Resources for Research

Dates of records for Summit County:

Birth & Death Records (prior to 1867) - Birth & Death records were not recorded by law until 1867. Although some records from a few counties predate 1867, records of births & deaths in Ohio are generally not available before this date. Records for the years 1867 through December 20, 1908, are in the Probate Court.

Birth & Death records after 1908 are maintained in one of the two Summit County Health Departments. at their three locations. (Note: the health departments have changed as of Oct. 1, 2010)


Searchable OHS Ohio Death Certificate Index, 1913 - 1944

Summit County Ohio Birth Records 1866 - 1908 $ database

Ohio Deaths, 1908-1932, 1938-1944, and 1958-2007 $ database

Marriage Records - 1840 to Present. There are four types of marriage information books at the Summit County Probate Court:

Summit county Ohio Marriage Records 1840 - 1980 $ database

Ohio Marriage Index, 1970, 1972-2007 $ database

Ohio Divorce Index, 1962-1963, 1967-1971, 1973-2007 $ database

Online Ordering - Birth, Death, Marriage & Divorce Records online at:
Vital Statistics or VitalChek

Land records - 1840 to Present, are at the Recorder's Office

Probate records - 1840 to Present (Wills, Estates, Guardianships & Trusts) are in the Probate Court.

Court Records - 1840 to Present (Civil & Criminal records, Divorce records & Naturalization), are in the Clerk of Courts.

Coroner's Reports from the late 1800's to the present, can be requested from the Coroner's Office

Summit County Links

Libraries & Societies:

Special Collections Division of the Summit/Akron Library

Archival Services, Libraries, Societies

Genealogical And Historical Societies Of Ohio

Summit County, Ohio Lookups


Tips For Effective Research In Summit County Ohio