Ohio, Summit County, Coroner Inquests, Hospital and Cemetery Records, 1882-1949 is a free collection at FamilySearch with images of

  • Admittance cards, 1915-1947 of the Edwin Shaw Hospital;

  • Employment cards, 1915-1940 of the Edwin Shaw Hospital;

  • Burial permits, 1915-1947 of the Briar Hill Cemetery; &


    Coroner’s inquest books, 1882-1922 for Summit County, Ohio.

    The hospital was originally named Springfield Lake Sanatorium. It was renamed Edwin Shaw Sanatorium in August 1934 in honor of one of the long-term Trustees of the hospital.
    The Briar Hill Cemetery is located on the Edwin Shaw Hospital grounds and was established for the Tuberculosis patients. However, not all patients that passed away at the Hospital are buried at the cemetery. The cemetery does not have headstones. There are numbers on concrete at each grave. A list of the patients buried at Briar Hill Cemetery is available at the office of the Summit County Executive in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio.


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What Can I Learn from Ohio Hospital & Coroner’s Records?

Coroner inquest and Hospital cards may include:

  • The name of the deceased
  • The date and place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Age of deceased usually in years, months and days
  • Sometimes, date and place of birth of deceased
  • Marital status of deceased
  • Name of spouse, if married
  • Names of parents, including maiden name of mother
  • Sometimes, parents’ date and place of birth
  • Residence of deceased, including length of residence at that address
  • Occupation of deceased
  • Name and location of cemetery where buried
  • Name of the informant, who may be a family member


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