Lake County Ohio GenWeb

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Probate Birth Records Index

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Introduction

Dates covered in Volumes

Numbering Systems

About Corrections

Miscellanea

Early Omissions in Data

Information in Square Brackets []

Data denoted with ‘*’ or ‘#’

Microfilm Availability

Acknowledgements - thanks, volunteers!


Introduction:

Birth records were mandated in the state of Ohio in 1867. Probate Court was required to record the births and deaths as reported. Births and deaths were reported by the tax assessors, physicians, parents, etc. After December 20, 1908 the Department of Health took over this function. In Lake County Probate Court research room (Marriage department). There are two volumes of birth and death records, each volume has births on one side of the book, and when turned over, deaths on the other side. There is a card index near the volumes.

This database is an alphabetical near-transcription to the original records, proofread and made as close to the original as possible. This transcription includes, where available, the volume, page number, child's name, date of birth, father's name and mother's name, parents' residence, place of birth, and by whom reported. One major difference from a true transcription is that the names have been reversed for the child, so that it will alphabetize. Addtionally words like "no name" "unnamed" "baby" etc. were deleted so that the unnamed children will all appear at the beginning of the surname listing rather than to be alphabetzed in different positions. In the case where there was no name mentioned at all, we have used the surname of the father if available, or of the mother if the father was not listed.

Another difference from a true tanscription is that where there were ditto marks or blanks, the antecedent entry or intended antecedent was used. This was done because the records are out of order, so it is not reasonable to find what the ditto marks referred to. In some cases, there was nothing actually written there, but it was apparent that the heading to a section applied to all the records in the section.

The original spanned two ledger sized pages. It is presented here to print on 8 1/2 X 11" paper.


Dates covered in Volumes:

Vol 1 covers births from 1867 through March 31, 1895.

Vol 2 covers births from April 1, 1895 through 1908.


Numbering Systems:

            There were three numbering systems in use at various times. In order, they were:

1.         Volume 1 pages 2-71:

The court used consecutive numbering from first birth recorded in 1867 on page 2 through the middle of page 70, birth # 1462, in the 1875/76 period.

2.         Volume 1 page 64, start of Painesville Twp., 1873/74:

The court began numbering each township separately, starting with ‘1' at the beginning of each recording year. [Note that this overlaps the consecutive numbering, above; both were used on pages 64 - 71.] Numbering by township continues until March, 1893 (Vol. 1, top of page 268.)

3.         Volume 1 page 268:

Beginning April, 1893, numbering is by year for the entire county, rather than by township. That is, the first birth recorded for the year in Lake County is numbered one, and numbering increases until the beginning of the next year. There is no longer separate numbering for each township. This system continued through the end of Vol. 2.


About Corrections:

Errors happen. Corrections to the birth records were made in these ledgers, usually in red ink. They usually started with a reference to the Civil Docket entry authorizing the changes in the wider “Date Entered” column. The errors were crossed off by a single line, and the correction(s) entered where space permitted.

To show these corrections, the following procedure is used:

As an example, consider these selected items from a hypothetical record:

Corrected/ July 4, 1941/ Civ. 4-999D

Smith, Baby John Q.

Smith, J. N. John Nance

Fairport Harbor


The first column is the reference to the Civil Docket entry where the court approved the correction (Volume 4, page 999, fourth entry (D) on the page). There are two ‘/ ’ strings in this column; they indicate that the entry in the ledger is more like:

Corrected
July 4, 1941
Civ. 4-999D

(This three-line formatting of the docket reference is by far the most common.)

The second shows that the child had no given name in the original entry (‘Baby’), and this was crossed off and changed to ‘John Q.’

The third column expands the initials ‘J. N.’ to ‘John Nance’.

In the fourth column, the ‘Harbor’ was added to Fairport. (At the turn of the 20th Century, the town was known as Fairport, rather than Fairport Harbor.)

Additional corrections and additions of records which are not necessarily found in these volumes (or this transcription) are found with Corrected and Delayed Birth Index under Vital Records.


Miscellanea:

Early Omissions in Data

Volume 1, through about page 13, was hit or miss as far as Birth Place and Residence of Parents.


Information in Square Brackets []

Items in square brackets [ ] are editorial comments. This includes:


Data denoted with ‘*’ or ‘#’

There are a few references marked with ‘*’ or ‘#’ which match other statements, in italics, in some records. In these cases, the statements in italics were written in the ledger on a separate line, on the same page. We squeezed them into the relevant record so they would not be orphaned when we alphabetized these records.

Microfilm and Online Records:

Microfilm for these records is at Morley Library. They are also available through the Family History Library. The originals are still at the Probate Marriage Department, but because the pages are now falling out and crumbling, use of microfilm would be better for the original records. Should you find one of these entries with corrections dated 1956 or later, it will not appear on the microfilm copies, as they were filmed in 1956. Birth records microfilm has been beautifully enhanced and placed on FamilySearch, fully searchable with images.

Acknowledgments:

This has been a coordinated effort with many helping. We thank the following people for typing: Lori Watson, Mary Turk, Phyllis Williams, Joan Vaughn, Nora Russell, Marcia Green, Barb Hurst, and Cynthia Turk. Members of Lake County Genealogical Society who proofread every word and number are Phyllis Williams, Janet Kucera, Sarah Evans and Cynthia Turk. Herb Turk did the CDs and templates for the typists, scanned for inconsistencies, and formatted the finished product for viewing here. Thank you all so much!!



Links to the Birth Records

NOTE that the first column, with the initial, links to the first data file for that initial. ("A" is the file containing the records for Surnames starting with A... through Alk... .)


A

All

Andr

Arn

 

 

 

 

B

Bak

Bar

Barre

Bat

Bee

Bern

Blackm

Boo

Brai

Brewst

Broo

Brow

Brus

Burnet

C

Cam

Carp

Cart

Champ

Chat

Clar

Co

Coli

Conner

Cor

Cox

Crof

 

 

D

Davis

De

Dig

Doo

Dr

 

 

E

Ells

 

 

 

 

 

 

F

Fie

Fly

Fow

Fren

 

 

 

G

Gat

Gillm

Gor

Gray

Greer

 

 

H

Hals

Harr

Has

He

Hens

Hill

Hodgs

Hor

Huh

 

 

 

 

 

I, J

Jai

Jo

Joi

 

 

 

 

K

Keh

Kem

Kim

Kiv

Kop

 

 

L

Lap

Lawr

Lew

Ll

Loo

Ly

 

M

Mall

Mans

Marv

McC

McG

Me

Mes

Milt

Moor

Mort

Murr

 

 

 

N

Ni

Nor

 

 

 

 

 

O

Om

 

 

 

 

 

 

P

Pan

Pas

Perr

Phi

Pim

Post

Pro, Q

R

Raym

Rh

Rin

Robi

Ron

Rus

 

S

Sanbu

Sc

Se

Shar

Sher

Sin

Smi

Sn

Spe

Stan

Stew

Str

Sun

 

T

Te

Thor

Tr

Tur

 

 

 

U, V

Vane

 

 

 

 

 

 

W

Wall

Warr

Webs

Wen

Whi

Whitm

Wild

Willis

Wine

Woodh

 

 

 

 

X, Y, Z

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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