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Birth Records

What Are They?

What CAN They Tell You?

Online Resources

  • Birth certificate

  • Microfilm

  • Baptismal record

  • Birth registry

  • Name

  • Birthdate

  • Birthplace

  • Residence

  • Parent's Names

  • Race

  • Age of Parents

  • Live or Stillbirth

  • Twin, Triplet, or more

Where Are Obits & Other Records Located?

How to Find Birth Records on Our Website

For Ottawa County there several notebooks with birth registrations from the county probate court. They date from: 1867-1890, 1891-1908,1893-1987

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We have digitized the birth records of Dr. Gaillard Willet (Elmore) from 1922-1960. These records can cover both Ottawa & Sandusky Counties. On this page, you have the options of doing a keyword search or browsing the collection

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Under the Browse Digital Collections, you will find a specific Birth Record Section. This is useful in narrowing your search.

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You can browse or keyword search within this collection. 

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There are also birth records available on microfilm that can be viewed on one of the 2 microfilm readers in the room.

It is sometimes helpful to check baptismal records as well. Since the majority of baptisms are done as babies, a birthdate and parent's names would likely be listed in records. Check out the church records section on how to locate these.