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University of Cincinnati Digital Collections:
Cincinnati Birth and Death Records, 1865-1912

In 2009, the University of Cincinati Library was awarded a $140,437 digitization grant through the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA), administered by the State Library of Ohio and funded through the Institute of Museum and Library Services. UC Libraries digitized the records and in partnership with OhioLINK will make them freely available over the internet. Access will be greatly expanded beyond genealogy use. Urban studies scholars, epidemiologists, social historians, and public health officials will be able to research this body of original documents easily and effectively. Indeed, an important part of the grant project is to make the records accessible to the general public.

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Record Details

The birth records include name, birth date, race, gender, name and birthplace of the parents, occupation of the father, attending doctor or midwife, and hospital, if the individual was not born at home. The information on the death record provides name, age, date and cause of death, address (if available), occupation, race, gender, marital status, attending physician, funeral home, and place of burial. Each piece of information has been indexed to accommodate multiple research strategies. For instance, if one keys in the word “consumption,” the result will show everyone who died of that disease. The search can be narrowed even further to those who were born in Ireland, Germany, or any other country. To augment the data, UC Libraries have also provided a link to a glossary of medical terms in use during the 19th and early 20th centuries.

Any of the index terms can be combined. If a researcher wishes to find all female children named “Smith” born between 1875 and 1900, the database will provide results. Or, a search can be restricted to the children of parents born in another country who follow a particular occupation and are a specific race.

The scanning part of the project was completed in August 2010, and the loading of the records and metadata continues. The Archives and Rare Books Library has received approximately 3,000 inquiries annually about these records, but we anticipate the figure will jump as high as 300,000 when the full set is available.

Cincinnati Birth and Death Records, 1865-1912

This is a collection under development of over 500,000 records. The original official records are owned by the City of Cincinnati and housed in the Archives and Rare Books Library, University of Cincinnati Libraries, University of Cincinnati.

While the bulk of these records begin in 1865, a small number of records show earlier dates. It is believed that these early records reflect the "restoration" of vital documents by citizens after the 1884 Hamilton County Courthouse fire, and were eventually sent to the City of Cincinnati Health Department for recording.

From this page you may browse and search across all records in this Community, or, to limit your results to a span of years, select a Collection below. Browse Subjects and enter 'cause' to jump to Cause of Death; browse subjects and enter 'occupation' to browse occupations of a parent or a deceased individual. Names of those born or deceased, parent names, cause of death and occupations are all found in the subject index.

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