Ohio Deaths (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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== Record Description  ==
 
== Record Description  ==
  
This Collection will include records from 1908 to 1953.  
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These collections consists of Name indexes and images of death records from county courthouses and the Ohio Department of Health. The collections cover the years 1867 to 1953.  
  
Pre-1908 county death records were entered into register books with multiple entries to a page. These records were replaced in 1908 by certificates that were created in counties and sent to the State Department of Health. Copies in the counties are bound books containing forms that are printed front and back and contain two certificates to a page. The information is handwritten or typed.
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The certificates from the Department of Health are arranged by year and month and then by county within each month (and by registration district for heavily populated counties) and then sequentially by number. The records are not always in strict date order for a district or county.  
 
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The certificates are arranged sequentially by number. Before being arranged numerically, they were arranged by year and month and then by county within each month and by registration district for heavily populated counties. The records are not always in strict date order for a district or county.  
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To view these images you must be a registered FamilySearch user and you must be signed in to FamilySearch.  
 
To view these images you must be a registered FamilySearch user and you must be signed in to FamilySearch.  
 
Counties in Ohio generally began creating death records in 1867, when Ohio passed a law requiring the recording of deaths. Physicians and undertakers in cities and townships recorded death records and sent them to the county probate court. On 20 December 1908, the state took over the responsibility of recording deaths. You can find records of deaths that occurred from 1867 through 1908 in the probate court of each county. Most counties, also maintain copies of death certificates from 1908 to the present.&nbsp;
 
  
 
For a list of records by years currently published in this collection, select the [https://www.familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A//api.familysearch.org/records/collection/1307272/waypoints Browse].  
 
For a list of records by years currently published in this collection, select the [https://www.familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A//api.familysearch.org/records/collection/1307272/waypoints Browse].  
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| text =<!--bibdescbegin-->Department of Health. Ohio Certificates of Death. Ohio Historical Society, Columbus, Ohio.<!--bibdescend-->}}  
 
| text =<!--bibdescbegin-->Department of Health. Ohio Certificates of Death. Ohio Historical Society, Columbus, Ohio.<!--bibdescend-->}}  
  
<br>Digital images of originals housed at various municipal archives throughout Ohio.  
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| text =<!--bibdescbegin-->County Probate Clerks throughout Ohio. Ohio, County Death Records. County Courthouses throughout Ohio.<!--bibdescend-->}}
  
 
[[Ohio Deaths (FamilySearch Historical Records)#Citation_Example_for_a_Record_Found_in_This_Collection|Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.]]  
 
[[Ohio Deaths (FamilySearch Historical Records)#Citation_Example_for_a_Record_Found_in_This_Collection|Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.]]  
  
 
== Record Content  ==
 
== Record Content  ==
 
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Death entries include the following genealogical information:  
 
Death entries include the following genealogical information:  
  
*Name of deceased
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*Name of deceased  
*Date and place of death including city, county and state
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*Date and place of death including city, county and state  
*Residence of deceased; sometimes, a former residence
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*Residence of deceased; sometimes, a former residence  
*Gender and age of deceased in years, months, and days
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*Gender and age of deceased in years, months, and days  
*Date and place of birth
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*Date and place of birth  
*Marital status, race and occupation of deceased
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*Marital status, race and occupation of deceased  
 
*Spouse's name, if married  
 
*Spouse's name, if married  
 
*Father's name and birthplace  
 
*Father's name and birthplace  
*Mother's maiden name and birthplace
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*Mother's maiden name and birthplace  
 
*Cause of death  
 
*Cause of death  
*Name of informant, often a son, daughter or other family member
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*Name of informant, often a son, daughter or other family member  
*How long at current residence or length of time in United States
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*How long at current residence or length of time in United States  
*Occupation
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*Occupation  
 
*Burial information
 
*Burial information
  
 
== How to Use the Records  ==
 
== How to Use the Records  ==
  
Begin your search by finding your ancestors in the index. Name indexes to deaths make it possible to access a specific record quickly. Remember that these indexes may contain inaccuracies, such as altered spellings, misinterpretations, and optical character recognition errors if the information was scanned.
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To begin your search it is helpful to know the following:  
 
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When searching the index it is helpful to know the following:  
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*The place where the death occurred  
 
*The place where the death occurred  
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*The approximate death date
 
*The approximate death date
  
Use the locator information found in the index (such as page, entry, or certificate number) to locate your ancestor in the death records. Compare the information in the death record to what you already know about your ancestor to determine if this is the correct person. You may need to compare the information of more than one person to make this determination.
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==== Search the Collection ====
  
When you have located your ancestor’s death record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records about your ancestors. Add this new information to your records of each family.  
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To search the collection by name fill in the requested information in the boxes on the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about the ancestors in the list to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to find your ancestor.
  
For example:  
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For tips about searching on-line collections see the on-line video at
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[http://broadcast.lds.org/familysearch/2011-12-03-familysearch-search-tips-1000k-eng.mp4 FamilySearch Search Tips].
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==== Using the Information ====
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When you have located your ancestor’s death record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records about your ancestors. Add this new information to your records of each family. For example:  
  
 
*Use the birth date or age along with the place of birth to find or verify their birth records and parents' names.  
 
*Use the birth date or age along with the place of birth to find or verify their birth records and parents' names.  
 
*Use the birth date or age along with the place of birth to find the family in census records.  
 
*Use the birth date or age along with the place of birth to find the family in census records.  
 
*Use the residence and names of the parents (if the deceased is a child) to locate church and land records.  
 
*Use the residence and names of the parents (if the deceased is a child) to locate church and land records.  
*Occupations listed can lead you to other types of records such as employment or military records.
 
 
*Use the parents’ birth places to find former residences and to establish a migration pattern for the family.  
 
*Use the parents’ birth places to find former residences and to establish a migration pattern for the family.  
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==== Tips to Keep in Mind ====
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*The name of the officiator is a clue to their religion or area of residence in the county.  
 
*The name of the officiator is a clue to their religion or area of residence in the county.  
 
*The name of the undertaker or mortuary could lead you to funeral and cemetery records which often include the names and residences of other family members.  
 
*The name of the undertaker or mortuary could lead you to funeral and cemetery records which often include the names and residences of other family members.  
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*Continue to search the records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives of the deceased who may have died or been buried in the same county or nearby. This can help you identify other generations of your family or even the second marriage of a parent. Repeat this process for each new generation you identify.  
 
*Continue to search the records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives of the deceased who may have died or been buried in the same county or nearby. This can help you identify other generations of your family or even the second marriage of a parent. Repeat this process for each new generation you identify.  
 
*When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.
 
*When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.
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*The information in these records is usually reliable, but depends upon the reliability of the informant.
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*Earlier records may not contain as much information as the records created after the late 1800s.
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*There is also some variation in the information given from one record to another record.
  
If you are unable to find the ancestors you are looking for, try the following:
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==== Unable to Find Your Ancestor?  ====
  
 
*Check for variant spellings of the surnames.  
 
*Check for variant spellings of the surnames.  
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*Search the indexes and records of nearby counties.
 
*Search the indexes and records of nearby counties.
  
Keep in mind:
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==== General Information About These Records ====
  
*The information in these records is usually reliable, but depends upon the reliability of the informant.  
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Counties in Ohio generally began creating death records in 1867, when Ohio passed a law requiring the recording of deaths. Physicians and undertakers in cities and townships recorded death records and sent them to the county probate court. On 20 December 1908, the state took over the responsibility of recording deaths. You can find records of deaths that occurred from 1867 through 1908 in the probate court of each county. Most counties, also maintain copies of death certificates from 1908 to the present.&nbsp;
*Earlier records may not contain as much information as the records created after the late 1800s.  
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*There is also some variation in the information given from one record to another record.
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Pre-1908 county death records were entered into register books with multiple entries to a page. These records were replaced in 1908 by certificates that were created in counties and sent to the State Department of Health. Copies in the counties are bound books containing forms that are printed front and back and contain two certificates to a page. The information is handwritten or typed.  
  
 
Deaths were recorded to better serve public health needs. They were also used in connection with the probate of wills and the administration of estates.  
 
Deaths were recorded to better serve public health needs. They were also used in connection with the probate of wills and the administration of estates.  
 
=== Record Reliability  ===
 
  
 
The information recorded about the death is usually reliable, including the cause of death, the name of the attending physician or medical professional, the name and address of the funeral home, and the date and place of burial. The accuracy of other information depends on the reliability of the informant, often a family member.  
 
The information recorded about the death is usually reliable, including the cause of death, the name of the attending physician or medical professional, the name and address of the funeral home, and the date and place of burial. The accuracy of other information depends on the reliability of the informant, often a family member.  

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Record Description

These collections consists of Name indexes and images of death records from county courthouses and the Ohio Department of Health. The collections cover the years 1867 to 1953.

The certificates from the Department of Health are arranged by year and month and then by county within each month (and by registration district for heavily populated counties) and then sequentially by number. The records are not always in strict date order for a district or county.

To view these images you must be a registered FamilySearch user and you must be signed in to FamilySearch.

For a list of records by years currently published in this collection, select the Browse.

Citation for This Collection

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Department of Health. Ohio Certificates of Death. Ohio Historical Society, Columbus, Ohio.

| text =County Probate Clerks throughout Ohio. Ohio, County Death Records. County Courthouses throughout Ohio.}}

Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.

Record Content

Death entries include the following genealogical information:

  • Name of deceased
  • Date and place of death including city, county and state
  • Residence of deceased; sometimes, a former residence
  • Gender and age of deceased in years, months, and days
  • Date and place of birth
  • Marital status, race and occupation of deceased
  • Spouse's name, if married
  • Father's name and birthplace
  • Mother's maiden name and birthplace
  • Cause of death
  • Name of informant, often a son, daughter or other family member
  • How long at current residence or length of time in United States
  • Occupation
  • Burial information

How to Use the Records

To begin your search it is helpful to know the following:

  • The place where the death occurred
  • The name of the person at the time of death
  • The approximate death date

Search the Collection

To search the collection by name fill in the requested information in the boxes on the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about the ancestors in the list to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to find your ancestor.

For tips about searching on-line collections see the on-line video at FamilySearch Search Tips.

Using the Information

When you have located your ancestor’s death record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records about your ancestors. Add this new information to your records of each family. For example:

  • Use the birth date or age along with the place of birth to find or verify their birth records and parents' names.
  • Use the birth date or age along with the place of birth to find the family in census records.
  • Use the residence and names of the parents (if the deceased is a child) to locate church and land records.
  • Use the parents’ birth places to find former residences and to establish a migration pattern for the family.

Tips to Keep in Mind

  • The name of the officiator is a clue to their religion or area of residence in the county.
  • The name of the undertaker or mortuary could lead you to funeral and cemetery records which often include the names and residences of other family members.
  • Compile the entries for every person who has the same surname; this is especially helpful in rural areas or if the surname is unusual.
  • Continue to search the records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives of the deceased who may have died or been buried in the same county or nearby. This can help you identify other generations of your family or even the second marriage of a parent. Repeat this process for each new generation you identify.
  • When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.
  • The information in these records is usually reliable, but depends upon the reliability of the informant.
  • Earlier records may not contain as much information as the records created after the late 1800s.
  • There is also some variation in the information given from one record to another record.

Unable to Find Your Ancestor?

  • Check for variant spellings of the surnames.
  • Check for a different index. There are often indexes at the beginning of each volume.
  • Search the indexes and records of nearby counties.

General Information About These Records

Counties in Ohio generally began creating death records in 1867, when Ohio passed a law requiring the recording of deaths. Physicians and undertakers in cities and townships recorded death records and sent them to the county probate court. On 20 December 1908, the state took over the responsibility of recording deaths. You can find records of deaths that occurred from 1867 through 1908 in the probate court of each county. Most counties, also maintain copies of death certificates from 1908 to the present. 

Pre-1908 county death records were entered into register books with multiple entries to a page. These records were replaced in 1908 by certificates that were created in counties and sent to the State Department of Health. Copies in the counties are bound books containing forms that are printed front and back and contain two certificates to a page. The information is handwritten or typed.

Deaths were recorded to better serve public health needs. They were also used in connection with the probate of wills and the administration of estates.

The information recorded about the death is usually reliable, including the cause of death, the name of the attending physician or medical professional, the name and address of the funeral home, and the date and place of burial. The accuracy of other information depends on the reliability of the informant, often a family member.

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