Ohio Cuyahoga County Records - FamilySearch Historical Records

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Access the records: Ohio, Cuyahoga County Records, 1880-1950 .

Collection Time Period[edit | edit source]

This collection includes records for the years 1880 to 1950.

Record Description[edit | edit source]

The collection consists of the following types of records from the Cuyahoga County courthouse in Cleveland:

  • Birth affidavits
  • Delayed birth registrations and corrections
  • Marriage records
  • Voter registrations

This collection is being published as images become available.

Record Content[edit | edit source]

The biographical information found in the delayed birth records is:

  • Child’s name
  • Birth date
  • Birth place
  • Child’s gender
  • Parents' names
  • Parents' residence
  • Mother’s age
  • Father’s occupation
  • Number of children of mother

The biographical information found in the marriage records is:

  • Names of bride and groom
  • Marriage date
  • Marriage place
  • Ages or birth dates
  • Birth place of bride and groom
  • Occupations
  • Parents' names

The biographical information found in the voter registrations is:

  • Name of voter
  • Address

How to Use the Record[edit | edit source]

To begin your search it is helpful to know the following:

  • The place where the birth, marriage, or death occurred
  • The approximate date the event occurred
  • The name of the individual or individuals such as the names of the bride and groom, the infant, or the deceased

Identify the record to be searched[edit | edit source]

From the Record Description list, identify the kind of record you would like to search births, marriages, or voter registrations) and click on the title link to select it.

Find the image[edit | edit source]

Start searching individual images or pages that you have listed. Compare the information in the records to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct person. You may need to compare the information of more than one person to make this determination.

Using the Information[edit | edit source]

When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details. Add this new information to your records of each family. The information may also lead you to other records about your ancestors. The following examples show ways you can use the information:

  • Use the marriage date and place as the basis for compiling a new family group or for verifying existing information.
  • Use the birth date or age along with the place of birth of each partner to find a couple's birth records and parents' names.
  • Use the residence and names of the parents to locate census, church, and land records.
  • Use the occupations listed to find other types of records such as employment or military records.
  • Use the parents' birth places to find former residences and to establish a migration pattern for the family.
  • The name of the officiator at the event may be a clue to their religion or area of residence in the county.
  • Use a marriage number to identify previous marriages.
  • The name of the undertaker or mortuary could lead you to funeral and cemetery records which often include the names and residences of other family members.
  • Compile the entries for every person who has the same surname as the bride or groom; this is especially helpful in rural areas or if the surname is unusual.
  • Continue to search the records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives who may have been born, married, or died in the same county or nearby. This can help you identify other generations of your family or even the second marriage of a parent. Repeat this process for each new generation you identify.
  • When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.

Tips to Keep in Mind[edit | edit source]

  • When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.
  • Earlier records may not contain as much information as the records created after the late 1800s.
  • There is also some variation in the information given from one record to another record.

If you are unable to find the ancestors you are looking for, try the following:

  • Check for variant spellings of the surnames.
  • Check for an index. There are often indexes at the beginning of each volume.
  • Search the indexes and records of nearby counties.

Record History[edit | edit source]

County officials, usually the county clerk, began keeping records from the time the county was formed.

Why the Record Was Created[edit | edit source]

Each type of record within the county was created for a different purpose.

Delayed birth records created to formalize a birth record where none previously existed or to change information on an existing birth record.

Marriage records were created to legalize marital relationships and to safeguard the interest of the wife and other heirs.

Voter registrations were created to track those were eligible to vote and to ensure their right to vote.

Record Reliability[edit | edit source]

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.

Known Issues with This Collection[edit | edit source]

For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection, please read the Wiki Known Issues article. If you encounter additional problems, feel free to report them at support@familysearch.org. Please include the full path to the link and a description of the problem in your e-mail. Your assistance will help ensure that future reworks will be considered.
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Related Wiki Articles[edit | edit source]

Cuyahoga County, Ohio Genealogy

Contributions to This Article[edit | edit source]

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Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections[edit | edit source]

When you copy information from the record, you should list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find th record again. It is also good to keep track of records where you do not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records.

A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched in found in the Wiki Article: Help:How to Create Source Citations for FamilySearch Historical Records Collections.

Examples of Source Citations for a Record in This Collection[edit | edit source]

"Ohio, Cuyahoga County Records" images, FamilySearch (https://www.familysearch.org: accessed 29 September 2011). entry for Wilbur Eugene Allgire, born January 22, 1908; citing County Records; Cuyahoga County Archives, Cleveland Ohio, United States.

Sources of Information for This Collection[edit | edit source]

"Ohio, Cuyahoga County Records, 1880-1950." FamilySearch (https://www.familysearch.org) Cuyahoga County Archives, Cleveland, Ohio. FHL digital images. Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah.