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Genealogy Resources

Some Records That May Be of Assistance In A Genealogy Search…
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    For copies of births that occurred anywhere in the State of Ohio

    For copies from 1909 – Present for deaths occurring in Lake County

 

Mailing Address:

     Lake County General Health District

     33 Mill St

     Painesville OH 44077

Physical Address:

     One Victoria Square, Suite 215

     Painesville, OH 44077

     (440) 350-2549

     Website: www.lcghd.org

     Fee:    $21.50 per certified copy


For births and deaths occurring in the State of Ohio

Bureau of Vital Statistics

Ohio Department of Health

P.O. Box 118

Columbus OH 43216-0118

(614) 466-2531

Website: www.odh.ohio.gov

Fee:  $21.50 per certified copy –  Include a self addressed stamped envelope.

Check for other prices on searches of records.

The State Office has death records that occurred after December 31, 1963 

 

Death records that occurred December 20, 1908 – December 31, 1963 can be

obtained by contacting:

Ohio Historical Society

Archives Library Division

800 E 17th Ave

Columbus OH 43211

(614) 297-2300

Website: www.ohiohistory.org

 

For copies from 1867 – 1909 for births and deaths occurring in Lake County

Lake County Probate Offices

Lake County Court House

P. O. Box 490

Painesville OH 44077                            

Phone: (440) 350-2626

Website: www2.lakecountyohio.org/probate/

Check for prices and self-addressed stamped envelope.

 

Lake County Historical Society           

415 Riverside Dr

Painesville OH 44077

(440) 639-2945

Website: www.lakehistory.org

Check for prices and self-addressed stamped envelope.

 

Western Reserve Historical Society

10825 East Blvd.

Cleveland, OH 44106

 Phone: (216) 721-5722

Website: www.wrhs.org

Check for prices and self-addressed stamped envelope.

 

Kirtland Family History Center (LDS)

8751 Kirtland Road

Kirtland, OH 44094                                 

Phone: (440) 256-8808

Check for prices and self-addressed stamped envelope.

 

Morley Library                      

184 Phelps Street

Painesville, OH 44077                           

Phone:  (440) 357-3383
Website: www.morleylibrary.org

 

 Check for prices and self-addressed stamped envelope.

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Geauga County Probate Offices          

Court House

Chardon, OH 44024

 

Phone: (440) 279-1830

Website: www.co.geauga.oh.us/

 

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    SUPERINTENDENT OF DOCUMENTS

U. S. GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE

WASHINGTON, D.C.  20402

(202) 512-1800

Website: www.gpo.gov/

 

Birth, death, divorce and marriage certificates are not available from the Superintendent of Documents.  However, some publications to assist you in searching genealogical records are sold by this office:

_____     Guide to Genealogical Records in the National Archives (S/N 022-002-00016-3)…. $2.50

_____     Where to write for Birth and Death Records (S/N 017-022-00618-9)- – $0.70 cents

_____     Where to write for Divorce Records (S/N 017-022-00617-1)- – – – -$0.70 cents

_____     Where to write for Marriage Records (S/N 017-022-00619-7) – – – – – $0.70 cents

Enclosed find $____________(check, money order).  Please send _________ copies.

 

MAIL ORDER FORM TO:                SUPERINTENDENT OF DOCUMENTS

U. S. GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE

WASHINGTON, D.C.  20204

 

 

 

NAME _____________________________________________________________________________

 

STREET ADDRESS _________________________________________________________________

 

CITY AND STATE ___________________________________ZIP ____________________________

 

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RECORDS OF GENEALOGICAL INTEREST IN LAKE COUNTY, OHIO

 

Lake County, OH General Web:  Genealogy and history databases, director links   www.rootsweb.com/~ohlake/

Birth Records:

 

1867 to December 31, 1908 –  (sporadically done) Probate Court, index card file, 2 large ledgers.

$2.00 certified and $0.25 uncertified.

 

January 1, 1909 to present – Lake County General Health District, Department of Vital Statistics, 33 Mill Street, Painesville,    OH 44077  (440) 350-2549.  Certified copies only – $21.50 each.

 

January 1, 1909 to present – Ohio Department of Health, Division of Vital Statistics, P.O. Box 118, Columbus, OH 43216-0118.  Certified copies only – $21.50 each.

 

Death Records:

 

1867 to December 31, 1908 (sporadically done) Probate Count, index card file & 2 large ledgers.  $2.00 certified and $0.25 uncertified.

January 1, 1909 to present – Lake County General Health District, Department of Vital Statistics, 33 Mill Street, Painesville, OH 44077  (440) 350-2549.  Certified copies only – $21.50 each.

January 1, 1964 to present – Ohio Department of Health, Division of Vital Statistics, P.O. Box 118, Columbus, OH 43216-0118.  Certified copies only – $21.50 each.

January 1, 1909 through 1963 – Ohio Historical Society, 1985 Velma Ave., Columbus, OH 43211 (self-service @$0.25 each).  Mail $6.00 each plus SASE (self-addressed stamped envelope) (Also at Trumbull, Stark & Summit county libraries. )

January 1, 1909 through 1944 – Youngstown Historical Center of Industry and Labor Archives – Library, 151 W. Wood Street, Youngstown, OH  44501-0533 – (self-service only $0.25 each).

1964 to present – Division of Vital Statistics, Ohio Department of Health, P.O. Box 118, Columbus, OH 43216-0118.

 

Marriage Records:

Pre-1840 in Geauga County.

1840 – Current – Indices, Applications and Returns – Marriage License Department, Probate Court, First Floor 25 N. Park Place, Painesville, OH 44077  (440) 350-2784 – $0.25 each page.  Vol. A – C have applications in separate volume from returns.

Indices for Volumes A – C (1840 – 1865) and D – K and 12 (1904) at Morley Library.

 

 Divorce Records:

 1840 – Current – Domestic Relations Division of Court of Common Pleas, basement, Lake County Court House Annex, 25 North Park Place, Painesville, OH  44077  (440) 350-2708.  $0.25 per page.

 

Wills and Estates:

 1840 – Current – Indices, Will Books and Estate Packets – Probate Court, First Floor, 25 North Park Place, Painesville, OH  44077  (440) 350-2626.   $0.25 per page.

Law Suits and Criminal Proceedings:

1840 – Current – Court of Common Pleas, 25 North Park Place, Painesville, OH 44077  (440) 350-2657.

 

 

Naturalization:

1840 – 1906 – Probate Court, 25 North Park Place, Painesville, OH 44077.  $0.25 per page (may be 1 to 8 pages)

 

1910 – 1975 – Court of Common Pleas,  (in person only) $0.25 per page (may be 1 to 8 pages)

 

1910 – 1975 – Microfilm at Morley Library

 

1840 – 1975 – Abstract at www.rootsweb.com/~ohlcgs/   Index cards for Probate & Common Pleas, Lake County Courthouse Annex – in person only,  Microfilm of cards are at Morley Library.

 

 

Tax Records – Real and Personal:

 1840 – Current – Lake County Treasurer’s Office, 105 Main Street, Painesville, OH 44077  (440) 350-2516.

 

 

Deed Records:

1836 – Current – Indices to Deeds, Deed Records, Mortgages, Liens, Releases, etc.  Recent ones are computerized.  Lake County Recorder’s Office, 105 Main Street, Painesville, OH 44077  (440) 350-2510.  $1.00 per page.

 

Pre 1836 – Geauga County

 

Pre 1836 Copied Indices – Lake County Historical Society

 

Military Discharges (if not found at one site, try the other):

 

1865 – Current – Lake County Recorder’s Office, 105 Main St., Painesville, OH 44077 (440) 350-2510.

 

1865 – Current – Veterans Service Office, 105 Main St., Painesville, OH 44077  (440) 350-2567.

 

 

Census:

 1820 – 1930 – Census Films for Lake County and Geauga County at Morley Library.  Index books for 1820 – 1880.  On-line databases available at library with images and indexing of most U.S.Federal Census.

 

  • Most U.S. Census and Indices or Soundex (if available) at Western Reserve Historical Society.

 

  • All Ohio and book indices 1810 – 1880 at Fairview Park Regional Library.

 

  • Some films at Lake County Historical Society and Kirtland Family History Center.

 

 

Maps:

 Current County Road Map – Lake County Engineer’s Office, 550 Blackbrook Rd. (off Rt. 44), Painesville, OH  44077 (440) 350-2770 (free).

 

Tax Maps – Tax Map Department, 105 Main Street, lower level, Painesville, OH 44077

 

Current Plat Maps – Auditor’s Office, 105 Main Street, 1st Floor, Painesville, OH 44077

 

Planning Commission Maps – Lake County Planning Commission, 125 E. Erie St., Painesville, OH 44077(440) 350-2740.

 

Historical and others – Lake County Historical Society, Morley Library, Recorder’s office, etc.

 

 

Obituaries and Newspapers:

 

1822 – current – Obituaries index of Painesville Telegraph (1822 – 1986) and The News Herald – 1986 – Current.  Papers on microfilm.  Also recent Plain Dealer.  Morley Library, 184 Phelps St., Painesville, OH 44077

 

  • Obituary index of News Herald begun in 1977 – Little Red School House, Shankland Rd., Willoughby, OH 44094.  There is a fee for service.

 

  • News Herald on microfilm with scattered indexing, obituaries indexed 1981 – Current, Willoughby Public Library, 30 Public Square, Willoughby, OH 44094 (440) 942-3200.

 

 

Cemetery Records:

 

See Lake County OH Cemetery Locator Map Guide, Lake County Genealogical Society at Morley Library.

 

Cemetery inscriptions and record resource link online at www.rootsweb.com/~ohlcgs/

 

 

Church Records:

 See Lake County OH Church Records Survey by Lake County Genealogical Society at Morley Library.

 

 

Local Research Facilities:

 Morley Library, Local History and Genealogy Room, (Lake County Historical Society home) 184 Phelps Street, Painesville, OH 44077  (440) 357-3383.

 


 

 

 

 

 

Lake County Historical Society, 415 Riverside Drive, Painesville OH 44077     (440) 639-2945

 

Family History Center, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 8854 Chillicothe Rd., Kirtland, OH 44094 (440) 256-8808.  (Many local records, books and indices have been filmed by the Family History Library and are available for use for a small fee at the Family History Center.  Check the catalog at www.familysearch.org ).

 

Western Reserve Historical Society, 10825 East Blvd, Cleveland, OH  44106  (216) 721-5722.

 

Cuyahoga County Public Library, Fairview Park Regional, 21255 Lorain Rd., Fairview Park, OH  44126

Geneva Public Library, (Ashtabula County Historical Society Home), 860 Sherman St., Geneva, OH  44041-9101,

(440) 466-4700.

 

Geauga County Library, (Geauga County Historical Society Home), 4641 E. Park Street, Chardon, OH 44024, (440) 834-4012.

 

  • Most towns and townships have historical societies.  Contact local libraries, Chambers of Commerce, or City Halls.

 

 

Miscellaneous Genealogy Hints:

 Local Vital Statistics Offices (birth & death)

 

Old family bibles, church records (birth, baptisms, marriages, etc.)

 

Court Records – deeds, wills, mortgages, divorce, naturalization, criminal records, passage or ship manifest listings, immigration records

 

Cemetery records, census records, hospital or prison records, military records

 

Newspapers – legal notices, obituaries, funeral homes

 

School records – elementary through college, yearbooks with pictures

 

Health records – hospital, doctor, nursing homes, medical records, coroner reports, inquest testimony

 

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