Vital Statistics

Birth & Death Records

This division can provide certified copies of birth certificates from anywhere in Ohio and death certificates of those who passed away within the Massillon City limits, from 1909 to the present.

For BIRTH AND DEATH CERTIFICATES, print and complete the Application for Certified Copies and mail it with your payment to the Massillon City Health Department. The cost is $25.00 per certificate.

In-person: We accept cash, personal check with valid id, and credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, and Discover). There is a small additional fee for credit card payments.

By mail: Accepted payments include money order, bank check or personal check with a copy of your valid id. Please make checks payable to Massillon City Health Department.

Our mailing address is:

Massillon City Health Department
611 Erie St. S.
Massillon, Ohio 44646

For your convenience, you can request birth and death certificates online at There is a service fee attached and they accept all major credit cards. Certificates ordered this way are processed the day it is received, or the next business day. Please note that on the Shipping section, United Parcel is the delivery method checked. This is an extra fee for faster delivery. You may change that selection to regular mail if you like. Vitalchek can be used to order certificates from most parts of the country.

We do not have death records for deaths that occurred at Doctors Hospital, nursing homes, and hospitals located outside the Massillon city limits. Please contact Stark County Health Department at 330-493-9904 for further information. Stark county records may also be ordered online at In the Event Location section, put the township name (Perry, Jackson, etc.) instead of Massillon, so the request goes to the proper health department for processing.

You may email birth and death record questions to  please put “birth/death info” in the subject line of your email. For further information, you may call 330-830-1710.


Research is available for Massillon records from 1889 to the present. Information may be taken from the records and certified copies may be purchased for $25 each.

Genealogy Request Form for Death Record (Massillon City ONLY)

Genealogy Request Form for Birth Record 

Guide to Stark County Vital Statistics
Birth & Death Records

Births 1867 through Dec. 19, 1908 and Deaths 1867 through 1953:

Stark County District Library
715 Market Avenue N.
Canton, OH  44702-1080
330-452-0665  (Genealogy tab)

Births & Deaths 1889 through Dec. 10, 1908, for Massillon city limits only:

Massillon Public Library
208 Lincoln Way E.
Massillon, Ohio  44646
330-832-9831, reference desk  (can e-mail through website)

(Note: Both the Massillon and Stark County Libraries should be checked for Massillon births & deaths from this time period)

Births & Deaths 1909 – present

As of January 2011, birth records for all of Ohio can be obtained at any local health department.  For genealogy purposes, it is still advisable to go to the health department in the jurisdiction where the birth occurred, and you may look at the record.  Death records are filed in the health department of the jurisdiction where the death occurred.

1. For those occurring within Canton city limits: (Mercy, Aultman Hospitals)

Canton City Public Health
420 Market Avenue N.
Canton, OH  44702-1544

2. For those occurring within Massillon city limits: (Massillon Community Hospital aka Affinity Medical Center, or home birth)

Massillon City Health Department
611 Erie St. S.
Massillon, OH  44646

3. For those occurring within the Alliance city limits: (Aultman of Alliance)

Alliance City Health Department
537 East Market Street
Alliance, OH  44601

4. For those occurring anywhere else in Stark County: (Affinity/Doctors Hospital)

Stark County Health Department
7235 Whipple Ave. NW
Suite B
North Canton, Ohio 44720

Birth & Death records can also be obtained from the Ohio Department of Health or Ohio History Connection

1. Births  Dec. 20, 1908 to present and Deaths 1964 to present

Ohio Department of Health
Bureau of Vital Statistics
P. O. Box 15098
Columbus, OH  43215-0098
614-466-2531 (recorded message)

2. Deaths Dec. 19, 1908 through 1963

Ohio History Connection
Research Services Dept.
800 E 17th Ave.
Columbus, OH  43211
800-686-6124 or 614-297-2300
Website:  (Archives, Genealogy, Death Records)