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Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court

Cuyahoga County Justice Center
1200 Ontario St.
Cleveland, OH 44113
The Justice Center is on the south side of Lakeside Avenue, across from the Old Courthouse. It holds the Clerk of Courts for both Civil and Criminal cases. Here you can search criminal and civil court case dockets.
Civil Division - 216-443-7966 Cases before 1912 are at the archive. Cases after 1912 are at the Justice Center.
Criminal Division - 216-443-7985

Cuyahoga County Probate Court

Cuyahoga County Courthouse
1 W. Lakeside Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44113
Marriage Division - 216-443-8922
Adoption Division - 443-8988 or 443-8989
Microfilm Room - 440-443-7939
The old Courthouse on the north side of Lakeside Avenue holds the Probate Court. The Probate Court handles issuance of marriage licenses, adoptions, guardianship proceedings, involuntary commitment of the mentally ill, land appropriation, wills and estates, living trusts, and name changes. Probate Court has birth records 1859-1901 and death records 1867-1908. (also at the Cuyahoga County Archive). The Marriage License Bureau has marriage records from 1810. County Courthouse has naturalization records 1818-1906 and probate records from 1810 (there are others at the Cuyahoga County Archive). They also have estate case files for after 1913. Those before 1913 are at the Cuyahoga County Archives.
Here you can search the Marriage Index and recent Probate cases.

For an index of Probate files, go to Cuyahoga Wills & Estates Dockets Pre-A-70 (1826-1904), at this site:
Select a letter, collect the name, year, case number, and first image number from the index.
Images of Cuyahoga County Probate Estate Case Files 1813-1933 are on - Ohio, Cuyahoga County Probate Files, 1813-1932. Choose the year and find your case number and click on that. You'll use the first image number to choose the page where you'll find your person's probate estate file or other record.

During 2014 an imaging project is underway at the Probate Court for the estate packets. As of 8 October 2014, the images are on FamilySearch through 1932 and a bit of 1933 (Docket 252). To date there is no index for these more recent packets.

Additionally FamilySearch has some other Probate records at - Ohio Probate Records 1789-1996. These include:

  • Index to Dockets Vol. 1-2 (1888-1901)
  • Common Pleas records 1811-1833
  • Docket vols. O-P (1811-1834)
  • Docket vols. A-N (1852-1888)
  • Will books vol A-Z (1852-1893)
  • Guardianship Dockets index vol. A-B (1888-1904)

After you find the person in the docket book, a sort of minutes book of the court procedings, then find the probate packets for the documents which are filed according to the docket book number.

Domestic Relations Court - Division of Common Pleas Court

Cuyahoga County Courthouse
1 W. Lakeside Avenue, Room 35
Cleveland, OH 44113
Divorce records 1882- present should be here after the move in June 2013. These are handled through the Common Pleas court, and the records are housed at here at the old courthouse. Call 443-7966 (first floor Justice Center) for the index department to see if they have a divorce that you are interested in. If they do, ask for the Case Number and then call the microfilm room at 443-7939 to arrange to have copies mailed to you.

U.S. District Court Northern District of Ohio

Carl B. Stokes U.S. Court House
801 West Superior Avenue
Cleveland, Ohio 44113
(216) 357-7000
This court hears cases regarding Federal law. They have Index of naturalization petitions (1855-present): name, address, birthdate, naturalization date, country of origin, specific place of origin. Those who did not complete naturalization may also be included. There is a charge for copies. Some may come directly from the Cleveland court but others may come from the National Archives depending on the date of naturalization. They will bill you when they pull the copies. You pay and then they send the copies. Check Fold3 for naturalizations.

U.S. Bankruptcy Court Northern District of Ohio

Howard M. Metzenbaum U.S. Courthouse
201 Superior Avenue
Cleveland, Ohio 44114

Justice of the Peace Courts

Cuyahoga County Archives holds many boxes of Justice of the Peace records. Interesting cases with in depth case information from various locations can be found there. An index is in the reading room near the microfilm cabinet. Filed by the J.P. and the location, they can be tricky to find at first, but well worth the look.

Municipal Courts

MUNICIPAL COURTS have jurisdiction over traffic or parking violations, housing code citations, misdemeanor cases involving municipal ordinances and small claims cases. These cases can be a treasure trove of information, from landlord issues, property issues, city complaints, civil and criminal cases, and those interesting small claims cases too.

Cleveland Municipal Court -

Bedford Municipal Court - serves Bedford, Bedford Hts., Bentleyville, Chagrin FAlls, Glenwillow, Highland Hills, Moreland Hills, North Randall, Oakwood Village, Orange, Solon, Warrensville Heights, Woodmere, Chagrin Falls Twp. and the MetroParks.

Berea Municipal Court - serves Berea, Brookpark, Middleburg Heights, Olmsted Falls, Olmsted Township, Strongsville and the MetroParks, as well as the Ohi State Patrol on the Ohio Turnpike and Interstates 71 and 480.

Cleveland Heights Municipal Court - serves Cleveland Heights,

Garfield Heights Municipal Court - serves Brecksville, Cuyahoga Heights, Garfield Heights, Independence, Maple Heights, Metro Parks, Newburgh Heights, Valley View and Walton Hills.

Lakewood Municipal Court - serves Lakewood, parts of the Cleveland Metroparks, I-90, and Lake Erie waters to the Canadian Border.

Lyndhurst Municipal Court - serves Lyndhurst.

Parma Municipal Court - serves Broadview Hts., Brooklyn, Brooklyn Hts., Linndale, North Royalton, Parma, Parma Heights, Seven Hills and the Metroparks.

Rocky River Municipal Court - serves Rocky River

Shaker Heights Municipal Court - serves Beachwood, Hunting Valley, Pepper Pike, Shaker Heights, and University Heights.

South Euclid Municipal Court - Serves South Euclid, the part of Cleveland Metroparks within South Euclid, and Notre Dame College.


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