Thousands of records written in ledgers, index cards or in paper files, represent the names, family ties and biographical information of each person who passed through the Dale-Riggs Funeral home in Toledo, Ohio since 1912.

Apart from the great historical value, the records from the traditionally African American funeral home hold the key to unlocking the past that will be valuable for anyone looking for ancestors.

The  amazingly detailed records provide clear information about the deceased including: place of birth and death, the names of parents and other relatives, cause of death, doctor’s name, occupation, memberships in churches and other community organizations.  Also included are photographs, obituaries and other memorabilia. For researchers it can’t get much better than that.

Working with the African American Legacy Project of Northwest Ohio, the funeral director hopes to raise enough money to create a computer database that would digitize the information and make the records accessible online.

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