Birth and Death Records

Melissa Spence, Registrar

Helen Trapp, Deputy Registrar

The Office of Vital Statistics maintains birth and death records for the City of Portsmouth, with records going back as far as 1909.

Birth records are important for use in entrance to school, military service, obtaining passports, retirement pensions and social security pensions. Death records are needed for settlement of insurance claims, settlements of estates, pensions and tracing of ancestors.

Birth certificates are open records and may be purchased at the Portsmouth City Health Department as long as the person was born in the state of Ohio.