Medina County
Genealogical Society

a Chapter of
The Ohio Genealogical Society

P. O. Box 804
Medina, OH 44258-0804


The Chapter meets on the 2nd Sunday of the month except for May through September when we meet on the 2nd Saturday of the month. We have a social hour at 1:30 and our programs begin at 2:00 p.m. We meet at the Medina County Public Library in Medina, OH. Because of the current economy and budget cuts at the library, please make sure you check for updates on meeting dates.



    2014 Genealogical Class Schedule Meeting Agenda CLICK HERE



    2014 Meeting Agenda

  • Saturday, July 12 - “Newspaper Research” – OGS Trustee, Debbie Abbott, will discuss the genealogical treasures found in newspapers, how to search for the genealogical information, and how to locate old newspapers that are microfilmed and/or digitized..


  • Saturday, August 9 - "German Research is like Strudel: It Unfolds One Layer at a Time." Betty Franklin of the Family History Center in Westlake will outline the basic steps needed to research German ancestry.


  • Saturday, September 13 - "Unlocking German Script" by Betty Franklin of the Family History Center in Westlake will outline the basics of interpreting German handwriting.


  • Sunday, October 12 - “Unlocking the Keystone State: Key Resources and Repositories for Pennsylvania Research”. Chris Staats will help researchers overcome some of the challenges of finding their Pennsylvania ancestors.


  • Sunday, November 9 - "The Ladies of Medina County - The Good and the Bad" presented by Tom Hilberg.


  • Sunday, December 7 - Annual MCGS Dinner and installation of Lineage Society Candidates. Brown Derby Restaurant, 5051 East Point Drive, Medina. Social time: 5:30 p.m., Dinner 6:00 p.m. More information to follow.



2013-2014 Officers

President - Patricia Morgan
Vice-President - Jean Copeland
Secretary - Char Graf
Treasurer - Marcia Hart



Want to become a member? Click here for our MEMBERSHIP FORM. It has all the information for joining us.



PUBLICATIONS

New Publications

    NEW!! March 2014 We are pleased to announce our newest publication – “Longacre Funeral Home Records: Books 1-11, 1909-1984” on DVD. During the years that the Longacre family provided their funeral services to families in Medina and Medina County, they kept records of each account in handwritten ledger books. When the business closed in 1984 there were 11 books. We will be forever grateful to the late Jim Longacre, grandson of founder Dawson Longacre, and a long- time member of our chapter. Jim graciously gave us access to these books to make them available to researchers whose families may have called upon the Longacre family to assist them with their loved ones final arrangements. Each book was carefully photographed and a master index was created. Every effort was made to correctly transcribe the records for the index. Several books had fallen victim to water damage causing the ink to run and pages stick together. The index is alphabetical with the book number and page number in the book where the record can be easily located. There are over 3000 images. Some of the books had additional paperwork attached to an account and those have been included. Cost for this publication is $15 for members, $18 for non-members. Shipping and handling is $3 per DVD.


    NEW!! We would like to announce the release of its latest publication: Cherished Memories: A Collection of Obituaries and Death Notices of Ancestors Buried in Liverpool Township Cemeteries 1871-1985. This publication is issued in conjunction with the Liverpool Township's Bicentennial Celebration which is being conducted throughout 2010. The publication replicates the actual obituaries and transcribes many of the death notices for burials in the nine cemeteries of Liverpool Township, Medina County. It is sorted by cemetery and contains over 1700 indexed names of burials in the time period of 1871 through 1985. Containing 650 pages it is available via a CD versus paper publication. Primary research was conducted by Chapter member Ann Stroth, who spent hundreds of hours reviewing microfilm at the Medina Library as well as visiting each of the cemeteries. The purpose of the publication is to assist people researching their family members or early Liverpool residents buried in Liverpool cemeteries. The obituaries often reveal the life styles, trials and tribulations of early life in Medina county. The CD is available for $15.00 + $3.00 shipping and handling for non-chapter members and $12.00 + $3.00 shipping and handling for chapter members from the Medina County Genealogical Society, P.O. Box 804, Medina, Ohio 44256.


    Two new DVD's are now available that chronicle the lives of early Valley City, OH ancestors. Several years ago, Paul Hartman undertook the arduous task of indexing these church records having to read from the old German handwritings. He chronicled the births, marriages, deaths and confirmations of the members of each church. The Medina County Genealogical Society and Terry and Marcia Hart were recently granted permission to digitize the records of both churches. We most graciously thank both organizations as well as Terry and Marcia for pulling this all together.


    Emmanuel UCC Church index and digital images on DVD. This church was originally the Emmanuel Evangelical & Reform church founded in established in 1838. The index and images are from 1847 to 1920. This sells for $25 for chapter members and $30 for non-members.


    The Zion Lutheran Church was established in 1830. The records are indexed from 1851 to 1903. Some records were found that Paul Hartman had overlooked as well as some newer records. This sells for $25 for chapter members and $30 for non-members.


    If you had early ancestors in the area of Valley City, OH, these two DVD's are must haves for your research. You are getting the original handwritten ledger entry along with the indexes originally done by Paul Hartman.


To order these and any of our other publications, see our PUBLICATION ORDER FORM here.


Lineage Societies of Medina County

Lineage Societies are a way of celebrating the achievements of our ancestors that arrived here first.

Applications for each group will be found on the page that describes the qualifications for each group. At this time, all application deadlines are July 1.

Be sure to check out the Lineage Society Guidelines for rules on filling out the applications.

If you have questions, please contact our Lineage chair, at: lineagechair@medinacoogs.org with any questions you might have.

APPLICATION FORMS



Medina County Chapter of OGS Research Policy

If you are not a member, but are interested in having our chapter do research for you, please see our research policy listed HERE.



Pictures of Medina County

Recently, the MCGS was presented with pictures obtained at an estate auction from a photographer in Medina. These pictures were taken over a time span from about 1945 to 1953. Some may be earlier and some may be later.

These photographs represent births, marriages, deaths and other community events. There is an index to these photos HERE. If you find your family mentioned here and are interested in obtaining the pictures, please contact Bob Hyde at: hydert@zoominternet.net to make arrangements to pick up the photos or to have them sent to you.

It is because of generous and caring people that our past is still our present. Enjoy looking, Margaret Cheney



Tombstone Inscriptions of Spencer Cemetery

Francis Stuart has submitted this huge and very comprehensive database for us. Right now, it's being indexed, but for the moment, you can view the pdf file of it. In the near future, it will be broken down into several pages, much easier to load. This file will take some time to download, and is very large, so please be patient and allow time for it to load. To view the file, click HERE.



Some Helpful (and our favorite) Links!

Ohio Genealogical Society: http://www.ogs.org
MCGS Members Only Website: http://www.myfamily.com
Medina County Historical Society: http://www.medinahistorical.com/
LDS Library, Family Search: http://www.familysearch.org/eng/default.asp



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