Ohio, Summit County, Coroner Inquests, Hospital and Cemetery Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Summit, Ohio, United States
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Location of Summit County, Ohio
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Record Description
Record Type Death
Collection years 1882-1949
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What is in the Collection?

The collection consists of the following records:

  • Edwin Shaw Hospital admittance cards (1915-1947)
  • Edwin Shaw Hospital employment cards (1915-1940)
  • Edwin Shaw Hospital and Briar Hill Cemetery burial permits (1915-1947)
  • Coroner's inquest books (1882-1922)

The hospital was was originally named Springfield Lake Sanatorium. It was renamed Edwin Shaw Sanatorium in Auguast 1934 in honor of one of the long term Trustees of the hospital.

The Briar Hill Cemetery is located on the Edwin Shaw Hospital grounds and was established for the Tuberculosis patients. However, not all patients that passed away at the Hospital are buried at the cemetery. The cemetery does not have headstones. There are numbers on concrete at each grave. A list of the patients buried at Briar Hill Cemetery is available at the office of the Summit County Executive in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio.

This collection is being published as images become available.

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What Can This Collection Tell Me?

The following information is generally found in these records:

  • Date and place of death
  • Name and gender of the deceased
  • Age of deceased usually in years, months and days
  • Sometimes, date and place of birth of deceased
  • Marital status of deceased
  • Name of spouse, if married
  • Names of parents, including maiden name of mother
  • Sometimes, parents' date and place of birth
  • Residence of deceased, including length of residence at that address
  • Occupation of deceased
  • Name and location of cemetery where buried
  • Name of the informant, who may be a family member

How Do I Search the Collection?

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

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What Do I Do Next?

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I Found Who I was Looking for, What Now?

  • 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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  • 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.

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  • Look for variant spellings of the names. You should also look for alias names, nicknames and abbreviated names.
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  • Search the indexes and records of nearby localities.
  • 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.
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Collection Citation:

"Ohio, Summit County, Coroner Inquests, Hospital and Cemetery Records, 1882-1949" Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2016. Citing County Records Center, Akron.

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