The Ohio Obituary Index contains over 1.5 million entries from as far back as the 1810s right up to the present.
Ancestry.com has now published that database (free) which has raised the public's awareness of the database and orders for obituary copies from the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center have quadrupled over last year, according to the Port Clinton News Herald. Orders now come in from across the nation and all over the world. This has been a definite win-win situation for Ancestry.com and the Hayes Center.
You can access the database for free at the Hayes website. Go to [http:rbhayes.org/index].
Even if you’re not an Ancestry.com subscriber, you can tap into the more powerful Ancestry.com search index. On Ancestry.com go to [the database] and you will see the search options shown to the right. However, as a non-subscriber, to see all the details of a search result, you must click the link to the Hayes Center website shown at the left of the results page.