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

County Facts
County seat: Cleveland
Organized: May 1, 1810[1]
Parent County(s): Geauga
Neighboring Counties
Lorain  • Medina  • Summit  • Portage  • Geauga  • Lake
See County Maps
Courthouse
Ohio, Cuyahoga County Courthouse.jpg
Location Map
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Adoption

County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The county was named after the Iroquoian word Cuyahoga, which means 'crooked river'. The name is also assigned to the Cuyahoga River, which bisects the county. It is located in the North-Central area of the state.[2]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Cuyahoga County Courthouse
1200 Ontario Street
Cleveland, OH 44113
Phone: 216-443-7950
Cuyahoga County Courthouse

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[3]

Cuyahoga County, Ohio Record Dates[edit | edit source]

Information for this chart was taken from various sources, often containing conflicting dates. This information should be taken as a guide and should be verified by contacting the county and/or the state government agency.

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[4]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1859 1810 1868 1823 1810 1810 1820
Statewide registration for births and deaths started in 1908. General compliance year is unknown.

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

Populated Places[edit | edit source]

For a complete list of populated places, including small neighborhoods and suburbs, visit Hometown Locator. Hometown Locator The following are the most historically and genealogically relevant populated places in Cuyahoga County: [6]

Cities
Villages
Townships


History Timeline[edit | edit source]

Resources[edit | edit source]

Bible Records[edit | edit source]

For an extensive list of resources for Bible Records see Ohio Bible Records.

Biographies[edit | edit source]

Business, Commerce, and Occupations[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries of Cuyahoga County, Ohio online and in print
Tombstone Transcriptions Online
Tombstone Transcriptions in Print (Often more complete)
List of Cemeteries in the County
See Ohio Cemeteries for more information.

Census Records[edit | edit source]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1810 1,459
1820 6,328 333.7%
1830 10,373 63.9%
1840 26,506 155.5%
1850 48,099 81.5%
1860 78,033 62.2%
1870 132,010 69.2%
1880 196,943 49.2%
1890 309,970 57.4%
1900 439,120 41.7%
1910 637,425 45.2%
1920 943,495 48.0%
1930 1,201,455 27.3%
1940 1,217,250 1.3%
1950 1,389,532 14.2%
1960 1,647,895 18.6%
1970 1,721,300 4.5%
1980 1,498,400 −12.9%
1990 1,412,140 −5.8%
2000 1,393,978 −1.3%
2010 1,280,122 −8.2%
Source: "Wikipedia.org".

1930 Cuyahoga Census at Cuyahoga County, Ohio Genealogy and History

Church Records[edit | edit source]

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, see Ohio Church Records.

Catholic

Jewish

Lutheran

Cleveland Churches, General

Court Records[edit | edit source]

Directories[edit | edit source]

Emigration and Immigration[edit | edit source]

Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups[edit | edit source]

Jewish

Germans

Funeral Homes[edit | edit source]

Genealogies[edit | edit source]

Guardianship[edit | edit source]

Land and Property Records[edit | edit source]

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.

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Local histories are available for this county. County histories may include biographies, church, school and government history, and military information. For more information about local histories, see Ohio Local Histories.

  • History of Cuyahoga County, Ohio: in three parts, general history of the county, history of Cleveland, history of the townships, with portraits and biographical sketches of its prominent men and pioneers. By Chrisfield Johnson. (Cleveland, Ohio: D.W. Ensign Co, Leader Print. Co., 1879) Online at: FamilySearch Digital Library.
  • A History of Cleveland: Its Settlement, Rise, and Progress, 1796-1896. Online at FamilySearch Digital Library
  • History of Strongsville, Cuyahoga County, Ohio; with illustrations. Berea, Ohio. Republican Printing Company, 1901. Online at: FamilySearch Digital Library
  • Memorial record of the county of Cuyahoga and city of Cleveland, Ohio, Illustrated. The Lewis Publishing Company, Chicago, 1894. Online at: FamilySearch Digital Library
  • A history of Cuyahoga County and the city of Cleveland; v. 01. The American Historical Society, Chicago and New York, 1924. Online at: FamilySearch Digital Library
  • Cuyahoga Falls sesquicentennial, 1812-1962. Online at: FamilySeach Digital Library.
  • Ohio Indexes at EveryNameIndex.com — Select the county.

Maps and Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

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for more resources

Migration[edit | edit source]

Military Records[edit | edit source]

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.

-1st Regiment, Ohio Light Artillery, Batteries B, E, and G
-1st Regiment, Ohio Infantry
  • Company E, also known as the Cleveland Grays
  • Company F, also known as the Hibernian Guards
-41st Regiment, Ohio Infantry, Companies A, D, E, H, I, and K
-54th Regiment, Ohio Infantry, Company H
-107th Regiment, Ohio Infantry - many men in this regiment were immigrant Germans from Cleveland and Cuyahoga County. Companies B and E were raised in Cuyahoga County.

World War I

Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

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

For more Ohio newspaper information see Ohio Newspapers and Obituaries.

Obituaries[edit | edit source]

Other Records[edit | edit source]

Periodicals[edit | edit source]

Probate Records[edit | edit source]

From 1797 or the creation of the county, probate records were held by the Court of Common Pleas. After 1852, records are held by the Cuyahoga County Probate Court. Records include wills, estates, guardianships, naturalizations, marriage, adoption, and birth and death records (1867-1908 only). The records may give the decedent's date of death, name of spouse, children, parents, siblings, in-laws, neighbors, associates, relatives, and their place of residence.

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

Online Probate Records

School Records[edit | edit source]

Courtesy of the Cleveland Public Library Digital Gallery:

Social Security Records[edit | edit source]

Tax Records[edit | edit source]

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.

Vital Records[edit | edit source]

Vital records consist of birth, death, marriage and divorce records. Marriages were usually recorded from the formation of the county and are held at the office of the County Probate Court. Divorce records are located with the county Clerk of Courts.

Any existing birth and death records from 1867 through December 19, 1908 are located at the County 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 History Connection houses death records from December 20, 1908 through December 31, 1953.

Birth[edit | edit source]

Marriage[edit | edit source]

Death[edit | edit source]

Divorce[edit | edit source]

Research Facilities[edit | edit source]

Archives[edit | edit source]

Listed below are archives in Cuyahoga County. For state-wide archival repositories, see Ohio Archives and Libraries.
Cuyahoga County Archives
2905 Franklin Blvd
Cleveland, OH 44113
216-443-7250
Website

Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance, free access to center-only databases, and to premium genealogical websites.
FamilySearch Affiliate Libraries have access to most center-only databases, but may not always have full services normally provided by a family history center.

Local Centers and Libraries

Libraries[edit | edit source]

Listed below are libraries in Cuyahoga County. For state-wide library facilities, see Ohio Archives and Libraries.

Cuyahoga County Public Library
2111 Snow Rd
Parma OH 44134
216-398-1800
Website

Cleveland Public Library
325 Superior Ave E
Cleveland, OH 44114
216-623-2800
Website

Case Western Reserve University
10900 Euclid Ave
Cleveland, OH 44106
216-368-2000
Website

Lakewood Public Library
15425 Detroit Ave
Lakewood, OH 44107
216-226-8275
Website

Museums[edit | edit source]

African-American Museum
1765 Crawford Rd
Cleveland, OH 44106
216-721-6555
Website
Facebook

Maltz Museum of Jewish History
2929 Richmond Rd
Beachwood, OH 44122
216-593-0575
E-mail:info@mmjh.org
Website

Ukrainian Museum-Archives
1202 Kenilworth Ave
Cleveland, OH 44113
216-781-4329
Website

South Euclid-Lyndhurst Historical Society and Museum
Telling Estate Gatehouse
4629 Mayfield Rd
South Euclid, OH, 44121-4018
216-970-2333
Email: info@SE-Lhistory.org
Website

Societies[edit | edit source]

Listed below are societies in Cuyahoga County. For state-wide genealogical societies, see Ohio Societies.

Western Reserve Historical Society
Research Library in the History Center
10825 East Blvd
Cleveland, Ohio 44106
216-721-5722
FamilySearch Wiki
Website

Berea Historical Society
118 East Bridge St
PO Box 173
Berea, OH 44017
440-243-2541
Email:bereahistory@att.net
Website

Cleveland Heights Historical Society
P.O. Box 18337
Cleveland Heights, OH 44118
Email: heightshistory@gmail.com
Website

Greater Cleveland Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 40254
Cleveland, OH 44140-0254
Email: GCGS1972@gmail.com
Website

Lakewood Historical Society
13314 Detroit Ave
Lakewood, OH 44107
216-221-7343
Email: https://www.lakewoodhistory.org
Website

Shaker Heights Historical Society
16740 South Park Blvd
Shaker Heights, OH 44120
216-921-1201 or 800-860-6078
Website

Slavic Village Historical Society
6804 Lansing Ave
Cleveland, OH 44105
216-271-0691
Website

Westlake Historical Society
1371-A Clague Rd
Westlake, OH 44145
216-848-0680
Email: claguemuseum@yahoo.com
Website

North Olmsted Historical Society
Frostville Museum
24101 Cedarpoint Rd
North Olmstead, OH
E-mail:frostvillecindy@gmail.com
Website

Cleveland Police Historical Society and Museum
1300 Ontario St
Cleveland, OH 44113
216-623-5055
Website

Websites[edit | edit source]

Research Guides[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Cuyahoga County, Ohio," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cuyahoga_County,_Ohio, accessed 8 November 2018.
  2. http://genealogytrails.com/ohio/cuyahoga/ accessed 2/14/2017
  3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Ohio.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  4. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Ohio.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  5. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Ohio.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  6. Wikipedia contributors, "Cuyahoga County, Ohio," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cuyahoga_County,_Ohio, accessed 8 November 2018.