Medina County
Genealogical Society

a Chapter of
The Ohio Genealogical Society

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

Currently, the Chapter meets monthly both in-person and with an online Zoom option. Information about those meetings are detailed below. Please make sure you check below for updates on meeting dates and locations.

NOTE: Our newsletters are emailed in mid-Jan., Apr., July, and Oct. Please ensure that you either white list or mark the society's emails as "not spam" or "not junk" to make sure they come through. If you did not recieve it, check your spam folder.


Our meetings are planned to be in person meetings with the option to attend via Zoom. The in person part is held at the Medina County Public Library at 210 S. Broadway, Medina OH. Come at 1:30 for a social time with the program starting at 2:00PM.

Download a copy of the 2024 winter/spring program flyer.

  • March 10, 2024 - Would the Father of Frank Rice Please March Forward?
    Using a Civil War Pension File to Find the Identity of a Missing Father

    Frank Rice was born the same year War broke out between the States.His younger brother, Charles, was born near the end of the War.The brothers' alleged father was not listed in any of the U.S. Census records with the two brothers nor their mother. Was it possible the boys' father, David Rice, served in the Civil War? Based on a hunch, I began to explore the possibility that my husband may indeed have a Civil War ancestor. Presented by Deborah Kitko, MLIS, Wayne County Public Library Genealogy Librarian and Ohio Genealogical Society (OGS) Trustee.

  • April 21, 2024 - Wills & Estates on Ancestry and FamilySearch
    Wills and estate records can be gold mines of information for genealogical research. Learn how to find these documents online at Ancestry and FamilySearch. Presented by Margaret Cheney, Past President of OGS.
    Note: This meeting date was changed due to scheduling conflicts.

  • May 4, 2024 - Evaluating Online Family Trees
    Ancestry and similar websites include family trees created by others. How do you know if they are correct? In this class you’ll look at examples – including the tree of Luke Skywalker – to learn how to separate fact from fiction when it isn’t quite so obvious. Presented by Miranda Fein, Medina Library Associate. (Special registration required; register at
    Note: This meeting date was changed due to scheduling conflicts.

  • No June 2024 Meeting


  • Genealogy Discussion Group - 2nd Wednesday of every month at Noon.

    Held at the Medina County Library Main Branch in the small 2nd Floor Conference Room 2A + 2B. Connect with fellow genealogists to discuss research, share hints, and ask questions. All are welcome! No registration required.

  • Network to Freedom - Underground Railroad Sites in the National Park Service
    February 8, 2024 from 6:00PM to 7:00PM
    In late 2017, James A. Garfield NHS was given the high honor of being designated a site on the National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom. This program, administered by the National Park Service, recognizes, coordinates, and integrates sites across the country associated with the Underground Railroad or events/people that contributed to the Underground Railroad. Embark on a journey to discover the Network to Freedom and James A. Garfield NHS’s connection to it. Come away knowing more about other related sites across the country and right here in northeast Ohio! We will present the program at the Brunswick Library in the Sycamore Room North and South. Or if you prefer, you may view it at home via Zoom. The Zoom link will be provided to you upon registration.
    Register at

  • Family Search Catalog
    February 22, 2024 from 6:30PM to 7:30PM
    FamilySearch is an invaluable free resource for family history research. Learn how to access millions of unsearchable records by browsing the FamilySearch Catalog. Meets on Zoom. Optional viewing at the Medina Library in Community Room A.
    Register at

2024 Officers

President - Patricia Morgan
Vice-President - Lauren Kuntzman
Secretary - Barb Praisler
Treasurer - Mary Hayes

If you wish to renew your membership for 2024, please complete and return the 2024 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.

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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