How exactly do you get the records you want? Here’s how I did it!
Delaware County maintains an archive of vital records in an Archive office housed on the county’s Fair Acres campus. It is housed in the same building as the Medical Examiner and a branch of the Delaware County public library system.
When you enter from Middletown Road, proceed through the guard station to the opposite end of the campus. You will pass the Laundry Services building #11, and an impound lot for vehicles surrounded by a fence, before you get to Archives building #19.
Park in front or in the lot to the left of the building. The entrance is clearly marked on the building as you approach it. Two doors down inside is the Archive office. The building is accessible and public bathrooms available.
The staff was very friendly and helpful. Sign in required. Copies are $1 each on the machine and you pay the staff when completed. Photos and the use handheld scanners are permitted on anything.
To request the records you would like, simply provide the record number from the index. You can get this two ways: in the binders they have in the Archives Office, or from the County Archives website accessible from home. I suggest taking a screen shot of the records you would like and show it when you arrive.
The Delaware County Archives is open 9am – 3pm, Monday – Friday for walk-in service at the Fair Acres campus 340 North Middletown Road, Lima. For a complete listing and index of records visit their website https://www.delcopa.gov/departments/archives.html
My personal adventure….
My personal adventure there was done on a snowy day in February. For years I couldn’t figure out where my grandparents got married. They were born and raised in Montgomery County and I assumed they eloped to Maryland which was popular to do in the 1940’s. Playing around on the Delaware County Archives website, I entered in some common surnames in my family tree and got a hit. Almost fell off my chair!
I called ahead to assure they were open and arrived with a screenshot on my phone of the record I wanted. It took about 30 seconds for the original marriage certificate to be retrieved. I couldn’t believe I was holding in my hands the answer to a long time family mystery.