Our newest publication is– "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. .
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.