Ohio Cuyahoga County Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)
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Ohio, Cuyahoga County Records, 1880-1950
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|Cuyahoga, Ohio, United States|
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|Location of Cuyahoga County, Ohio|
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|Record Type||County Records|
- 1 What is in This Collection?
- 2 What Can These Records Tell Me?
- 3 Collection Content
- 4 How Do I Search This Collection?
- 5 What Do I Do Next?
- 6 Citing This Collection
- 7 How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki?
What is in This Collection?
The collection consists of the following types of records from the Cuyahoga County courthouse in Cleveland:
- Birth affidavits (1860 -1908)
- Delayed birth registrations and corrections (1873 -1908)
- Voter Registration/List of Electors (1890 -1900)
County officials, usually the county clerk, began keeping records from the time the county was formed. This collection is being published as images become available.
To Browse This Collection
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What Can These Records Tell Me?
The birth affidavits and the delayed birth registrations and corrections both vary in content from a simple form or court statement to detailed letters. They were used to add given names, correct spellings or dates, or correct names that had been changed in court. Some simply state that the child has turned 15 and graduated from 6th or 8th grade for a work permit or to quit school. Some are given to provide proof of citizenship for children who returned to Europe with their parents.
The Delayed Birth Registrations and Corrections relate to the Cleveland City Birth Records. The corrections should appear on the City Records themselves, but the documentation for the changes were filed separately as Delayed Birth Registrations and Corrections.
Information may include:
- Child’s name
- Birth date
- Birth place
- Child’s gender
- Parents' names
- Parents' residence
- Parents' birth place
- Parents’ age
- Father’s occupation
- Number of children of mother
The Voter Registrations/List of Electors is a listing of those eligible to vote by alphabetical order with wards and precincts. The biographical information found in the List of Electors is:
- Name of voter
- Used as proof of American citizenship
Each type of record within the county was created for a different purpose.
- Delayed birth records were created to formalize a birth record where none previously existed or to change information on an existing birth record
- Voter registrations/ List of Electors were created to track those were eligible to vote and to ensure their right to vote
- The birth and marriage records are usually reliable depending upon the reliability of the informant. Voter records are usually reliable however, there have been cases of fictitious names included in the registers
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
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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?
- Search for vital records such as birth, marriage, and death
- 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 census records
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, or even initials
- Consult the Ohio Record Finder to find other records
The following articles will help you in your research for your family in the state of Ohio.
Citing This Collection
Citations help you keep track of places you have searched and sources you have found. Identifying your sources helps others find the records you used.
- Collection Citation
- "Ohio, Cuyahoga County Records, 1880-1950." Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : 21 October 2016. Citing Department of Health, Division of Vital Statistics. County Courthouse, Cleveland.
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