03 January


Ohio Genealogy Resources: Coroner’s Records and Obituaries

By Stephanie Pitcher Fishman death, Ohio 3 Comments


I love Ohio genealogy resources! Yes, it’s because I live in Ohio. And, there’s the fact that my paternal line hails from Ohio. I also love them simply because I find them so interesting. In response to my recent post, Locating Ohio Obituaries Just Got Easier, Linda Ellis of Limesstones: Exploring Almost Forgotten Grave Sites in Ohio (an Ohio genealogy resource as well!) shared a link in the comments to a Cleveland resource for those looking at coroner’s records and reports. That got me thinking: What else could I find? Here is a very brief collection of what I’m sure is available to those with Ohio roots.

Photo credit: Nathan Bauer

Photo credit: Nathan Bauer



Online Examples of Resources:


Cleveland Necrology File: Located as part of the Cleveland Public Library System

The staff at the Cleveland Public Library System collected newspaper death notices and cemetery records. Appearing on microfilm you’ll find obituaries from the following dates and papers:


  • The Cleveland Plain Dealer – 1850-1975
  • The Cleveland Herald – 1833, 1847-1848, 1876, 1878-1879
  • The Cleveland Press – 1941-1975


The good news? You can contact the staff for assistance long distance. The great news? Ohio residents can request up to THREE copies free every four months. They also hold death certificates as well. (Hint – use the Ohio Deaths database linked below to find your certificate.) Though they are also available at the Ohio Historical Society’s Archive Library, this is another option (especially since you can get twelve copies for free a year.) Find out more about the library’s policies HERE.



Stark County, Ohio Coroner’s Records, 1890 – 2002

Dig in. You’ll have to search this one by old-school browsing. That’s ok, because if you have Stark County ancestors it may be worth your while. It isn’t as difficult as you’d think. Locate the year of death, and it will give you a great head start. Here you’ll find records of the county coroner’s inquest books, reports, and case files. Here’s the FamilySearch Wiki description of this in-progress resource. Earlier records aren’t here yet, so don’t be surprised if you find a lot of blacked out information. Scroll to the bottom of the various file groups to find the index.



Fulton County, Ohio Death Records Books Transcriptions and Images

The Fulton County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society has transcribed and indexed the Death Record Books for the country from 1868-1886. Search by the first letter of the surname. And, don’t forget to scroll to the bottom of the page to find scans of the pages as well.



Ohio Historical Society’s Online Collection Catalog

Looking for coroner’s records? Go search through the Manuscripts, Audio/Visual, and State Archives database. No, these items are not all online. However, they are available for searching. There are research services available or you can contact a local researcher to pull records for you. (Hint: I happen to be one of those Ohio researchers!) Just using the word “coroner” as a search term, I found a variety of record sets including coroner’s records and reports ranging in date from 1846-1964. Don’t forget to search the newspaper database as well!


Additional searchable collections at


Ohio Deaths and Burials, 1854-1997

Ohio Deaths, 1908 – 1953





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  • Linda Jean Limes Ellis

    3 January 2013 Reply

    Thank you stephanie! I am honored and quite humbled by your kind words about me and my blog. “Corn and Cotton” is fabulous and a must see ‘go-to’ resource that I know so many others besides myself are enjoying reading every day. Please keep up your great work and thank you so much for sharing your research with us! Happy New Year!!

  • Linda Jean Limes Ellis

    3 January 2013 Reply

    If your focus is in Fayette County, Ohio, a good place to make an on-line stop is at the website of the Carnegie Public Library located in Washington Court House in Fayette County. Fayette County is located within the Virginia Military District. So, if your ancestors came to Ohio in the early 1800s, they just may have lived for awhile within a Virginia Military District county such as Fayette County.

    Main genealogy page at CPLWCHO:

    Fayette County Death Index – 1867 – 1908

    Obituary Index – 1911 – 2005 – Record Herald newspaper:


    There are several useful links at the Carnegie Public Library’s main Genealogy page, and I can attest that the librarians are helpful!

  • Mariann Regan

    18 January 2013 Reply

    The Ohio records are so copious that it makes me wish my ancestors had lived in Ohio. My uncles went to farm in Ohio in the 1920s, with “family” whose names I do not know, and when I get to that level of research I’ll look forward to Ohio databases!
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