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This Collection will include records from 1908 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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== What is in the Collection?  ==
  
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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The collection consists of an index and images of Ohio statewide death certificates.  
  
To view these images you must be a registered FamilySearch user and you must be signed in to FamilySearch.
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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;
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== Collection Content  ==
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=== Sample Images ===
  
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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=== Citation for This Collection  ===
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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.
  
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.  
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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.  
  
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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.  
| 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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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.  
 
 
[[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  ==
 
  
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== What Can this Collection Tell Me? ==
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Death entries include the following genealogical information:  
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'''Death entries''' include the following 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 ==
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== How Do I Search the Collection? ==
 
 
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.
 
 
 
When searching the index it is helpful to know the following:
 
  
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To begin your search it is helpful to know the following:
 
*The place where the death occurred  
 
*The place where the death occurred  
 
*The name of the person at the time of death  
 
*The name of the person at the time of death  
 
*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.
 
  
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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'''Search by Name by visiting the [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1307272?collectionNameFilter=false Collection Page]:'''<br>Fill in the requested information on the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about those in the list to what you already know about your own 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.
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'''View images in this collection by visiting the [https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https://familysearch.org/recapi/sord/collection/1307272/waypoints Browse Page]:'''<br>To search the collection you will need to follow this series of links:<br> ⇒Select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page <br> ⇒Select the appropriate "County" category<br> ⇒Select the appropriate "Record Type, Year Range, and Volume number or letter" category which takes you to the images.
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Look at each image comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine if the image relates to them. You may need to look at several images and compare the information about the individuals listed in those images to your ancestors to make this determination.
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With either search keep in mind:
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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.
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For tips about searching on-line collections see the on-line article [[FamilySearch Search Tips and Tricks]].
  
For example:
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== What Do I Do Next? ==
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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.
  
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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.  
 
*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.
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*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.  
 
 
*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.  
 
*Compile the entries for every person who has the same surname; this is especially helpful in rural areas or if the surname is unusual.  
 
*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.  
 
*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.
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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.  
 
 
If you are unable to find the ancestors you are looking for, try the following:
 
 
 
*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.
 
 
 
Keep in mind:
 
 
 
 
*The information in these records is usually reliable, but depends upon the reliability of the informant.  
 
*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.  
 
*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.
 
*There is also some variation in the information given from one record to another record.
  
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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=== I Can't Find Who I'm Looking for, What Now? ===
  
=== Record Reliability  ===
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*Check for variant spellings of the surnames.
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*Search the indexes and records of nearby localities.
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*Try alternative search methods such as only filling in the surname search box (or the given name search box) on the landing page leaving the other box empty and then click on search. This should return a list of everyone with that particular name. You could then browse the list for individuals that may be your ancestor
  
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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{{Tip|Don't overlook {{FHL|Ohio, Vital Records|keywords|disp}} items in the FamilySearch Library Catalog. For other libraries (local and national) or to gain access to items of interest, see the wiki article [[Ohio Archives and Libraries]]. }}
  
== Related Websites  ==
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== Known Issues with This Collection ==
 
 
*[http://ohsweb.ohiohistory.org/death// Ohio Online Death Certificate Index]
 
*[http://www.deathindexes.com/ohio/ Online Ohio Death Records &amp; Indexes]
 
*[http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/w2w/ohio.htm Ohio Death Certificates]&nbsp;Available for purchase
 
 
 
== Related Wiki Articles  ==
 
 
 
*[[Ohio|Ohio]]
 
*[[Ohio History|Ohio HIstory]]
 
*[[Ohio Vital Records]]
 
 
 
== Contribution to This Article ==
 
 
 
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== Known Issues with This Collection  ==
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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. <br>
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For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached [https://familysearch.org/ask/salesforce/viewArticle?urlname=Ohio-Deaths-1908-1953-known-issues&lang=en 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.
  
== Contributions to This Article  ==
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==Citing this Collection==
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Citing your sources makes it easy for others to find and evaluate the records you used. When you copy information from a record, list where you found that information. Here you can find citations already created for the entire collection and for each individual record or image.  
  
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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'''Collection citation''':<br> {{Collection citation | text= "Ohio, Deaths, 1908-1953." Database with Images. <i>FamilySearch</i>. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2016. Index based upon data collected by the Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City.}}<br><br>
  
== Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections  ==
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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.
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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]].
 
  
=== Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection  ===
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"Ohio Deaths, 1908-1953". index and digital images, ''FamilySearch'' ([https://www.familysearch.org]): accessed 21 March 2012). entry for James Lee Eaton, death date 11 August 1943, Butler County; Ohio Health Record, Columbus, Ohio, certificate no. 48242, Family History Library, Salt Lake City.
 
  
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This article describes a collection of records at FamilySearch.org.
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Record Description
Record Type Death Certificates
Collection years 1908-1953
FamilySearch Resources
Related Websites



What is in the Collection?

The collection consists of an index and images of Ohio statewide death certificates.

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Ohio Deaths, 1908-1953.

Collection Content

Sample Images

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.

What Can this Collection Tell Me?

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 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


Search by Name by visiting the Collection Page:
Fill in the requested information on the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about those in the list to what you already know about your own 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.

View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page:
To search the collection you will need to follow this series of links:
⇒Select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page
⇒Select the appropriate "County" category
⇒Select the appropriate "Record Type, Year Range, and Volume number or letter" category which takes you to the images.

Look at each image comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine if the image relates to them. You may need to look at several images and compare the information about the individuals listed in those images to your ancestors to make this determination.

With either search 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 article FamilySearch Search Tips and Tricks.

What Do I Do Next?

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.

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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

I Can't Find Who I'm Looking for, What Now?

  • Check for variant spellings of the surnames.
  • Search the indexes and records of nearby localities.
  • Try alternative search methods such as only filling in the surname search box (or the given name search box) on the landing page leaving the other box empty and then click on search. This should return a list of everyone with that particular name. You could then browse the list for individuals that may be your ancestor

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 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.

Citing this Collection

Citing your sources makes it easy for others to find and evaluate the records you used. When you copy information from a record, list where you found that information. Here you can find citations already created for the entire collection and for each individual record or image.  

Collection citation:

"Ohio, Deaths, 1908-1953." Database with Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2016. Index based upon data collected by the Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City.

Record citation (or citation for the index entry):

The citation for a record is available with each record in this collection, at the bottom of the record screen. You can search records in this collection by visiting the search page for Ohio Deaths, 1908-1953.

Image citation:

The image citation is available by clicking on the Information tab at the bottom left of the screen. You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Ohio Deaths, 1908-1953.


How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki?

We welcome user additions to FamilySearch Historical Records wiki articles. We are looking for additional information that will help readers understand the topic and better use the available records. We also need translations for collection titles and images in articles about records written in languages other than English. For specific needs, please visit WikiProject FamilySearch Records.

Please follow these guidelines as you make changes. Thank you for any contributions you may provide.