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 and July when we meet on the 2nd Saturday of the month due to the closure of the library on Sundays in the summer. We have a social hour at 1:30pm and our programs begin at 2:00pm We usually meet at the Medina County Public Library, 210 S. Broadway, Medina, OH. Please make sure you check below for updates on meeting dates and locations.

    2019 MEETINGS

    • January 13, 2019 - 2:00PM (social hour at 1:30PM) Program - Beyond the Storefronts - Part Two
      Bob Hyde, Medina Historian, will present the second part of his history of the Medina Square and surrounding area businesses.

    • February 10, 2019 - 2:00PM (social hour at 1:30PM) Program - Help Session
      Bring your research problems and we will work together to find a solution.

    • March 10, 2019 - 2:00PM (social hour at 1:30PM) Program - Starting Research in Alsace-Lorraine
      Think your ancestors may have come from Alsace-Lorraine? Lauren Kuntzman will provide tips for identifying their place of origin and how to find resources from their homeland.


    • Saturday - January 26, 2019 - 10:00AM to 4:00PM - Medina County Local History Fair
      Historical and Genealogical societies from aroun Medina County will be on hand to showcase their collections and answer questions about the fascinating people, places, and events of Medina County. This event is held at the Medina County Library at 210 S. Broadway, Medina, OH.

    • Saturday - April 27, 2019 - MCDL Genealogy Slam!
      This event will focus on helping participants better understand DNA test results and learn how to use them in genealogical research. Time and location to be announced soon.

2018 Officers

President - Patricia Morgan
Vice-President - OPEN
Secretary - Barb Praisler
Treasurer - Mary Hayes

NOTE TO MEMBERS - 2019 membership dues will be due starting in January 2019. Please complete and return the 2019 MEMBERSHIP FORM. Thank you for supporting our programs!

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


"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.

"Cherished Memories: A Collection of Obituaries and Death Notices of Ancestors Buried in Liverpool Township Cemeteries 1871-1985." This publication was issued in conjunction with the Liverpool Township's Bicentennial Celebration in 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.

     Two DVDs 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.

     "Index To Church Records at Emmanuel E & R Church". This church was originally the Emmanuel Evangelical & Reform church founded in 1838. The index and images are from 1847 to 1920.

     "Index to Church Records at Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church". 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.

    NOTE: 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.

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: with any questions you might have.


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.

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:
Medina County Historical Society:
LDS Library, Family Search:

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Last updated 31 December 2018