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While I was in the hospital for a couple days after my knee replacement, I wondered how hard it would be to find an ancestors US medical record?  So, as soon as I felt better I went to FamilySearch.org and searched in the indexed collections for hospital records.  I only came up with one match so far from Summit County, Ohio.

The above is from a collection of Admittance cards, 1915-1947 and employment cards, 1915-1940 of the Edwin Shaw Hospital; burial permits, 1915-1947 of the Briar Hill Cemetery and coroner's inquest books, 1882-1922 for Summit county, Ohio. This collection is being published as images become available. There isnít a name index yet, but you can browse the collection at this link. https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/1985540

What I thought was great about this admittance card is that there is valuable information that might help in your research.  This record shows his exact date of birth, where he was born (Jugoslavia) as well as his parents. It also asks for his  motherís maiden name which can be tough to determine sometime.  I love  that it has his occupation, he cleans molds at the Goodyear tire company.  What was that like to clean molds in the 1920ís?  You could perform google search for historical information about the goodyear tire company to learn more about his life in the tire factory.   



If you know someone who was hospitalized, try to find their medical record.  Below are steps to do this:

1. If the hospital is still around, GOOGLE the name of the hospital and call them to see if records are available and where they are located.

2. If the hospital is not used anymore, call the local or state historical society, or the state or county archives.  

Happy Hunting.


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