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Located in the Medina Library, the Franklin Sylvester Genealogy Room was inaugurated September 1992 and houses the local history and genealogy collection. Named for the local cattle baron who donated the money for the first public library in Medina, the room is devoted to basic genealogy resources and the rich history and colorful people of the immediate Medina County area.


— The room is available during regular library hours.
— The doors to the room will be kept closed and locked at all times.
— All patrons using the Franklin Sylvester Room will sign the room registration.
— Materials may not be taken from the room. If photocopies are needed, a staff person will provide assistance.
— Patrons may sign up to use the microfilm reader for one hour. At the end of the hour additional time may be requested if the microfilm reader is free and has not been reserved. Reservations may be made by phone up to two weeks in advance.

This information is provided to help you realize all the resources the library has to offer in your genealogy searches. Unfortunately because of the special nature and historical value of these materials, not all of them are listed in the library's computer catalog. That's why we have compiled this brief list of the resources and collections available at the Medina Library. The staff of the Medina County District Library is happy to assist you in your research. We are here to help you use the resources of the library. For our offsite patrons, we are able to search indexes and photocopy pertinent information. However, time and staff limitations do not allow for in-depth research. If you need more information or assistance, please ask a staff member for help.


—Medina County, Ohio 1820 -1920
—Medina County, Ohio 1890 Veterans & their widows
—Medina County Mortality Schedules, 1850, 1860
—Medina County Agricultural 1850, 1860, & 1880
—1790 Census for Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Vermont, and Virginia
—1800 Census Hampshire County, Massachusetts

County Records
—Medina County Marriage Records Index:

Indexed by Grooms last name A-Z 1818-1865
Indexed by the Brides last name, A-Z 1818-1865
General Index
Marriage Records Card File Indexes - Female and Male

—Marriage Records of Medina County 1818-1965
—Death Records of Medina County 1867-1909
—Birth Records of Medina County 1867-1909
—Wills of Medina County 1820-1901 (not indexed)
—Land Sales of Medina County - Final Records 1852-1902
—Indexes to the Deeds of Medina County 1790-1923
—Records of Deeds of Medina County 1795-1861
—Medina County Duplicate Tax Records 1819-1838

—Medina County Gazette 1855-present
—Medina County Sentinel 1899-1950
—Seville Chronicle 1948-1984

Miscellaneous Microforms
—IGI- International Genealogical Index for United States
—Index to the Ohio Civil War Roster
—The Ohio Civil War Roster
—Women in the Western Reserve 1840-1850
—White-Snyder Collection

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Medina County Histories
Medina County Histories
—Pioneer History of Medina County (1861)
—History of Medina County and Ohio (1881)
—History of Medina County (1948)
—History of North Central Ohio Embracing Richland, Ashland, Wayne, Medina, Lorain, Huron and Knox Counties
—Historical Highlights of Medina (1966)
—Tombstone Inscriptions from the Cemeteries in Medina County Ohio (1983)
—Mennonite Cemeteries of Medina County
—Spring Grove Cemetery the Beginnings 1883-1890
—My Recolections (sic) of the Medina County Bar
—Marriages, Deaths, Divorces 1870, 1872-1875
—Births, Marriages, Deaths 1886-1887
—Births, Marriages, Deaths 1892-1893
—Births, Marriages, Deaths 1894-1895
—Births, Marriages, Deaths 1896-1897
—Years Ago Now 1854-1895
—Pioneer Perspective of Early Medina
—Medina County Ohio Gleanings
—Local Chips and Splinters 1886-88
—Local Chips and Splinters 1889
—Postmasters of Medina County, Ohio 1880-1890
—Businesses in Medina the 1880-1890 Series
—Houses of Medina 1880-1890
—The Phoenix Hall a Decade of Entertainment in Medina, Ohio 1880-1890
—Medina Boys, Union Veterans the G.A.R. of Medina 1880-1890
—Railroads of Medina 1880-1890
—Murder, Mayhem and Medina
—Medina County Agricultural Society, The Medina County Fair 1880-1890
—Pioneer Women of the Western Reserve Volume 2
—Naturalization Records of Medina (years are uncertain, but they are indexed)
—The Story of the Mennonites of Medina County 1832-1982
—Community Bands of Medina, Ohio 1859-1996
—A Reminiscence of Medina County, Ohio
—Medina County Gazette Happenings (1899)
—Medina County, Ohio Civil War Veterans
—Medina County Ohio Gazette Newspaper (1854-1898)
—Reformed Church East Homer Cemetery 1909-1994

Medina Village And Township Histories
—Outline History of Brunswick 1815-1965
—Life and Times in Brunswick, Ohio
—Brunswick: Our Hometown
—Chatham Sesquicentennial 1818-1968
—Early Twentieth Century Chatham
—Vital Records from Chatham Township Medina County Ohio
—Local Happenings of Chippewa Lake 1892-1893
—Event-Full Chippewa Lake Correspondence 1900
—Chippewa Lake Revisited 1995 edition
—Bringing History Home to Granger: the 1940s and
World War II
—Bringing History Home to Granger: the Civil War Years
—Bringing History Home to Granger: the 1910s and
World War I
—Bringing History Home to Granger: the Earliest Years
—History of Homer Township and History of Harrisville Township (newspaper clippings)
—Life on Hinckley Ridge
—History of Hinckley
—Hinckley Township 1825-1975
—Story of Litchfield, Ohio 1831-1981
—Early Sharon Township
—Sharon Township from Forest to Farms
—Seville, Ohio 1816-1941
—A Book About Seville
—Seville, 1816-1916
—Trip to Spencer 1823-1973
—Valley City and Liverpool Township Commemorative Book
—Wadsworth Memorial
—Wadsworth Heritage
—Wadsworth Center to City (1938)

Medina County Church Histories
—History of the First Congregational Church, Medina, Ohio 1819-1909
—Souvenir History (1830-1910) of the York Congregational Church
—Membership List of the Chatham United Church of Christ, Congregational
—Index to Church Records at Zion's Evangelical Luthern Church

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—Index of Medina County Histories (Northrop, Baskin & Battey)
—Index to Medina County Divorce Records 1825-1900
—Index - Women in the Western Reserve Before 1840
—Index to the Probate Court Records of Medina County, Ohio
—Obituary Index to the Medina County Gazette (cardfile)
—Index to Ohio Tax Lists 1800-1810

Directories for Medina County
—Medina City Directories 1948-1989, 1992
—Wadsworth City Directories 1961-1990, 1995
—Medina County Directories 1916, 1949-1989
—Williams' Medina, Elyria and Oberlin City Directory, City Guide and Business Mirror 1859


Medina County Atlases
—1857 Map of Medina County, Ohio from Actual Surveys
—New Historical Atlas of Medina County, Ohio, 1874
—1897 Atlas and Directory of Medina County, Ohio
—1925 Plat Map of Medina County, Ohio

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Year Books - for Medina High School
—These are housed in the stacks: 1913-1933, 1936-1953, 1955-1958, 1960-1965, 1967-1969
—These are housed in the Franklin Sylvester Local History Room: 1971, 1974-1975, 1977-1980, 1982-1993, 1998

—The Medina County Story (Medina County Genealogical Society Newsletter)
—Medina County Historical Society Newsletter
—Chatham Historical Society Newsletter
—Seville Historical Society Newsletter
—Spencer Town Crier

—Landmark Files - a collection of newspaper clippings on Medina landmarks, businesses and buildings, 1963-1991 About the Past - newspaper clippings from the column written by Evelyn Thomas that appeared in the Medina Gazette 1980-1987 Aerial Photographs - donated by the Conservation Office these photographs cover all of Medina County, 1937-1980
—Genealogies and Family Histories Collected during the Sesquicentennial
—Pamphlet files -newspaper clippings on topics of interest in Medina
—Family Genealogies - The library owns a number of donated family histories, including some of the prominent families in the county. The type of information varies greatly. Contact the library staff to see if your family is included in the genealogy collection.

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The Medina County Library Reference Staff will be happy to answer questions, and are willing to do look-ups of their holdings as their time allows. Please keep your look-up brief and to the point.

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