Cuyahoga County, Ohio Genealogy

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Guide to Cuyahoga County Ohio genealogy. Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

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Cuyahoga County, Ohio
Map of Ohio highlighting Cuyahoga County
Location in the state of Ohio
Map of the U.S. highlighting Ohio
Location of Ohio in the U.S.
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Address Cuyahoga County Courthouse
1219 Ontario St.
Cleveland, Ohio 44113-1603
Cuyahoga County Website
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Historical Facts

Beginning dates for major county records
*For earlier dates, try... Church | Obituaries | Cemeteries
  • Parent Counties: Formed from Geauga County 10 February 1808.[1]
  • County Seat: Cleveland
  • Neighboring Counties: Cuyahoga County, Ohio Genealogy residents may also have records in [2]Medina (south) · Geauga (east) · Summit (southeast) · Lorain (west)

Boundary Changes

See an interactive map of Cuyahoga County boundary changes.

Record Loss


Cuyahoga County Resources

Bible Records

Bible Records Index


Biographical Sketch Name Index


Cemetery records often reveal birth, marriage, death, relationship, military, and religious information.

Online Grave Transcripts Published Grave Transcripts County Cemetery Directories

Family History Library


Names in Stone


Billion Graves

Billion Graves


Ohio Gravestones

Names in Stone

See Ohio Cemeteries for more information.


1930 Cuyahoga Census Abstract(partial)

Church Records

Church records and the information they provide vary significantly depending on the denomination and the record keeper. They may contain information about members of the congregation, such as age, date of baptism, christening, or birth; marriage information and maiden names; and death date. For general information about Ohio denominations, view the Ohio Church Records wiki page.

  • 1796–2004 Ohio, Diocese of Toledo, Catholic Parish Records, 1796-2004 at FamilySearch Historical Records – free. This collection includes images of parish registers recording the events of baptism, first communion, confirmation, marriage, and death in the Diocese of Toledo (Ohio), Roman Catholic Church. These records are accessed by browsing the images by county. In addition to traditional parish registers, this collection includes miscellaneous cemetery records, Books of the Elect, Professions of Faith, Sick Call registers, etc.
LDS Ward and Branch Records
  • Cleveland

Cleveland Ohio Pastors and Their Churches by Laura Hine.

Cleveland Church Histories

Cleveland Clergy to 1942 by Don O'Malley

Cleveland Jewish History

Lakewood Church Histories

St. Colman Church History ===== Finding More Church Records =====

Additional church records can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Cuyahoga County, Ohio Genealogy Church Records in online catalogs like:

City Directories

Get free access to Fold 3 by signing on through the Cuyahoga County Public Library site.
Click "Research" then "Electronic Resources A-Z" then "Genealogy" then "Fold 3" (entering your Cuyahoga County Public Library card number when asked for)
Once on the Fold 3 site, click browse, then "City Directories" then "City Directories Cleveland"

Court Records

Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas Civil and Criminal Index

Emigration and Immigration

Ethnic, Political, or Religious Groups

Archives, Libraries, and Museums
Church Records
Cemetery Records
Court Records


1906--Cleveland Street Name Changes



Cuyahoga County is located along the shores of Lake Erie in Northeast Ohio. Its largest city, Cleveland, was founded at the mouth of the Cuyahoga River in 1796 when the first of the Connecticut Land Company arrived to survey the Connecticut Western Reserve. The area grew rapidly during the Industrial Revolution as a transportation and manufacturing hub, drawing people of diverse backgrounds from around the world.
Wikipedia has more about this subject: Cuyahoga County, Ohio
Local Histories

A Book of Clevelanders

A History of Cleveland: Its Settelment, Rise, and Progress, 1796-1896 FamilySearch Books Online

Cuyahoga County American History and Genealogy Project

Cuyahoga County - The First 200 Years by Dr. Judith Cetina

CWRU Digital Books

Encyclopedia of Cleveland History

Google Books (free older books, previews of others)

The Pioneer Families of Cleveland 1796-1840 by Gertrude Van Rensselaer Wickham

Tremont History Project

Virtual Jewish History

World Vital Records  (paid site) has the following histories: (click on Ohio)

History of Cuyahoga County, Ohio (1879)
History of Cuyahoga County, Ohio (1881)
Ohio Wills & Estates to 1850 by Carol Wilsey Bell
Early Ohio Tax Records by Esther Weygand Powell - Cuyahoga Co. 1810, 1811, 1814 and 1819. Maps

1874 Atlas of Cuyahoga County

CSU Cleveland Maps

Converting pre 1906 addresses to post 1906 addresses in Cleveland

Land and Property

Land and property records can place an ancestor in a particular location, provide economic information, and reveal family relationships. Land records include: deeds, abstracts and indexes, mortgages, leases, grants and land patents.

See Ohio Land and Property for additional information about early Ohio land grants. After land was transferred to private ownership, subsequent transactions were usually recorded at the county courthouse and where records are currently housed.

Cuyahoga County Recorder's Office Deed Images

Cuyahoga County Auditor's Office



Civil War

Civil War service men from Cuyahuga County served in various regiments. Men often joined a company (within a regiment) that originated in their county. Listed below are companies that were specifically formed in Cuyahoga County.

Naturalization and Citizenship

Cuyahoga County Naturalizations

Naturalization Petitions for the U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio Eastern Division, Cleveland 1907-1946 at Fold 3 (paid site) (the old Footnote)
Get free access to Fold 3 by signing on through the Cuyahoga County Public Library site.
Click "Research" then "Electronic Resources A-Z" then "Genealogy" then "Fold 3" (entering your Cuyahoga County Public Library card number when asked for)
Once on the Fold 3 site, click browse at the top and then Naturalizations then Documents then Naturalizations Ohio Northern


Cuyahoga County, Ohio Genealogy newspapers may contain genealogical value including obituaries, births, marriages, deaths, anniversaries, family gatherings, family travel, achievements, business notices, engagement information, and probate court proceedings.

To access newspapers, contact public libraries, Ohio Genealogical Society chapters, college or university libraries, the Library of Congress, Google News, or the Ohio Historical Society. The Ohio Genealogical Society Obituary Database is another source of newspaper information.

For more Ohio newspaper information see the Newspaper Guides on the wiki page Ohio Newspapers.




Probate records created after 1852 are held by the Cuyahoga County, Ohio Genealogy Probate Court. From 1797 or the creation of the county, probate records were held by the Court of Common Pleas. Most counties transferred all records to the Probate Court, but in some circumstances, Court of Common Pleas records should be searched for records prior to 1852. Most records are housed at the Cuyahoga County, Ohio Genealogy Courthouse. Some records are on microfilm at the Ohio Genealogical Society and the Family History Library. For more complete information about the location of county probate records see:

See the wiki page Ohio Probate Records for information about how to use probate records.

Content: Probate Records may give the decedent's date of death, names of his or her spouse, children, parents, siblings, in-laws, neighbors, associates, relatives, and their place of residence.

Record types: Wills, estates, guardianships, naturalizations, marriage, adoption, and birth and death records (1867-1908 only).

Cuyahoga County Wills and Estates Index (with directions and link to Family Search where you can see actual images of the documents)

Wiki articles describing collections are found at:

Public Records



Cuyahoga County Courthouse
1200 Ontario Street
Cleveland, OH 44113
Phone: 216.443.7950 

Probate Court has birth records 1859-1901 and death records
1868-1908; Western Reserve Historical Society has marriage
records 1810-1941 and tax revenues 1819-1869; Marriage License
Bureau has marriage records from 1810; County Courthouse has
naturalization records 1818-1906 and probate records from 1810;
Clerk Court has divorce records 1837-1925; County Administration
Building  has land records from 1810[1]

A wiki article describing an online collection is found at:

Ohio Cuyahoga County Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)

Family History Centers


School Records

Courtesy of the Cleveland Public Library:


Ohio tax records complement land records and can be used in place of censuses before 1820 or to supplement the years between censuses. Because only persons who owned taxable property were listed, many residents were not included in tax lists. There may also be gaps of several years in the tax records of some counties. For more information see the wiki page Ohio Taxation.

Finding More Tax Records

Additional tax records can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Cuyahoga County, Ohio Genealogy Tax Records in online catalogs like:

Vital Records

Vital records consist of birth, death, marriage and divorce records. Although Ohio enacted a statute in 1856 -1857 requiring registration of births, deaths and marriages, many counties did not comply. A second law was written in 1867 but, again, was not always followed. By 1908, the law was more clearly defined and kept. Any existing birth and death records from 1867 through December 19, 1908 are located at the Cuyahoga County, Ohio Genealogy Probate Court. The Ohio Department of Health has birth records filed after December 20, 1908 and death records filed after January 1, 1954 while the Ohio Historical Society houses death records from December 20, 1908 through December 31, 1953.

Original marriage records are held at the office of the Cuyahoga County, Ohio Genealogy Probate Court with divorce records located with the Cuyahoga County, Ohio Genealogy Clerk of Courts.

See also How to order Ohio Vital Records or order vital records electronically online.

  • Cuyahoga County Birth Returns 1871-1908 - located at Fold 3 (paid site) (the old Footnote)
  • Get free access to Fold 3 by signing on through the Cuyahoga County Public Library site
    Click "Research" then "Electronic Resources A-Z" then "Genealogy" then "Fold 3" (entering your Cuyahoga County Public Library card number when asked for)
    Once on the Fold 3 site, click browse at the top and then vital records and choose "Cuyahoga County Birth Returns"
  • Coroner Case Files--1833-1900
  • Ohio Deaths 1854-1997 (Index only)
  • Ohio Deaths, 1908-1953 Free name indexes and images at [h FamilySearch]. Records include such information as birth date of deceased, city, county, and state of death, name of spouse if married, names of parents, maiden name of mother, name of informant, if deceased was single, married, windowed or divorced, occupation of deceased.
  • Ohio Death Certificates 1954-present (how to obtain them)


Voter Registration

1893-1899 Cleveland Voter Registration

1907 Cleveland Voter Registration

Web Sites


Populated Places





  1. 1.0 1.1 Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), [FHL book 973 D27e 2002]. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "HBG" defined multiple times with different content
  2. Wikipedia contributors, "Cuyahoga County, Ohio" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at,_Ohio (accessed 10 May 2012).
  3. Carol Willsey Bell, Ohio Wills and Estates to 1850: An Index (Columbus, Ohio: the author, 1981). FamilySearch Books Online - Free online copy.

Wiki articles describing these collections are found at: