Searching for Probate Records in Franklin County, Ohio
Many documents maintained by the Franklin County Probate Court are
matters of public record that can be viewed by anyone. Here is some
basic information for anyone searching for probate records in Franklin
What Records Are Maintained by the Franklin County Probate Court?
The Probate Court oversees a number of functions, including the issuance
of marriage licenses, the issuance of birth certificates, the overseeing
of involuntary commitment of persons for psychiatric reasons, and the
administration of the estate of deceased persons. The Probate Court
makes available all matters that are public record, including marriage
records, psychiatric records and a general index including trusts,
estates, and guardianships. The Probate Court also maintains birth
records for individuals born before 1908, although these are not
available online. (Birth records for individuals born after 1907 are
available through the Board of Health.)
How Can I Search for Franklin County Probate Records Online?
The Franklin County Probate Court website may be found at
www.franklincountyohio.gov/probate/index.cfm/. From this page, scroll
the cursor over the words “Case Search” to reveal three options:
“General Index,” “Marriage Index,” and “Psychiatric Index.” Then you can
select the search option you desire.
The Psychiatric Index permits you to search by name to view information
about psychiatric orders, including the birth date of the individual and
the date the order was issued.
The Marriage Index permits you to search by name of either a bride or a
groom or the date a marriage license was issued. This search will return
a list of marriage records on file in Franklin County, including case
number, the name of the bride and groom, the date a marriage license was
applied for and issued, the date the marriage license would expire, the
date the certificate was returned and the date upon which the marriage
ceremony was performed.
The General Index section permits you to search for a variety of cases
including guardianships, trusts and estates. The matters may be searched
by case number or by party name. When searching by name, the search will
return a list of results including the case numbers of each case. The
case numbers appear in blue and are active links which take searchers to
a screen including additional information about the case, including the
name of the person or persons concerned, whether that person is an adult
or minor, the type of case, any other names by which the party is known,
the date the case was opened, the date the case was closed, and the
party’s parents, if the matter involves a minor. Additionally, this page
provides links permitting searchers to access information about the
petitioners and attorneys, and to view the case docket. A case docket
includes information about documents filed in each case, and important
court dates scheduled. Additionally, the docket tracks the costs
associated with the case as well as other monetary details. In cases of
estates, this information is followed by a link to information about the
estate fiduciary, the person who executes a will or administers an
How Can I Search for Franklin County Probate Records in Person?
The Franklin County Probate Court is located at 373 South High Street,
Columbus, Ohio 43215, where it shares a lobby with two other court
buildings. The office where files are maintained is located on the 22nd
floor. There, hard copy files may be accessed by providing the
appropriate case number, as well as your name and contact information.
If you are not certain of the case number of the file you are seeking,
this information can be gleaned by searching online by the name of one
of the parties involved.
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