Cuyahoga County -- Online Resources

Cuyahoga County online research

Marriage Records 1810 - 1973
Death Index Ohio 1908-1932, 1938-1944, 1958-2007
Birth & Christening Index Ohio 1800-1962
Naturalizations - Petition Index U.S. District Court ,Northern District of Ohio 1855-1967

How to access

Ancestry is available for free at the library or for a fee you can subscribe to access at home

City Directories 1861 - 1923 (some years missing)
Birth Records 1849 & 1871-1908 (some missing)
Naturalizations - Records U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio 1907-1946 (some records missing)
keep in mind an ancestor may have been naturalized through Common Pleas Court
see Cuyahoga County Rootsweb below

How to access
click on 'Research Resources'
click on 'F'
click on 'Fold3'
you will need to enter your library card # if
accessing from home, example: PPPL000012345T
Ohio Births & Christenings 1821-1962
Ohio County Births 1856-1909
Ohio County Naturalization Records 1800-1977
(Declarations, Petitions, & Naturalization, some indexes included)
Ohio Cuyahoga County Probate Files (1813-1917) Some files missing ***
Ohio Cuyahoga County Records 1880-1950
Ohio Death Index, 1908-1932, 1938-1944 & 1958-2007
Ohio Deaths and Burials 1854 - 1997 (Some files missing)
Ohio Deaths 1908 - 1953 (Provides access to actual death certificates)
Ohio Marriages 1800 - 1958 (Some files missing)
Many of the above records are abstracts and
do not include every record for the specified time period

How to access
click on 'Sign In' to create an account
Property Deeds Fiscal Officer (formerly Recorder's Office)
Records from early 1800's - allows for name search from early 1800's
Veteran's grave site locations
Over 100,000 locations of veteran grave site dating to the Revolutionary War

How to access
click on 'Search Database'
Terrific sources for a great deal of information on genealogy in Cuyahoga County.

How to access
Includes indexes to births, deaths, coroner case files
and naturalizations
Index of cemetery records for cemeteries
maintained by the city of Cleveland
Neucrology file
Obituaries for Cuyahoga County from the 1850's - 1975
also provides links for access to obits/index from 1975 - present

How to access
let the mouse hover over 'Research'
click on 'Cleveland Necrology File'

Cleveland Catholic Diocese Sacramental Records can be found at the parish, neighboring parish, suburban parish or at the downtown archives
These records include birth, marriage, & death records dating from the 1840's.
The amount of information recorded varies
Marriage records after 1908 should include information on the bride & groom's baptism
For records maintained at the downtown archives, a request for records form can be found at the following site

How to access
click on 'A to Z index'
click on 'Archives'

Heritage Quest
U.S. Federal Census Records
Some years only index head of household
Will not return more than 1000 hits
1930 & 1940 are not complete

How to access
click on 'Research Resources'
click on 'H'
click on 'Heritage Quest'
you will need to enter your library card # if
accessing from home, example: PPPL000012345T

Plain Dealer
Historic Plain Dealer
Note: The technology for searching scanned documents
is not perfect.

How to access
hover mouse over 'Research'
click on 'Electronic Resources A to Z'
scroll down to Plain Dealer 1991 - present
or Plain Dealer 1845 - 1991
you will need to enter your Cuyahoga County library
card # (this is not the same as Porter Library's #

Western Reserve Historical Society
Online records include serveral local funeral home record indexes,
1907 Cleveland voter registration index and
Cuyahoga County cemetery inscriptions index for dozens of cemeteries in the area

How to access
click on 'Research & Collections'
click on 'Databases'

Take note that many other groups of records will include records from Cuyahoga County (for example Census Record or the Social Security Death Index)

**Tell how to access index

To access: From HOME or PorterLibrary
click on Research Resources
click on Subject
click on Genealogy
click on FOLD3
click on Connect to Resource
click on Browse All
(from home enter library card #, no spaces PPPL000012345A