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== Collection Time Period ==
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== Record Description ==
  
Ohio has recorded deaths from December 20, 1908, to the present.  
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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.  
  
== Record Description  ==
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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.
  
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.  
  
=== Record Content  ===
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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].
  
[[Image:Ohio Death Certificate.jpg|thumb|right]]
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=== Citation for This Collection  ===
  
Death entries include the following genealogical information:
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The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamilySearch.org Historical Record collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher and archive for the original records.
  
*Death and burial dates
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{{Collection citation | text= "Ohio, Deaths, 1908-1953." Index or Images. <i>FamilySearch</i>. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Index based upon data collected by the Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City.}}
*Birth date (frequently included)  
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*City, county, and state of death
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<br> | text =<!--bibdescbegin-->County Probate Clerks throughout Ohio. Ohio, County Death Records. County Courthouses throughout Ohio.<!--bibdescend-->}}
*Name and location of the cemetery
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*Country or state and sometimes town and county of birth for the deceased (frequently included)
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[[Ohio Deaths (FamilySearch Historical Records)#Citation_Example_for_a_Record_Found_in_This_Collection|Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.]]
*Country or state and sometimes town and county of birth for the parents (frequently included)
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*Name of the deceased, spouse’s married name, and parents’ names (frequently includes maiden surname of the mother)
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== Record Content  ==
*Informant (often a son or daughter or other family member)
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*Age (frequently listed in years, months, and days)
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Death entries include the following information:
*Sex
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*Residence or address (frequently included how long at that residence or length of time in the United States if foreign born)
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*Name of deceased
*Marital status (single, married, widowed, or divorced at the time of death)
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*Date and place of death including city, county and state  
*Occupation
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*Residence of deceased; sometimes, a former residence
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*Gender and age of deceased in years, months, and days
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*Date and place of birth  
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*Marital status, race and occupation of deceased  
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*Spouse's name, if married  
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*Father's name and birthplace
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*Mother's maiden name and birthplace
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*Cause of death
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*Name of informant, often a son, daughter or other family member  
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*How long at current residence or length of time in United States  
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*Occupation
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*Burial information
  
 
== How to Use the Records  ==
 
== How to Use the Records  ==
  
Death certificates are the best source of death information. The certificates usually contain clues for further research, including the birth date and birthplace of the individual, the spouse’s name, the parents’ names, the residence, and the name of an informant (this may be a son or daughter of the deceased).<br>
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To begin your search it is helpful to know the following:
  
== Record History  ==
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*The place where the death occurred
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*The name of the person at the time of death
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*The approximate death date
  
Morticians or medical professionals filed death certificates with county probate clerks or health departments. The information was then forwarded to the Ohio Department of Health. State registration began in Ohio on December 20, 1908.  
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To search the collection image by image<br> ⇒Select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page <br> ⇒Select the appropriate "Year of Death" <br> ⇒Select the appropriate "File Number Range" which takes you to the images.  
  
Beginning in 1908, Ohio law required statewide registration of all deaths. The state-level records cover more than 90 percent of those who died in Ohio after 1917.
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=== Why This Record Was Created ===
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==== Search the Collection ====
  
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.  
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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 Keep in mind:
  
=== Record Reliability  ===
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*There may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
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*You may not be sure of your own ancestor’s name.
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*Your ancestor may have used different names or variations of their name throughout their life.
  
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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For tips about searching on-line collections see the on-line video at [http://broadcast.lds.org/familysearch/2011-12-03-familysearch-search-tips-1000k-eng.mp4 FamilySearch Search Tips].  
  
== Related Web Sites ==
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==== Using the Information ====
  
[http://ohsweb.ohiohistory.org/death// Ohio Online Death Certificate Index]
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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:
  
[http://www.deathindexes.com/ohio/ Online Ohio Death Records & Indexes]
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*Use the birth date or age along with the place of birth to find or verify their birth records and parents' names.  
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*Use the birth date or age along with the place of birth to find the family in census records.
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*Use the residence and names of the parents (if the deceased is a child) to locate church and land records.
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*Use the parents’ birth places to find former residences and to establish a migration pattern for the family.
  
This section of the article is incomplete. You can help FamilySearch Wiki by supplying links to related websites here.
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==== Tips to Keep in Mind  ====
  
== Known Issues with This Collection  ==
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*The name of the officiator is a clue to their religion or area of residence in the county.
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*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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*Compile the entries for every person who has the same surname; this is especially helpful in rural areas or if the surname is unusual.
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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.
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*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.
  
{{HR Known Issues}}Problem #1 - Some images in the Ohio death records are matched to the wrong person.<br>Problem #2 - Some images are not available.<br>Problem #3 - Some images are mismatched and are 3-8 images off.<br>
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==== Unable to Find Your Ancestor?  ====
  
For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection, please read the attached [https://wiki.familysearch.org/en/index.php?title=Ohio_Statewide_Death_Certificates_%28FamilySearch_Historical_Records%29/Known_Issues Wiki article]. If you encounter additional problems, feel free to report them at [mailto:support@familysearch.org support@familysearch.org]. Please include the full path to the link and a description of the problem in your e-mail. Your assistance will help ensure that future reworks will be considered. <br>
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*Check for variant spellings of the surnames.  
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*Check for a different index. There are often indexes at the beginning of each volume.  
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*Search the indexes and records of nearby counties.
  
== Related Wiki Articles ==
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==== General Information About These Records ====
  
[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Ohio|Ohio]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Ohio Vital Records|Vital Records]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]
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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;
  
[[Ohio Vital Records Index (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Ohio Vital Records]]
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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.
  
== Contribution to This Article  ==
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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.
  
{{Contributor invite}}
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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.
  
== Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections ==
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== Known Issues with This Collection ==
  
A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the Wiki Article: [[How to Cite FamilySearch Collections|How to Cite FamilySearch Collections]]  
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{{HR Known Issues}}&nbsp;For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached [[Ohio Deaths (FamilySearch Historical Records)/Known Issues|Wiki article]]. If you encounter additional problems, please email them to [mailto:support@familysearch.org support@familysearch.org]. Please include the full path to the link and a description of the problem in your e-mail. Your assistance will help ensure that future reworks will be considered.
  
Please add sample citations to this article following the format guidelines in the wiki article listed above.
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== Related Websites  ==
  
==== Examples of Source Citations for a Record in This Collection  ====
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*[http://ohsweb.ohiohistory.org/death// Ohio Online Death Certificate Index]
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*[http://www.deathindexes.com/ohio/ Online Ohio Death Records &amp; Indexes]
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*[http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/w2w/ohio.htm Ohio Death Certificates]&nbsp;Available for purchase
  
"Ohio Deaths, 1908-1953". index and images, ''FamilySearch'' ([https://www.familysearch.org https://www.familysearch.org]): accessed 27 January 2011). entry for James Lee Eaton, died 11 August 1943; citing Death Records, FHL microfilm 2,924,138; Ohio Historical Society, Columbus, Ohio.
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== Related Wiki Articles  ==
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*[[Ohio|Ohio]]
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*[[Ohio History|Ohio HIstory]]
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*[[Ohio Vital Records]]
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== Contribution to This Article  ==
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== Contributions to This Article  ==
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We welcome user additions to FamilySearch Historical Records wiki articles. Guidelines are available to help you make changes. Thank you for any contributions you may provide. If you would like to get more involved join the WikiProject FamilySearch Records.
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== Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections  ==
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Citations for individual image records are available for this collection. Browse through images in this collection and click on the "Show Citation" box: [https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https://familysearch.org/records/collection/1307272/waypoints Ohio, Deaths, 1908-1953]
  
== Sources of Information for This Collection:  ==
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When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find the record again. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records.
  
<!--bibdescbegin-->"Ohio Deaths, 1908-1953," ''FamilySearch'' ([https://www.familysearch.org https://www.familysearch.org]); from Ohio Department of Health. Certificates of Death, 1908-1953. Ohio Historical Society, Columbus, Ohio. Microfilm. 1204 rolls. Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah. <!--bibdescend-->
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A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the wiki article [[Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections]].  
  
 
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Revision as of 23:24, 27 September 2013

FamilySearch Record Search This article describes a collection of historical records available at FamilySearch.org.
Access the records: Ohio Deaths, 1908-1953 .

Contents

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

The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamilySearch.org Historical Record collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher and archive for the original records.

"Ohio, Deaths, 1908-1953." Index or Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Index based upon data collected by the Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City.


| 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 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

To search the collection image by image
⇒Select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page
⇒Select the appropriate "Year of Death"
⇒Select the appropriate "File Number Range" which takes you to the images.


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 Keep in mind:

  • There may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
  • You may not be sure of your own ancestor’s name.
  • Your ancestor may have used different names or variations of their name throughout their life.

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.

Known Issues with This Collection

Important.png Problems with this collection?
See a list of known issues, workarounds, tips, restrictions, future fixes, news and other helpful information.

 For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached Wiki article. If you encounter additional problems, please email them to support@familysearch.org. Please include the full path to the link and a description of the problem in your e-mail. Your assistance will help ensure that future reworks will be considered.

Related Websites

Related Wiki Articles

Contribution to This Article

We welcome user additions to FamilySearch Historical Records wiki articles. Guidelines are available to help you make changes. Thank you for any contributions you may provide. If you would like to get more involved join the WikiProject FamilySearch Records.

Contributions to This Article

We welcome user additions to FamilySearch Historical Records wiki articles. Guidelines are available to help you make changes. Thank you for any contributions you may provide. If you would like to get more involved join the WikiProject FamilySearch Records.

Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections

Citations for individual image records are available for this collection. Browse through images in this collection and click on the "Show Citation" box: Ohio, Deaths, 1908-1953

When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find the record again. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records.

A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the wiki article Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections.