Ohio, Geauga County Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Geauga, Ohio, United States
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Location of Geauga County, Ohio
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Record Description
Record Type County Archives
Collection years 1860-1970
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What is in This Collection?

The collection consists of digital images of following types of records:

  • Marriage Records (1921-1970)
  • Naturalization Records (1913-1959)
  • Naturalization Index (1959)
  • Probate Wills (1911-1921)
  • Deed Books (1887-1900)

Records are from the Geauga County Archives and Records Center. This collection is being published as images become available.

To Browse This Collection

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Ohio, Geauga County Records, 1860 - 1970.

What Can These Records Tell Me?

The record content varies by record type. It may include any of the following pieces of information:

  • Name of primary individual
  • Event date
  • Event place
  • Residence
  • Age
  • Sex
  • Names of parents
  • Biographical information about parents such as date and place of birth
  • Names of heirs, such as spouse, children, other relatives, or friends
  • Names of the executor, administrator, or guardian
  • Names of witnesses
  • Dates the documents were written and recorded (used to approximate event dates since a will was usually written near the time of death)
  • Description and value of property or land
  • Occupation

Collection Content

Coverage Map

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Sample Images

County officials began keeping records from the time the county was formed. Each type of record within the county was created for a different purpose, but most were created to keep track of the vital events happening in the lives of the citizens and to safeguard their legal interests and the legal interests of their heirs. Facts current at the time of the event are generally reliable.

For a summary of this information see the wiki article: United States, How to Use the Records Summary (FamilySearch Historical Records).

How Do I Search This Collection?

Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:

  • The name of your ancestor.
  • The date and location of the event.

View the Images

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  1. Select the Record Type, Date Range, and Volume which takes you to the images.


How Do I Analyze the Results?

Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images. Keep track of your research in a research log.

What Do I Do Next?

Indexes and transcriptions may not include all the data found in the original records. Look at the actual image of the record, if you can, to verify the information and to find additional information.

I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?

  • Copy the citation below, in case you need to find this record again later.
  • Use the age or estimated birth date to find other church and vital records such as birth, baptism, marriage, and death records.
  • Use the information found in the record to find land, probate and immigration records.
  • Use the information found in the record to find additional family members in censuses. Witnesses were usually family members.
  • Repeat this process with additional family members found, to find more generations of the family.
  • Church Records were kept years before counties began keeping records. They are a good source for finding ancestors before 1900.


I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking For, What Now?

  • If your ancestor does not have a common name, collect entries for every person who has the same surname. This list can help you find possible relatives.
  • If you cannot locate your ancestor in the locality in which you believe they lived, then try searching records of a nearby town or county.
  • Try different spellings of your ancestor’s name.
  • Remember that sometimes individuals went by nicknames or alternated between using first and middle names. Try searching for these names as well.
  • Check the info box above for additional FamilySearch websites and related websites that may assist you in finding similar records.

Citing This Collection

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Collection Citation

"Ohio, Geauga County Records, 1860-1970." Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : 20 April 2017. Geauga County Archives and Records Center, Chardon.

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