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WRHS Online Collections Catalog

The Western Reserve Historical Society's Collections Catalog is available online.


Funeral Home & Cemetery Indexes

Pease Funeral Home Index
Index to the funeral record books and other documents of this funeral home that served Bay Village, North Olmsted, and Westlake, Ohio in 1917-1955. Includes names of the deceased, year of death, place of burial, and location of original funeral record within the WRHS library. Click here to begin your search.

J. D. Deutsch Funeral Home Index
Index to the 1909-1960 funeral record books of this funeral home that primarily served the Jewish community on Cleveland’s east side. Includes names of the deceased, year of death, place of burial, and location of original funeral record within the WRHS library. Click here to begin your search.

McGorray Funeral Home Index
Index to the funeral record books of this prominent Irish Catholic funeral home on Cleveland’s West Side from 1910-1921. Includes names of deceased, year of death and age, and location of original funeral record within the WRHS library. Click here to begin your search.

Chambers Funeral Home Index
Index to the burial records of this funeral home that served the Irish community on Cleveland’s West Side from 1935-1955.  Click here to begin your search.

Cuyahoga County Cemetery Inscriptions Index
Click here to begin your search of 39 published sources of Cuyahoga County Cemetery Inscriptions.

E.F. Boyd & Son Funeral Home
E. F. Boyd & Son Funeral Home, founded by Elmer Franklin Boyd (1878-1944) in 1905, is one of the oldest African American funeral homes in Cleveland, Ohio. This collection provides the genealogical researcher with valuable information, particularly those interested in African American family history in Cleveland, Ohio, from 1906-1950.

Lindhorst Funeral Home
This collection provides the genealogical researcher with valuable information, particularly those interested in German family history in Cleveland, Ohio in the first half of the twentieth century.


Marriage Indexes

Jewish Marriages and Death Notices
25,000 marriage and death notices printed in the Jewish Independent and The Jewish
Review and Observer between 1889-1964.


Miscellaneous Genealogy Indexes

Allen E. Cole Collection
A valuable source of Cleveland history is accessible to researchers and serves as a major collection documenting mid-twentieth century African American life, history, and culture.

1907 Voter Registration Index
Cleveland, Ohio, Board of Elections Registration Records, 1907-1908, contains duplicate sets of voter registration records for each precinct of Cleveland's twenty-six wards for the years listed.

Cleveland Servicemen Photo Database
This collection consists of photographs of northeast Ohio men and woman who served in the armed services during WWII and the Korean Conflict.

Bible Records Index
The Bible Records Index is an index to Family Bibles and other records either in the possession of or loaned for copying to the Western Reserve Historical Society. The Index contains over 35,000 entries in which vital dates (births, baptisms and other sacraments, marriages and deaths) of family lineages have been written.

Biographical Sketch Name Index
The Biographical Name Index is an index to twenty-eight publications containing 26,720 articles in which biographical information about Clevelanders has been published between 1886 and 1998. This index will be of interest to persons researching Cleveland and northeastern Ohio biography, history, family history and genealogy.


Other Indexes

Automotive Marque Files
This collection consists of photographs, owners' manuals, parts manuals, shop manuals, color charts, and all sorts of other types of paper material regarding domestic and foreign automobiles from the early days of the horseless carriage to the sophisticated luxury cars of today.

WRHS Bookplate Collection
Stop, look, and read within if it so please thee friend; but pray return the book to me when thou hast reached the end.
An artistic collection of 19th and 20th century bookplates, representative of the various periods and themes of this craft, is available for viewing and research.
 
 

The WRHS-CWRU Digital Connection


You can now find images from the WRHS collections on Digital Case, a digital archive of research resources maintained by the Kelvin Smith Library of Case Western Reserve University.  This is part of a cooperative memorandum of understanding between the University and WRHS.  Check URLs here to see postcards and photographs of the Great Lakes Exposition from the WRHS collections.   


For WRHS collections:
http://hdl.handle.net/2186/ksl:wrhs

For the Great Lakes Exposition:
http://hdl.handle.net/2186/ksl:greatlakesexpo