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Guide to Medina County, Ohio ancestry, genealogy and family history, birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

County Facts
County seat: Medina
Organized: January 14, 1818[1]
Parent County(s): Portage[2]
Neighboring Counties
Lorain  • Cuyahoga  • Summit  • Wayne  • Ashland
See County Maps
Courthouse
Ohio, Medina County Courthouse.png
Location Map
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Adoption

County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The county was named for Medina, Saudi Arabia. It is located in the north-central area of the state.[3]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Medina County Courthouse
93 Public Square
Medina, OH 44256
Phone: 330-723-3641
Medina County Courthouse

Probate Court has birth and death records to 1909,
Marriage and probate records; County Health Department
Health Department has birth and death records from 1909;
Clerk Court has divorce and Court Records from 1818;
County Recorder has land records[4]

Medina County, Ohio Record Dates[edit | edit source]

Information for this chart was taken from various sources, often containing conflicting dates. This information should be taken as a guide and should be verified by contacting the county and/or the state government agency.

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[5]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1867 1818 1867 1718 1818 1818 1820
Statewide registration for births and deaths started in 1908. General compliance year is unknown.

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

Populated Places[edit | edit source]

For a complete list of populated places, including small neighborhoods and suburbs, visit Hometown Locator. The following are the most historically and genealogically relevant populated places in this county: [8]

Cities
Villages
Unincorporated communities
Townships

History Timeline[edit | edit source]

Connecticut Western Reserve in northeast Ohio.png

Medina County was a part of the Connecticut Western Reserve. The Reserve was a part of northeast Ohio originally intended for settlement by Revolutionary War refugees from Connecticut.[9] The former Connecticut Western Reserve lands were in the modern counties of Ashtabula, Cuyahoga, Erie, Geauga, Huron, Lake, Lorain, Medina, Portage, and Trumbull fully, but also in parts of Ashland, Mahoning, Ottawa, Summit, and Wayne counties in Ohio.

Resources[edit | edit source]

Bible Records[edit | edit source]

For an extensive list of resources for Bible Records see Ohio Bible Records.

Biographies[edit | edit source]

Business, Commerce, and Occupations[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries of Medina County, Ohio online and in print
Tombstone Transcriptions Online
Tombstone Transcriptions in Print (Often more complete)
List of Cemeteries in the County
See Ohio Cemeteries for more information.

 

Census Records[edit | edit source]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1820 3,082
1830 7,560 145.3%
1840 18,352 142.8%
1850 24,441 33.2%
1860 22,517 −7.9%
1870 20,092 −10.8%
1880 21,453 6.8%
1890 21,742 1.3%
1900 21,958 1.0%
1910 23,598 7.5%
1920 26,067 10.5%
1930 29,677 13.8%
1940 33,034 11.3%
1950 40,417 22.3%
1960 65,315 61.6%
1970 82,717 26.6%
1980 113,150 36.8%
1990 122,354 8.1%
2000 151,095 23.5%
2010 172,332 14.1%
Source: "Wikipedia.org".

Church Records[edit | edit source]

Church records and the information they provide vary significantly depending on the denomination and the record keeper. They may contain information about members of the congregation, such as age, date of baptism, christening, or birth; marriage information and maiden names; and death date. For general information about Ohio denominations, see Ohio Church Records.

Court Records[edit | edit source]

Directories[edit | edit source]

Emigration and Immigration[edit | edit source]

Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups[edit | edit source]

Funeral Homes[edit | edit source]

Genealogies[edit | edit source]

Guardianship[edit | edit source]

Land and Property Records[edit | edit source]

Land and property records can place an ancestor in a particular location, provide economic information, and reveal family relationships. Land records include: deeds, abstracts and indexes, mortgages, leases, grants and land patents.

See Ohio Land and Property for additional information about early Ohio land grants. After land was transferred to private ownership, subsequent transactions were usually recorded at the county courthouse and where records are currently housed.

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Local histories are available for this county. County histories may include biographies, church, school and government history, and military information. For more information about local histories, see Ohio Local Histories.

Maps and Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

Lorain CountyCuyahoga CountySummit CountyWayne CountyAshland CountyOH MEDINA.PNG
Click a neighboring county
for more resources

Migration[edit | edit source]

Military Records[edit | edit source]

Civil War

World War I

Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

Medina County newspapers often contain genealogical value including obituaries, births, marriages, deaths, anniversaries, family gatherings, family travel, achievements, business notices, engagement information, and probate court proceedings.

For more Ohio newspaper information see Ohio Newspapers and Obituaries.

Obituaries[edit | edit source]

Other Records[edit | edit source]

Periodicals[edit | edit source]

Probate Records[edit | edit source]

From 1797 or the creation of the county, probate records were held by the Court of Common Pleas. After 1852, records are held by the Medina County Probate Court. Records include wills, estates, guardianships, naturalizations, marriage, adoption, and birth and death records (1867-1908 only). The records may give the decedent's date of death, name of spouse, children, parents, siblings, in-laws, neighbors, associates, relatives, and their place of residence.

See Ohio Probate Records for information about how to use probate records.

School Records[edit | edit source]

Social Security Records[edit | edit source]

Tax Records[edit | edit source]

Ohio tax records complement land records and can be used in place of censuses before 1820 or to supplement the years between censuses. Because only persons who owned taxable property were listed, many residents were not included in tax lists. There may also be gaps of several years in the tax records of some counties.

Vital Records[edit | edit source]

Vital records consist of birth, death, marriage and divorce records. Marriages were usually recorded from the formation of the county and are held at the office of the County Probate Court. Divorce records are located with the county Clerk of Courts.

Any existing birth and death records from 1867 through December 19, 1908 are located at the County Probate Court. The Ohio Department of Health has birth records filed after December 20, 1908 and death records filed after January 1, 1954, while the Ohio History Connection houses death records from December 20, 1908 through December 31, 1953.

Birth[edit | edit source]

Marriage[edit | edit source]

Death[edit | edit source]

Divorce[edit | edit source]

Research Facilities[edit | edit source]

Archives[edit | edit source]

Listed below are archives in Medina County. For state-wide archival repositories, see Ohio Archives and Libraries.

Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance, free access to center-only databases, and to premium genealogical websites.
FamilySearch Affiliate Libraries have access to most center-only databases, but may not always have full services normally provided by a family history center.

Local Centers and Libraries

Libraries[edit | edit source]

Listed below are libraries in Medina County. For state-wide library facilities, see Ohio Archives and Libraries.

Medina County District Library
210 S Broadway St
Medina, OH 44256
330-725-0588
Website

Wadsworth Ella M. Everhard Public Library
132 Broad St
Wadsworth, OH 44281-1897
330-334-5761
Website

Western Reserve Historical Society
Research Library in the History Center
10825 East Blvd
Cleveland, OH 44106
216-721-5722
FamilySearch Wiki
Website

Museums[edit | edit source]

Medina County Historical Society
John Smart House Museum
206 N Elmwood St
Medina, OH 44256
330-722-1341
Email:mchs@zoominternet.net
Website

Lodi Railroad Museum
204 Railroad St
PO Box 177
Lodi, OH 44254
Website

Find a Museum
Museums in Medina, OH
Website

Societies[edit | edit source]

Listed below are societies in Medina County. For state-wide genealogical societies, see Ohio Societies.

Medina County Genealogical Society
PO Box 804
Medina, OH 44258-0804
Email: president@medinacoogs.org
Website

Medina County Historical Society
206 N Elmwood St
Medina, OH 44256
330-722-1341
Email: mchs@zoominternet.net
Website

Websites[edit | edit source]

Research Guides[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Ohio Historical Boundary Changes - list of all boundary changes by county provided by Newberry Library
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Ohio.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  3. Genealogy Trails History Group, “Medina County, Ohio Genealogy and History”, http://genealogytrails.com/ohio/medina/ accessed 2/22/2017.
  4. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Ohio.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  5. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Ohio.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  6. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Ohio.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  7. Ohio Historical Boundary Changes - list of all boundary changes by county provided by Newberry Library
  8. Wikipedia contributors, "Medina County, Ohio," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Medina_County,_Ohio, accessed 2 January 2019.
  9. William Dollarhide, and Ronald A. Bremer, America's Best Genealogy Resource Centers (Bountiful, UT: Heritage Quest, 1988), 89. At various repositories (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 J54d.