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Guide to Local Government Records

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The Guide to Local Government Records covers a nineteen county region in northwest Ohio (See map at right). It identifies and defines each local political subdivision, describes its offices (except those of county government, which are discussed in the Ohio County Records Manual), and includes a comprehensive listing of all local government records deposited at the Center for Archival Collections. The Guide helps to define the originating local government agency's role in the creation of public records.

Researchers interested in contemporary records, especially those involving specific court cases, arrests and their disposition, or any record not listed here on the CAC's inventories should contact the County Courthouse where the events took place for more information.

Policy on Confidential Materials in Public Records. Ohio Revised Code 149.43 mandates the confidentiality of public records which pertain to physical or psychiatric examinations, adoptions, probation and parole proceedings. With these records, access only will be provided with the Director's permission, provided names have been eliminated where possible, and the researcher has signed the Confidentiality Agreement. Certain records also require researchers to obtain the written permission from the director of the originating agency.

Researchers wishing to access restricted records from the Children's Services Board should contact the Probate Judge of the originating county and follow those instructions for getting written permission to access information in the records.

List of NW Ohio Counties | Resources for Local Governments (Ohio Historical Society)