Local History & Genealogy

Local History collection

The primary focus of the collection is the Medina area but there are some materials about other locales within Orleans County. If you do not live in the area, you can submit a research request using the Contact Us form or email us at info@medinalibrary.org.  Please include as much information as you have to make our search easier. Names, dates, known spelling variations are all helpful.

Here is a downloadable flyer with some of our genealogy materials.

Available materials

A full listing of our collection can be found at the following links

Our earliest newspapers are also available online.  This collection contains the following:

  • Medina Daily Journal and Register, 1932- May 1971
  • Medina Daily Journal, 1903-1917, 1922-1932
  • Medina Register, 1882-1911
  • Medina Tribune, 1861-1945

Online newspaper printing help.

Poster4“In Remembrance”
This folder of materials is a moving tribute to the soldiers from Western New York who were killed in action during the Vietnam War. The names of the 531 casualties are listed alphabetically and an obituary or press story for each soldier is included. Created by Patrick Kavanagh, who served as a medic in Vietnam, and is the Historian for Forest Lawn Cemetery in Buffalo. This painstaking project was obviously a labor of love.

 

Local history contacts

The Medina Historical Society, Catherine Cooper
The Town of Ridgeway Historian, Catherine Cooper
The Town of Shelby Historian, Alice Zacher
The Village of Medina Historian, Todd Bensley
The Orleans County Historian, Catherine Cooper

Local Online Records

Free, limited access to NYS records at Ancestry.com.
Orleans County Records.
Medina Newspapers.

Genealogy Sites & Databases

International Newspaper Database
Heritage Quest (need library card)
Fold3 (need library card)
Cyndi’s List
RootsWeb
US GenWeb
World GenWeb
Family Search

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