Friday, August 8, 2014

Family Search Online Databases

I am sure by now if you have read my posts you are aware of how much I like the Family Search Website. The records are fantastic and they are constantly being updated. They maintain the largest collection of genealogy information in the world.

You have probably used the standard search feature to do your research, but are you aware there are additional Collections that are not included into the standard search feature. It covers the world, but I am going to speak on what is available for the State of Ohio.

Currently on Family Search there are 27 collections that deal specifically with the State of Ohio. Make sure when you go to the search section that you click on the Collections tab. Once you get there you find a list of all the projects that have been done or being done by Family Search and their indexers. On the left side of the page you will see a list of regions in the world. Click on the United States. Then click on the state of Ohio. You will be on a page with the projects that have been done or are being done for the State of Ohio.

All the Ohio collections that have been completed are listed with total number of records and the last date that the collection was updated. The status of these collections can change due to more records being available for indexing. The second type of collection is one that is being actively indexed at this time and is not complete. In the records row it will say Browse Images and the last date that this collection has been updated. The collections that have a records total are searchable and will be in the regular search feature. The collections that list Browse Images has to be researched manually. This type of search is similar to what you would have to do in person except you are in your pajamas and it's two in the morning in the comfort of you own home.

The following collections I will highlight due to their importance to Northeast Ohio research.

Ohio Tax Lists- This collection has tax records for primarily the eastern half of Ohio. The records can run from 1803 to 1850. Works great when you are attempting to establish a timeline of arrival or departure from a particular area.

Cleveland Cemetery Records- This collection is from the Cleveland Public Library Collection, but makes it accessible online.

Cleveland Trinity Church Records- This collecting covers a long time period of history. Includes vital records that you may not be able to find anywhere else.

Cuyahoga County Probate Files- Records cover from 1813-1932. Awesome way to check for these type of records.

Ohio Probate Records- Runs from 1789 to 1996. Covers the majority of the counties in Northeast Ohio. Fantastic resource. Includes all type of documents related to probate.

Stark County Coroner Records- 1890-2002 If you had ancestors that died non natural causes this could be a gold mine.

Stark County Probate Records- 1886-1921

Stark County Court Records- 1809-1917 All of our ancestors at one time or another may have spent time in court. If it was in Stark during this time period great place to look.

Summit County, Coroner, Hospital and Cemetery Records- 1882-1949 Record source that is not normally covered by most genealogist.

Trumbull County Records- 1795-2010 All things non Probate.

Check these records out. Takes a little time but it is well worth it.

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