The Records of the African-American Dale-Riggs Funeral Home of Toledo, Ohio

The following excerpt is from a long article by Claudia Boyd-Barrett, published in the January 3, 2010 edition of the Toledo Blade.

[Toledo, Ohio]: Inside the expansive rooms of the Dale-Riggs Funeral Home at Nebraska and City Sheryl Riggs, managing director of the Dale-Riggs Funeral Home at Nebraska and City Park avenues, aims to make its voluminous records more accessible to genealogists.  From The Blade. Photo by Andy MorrisonPark avenues, tucked away in old boxes, filing cabinets, and on dusty basement shelves, there lies a veritable Toledo treasure.

Records — thousands of them, written in ledgers, typed on index cards, and stored in paper files — document the names, family ties, and biographical information of each person who has passed through the traditionally African-American funeral home since 1912.

Now, Ms. Riggs is working on making these voluminous records available to the public.

Together with the African American Legacy Project of Northwest Ohio — an organization dedicated to education about the history and culture of African Americans in the area — the funeral director hopes to raise enough money to create a computer database that would house all of the information in digital form.

The idea is to set up a site at the Legacy Project’s offices on Upton Avenue where researchers could look at the data and to make the records accessible online.

Read the full article.

Click here for a history of the Dale-Riggs Funeral Home.

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