Elsewhere on this site is information about records of the Hamilton County Probate Court, such as marriages, deaths, wills and estates, guardianships, naturalizations, and more. Divorces recorded by the Hamilton County Common Pleas Court are also described elsewhere on this site.
The fourth Hamilton County Courthouse 1854 - 1884
This page currently focuses on our new index of newspaper reports of early court cases (below). In the future this page will also provide information on the records of Hamilton County courts not found elsewhere on this site, such as:
- Common Pleas and Superior Courts
Index of Hamilton County, Ohio Reported Court Records 1841 - 1884 (three volumes)
Many of the records housed in the Hamilton County courthouse were destroyed by a riot and subsequent fire in March 1884. This three-volume index attempts to recreate as many court cases as possible from daily summaries reported in this local newspaper, which can provide valuable information to the family history researcher. Typical cases reported include: Probate Court (wills and estates, guardianships, insanity cases, adoptions, probate notices), Common Pleas Court (divorces, civil disputes, property cases and petitions, bastardy and criminal cases) and Superior and District Court (appeals), and coroner inquests.
Volume 1: Index of Hamilton County, Ohio Reported Court Records 1841 - 1869: Complied by Jeffrey G. Herbert. Published 2017. This index contains the names of individuals in over 25,700 court cases reported in The Cincinnati Enquirer, from 1841 through 1869.
Volume 2: Index of Hamilton County, Ohio Reported Court Records 1870 - 1879: Complied by Jeffrey G. Herbert. Published 2018. This index contains the names of individuals in over 28,250 court cases reported in The Cincinnati Enquirer, between 1870 and 1879.
Volume 3: Index of Hamilton County, Ohio Reported Court Records 1880 - 1884: New August 2019!
Complied by Jeffrey G. Herbert. Published 2019. This index contains the names of individuals in over 16,600 court cases reported in The Cincinnati Enquirer, between 1880 and 1884.
Published Full Index
The full index is published in our two books and contain for each reported case: name, type of court case, date of notice, page in newspaper, and the specific court. The books are available:
- For purchase:
- In print format on our Shop & Support page, or
- Vol. 1 in Kindle format from Amazon, or
- Vol. 2 in Kindle format from Amazon, or
- Vol. 3 in Kindle format from Amazon,
- Copies are available at the Cincinnati Famly History Center (FHC) of the LDS located in Norwood. For more info on this location. (Note: The copy of Vol.3 is anticipated to be at the FHC by September, 2019.)
- At the downtown Main branch (3rd floor) and the Madeira, Anderson Township, and Green Township branches of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County (PLCH). (Note: Copies of Vol. 3 are anticipated to be available in the PLCH Main and other branches by December, 2019.)
Public Online Abbreviated Index
An abbreviated index is available online from each volume at the following links that contain for each reported case: name, type of court case, year of notice.
From the record found in the abbreviated index a search can more readily be made of the published full index described above to find the date of publication, the page in the newspaper, and the specific court.
Acquiring a copy of the newspaper notice/summary
Once the full index has been obtained then a copy of the actual newspaper notice or summary of the court case can be acquired in one of the following ways:
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