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 July and August 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.
2013 Meeting Agenda
Saturday, May 11 — "Picasa, How to Organize and Edit Your Photos." — Marilyn Baskin will demonstrate this free and simple program that offers organization, editing, and sharing/storage features for your photographs.
Saturday, June 8 — Summer Vacation — No meeting
Saturday, July 13 — "Family Search is a Piece of Cake" — Betty Franklin of the Family History Center in Westlake will discuss the various data bases and research strategies for optimal success as well as getting the most out of the other tabs on the FamilySearch.org website, such as the Wiki, Books and Catalog and the new Family Tree.
Sunday, August 10 — "History of Vital Statistics in the US Program-How it Helped Genealogy" — Pat Morgan.
Saturday, September 14 — "From Your Heart With Your Hands" — Margaret Cheney will demonstrate how to make your photos into a video for your family to enjoy using a Windows free program. Other craft ideas using your family history to create unique gifts or memorabilia will also be shared.
Sunday, October 13 — "What's Ailing You?" — Jay Russell will present a program on diseases of our forefathers and their treatments. Find out vintage names of some diseases that may be found on death records, and the devices and medicines, and what they contained, used to "treat" these diseases.
Sunday, November 10 — TBA
December — Annual dinner and Installation of Lineage Societies Candidates.
President - Patricia Morgan
Vice-President - Jean Copeland
Secretary - Char Graf
Treasurer - Marcia Hart
Want to join us? Click here for our Membership form. It has all the information for joining us.
PUBLICATIONS - A listing of our publications
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions you might have.
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: email@example.com to make arrangements to pick up the photos or to have them sent to you.
(This is a huge file. It is being re-worked into smaller, and easier to navigate pages at this time, but for now, it's here for you to check out.)
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
Website: Hank Cradduck, Webmaster