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.
Online Examples of Resources:
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.
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.
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.
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 FamilySearch.org:
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