An important research resource is obituaries, providing death dates, burial locations, relationships and often the location of relatives. The Cleveland/Cuyahoga area is fortunate to have two readily searchable databases for obituaries, the "Necrology" for dates up to April of 1975 and the Cleveland Public Library database of newspapers since that time.
NECROLOGY Searchable Database
The search method is simple but fairly powerful. You may search either by name or by keyword. If you are seeking a specific individual, you may enter it as surname, givenname - e.g., Smith, John. If no misspellings crop up the exact deceased individual you are searching may pop up. You may enter just one part of the name, surname or given. This can be very useful with unusual given names. Searching by 'Name' searches only the decedents name, searching by keyword includes the other individuals listed in the notice. You can even use combinations of surnames in the keyword search such as entering Timm Voss which results in all notices with both Timm and Voss in the entry. This can be very useful when you have some common names in the family!
Once you have some results, you can save these results individually by clicking on the little box at the start of each entry or by clicking on the Save All button on the right at both top and bottom of the list. When you have searched through your results and saved the entries you want, go to Saved Records [in the link list on the left]. You can deselect any of the saved records by clicking on the checkbox. Here you can email the saved records to yourself or to someone else.
Cleveland News Index Searchable Database
This index does not provide full text access to these sources but it does provide a specific reference. For example, I entered the name Timm and got a listing of some 75 entries [25 to a results screen] beginning with Timm and going on to Timmer, Timmerman, et cetera. I clicked on the one for Walter, my husband's father, and got this information:
I can click further on this entry but it really doesn't give me any more information on Walter but what I can do is email the Cleveland Public Library at Microform.Center@cpl.org with the information and request a copy of the obituary.
1 From the database description at CPL
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