Ohio, Stark County Coroner's Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)
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Access the records: Ohio, Stark County Coroner's Records, 1890-2002 .
The collection covers the years 1890 to 2002.
The collection consists of images of Coroner's Inquest books, reports, and case files from the courthouse in Canton, Ohio. This collection is being published as images become available.
As soon as the county coroner’s office was established they began keeping records. The following types of deaths were reported to the county coroner:
- Accidental deaths
- Homicidal deaths
- Occupational deaths
- Sudden deaths (deaths of infants and young children, or deaths of individuals in any jail, confinement, or custody
- Suicidal deaths
- Therapeutic deaths (deaths which occurred during a medical procedure such as surgery)
- Any death where there is a doubt, question, or suspicion
- Deaths under any other special circumstances
The records were created as a permanent record of the details surrounding deaths within the county. The records also enabled government officials to better care for the public’s health needs and protection.
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Citation for This Collection
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- Stark County Coroner. Ohio, Stark County, coroner's records. Records Center, Canton, Ohio.
Digital images of originals housed in various municipal archives throughout Ohio.
The records usually contain the following information:
- Name of deceased
- Death Date
- Death Place
- Cause of death
- Unusual details surrounding the death
- Date of examination
- May list mortuary
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- The place where the death occurred
- The name of the person at the time of death
- The approximate death date
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The following suggestions may be helpful to you:
- Use the death date or age to calculate an approximate birth year.
- Use the birth date or age along with the residence to find the family in census records.
- 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 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.
- If you are unable to find the ancestors you are looking for variant spellings of the surnames.
Keep in mind:
- 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.
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"Ohio, Stark County Coroner's Records, 1890-2002" digital images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org: accessed 26 March 2012). Homer L. La Chat, November 9, 1937; citing; Coroner's Records, Index to coroner's file records, 1937-1966, image 136; Stark County Records Center, Canton, Ohio, United States.
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