Select topic below to go to that FAQ:
Q. Where can I find BIRTH records for Cuyahoga County?
For Births Before Dec. 20, 1908,
For Births from Dec. 20, 1908 to present
Q. Where can I find DEATH records for Cuyahoga County?
Deaths Between Dec 20 1908 and Dec 31 1953
Family Search Labs has all Ohio deaths certificates from 1908-1953 online at:http://search.labs.familysearch.org
- Then click on United States
- Next click on Ohio Deaths and search away
Alternately, you can also contact the Akron-Summit County Public Library
There is a base fee of $1.00 plus 5 cents for every photocopy.
The Akron-Summit County Public Library sends out
Deaths Before Dec. 20, 1908
Deaths between Dec. 20, 1908 - Dec. 31, 1953
Contact the Ohio Historical Society,
You can also search their online index at http://ohsweb.ohiohistory.org/death//
Cost is $6.00 per death certificate, (NEW PRICE AS OF 2004) send a check with your request.
You have to provide
1. THE FULL NAME OF THE DECEDENT,
2. THE YEAR OF DEATH
3. - AT LEAST ONE OF THE FOLLOWING:
- month/day of death or
- place of death or
- cetificate number,
You can search their index at the link directly below and get the volume and certificate number.
Without the 3 items above, it's considered a Research Project and it costs the full $20 fee. Make sure that you state that you want an UNCERTIFIED COPY, and give the name of the deceased, county of death and date of death.
Research orders for more than 2 names/certificates must be listed in chronological (date) order.
If you don't have a certificate number or year and county, here's the info about their RESEARCH policy:
Deaths between Jan. 1, 1954 and the present
Contact the Ohio Dept. of Health, Div.
of Vital Records at:
Ohio Department of Health Revenue Room 246 North High Street PO Box 15098 Columbus OH 43215-0098 614-466-2531 recording; 614-644-5635; fax 614-466-6604 Hours: Mon-Fri 7:45am-4:30pm ET URL: http://www.odh.ohio.gov/vitalstatistics/vitalstats.aspx/ Allow 4-6 weeks upon receipt Checks payable to "Treasury, State of Ohio"
Cost per death cert. is $16.50 each (as of 2006) and a self-addressed stamped envelope with enough postage for the number of certs. that you are requesting. UNCERTIFIED COPIES ARE NO LONGER AVAILABLE AS OF 2004
SASE with sufficient postage for number of certificates is required
Provide them with the name of the deceased, county of death and approximate or exact date of death.
NOTE: Suburbs which register their own births and deaths and whose certificates would NOT be available at Cleveland City Hall are the following:
|Bedford||60 Columbus||44146||440-232-1600||Bedford Municipal|
|Cleveland Hts||40 Severance Cir.||44118||216-291-3501||Doctorís Hospital|
|East Cleveland||14340 Euclid Ave.||44112||216-681-2188||Huron Road||Before 1935|
|Euclid||585 E. 222nd St.||44123||216-289-2843||Euclid Glenville||Before 1952|
|Garfield Hts||5407 Turney Rd.||44125||216-475-1503||Marymount|
|Lakewood||12805 Detroit Ave.||44107||216-529-7690||Lakewood|
|Maple Hts.||5353 Lee Rd.||44137||216-662-6000||Maple Hts.|
|Parma||6611 Ridge Rd.||44129||440-885-8816||Parma|
|Rocky River||21012 Hilliard||44116||440-331-0600||Rocky River|
|Shaker Hts.||3400 Lee Rd.||44120||216-491-1480||Shaker Heights|
|South Euclid||1349 S. Green Rd.||44120||216-381-0400||South Euclid|
|University Hts.||2300 Warrensville Ctr.||44118||216-932-7800||University Heights|
Q. Where can I find obituaries?
|Answer 1: 1850-1975:||
|Answer 2: 1975-Present:||
For an index go to:
|Answer 3: Past 6 months|| : Go to:
Q. Where can I find Marriage records?
|Answer: The Cuyahoga County Marriage index is at: http://probate.cuyahogacounty.us/ml/ (new as of 19 May 2009)||
When you search there you will get a Volume and Page Number.
You can see my websites at:
The Cuyahoga County archive has marriages from Volumes 1-200.
There is no charge for less than 40 pages
For marriages in Volumes 201 to present:
INFORMATION: Marriage records and index, 1810 to the
present, are available on microfilm. Divorce and Land is elsewhere
in building I believe, but for older records they're probably
at the archives.
FACILITIES: There is one
microfiche viewer for the marriage indexes (one by husband's
name, and another by wife's name). There is one
microfilm viewer for looking at applications, banns or returns.
Certified copies are $1/each 'short form' (typewritten) or $2/each 'long form' (preferred).
Uncertified 'long form' copies are 25 cents each.
They DO NOT ACCEPT CHECKS, so SEND MONEY ORDERS, or go in person and use cash.
DO INCLUDE A SASE if ordering by mail.
Q. Where can I find cemetery records?
Answer 1: The
City of Cleveland maintains records for all City owned cemeteries.
Answer 2: The
Diocese of Cleveland maintains records for Catholic Cemeteries.
Contact them at:
Q. Where can I find church records for Catholic Churches?
Answer: Diocese of Cleveland
Archivist (Ms. Christine L. Krosel in 1999/2000)
1031 Superior Ave
Cleveland OH 44114
Fee: $10/hour of research.
Q. What are some useful websites for research?
http://www.familysearch.org Main page for resources provided by the Church of Jesus Christ of Later Day Saints (LDS)
http://www.CyndisList.com/ Major genealogical index site referencing over 120,000 genealogy links.
http://www.usgenweb.org/states/index.shtml US Genweb. Find a State that you want to look at and find webpages for counties in that state with lots of good info on how to search and what is online for that state.
http://worldconnect.genealogy.rootsweb.com/ Great site for people who have submitted their genealogies on line
http://www.ancestry.com/ Another great site to see what genealogies people have submitted on the web
http://genforum.genealogy.com/oh/cuyahoga/ Great message board for Cuyahoga County. On the top of this page, under forum finder, you can enter a surname, or another state. Let's say you enter Pennsylvania. That page will come up and then you can see the counties for PA. This is a great place to ask questions, such as whether anyone else is working on your surname, or to ask some kind soul for a lookup in that county etc. The surname pages are great too to see what other people are doing on your particular surname. I go to these surname pages and put my family there in a letter so that others can find it later.
http://www.ellisisland.org This is the website that has the Ellis Island Passenger lists online. You can download actual pages to your computer or have them send you copies.
Before Ellis Island opened, Castle Garden was the point of arrival
at New York. This is a searchable site of those records.
http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ohcuyah2/cems/index.html Cuyahoga County Cemeteries
http://www.rootsweb.ansestry.com/~ohcuyah2/index.html Cuyahoga County Records
http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ohcuyaho/ Cuyahoga County USGENWEB
http://files.usgwarchives.net/oh/cuyahoga/ Cuyahoga County USGENWEB Archive
http://www.rootsweb.com/~ohcuyah2/nats/coarch/index.html Cuyahoga County Naturalization records
http://www.footnote.com/browse.php#41|92687364 OH Northern District Court Naturalizations (index free, paid images)
OTHER CUYAHOGA REFERENCE PAGES
Answer: Visit the Social Security
Death Index at:
Q. What other genealogy collections are available in Cuyahoga County?
Cleveland Public Library
325 Superior Ave (NE corner of E 3rd & Superior)
Cleveland OH 44114-1271
216-623-2904 Newspaper (email: NEWS2@library.cpl.org)
216-623-2910 Microforms (email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
216-623-2864 History & Geography
216-623-2800 General Information (email: email@example.com)
URL: http://js-catalog.cpl.org:60100/newcat.html On-Line Card Catalog
HOURS: 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Monday - Saturday; 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Sunday (during school year)
PARKING: Street parking near the Library is limited. There are several commercial lots in the area.
NOTE: Materials useful to genealogical research are dispersed throughout the Main Library Complex, which covers a city block. The History & Geography Department on the 6th floor of the Louis Stokes Wing is a good starting point. The library does not collect individual family histories; the Western Reserve Historical Library does. Nor does the Library collect vital records. Sources of those records are listed elsewhere in this pamphlet. The following is a summary of the types of material to be found in the various Departments.
BUSINESS, ECONOMICS & LABOR: (2nd floor, Louis Stokes Wing) Who's who file of Cleveland businessmen. Criss-Cross by address for Cuyahoga County - current yeat only.
PHOTOGRAPH COLLECTION: (4th floor North, Louis Stokes Wing) Photographs of prominent Clevelanders. Approximately 22,000 images of individual Cleveland residences.
HISTORY & GEOGRAPHY: (6th floor, Louis Stokes Wing) Genealogy how-to books. Cleveland city directories 1936-1980. Criss-Cross by address for Cuyahoga County 1960 to the present. Biographical clipping files on prominent Clevelanders. Ohio county histories. Printed indexes to Ohio Census 1820-1880 (1870 index Is for Cleveland only). Rosters of Ohio soldiers in the Civil War, Spanish-American War and WWI. "Pennsylvania Archives". "PERSI". Civil War regimental histories. British parish registers; with index. English county histories. Coats-of-arms index. "Morton Allan directory of European Passenger Steamship Arrivals" (1890-1930). Indexes to published passenger lists. Lists of immigrants from specific ethnic groups such as German, Irish, Italian and Russian. Meanings of names, often in English translation.
African Americans: "Black Loyalist Directory". "On the Trail of the Buffalo Soldier: Biographies of African Americans in the U.S. Army, 1866-1917". "United States Colored Troops" (Civil War).
"Records of Ante-Bellum Southern Plantations from the Revolution through the Civil War". "Slavery in Ante-Bellum Southern Industries
-printed indexes for these two microfilm sets are in History; actual sets are in the Microform Center.
Also "Changes in Cleveland street and house numbers, 1905-6: old and new street numbers" (OCoLC)30481303 and Call No. Ref F499.C675 O42 1905x.
MAP COLLECTION: (6th floor North, Louis Stokes Wing) Sanborn fire insurance maps of Cleveland 1886-1972/73. Atlases of Cleveland and Cuyahoga County from the later 19th century. Plat books of Cleveland and Cuyahoga County 1912-1966/68. Ward maps of Cleveland and some suburbs 1852 to the present. Historical atlases and pre-WWI maps of Europe. Reproductions of British Ordnance Survey Maps circa 1820-1850s.
MICROFORM CENTER: (1st floor West, Main Building) Necrology file of paid obituaries from Cleveland newspapers 1833, 1847-48, 1850 to the present. Cleveland city directories 1837-1960. Complete runs of suburban city directories (years vary with suburb). Cleveland telephone directories 1880 to the present. Complete runs of Cleveland newspapers, induding the "Call & Post". "Cleveland Blue Book" (social register) 1888 to the present. File of Cuyahoga County soldiers who served in WWII and Korea compiled from local newspaper columns during those wars; usually includes a small photo and 1 or 2 lines about the serviceman. Ohio Census 1820-1920 with Soundex index for 1880-1920. "Index" to the roster of Ohio soldiers in the Civil War. [Microform viewers all have printers.]
Also "Changes in Cleveland street and house numbers, 1905-6: old and new street numbers" (OCoLC)30481303 and Call No. F499.C675 O42 1905x (microfilm).
FOREIGN' LITERATURE: (4th floor South, Main Building) Meanings of names, usually in original language. Language dictionares. Foreign encyclopedias. Basic translation help.
REFERENCE HELP: There are no trained genealogists on staff. Guidance in doing in-depth or time-consuming research is provided in-person at the Library. Present staffing levels do not permit librarians to do complete genealogical searches.
ELECTRONIC RESOURCES: Online and CD-ROM resources provide computer access to a world of information. For example: available on CD-ROM in History is the "Army Official Records" (Civil War) and on History's website - "Christine's Genealogy" (African-American genealogy sites and sources).
OFF-SITE STORAGE: Many older volumes are not housed in the Main Library Complex due to the size of the collection. Call ahead to have books retrieved from off-site and held on reserve.
COPY EQUIPMENT: Coin operated self-serve copiers are available in all departments, as are coin changers. [$0.10 / copy in 1999]
Cuyahoga County Archive
2905 Franklin Blvd
Cleveland OH 44113-2995
216-443-7250; Fax +1 (216) 443-3636
HOURS: Mon-Fri 8:30am-4:30pm ET
DIRECTIONS: From downtown Cleveland: take Superior West (becomes Detroit Ave) to W 25th St South (left) to Franklin Blvd West (right) to 2905 (left). Free parking in the Archives gravel lot west of the building.
FEES: Uncertified copies are $0.25/each.
COMMENTS: There is a collection of viewers, a couple of which have printers too. "The Cuyahoga County Archives, a department of the Board of County Commissioners, was organized in the summer of 1975 and serves as a repository for the historical records of Cuyahoga County, and for current records requiring temporary maintenance. A research library is available for the convenience of persons using the records in the County Archives and trained personnel are always available to provide advice on any specific research problem. The offices, storage facilities and the research library are all located in the Robert Russell Rhodes House, a Victorian Italianate mansion built in 1874."
RECORDS OF INTEREST IN THE ARCHIVES:
- Board of County Commissioners Journals, 1810-1985.
- List of Electors, 1893-1982 (not inclusive).
- Township and ward maps, 1860, 1870, 1880, and 1890.
- Atlases: Cuyahoga County 1852, 1874, 1892, and 1903; also City of Cleveland, 1881 and 1898.
- County Building Commission Journals, including Cuyahoga County Court House, Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument, and certain other county buildings and bridges.
- Probate Court estate case files, 1813-1913; indexes, 1813-1941.
- Registrations and Charters of Religious and Other Societies, 1845-1924.
- Tax Duplicates, 1819-1986 (not inclusive).
- Marriage records, 1810-1941, originals; and index, 1810 to the present, available on microfilm.
- Divorce case files, 1876-1882, Court of Common Pleas; also Ohio SUpreme Court records, 1811-1858, and Court of Common Pleas Special Docket files, 1876-1922.
- Naturalization records, 1818-1971, Court of Common Pleas; also Probate Court naturalization records, 1859-1901.
- Birth record, 1849-1908.
- Death records, 1840-1908.
- Abstract of Votes, 1893-1974, Board of Elections.
- Civil War Bounty Record, 1862.
- Road Records, 1802-1898.
- County Surveyor's Records, 1823-1893.
- Cleveland City Directories, 1837-1939 (not inclusive).
- Necrology File, 1850-1950; 1951-1975.
- Board of Elections Registrer of Naturalized Voters, 1836-1972.
RESEARCH POLICIES AND PROCEDURES
- Please request only one type of record at a time. Place requests on paper. A request includes record type, relevant surname(s), and pertinent research dates.
- Staff members will bring all research materials to the reference rooms. There is a retrieval maximum of ten volumes, or documents, per individual request.
- Archive staff make all desired photocopies. Photocopies are NOT MADE when the original records may be damaged or harmed in the process. Abstract forms are available, free of charge, for death and other records.
- There is a fee of twenty-five cents per page to photocopy a document or entry. Please pay, by cash or check, for all copies at the end of a visit. Checks should be made payable to TREASURER of CUYAHOGA COUNTY.
- The reference area closes promptly at 4:00 p.m. to give staff members the opportunity to re-shelve archival material, and to prepare for the next business day. No new records may be requested by a patron after 3:45 p.m. An individual may, however, remain in the research areas until 4:20 p.m. if they plan to use city directories, or to search the indexes to marriages or naturalization.
- Volunteers assist the staff and can answer most questions and help begin research.
Cuyahoga County Public Library
Fairview Park Regional Library
21255 Lorain Ave
Fairview Park OH 44070
INFORMATION: City directories 1831-1930. Cleveland Necrology File (index of death notices and obituaries appearing in greater Cleveland newspapers). Cuyahoga County Marriage License Index.
MAIL REQUESTS: Correspondence answered as time permits. Charge is for photocopies, limited to 10 exposures per request. By mail, you must specify the kind of record you want, where the event occured and an appropriate date. They do not do census searches. They do not have birth, death or marriage certificates. Include a self-addressed stamped envelope (SASE). Items searched are the Cleveland Necrology File (index of death notices and obituaries appearing in greater Cleveland newspapers), and the Cuyahoga County Marriage License Index. There are no vital records kept here; for these contact either Cuyahoga County Archives (births & deaths before 1909), Ohio Historical Society (deaths 1908-1949) or Ohio Bureau of Vital Records in Columbus (births 1908-current, deaths 1950-current). They will check the L.D.S. SourceFile and FamilySearch. While they prefer not to have to check the immigration indexes, there are quite a few!, they have been known to do it for the local homebounds who are too elderly to travel. Will check city directories 1831-1930.
In order to make the jump to other countries, you need to know a town there. That is most likely found on the naturalization papers, church records, or death certificate. Once you have a town, you can look at the catalog for the Mormon Church (Latter Day Saints - LDS) library. http://www.familysearch.org This church has filmed records from all over the world. It is part of their religion, but you don't have to be a Mormon to order their films. There are two branches here in Cleveland that have a library. One is in Kirtland and the other is in Westlake. You can go to their library and order a film for just $3.50. The main library in Salt Lake City sends that film to the local branch in Westlake for instance, and you have one month to view the film at the Westlake library.
Family History Center
Church of Jesus Christ of Later Day Saints
8854 Chillicothe Rd
Kirtland OH 44094
HOURS: Tues-Sat 10am-2pm ET and Thu-Fri 7pm-9pm ET.
DIRECTIONS: From Cleveland, take I-90 East, exit OH-306 Kirtland - Mentor. Turn right on OH-306. Go down into valley. When the road starts to bend right and goes up out of the valley, you can make a left turn onto Kirtland-Chardon Rd. At first stop sign turn left onto Chillicothe Rd, next left into parking lot for Newell K. Whitney General Store Visitor Center. On the left is the Visitor Center, on the right is the Family History Center, sign in front of the house.
Family History Center
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
25000 Westwood Rd
Westlake OH 44145
Western Reserve Historical Society (WRHS)
10825 East Blvd
Cleveland OH 44106
URL: http://www.wrhs.org Card catalog slowly going on-line.
COMMENTS: Can be expensive, but good collection. Especially for early Cleveland and it's settlers.
DIRECTIONS: From downtown Cleveland, I-90 East to Martin Luther King Jr (MLK) Drive. Left onto Martin Luther King Jr (MLK) Drive, South about 2+ miles to traffic circle just past East 105th Street. About 60% around the circle to East Blvd (East or North?). East Blvd (East or North?) past the VA Hospital on left to East 108th St. Left onto East 108th St. 1 block to Magnolia Dr. Right onto Magnolia Dr. to 2nd WRHS driveway on right (1st is employees'). Take driveway to WRHS parking lot on left.
HOURS: Tu-Sa 9am-5pm; W until 9pm; Su 12n-5pm; closed M; busiest on Saturday
FEES: Admission $6/person; WRHS Parking $.90/30min (max $7.20?); reduction for long stay by copies made (see desk in library). Public metered parking lot adjoins; continue on driveway to Hazel Drive; turn left. Some metered street parking.
The library of the Western Reserve Historical Society is the largest American history research center in Northern Ohio. Its holdings consist of 235,000 books; 25,000 volumes of newspapers; 30,500 rolls of microfilm; 1,000,000 prints and photographs; and more than 3,000 collections of manuscripts and archives which comprise more than six million items. The library is the principal respository for histories, records, and papers relating to the growth and development of Cleveland and that portion of northeastern Ohio once known as the Western Reserve of Connecticut. ...
The Society was one of the first institutions in America to collect genealogical materials and is, today, one of the largest family history research centers in the country. Although the focus of the collections is on source materials for the region east of the Mississippi River, major sources for other states are collected, especially through donation. The library's genealogical holdings include the following:
Family Histories - more than fifteen thousand genealogies (books, pamphlets, manuscripts, and microforms) and numerous publications of family associations.
Federal Records and Indexes - including all available federal census schedules on microfilm from 1790 through 1920; 1880 Soundex for all states; the 1900, 1910, and 1920 Soundex for Ohio and some surronding states; and the passenger lists for New York City, 1820-1841 (index for 1820-1846), and for Baltimore, 1820-1879.
Local Records (microform) - New England marriages prior to 1700. Connecticut State vital records compiled by Charles R. Hale, vital records for several Ohio counties, Cleveland necrology file 1850-1975, and the Ohio Surname index to county histories.
Military Records - Revolutionary War Pension Applications and Bounty Land Files and index to War of 1812 pension applications on microfilm, Revolutionary War and War of 1812 rosters for most states, numerous Civil War state rosters and regimental histories, rosters of Ohio soldiers in the Spanish-American War and World War I, and compiled records of more than 50,000 World War veterans in Cuyahoga County. ..."
Q. Where can I find property deeds?
Cuyahoga County Recorder
County Administration Bldg.
1219 Ontario Street
Cleveland, OH 44113
PROPERTY DEEDS IN CUYAHOGA COUNTY
This site currently has deeds from 1928 to the present but more are being
added all the time and at a quick pace.
To do a complete search at this site, enter the dates 01/01/1928 - (the present date)
Enter a last name. The first name needs to be supplied as well, but a wildcard search under the first name works as well, so
just enter * in the first name location.
You then hit enter and a page comes up asking you to confirm the search. Hit yes and then the list of
deeds comes up.
Then click on a particular deed and more detailed information appears. At that point click on "View" to view the deed while online or download the deed to
your computer for further use.
Q. How to use the County Auditors site.
CUYAHOGA COUNTY AUDITORS SITE
This site is useful if you have an address that you want to
about and dovetails well with the previous site.
Type in an address following the directions on the screen.
All addresses have to have five
digits. So, for instance, if you are searching for 2064 W. 55th, you would enter "02064" for the address.
In the street box you enter "55".
In the direction box you would enter "W" and Hit search.
If the address still exists today, you will get information
about it. You can then click on the parcel ID and more
information will appear.
If you then click on "Transfer History" at the vtop
of the page, a new page will appear. Just above the transfer date
the word "previous". If you click on that and keep clicking on that you will see the ownership of the property working back through time. If you
click on "Residential Building Sketch" you can even see a drawing of the house.
Q. What are the addresses for the various Courts in Cleveland?
Cuyahoga County - Common Pleas Court
Clerk of Courts
1200 Ontario St.
Cleveland OH 44113
U.S. Federal Courthouse
201 Superior Ave Rm 535/537
Cleveland OH 44114
1 (216) 522-4355 x56
HOURS: M-Th 8:15-4:30pm ET, Fri 10:30-4:30pm ET.
Index of naturalization petitions (1855-present): name, address, birthdate, naturalization date, country or origin, specific place of origin. Those who did not complete naturalization may also be included.
There is a charge for copies. Some may come directly from the Cleveland court but others may come from the National Archives depending on the date of naturalization. They will bill you when they pull the copies. You pay and then they send the copies.
National Archives and Records Administration
Great Lakes Region
7358 South Pulaski Rd.
Chicago IL 60629-5806
1 (773) 581-7816
U.S. District Court
210 Superior Ave. N.E., Rm 537
Cleveland OH 44114-1201