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=== How To Use This Record ===
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== Collection Time Period  ==
  
County death records are the best source prior to 1908 of death information. When provided, use birth date and birth place information of the deceased to find earlier records of the deceased and his or her family. Use the names of parents, the place of residence, occupation, and marital status of the deceased as clues to find other records. The informant could be a child, parent, or spouse of the deceased.&nbsp;<span id="fck_dom_range_temp_1238549525694_355" />&nbsp;
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The counties of Ohio have kept death records from 1867 to the present.  
  
=== Why This Record Was Created ===
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== Record History  ==
  
Ohio counties began recording deaths to track public health issues.&nbsp;
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Counties in Ohio generally began keeping death records in 1867, when the state required all deaths to be recorded. Physicians and undertakers in cities and townships sent the death records to the county probate court. On December 20, 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, if not all counties, also have kept copies of death certificates from 1908 to the present. Most deaths were recorded because of the legal requirement for registration.  
  
=== Record History ===
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=== Why the Record Was Created  ===
  
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, if not all counties, also maintain copies of death certificates from 1908 to the present.&nbsp;
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Ohio counties began recording deaths to track public health issues.  
  
=== Record Description ===
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=== Record Reliability  ===
  
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.&nbsp;
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The information recorded about the death is usually reliable, including the death date and residence. The accuracy of other information depends on the reliability and the memory of the informant, who was often a family member. There was always a chance that the information given was incorrect or that it was recorded incorrectly.  
  
=== Record Coverage ===
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== Record Description  ==
  
County death records were kept from 1867 to the present.&nbsp;
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Before 1908 county death records were recorded in register books, with multiple entries on a page. Then in 1908, these records were replaced by certificates that were created by the counties and then sent to the state Department of Health. The copies held by the counties are in bound books, with two certificates on a page, and printed front and back. The certificates may have been either handwritten or typed. Death records are generally well preserved, but fire may have destroyed some records.  
  
Many and probably most deaths in the counties were recorded because of the legal requirement for registration.
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=== Record Content  ===
  
=== Record Content ===
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County death entries include the following genealogical information:
  
Genealogical facts in county death entries are:
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*Death date
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*Residence, including township, county, and state
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*Birthplace (sometimes included)
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*Name (maiden name was sometimes included for married women)
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*Parents’ names (sometimes included)
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*Cause of death  
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*Occupation
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*Marital status
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*Occupation
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*Name of the informant
  
*Date of death
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== How To Use the Record  ==
*Residence at time of death, including township, county, and state
 
*Sometimes, birthplace of deceased
 
*Name of deceased, including sometimes maiden names for married women
 
*Sometimes the parents' names
 
*Cause of death
 
*Occupation of deceased
 
*Marital status of deceased
 
*Occupation of deceased
 
*Name of informant
 
  
=== Record Reliability ===
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County death records are the best source prior to 1908 of death information. When provided, use birth date and birth place information of the deceased to find earlier records of the deceased and his or her family. Use the names of parents, the place of residence, occupation, and marital status of the deceased as clues to find other records. The informant could be a child, parent, or spouse of the deceased.&nbsp;<span id="fck_dom_range_temp_1238549525694_355" />&nbsp;
  
The death date, residence, and other facts that were current at the time the death occurred are quite reliable, though there is the chance of misinformation. Other data, such as date and place of birth, have more chance of error due to the lack of knowledge of the informant, transcription errors, and other circumstances.
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== Related Websites  ==
  
=== Bibliographic Information ===
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This section of the article is incomplete. You can help FamilySearch Wiki by supplying links to related websites here.
  
Ohio, Probate Court ([County Name]). Death records, [date range]. From URL, date accessed or downloaded. Digital reference number, name of person, event place (if any), death date. Example: Ohio, Probate Court (Harrison County). Death records, 1867-1941. From FamilySearch (www.familysearch.org), Feburary 9, 2007. Elizabeth Essick, died 1 Dec 1879.<br><br>Ohio, Probate Court ([County Name]). Birth and death records, [date range]. Salt Lake City: Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, [filming dates]. Microfilm number, page number, entry number (if any), name of person, event place (if any), death date.<br>
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== Related Wiki Articles  ==
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== Sources of This Collection  ==
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Collection Time Period

The counties of Ohio have kept death records from 1867 to the present.

Record History

Counties in Ohio generally began keeping death records in 1867, when the state required all deaths to be recorded. Physicians and undertakers in cities and townships sent the death records to the county probate court. On December 20, 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, if not all counties, also have kept copies of death certificates from 1908 to the present. Most deaths were recorded because of the legal requirement for registration.

Why the Record Was Created

Ohio counties began recording deaths to track public health issues.

Record Reliability

The information recorded about the death is usually reliable, including the death date and residence. The accuracy of other information depends on the reliability and the memory of the informant, who was often a family member. There was always a chance that the information given was incorrect or that it was recorded incorrectly.

Record Description

Before 1908 county death records were recorded in register books, with multiple entries on a page. Then in 1908, these records were replaced by certificates that were created by the counties and then sent to the state Department of Health. The copies held by the counties are in bound books, with two certificates on a page, and printed front and back. The certificates may have been either handwritten or typed. Death records are generally well preserved, but fire may have destroyed some records.

Record Content

County death entries include the following genealogical information:

  • Death date
  • Residence, including township, county, and state
  • Birthplace (sometimes included)
  • Name (maiden name was sometimes included for married women)
  • Parents’ names (sometimes included)
  • Cause of death
  • Occupation
  • Marital status
  • Occupation
  • Name of the informant

How To Use the Record

County death records are the best source prior to 1908 of death information. When provided, use birth date and birth place information of the deceased to find earlier records of the deceased and his or her family. Use the names of parents, the place of residence, occupation, and marital status of the deceased as clues to find other records. The informant could be a child, parent, or spouse of the deceased.  

Related Websites

This section of the article is incomplete. You can help FamilySearch Wiki by supplying links to related websites here.

Related Wiki Articles

Sources of This Collection

Ohio, Probate Court ([County Name]). Death records, [date range]. From URL, date accessed or downloaded. Digital reference number, name of person, event place (if any), death date. Example: Ohio, Probate Court (Harrison County). Death records, 1867-1941. From FamilySearch (www.familysearch.org), Feburary 9, 2007. Elizabeth Essick, died 1 Dec 1879.

Ohio, Probate Court ([County Name]). Birth and death records, [date range]. Salt Lake City: Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, [filming dates]. Microfilm number, page number, entry number (if any), name of person, event place (if any), death date.

How to Cite Your Sources

Instructions for citing this source can be found at: How to Cite FamilySearch Collections




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