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POL 2817 - S. Siler: Local & State

Local Libraries

TIP: Locate the local library where your ancestor lived and use their genealogy guides.  These usually provide links to local resources not found elsewhere.

Local History

Marriage Records

TIP: Marriage licenses are usually issued by the county government.  If your ancestor was not married in Ohio, check the county in which that person lived to see what records may be online or available for copying.

Birth Records

No birth records were required by law before 1867.  County Probate Courts recorded births between 1867-1908.  The State of Ohio began issuing birth certificates on December 20, 1908. 

Death Records & Obituaries

The State of Ohio began issuing death certificates on December 20, 1908. Prior to that date, death records were kept by the county or city in which the person died. There is a separate series for stillborn deaths. 

TIP: Check the local public library in the area where your ancestor died.  Many have put their obituary collections online.

Cuyahoga County Archives

Cuyahoga County Archives is located at 2905 Franklin Boulevard, Cleveland, Ohio 44113.  Contains original county records which are available for photocopying.  See complete list of records here

  • Birth records, 1849-1908
  • Cleveland City Directories, 1837-1939 (not inclusive) 
  • Coroner's case files, 1833-1900 (not inclusive)
  • Death records, 1840-1908
  • Marriage records, 1810-1941 (originals)
  • Naturalization records, 1818-1971
  • Probate Court estate case files, 1813-1913

Index to above records available on RootsWeb.  Images of documents are now appearing on; however, their index to the images is not yet available.

    Property Deeds & Maps