Online Resources

Databases Available at the Library


MCDL has Genealogy and History databases to research your family for free and includes records for around the world. Databases include Ancestry Library Edition, Fold3, Heritage Quest Online and more. Note: some databases must be used at a MCDL location.

Use these MCDL databases to research your family for free.  Includes records for around the world. 

African American Heritage
Trace your family history by searching records, books, serials, and other historical records specific to African American genealogy. Access from home with your library card.

American Ancestors
Explore your New England ancestors' lives with 1.4 billion records from the United States, the British Isles, continental Europe, and beyond. Available only at Medina Library.

Ancestry Library Edition
Research your family tree for free, by using this essential genealogy resource at any MCDL location. 

Black Freedom Struggle in the United States
Explore primary source documents, like newspaper articles, diaries, correspondence and more, from periods in U.S. history marked by the opposition African Americans have faced on the road to freedom.

Born in Slavery: Slave Narratives from the Federal Writers' Project, 1936 to 1938
Explore 2,300 first-person accounts of slavery and 500 black-and-white photographs of former slaves.

Digital Archives of MCDL
Search and browse Medina County newspapers and company newsletters from 1830 to 1977. Save and print articles sign in required.or your personal family and local history research. Free; no sign in required.

FamilySearch Affiliate Library
Search for your relatives in records from around the world. Use FamilySearch at any MCDL location and access 135 million restricted records.

Find My Past
Search the premier database for British and Irish records. Includes the PERSI, an index of 2.5 million articles in historical and genealogical publications. Available only at Medina Library.

The premier collection of historical U.S. military records brings the details of America's military veterans to life with stories, photos, and personal documents.  Access from home with your library card.

Heritage Quest Online
Explore HeritageQuest’s unique collections, including 25,000+ family and local history books, Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty-Land Warrant Application Files, and Freedman's Bank Records (1865-1874). Access from home with your library card.

Last Seen: Finding Family After Slavery
Search 2,500+ ads published in U.S. newspapers between 1865 and 1920 by formerly enslaved people seeking information on loved ones after emancipation. - World Collection
Selected full-text of 19th and 20th century local newspapers from the United States, with additional coverage of local newspapers from Canada, England, Ireland and Northern Ireland. Sign in with your MCDL library card number.

R. B. Hayes Ohio Obituary Index
Search for Medina County obituaries through this resource.

Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps for Ohio
Search detailed maps at building level for more than 400 Ohio communities from 1868 to the 1960s. Access from home with your library card.

Digital Books on Medina County

History of Medina County and Ohio, Vol. 1 by William Henry Perrin

History of Medina County and Ohio, Vol. 2 by William Henry Perrin

Pioneer History of Medina County by N. B. Northrop

1900 The Farm Journal Directory of Medina County, Ohio published by Wilmer Atkinson Company

Gleanings in Bee Culture, 1885-1922

Free Websites

Use these free resources to explore your family’s roots, in Medina County and beyond. 

Beyond the Storefronts
Created by Robert Hyde.  Learn about the history of Medina Square.

Bureau of Land Management and the General Land Office: Federal Land Records
Learn who owned your property first.  Access to Federal Land Patents for Ohio and other records.

Castle Garden
This immigration center was a precursor to Ellis Island.  Search this index for millions of immigrants who arrived between 1820 and 1892.

Cleveland Memory Project: Medina, Ohio Collection
Enjoy photographs and manuscripts that illustrate the small-town appeal Medina, Ohio.  Includes items from 1840 to 1960. 

Cleveland Necrology File & News Index
Contains cemetery records, death notices, and obituaries from Cleveland newspapers, with scattered years from 1833 to 2014.

Chronicling America
Search the Medina Sentinel and newspapers from across the United States.

Civil War Soldiers and Sailors Database
Search an index of basic facts about 6.3 million soldier who served on both sides during the Civil War.

Ellis Island
Search for ancestors who emigrated through Ellis Island between 1892 through 1924.

The Encyclopedia of Cleveland History
Search articles, images, and a timeline documenting Cleveland history.

Find A Grave
Search cemeteries from Medina County, Ohio and around the world.

Library of Congress
View books, maps, images, and more for Medina County, Ohio and the entire United States.

Medina County GenWeb
Explore information on Medina County genealogy and history.

National Archives (NARA)
Includes genealogy instruction links and information on using the genealogy resources at the National Archives.

Thousands of pages of information by volunteers providing free Ohio genealogy resources.

Ohio History Connection
Search Ohio Death Certificates (1908-1963) and more resources for the state of Ohio.

Ohio Memory Project
View photos, newspapers, and manuscripts from collections across the state of Ohio.

Ohio Townships and Counties Map
Map of the state of Ohio.  Zoom in to view counties, townships, and cities.

Timeline of Medina County History
Enjoy this illustrated timeline of Medina County history.  Updated 2018.

Tombstone Transcription Project - Medina County
Explore Medina County cemeteries.

Vital Records Information
Information about where to obtain vital records from each state and county of the United States.

The War of the Rebellion: Official Records of the Civil War
A 128-volume compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies.