Ohio, Summit County, Coroner Inquests, Hospital and Cemetery Records - FamilySearch Historical Records
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Record Description[edit | edit source]
The collection consists of the following records:
- Edwin Shaw Hospital admittance cards (1915-1947)
- Edwin Shaw Hospital employment cards (1915-1940)
- Edwin Shaw Hospital and Briar Hill Cemetery burial permits (1915-1947)
- Coroner's inquest books (1882-1922)
The hospital was was originally named Springfield Lake Sanatorium. It was renamed Edwin Shaw Sanatorium in Auguast 1934 in honor of one of the long term Trustees of the hospital.
The Briar Hill Cemetery is located on the Edwin Shaw Hospital grounds and was established for the Tuberculosis patients. However, not all patients that passed away at the Hospital are buried at the cemetery. The cemetery does not have headstones. There are numbers on concrete at each grave. A list of the patients buried at Briar Hill Cemetery is available at the office of the Summit County Executive in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio.
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- Ohio. Summit County, Coroner's, Hospital and Cemetery Records. Summit County Records Center, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio. FHL digital images. Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah.
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The following information is generally found in these records:
- Dates of death and burial
- Frequently, birth date of the deceased
- City, county, and state of death
- Name and location of the cemetery where buried
- Frequently, the country or state and sometimes the town and county of birth for the deceased
- Frequently, the country or state and sometimes the town and county of birth for the parents
- Name of the deceased
- Married name of spouse
- Names of parents, often with maiden surname of the mother
- Name of the informant, who is often a child or other family member
- Age of the deceased usually in years, months, and days
- Sex of the deceased
- Residence or address of the deceased, often including length of residence at that place or in the United States, if foreign-born
- Whether the deceased was single, married, widowed, or divorced at the time of death
- Occupation of the deceased
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- Earlier records may not contain as much information as the records created after the late 1800s.
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Record History[edit | edit source]
The county began recording vital events in accordance with state law.
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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“Ohio Summit County, Coroner's, Hospital and Cemetery Records,” digital images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org: accessed 17 March 2012), Ohio, Summit County Coroner's, Hospital and Cemetery Records 1882-1947 > Medical Records > Employment Cards, Ladiha, Marie-Zinde, Lola Alice, 1915-1947 > image 1 of 217, Marie Ladiha, 28 December 1898; citing Edwin Shaw Hospital. Employment records, Summit County Records Center, Akron.
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