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Cuyahoga County, Ohio Facts

When was Cuyahoga County, OH Created?
Cuyahoga County was created on June 7, 1807 from Geauga County . This county was named for Cuyahoga River, which means “crooked river” in an Iroquoian language.

What is the County Seat of Cuyahoga County, OH?
The County Seat is located in Cleveland also, the county government website is .

What counties are adjacent to Cuyahoga County, OH?
Bordering Counties are Ontario, Canada, Lake CountyGeauga CountySummit CountyMedina CountyLorain CountyPortage County (southeast corner) .

Cuyahoga County, OH Vital Records

Where can find Cuyahoga County Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
Cuyahoga County vital records can be found at the Ohio Department of Health which has Birth Records since Dec 20, 1908; Death Records since since 1954 and copies of Marriage and Divorce Records since 1918 to present There is a fee for each copy requested. Please refer to the information to the Statewide Vital Records in Ohio for current fees and application process.

You can search online for Cuyahoga County Birth, Marriage, Divorce or Death Records. You can also Order Electronically Online or can download an application for Ohio Birth Certificate, Marriage Certificate, Divorce Certificate, Death Certificate Application to mail. The Archives Division has copies of births before 1908, death before 1944 and marriage records before 1949.

Cuyahoga County, OH Census Records

What Cuyahoga County, OH census records are available?
There are many types of census records for Cuyahoga County guide you in researching your family tree. Federal Population Schedules are available for 1790-189019001910192019301940.

Cuyahoga Co. Mortality Schedules can be found for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Cuyahoga Co. Industry and Agriculture can be obtained for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Cuyahoga Co. Union Veterans Schedules is available for 1890. One can find free online and printable census forms to help you with your research. See Also Ohio Census Records Research Guide

Cuyahoga County, OH Courthouse and Government Records

Cuyahoga County Courthouse

What genealogical records can I find in the Cuyahoga County Courthouse?
Researchers frequently overlook the great importance of Cuyahoga County court, probate, and land records data as a useful resource of ancestry and genealogy information. Buried away in Ohio courthouses and archives everywhere are the ambitions and frustrations of countless Ohio residents. The possibilities are excellent that your forefathers have left a comprehensive document of at least a number of facets of their lives in the Cuyahoga County court records. Even if your forebears is not referred to in a Court case, contemplate all of the other procedures that could have lead to him or her to appear in court records. See Also Ohio Courthouse Records Research Guide.

Cuyahoga County, OH Societies and Family History Resources

What genealogical and historical societies, archives, museums, associations and libraries are available for Cuyahoga County, OH?
A list of Cuyahoga County Historical  and Genealogical Societies, Libraries, Archives. See also list of Statewide Ohio Archives, Historical & Genealogical Societies.

  • Cuyahoga Valley Chapter, OGS, PO Box 41414, Brecksville, OH 44141-0414; meets at the Independence Civic Center, 6363 Selig Blvd., Independence, OH at 7:30pm on the first Monday each month, with exception of January and September. No meetings July or August.
  • Cuyahoga West Chapter, OGS, PO Box 26196, Fairview Park, OH 44126-0196, Cuyahoga West Chapter, OGS meets at the Porter Public Library, 27333 Center Ridge Rd., Westlake, on the third Wednesday of each month, at 7:00pm, with social time from 6:30-7:00. This OGS Chapter educates, preserves, and assists in genealogical research.
  • Cuyahoga County Archives, 2905 Franklin Blvd NW, Cleveland 44113; (216) 443-7250
  • East Cuyahoga Chapter, OGS, PO Box 24182, Lyndhurst, OH 44124-0182, East Cuyahoga Chapter, OGS meets on the first Monday of the month but not in months where there is an election. Meeting location is the Ross C. DeJohn Community Center, 6306 Marsol Drive, Mayfield Heights, OH. Meeting time is 7:30pm.
  • Hudson Genealogical Study Group, Hudson Library and Historical Society, 96 Library St. Dept G, Hudson, OH 44236; Hudson Genealogical Study Group meets at 9:30am at the Hudson Library and Historical Society, 96 Library St., Hudson, OH on the second, third, and fourth Saturdays of each month.
  • Southwest Cuyahoga County Chapter, OGS, 13305 Pearl Rd., Strongville, Oh 44136; meets at the Strongsville Old Town Hall, 18825 Royalton Rd. at 7:30pm on the second Thursday in January, February, March, April, May, September, October, November, and December. This OGS Chapter is one of the six chapters of the Ohio Genealogical Society located in Cuyahoga. The Cuyahoga Southwest Chapter is located on the Cuyahoga and Medina County Lines. The Chapters holdings are housed at the Strongsville Historical Village.
  • Greater Cleveland Chapter, OGS, PO Box 40254, Cleveland, OH 44140-0254; meets at the Fairview Park Regional Library, 4449 W. 213th St., Fairview Park on the third Monday at 7:00pm of each month, except July and December.
  • Western Reserve Historical Society Library and Archives, 10825 East Boulevard, Cleveland, Ohio, 44106; 216-721-5722 x 224, FAX 216-721-5702
  • Ohio Historical Society, Archives-Library Division,  1982 Velma Avenue, Columbus, OH 43211; Telephone: 614-297-2300
  • Ohio Genealogical Society, 713 South Main Street, Mansfield OH 44907-1644

Where can I connect with other Cuyahoga County, OH Researchers through message boards and forums?

What other genealogical resources are available in Cuyahoga County, OH?
The following are web links to Genealogy, Records and Resources pertaining to Cuyahoga County.

Cuyahoga Co. OH Books, Newspapers & Publications

Cuyahoga Co. OH Church / Bible Records & Cemeteries / Graveyards

Cuyahoga Co. OH Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Cuyahoga Co. OH General and History Websites

Cuyahoga Co. OH Immigration & Naturalization

Cuyahoga Co. OH Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Cuyahoga Co. OH Military Records