Ohio Obituary Index

Brought to you by

Rutherford B. Hayes

Presidential Library & Museums

Be sure that Hayes owns the source before you order from them. 
If the Index states "HOW TO ORDER" (any library other than Hayes) click on that link to get ordering instructions.

ONLY Hayes Library offers online ordering.

Most of these newspapers are NOT digitized and cannot be viewed by library staff unless they pull up the microfilm on the machines and then print or scan them.

How to Order Obituaries from Libraries Other Than Hayes

The Ohio Obituary Index is a partnership of over 65 Ohio libraries, none of which accept online orders.  If you find an obituary you want that has a "How to Order" link then you must click on that link to find out that library's procedure for fulfilling obit orders.  Some libraries will charge very little for the their copies or may even be free; none charge over $5.  Some will take orders over the phone or email; others will only do postal orders.  You must click on the How to Order link to find out that specific library's instructions for ordering and payment.  The Hayes Presidential Library CANNOT fulfill these orders.


How to Order Obituaries Online from the Hayes Presidential Library

Only newspapers and items owned by the Hayes Library may be ordered through the online shopping cart .This Index is a partnership of over 65 libraries, which means that there is the possibility that the material may have to be ordered from another library.

At Hayes, the charge is $4.00 per obituary (not per person - some people have several obits.).  We can not view the obits ahead of time to tell you which one is best - the majority are on microfilm and we have to look each one up manually.

Click on "Add to Cart" on the record detail page to order an obituary from a newspaper that is owned by the Hayes Presidential Library. A new window for the Shopping Cart will load, leaving the record detail page intact to order more items (if available) from that page. Clicking on "Shopping Cart" in the sidebar or on the very top of the page will show you the contents of your cart.

To go back to the details screen, simply close the Shopping Cart window by clicking on "Continue Shopping" above the shopping cart list. You will not lose your order. It will stay in the shopping cart for up to two weeks until you have completed the check out process (the cart uses cookies to store this information).

Clicking on "Check Out" will bring up forms to fill in for shipping address and credit card information. Follow the instructions to order your obituaries online. This is a secure site verified by a Digital ID. You should see a padlock web address field of your browser. 

The shopping cart does NOT accept Discover Card or American Express. It will accept Mastercard and Visa only. International orders may have to have their credit card numbers called in during office hours.  Ask for the Library.

Digital emailed copies - We can send you digital versions of the obits via e-mail instead of a paper copy, but we cannot troubleshoot each e-mail transaction. If you or your system are not comfortable with importing jpg, tif or pdf files, then a mailed copy would be the easiest method to receive the obits. If you would like to have your obit emailed, please make a note in the Comments box near the end of the online shopping cart form or contact us via email [email protected] The fee is the same whether it is mailed or emailed.

How to Order Other Sources Online from the Hayes Presidential Library

Besides obituaries, a variety of other sources have been indexed into this database.

Examples of these other sources are probate case files, funeral home records, society membership records, biographical files, brief references in history books, etc. Because these sources can range from one page to fifty or more, we cannot set a standard fee for copying them. Contact the library staff (419-332-2081 or [email protected]) to find out the cost of these copies. Our research fee ranges from $5 up depending on the size of the file.

Click on Request Form to send a request for a price quote.


How to Order Obituaries By Mail from the Hayes Presidential Library

First of all, make sure that your order only contains obituaries which are available at Hayes instead of one of our partner libraries.

The charge is $4.00 per obituary (not per person - some people have several obits.)

Make a list of the name and the citation - newspaper name or abbreviation, date, page, column.

Mail with check made out to "Hayes Presidential Library" for amount -

(number of obits x $4.00)

Obits on Web
Hayes Presidential Library & Museums
Spiegel Grove
Fremont, OH 43420

We will mail you the copies of the obits as soon as we are able. We will attempt to complete your request within a week of your online order or receipt of your check. 


Of course, it is always possible for the researcher to visit the Hayes Library in person. Admission to the Library is always free. Copies of the obituaries here are $.25 each for nonmembers and $.10 for members of the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library & Museums. For information about hours and location:



John Ransom, Head Librarian
[email protected]