Salem, Ohio, straddles the border between the counties of Columbiana and Mahoning in the northeastern part of the state. The Salem Public Library has made a number of resources available on its website.
Salem Public Library Obituary Index
This database indexes obituaries appearing in the Salem News from 1963 to 2010. Current (2010) obituaries are being added on a regular basis. Obituaries for 1962 are being added as well and will be posted online when the data entry has been completed. Issues for a number of months during this period are missing. They are January–March 1964, March–April 1966, September–October 1969, and July–August 1974.
The database can be searched by the last name of the deceased. The data fields in the search results include last name, first name, date of birth, and date of death. There is also a link to a detailed record, which includes some or all of the following information: date of birth, birth place, date of death, age at death, date obituary appeared in the newspaper, maiden name, parents' names, mother’s maiden name, and date of marriage, as well as the spouse’s name, maiden name, and date of death for up to three spouses. You may order a copy of the original obituary in PDF format from the library via email.
Grandview Cemetery Database
This database indexes the burial records of Grandview Cemetery in Salem. It can be searched by the last name of the deceased. The data fields in the search results include full name, address, and date of death. Click on the View Details link to view a detailed record, which includes some or all of the following information: name, address, age, race, sex, marital status, military service, place of birth, dates of death and burial, location of the grave (section, lot and grave numbers), lot owner’s name, lot and interment book information, funeral home, and next of kin. You will also find a link to a cemetery map showing the locations and numbers of the various sections of the cemeteries.
The Hise Journals
The Hise Journals were written during between 1846 and 1884, by Daniel Howell Hise (until Daniel's sudden death in November 1878) and by his nephew / son-in-law (from January 1879 until the nephew's death in August 1884). The final volume, which ran from mid-September 1883 is missing. The rest have been transcribed and are available in PDF format on the Salem Public Library website. The introduction to the transcribed journals details the long work that went into making them available through the library. Click on the Hise Family Photos link to access family photographs. Next, click on the Hise Journals link to open the PDF document of approximately 1,400 pages of journal entries. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view the journals.