You’ve started seeing someone. You think you may have finally found the one, but there’s something that just doesn’t sit right with you. Is your partner hiding something – like a past marriage?
Maybe you’re trying to learn more about your family’s past, or need a record of a marriage in your family.
In Cuyahoga County, Ohio, there are many ways to obtain marriage records – some are more efficient than others.
How to Access Ohio Marriage Records
Ohio public records can be accessed in a variety of different ways, either in person, over the phone, through the mail, or online. Some methods are easier and more cost efficient than others.
Under the Ohio public records law, you have a right to view and copy marriage records in the state.
In Person at the Local Courthouse
Marriage records are public, which means you can view or get a copy of Cuyahoga County marriage records for free by simply visiting the probate court or the Cuyahoga County auditor. There may be a fee for copies of records, but you can view them free of charge.
Visiting the courthouse may be the right option for you if you truly want to see the record in person, where it was originally filed.
For starters, you need to make sure that the person was married in Cuyahoga County. If not, you’ll be running all over the state trying to track down the marriage records you’re looking for. In order to get the record in person, you need to know the location of the marriage.
You’ll also need to know the person’s first name, last name and other personal information.
Let’s not forget the time commitment. You’ll have to visit the courthouse, and then wait in line. We all know how long that can take – hours in many cases. And you’ll do all that waiting just to turn in a form.
And if you want to get copies of the documents, expect to wait even longer because they’ll need to be mailed to you after the copies are made.
Over the Phone
If you want a copy of a marriage record, you can submit a request over the phone and have the copy mailed to your home. But here again, you’ll need to know exactly where the marriage took place and personal information about the person you’re searching for.
The biggest obstacle is determining which agency to contact for the records.
There is one advantage to requesting records over the phone: you can have copies of the records sent to your home via email, mail or fax. This way, you can get copies rather quickly if you have a fax or email address to mail it to.
While requesting marriage records over the phone can be convenient, it can also be time-consuming if you aren’t sure which county the marriage took place in. If you’re positive that the person was married in Cuyahoga County, this may be a convenient method for you.
You also have the option of requesting records by mail, but this method will require more of a commitment.
First, you’ll need to obtain the appropriate forms, and then you’ll need to submit the documents to the appropriate agency where the record is located. You’re going to need to know the exact courthouse, and you’ll need to know quite a bit of information about the person.
The quickest and most efficient way to get Ohio marriage records is to search online.
But you need to know where to search, so you don’t waste your time – or money.
Cuyahoga County Probate Court Records
You can start with the State of Ohio public records database, which can easily be accessed for free at any time. The Cuyahoga County probate court has an online search, but here’s the catch: you’ll need to know quite a bit of information to find what you’re looking for.
When searching, you have the option of either searching by case or party information. To search by case, you’ll need to know the year the marriage took place and/or the case number.
When you search by party, you’ll need to know the person’s name, their role, case year, and the case category.
If you don’t have any of this information (aside from the name), you’ll have difficulty finding the correct record for the person you’re looking for.
Ohio Genealogical Society
The Genealogical Society of Ohio is another way to search for marriage records online, but this method complicates things.
You won’t be able to simply search for the person’s name and find the record. Rather, you’ll be given links to different resources, which will then require you to search from there.
While this is a great resource for genealogy research, it’s the least efficient option for marriage record searches.
The most convenient and simple way to search for marriage records is through an online search service, like eVerify.
eVerify allows you to search for the records you need without having to waste time or track down extra information that may or may not be impossible to find.
All you need is a name. And you can start your search from there.
Here’s how it works:
- Fill out the search form.
- Search the database.
- View the report.
The best part of using eVerify is that you get more information than just the marriage record. Because you’re performing a background check, you’ll be able to see:
- Criminal records
- Contact details
- Court records
- Personal records
- Social networks, websites, images and videos the person owns or posted
With millions of background checks performed in the U.S., eVerify is a reputable public records resource.
Why waste your time tracking down information just to request marriage records in person at the courthouse or over the phone when you can use eVerify to search online from the comfort of your own home? Whether it’s one o’clock in the afternoon or three in the morning, you can find the exact records you want without ever stepping foot outside your door.