. HCGS has created a list of probate records on FamilySearch. See the second page which gives image number ranges for page numbers of the probate journals.
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