Ohio, Stark County Coroner’s Records, 1890-2002 is a free collection at FamilySearch with images of Inquest books, reports, and case files from the Stark County courthouse in Canton, Ohio.
As soon as the county coroner’s office was established they began keeping records. The following types of deaths were reported to the county coroner:
- Accidental deaths
- Homicidal deaths
- Occupational deaths
- Sudden deaths (deaths of infants and young children, or deaths of individuals in any jail, confinement, or custody
- Suicidal deaths
- Therapeutic deaths (deaths which occurred during a medical procedure such as surgery)
- Any death where there is a doubt, question, or suspicion
- Deaths under any other special circumstances
The records were created as a permanent record of the details surrounding deaths within the county. The records also enabled government officials to better care for the public’s health needs and protection.
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What Can I Learn from Ohio Coroner’s Records?
Coroner’s records may include:
- Name of deceased
- Date and place of death
- Cause of death
- Unusual details surrounding the death
- Date examination was made
- Name of mortuary