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Erie Branch Library (734) 848-4420
Frenchtown-Dixie Branch Library (734) 289-1035
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Newport Branch Library (734) 586-2117
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Robert A. Vivian Branch Library (734)241-1430
Senior Outreach (734) 241-5770
South Rockwood Branch Library (734) 379-3333
Bedford Branch Library
8575 Jackman Rd. Temperance, MI 48182 Phone: (734) 847-6747
Fax: (734) 847-6591
Mon - Thu: 9:00 am-9:00 pm
Fri - Sat: 9:00 am-5:00 pm
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Blue Bush Branch Library
2210 Blue Bush Road Monroe, MI 48162-9643 Phone: (734) 242-4085
Fax: (734) 242-4085
Mon - Tue: 1:00 pm-5:00 pm
Wed: 1:00 pm-8:00 pm
Thu: 1:00 pm-5:00 pm
Fri: 10:00 am-5:00 pm
Sat: 10:00 am-2:00 pm
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Carleton Branch Library
1444 Kent Street Carleton, MI 48117-0267 Phone: (734) 654-2180
Fax: (734) 654-8767
Mon: 12:00 pm-8:00 pm
Tue - Wed: 9:00 am-8:00 pm
Thu: 12:00 pm-8:00 pm
Fri - Sat: 9:00 am-5:00 pm
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Dorsch Memorial Branch Library
18 East First Street Monroe, MI 48161-2227 Phone: (734) 241-7878
Fax: (734) 241-7879
Mon - Tue: 9:00 am-8:00 pm
Wed: 9:00 am-5:00 pm
Thu: 9:00 am-8:00 pm
Fri - Sat: 9:00 am-5:00 pm
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Dundee Branch Library
144 East Main Street Dundee, MI 48131-1202 Phone: (734) 529-3310
Fax: (734) 529-7415
Mon: 9:00 am-6:00 pm
Tue: 10:00 am-8:00 pm
Wed: 9:00 am-6:00 pm
Thu: 10:00 am-8:00 pm
Fri: 9:00 am-5:00 pm
Sat: 10:00 am-2:00 pm
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Ellis Library & Reference Center
3700 South Custer Rd. Monroe 48161-9716 Phone: (734) 241-5277
Toll Free: (800) 462-2050
Fax: (734) 242-9037
Mon - Thu: 9:00 am-9:00 pm
Fri - Sat: 9:00 am-5:00 pm
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Erie Branch Library
2065 Erie Rd. Erie, MI 48133-9757 Phone: (734) 848-4420
Mon: 1:00 pm-8:00 pm
Tue: 1:00 pm-5:00 pm
Wed: 9:00 am-5:00 pm
Thu - Fri: 1:00 pm-5:00 pm
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Frenchtown-Dixie Branch Library
2881 Nadeau Road Monroe, MI 48162-9355 Phone: (734) 289-1035
Fax: (734) 289-3867
Mon - Tue: 9:00 am-8:00 pm
Wed: 9:00 am-5:00 pm
Thu: 12:00 pm-8:00 pm
Fri - Sat: 9:00 am-5:00 pm
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Ida Branch Library
3016 Lewis Ave. Ida, MI 48140-0056 Phone: (734) 269-2191
Fax: (734) 269-3315
Mon: 10:00 am-8:00 pm
Tue: 10:00 am-6:00 pm
Wed - Fri: 10:00 am-5:00 pm
Sat: 10:00 am-1:00 pm
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L.S. Navarre Branch Library
1135 East Second Street Monroe, MI 48161-1920 Phone: (734) 241-5577
Fax: (734) 241-5577
Mon: 1:00 pm-7:00 pm
Tue: 10:00 am-7:00 pm
Wed - Thu: 1:00 pm-7:00 pm
Fri: 1:00 pm-5:00 pm
Sat: 10:00 am-2:00 pm
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Maybee Branch Library
9060 Raisin St. Maybee, MI 48159-0165 Phone: (734) 587-3680
Fax: (734) 587-3680
Mon: 12:00 pm-8:00 pm
Tue: 12:00 pm-5:00 pm
Thu: 9:00 am-1:00 pm
Fri: 9:00 am-5:00 pm
Sat: 9:00 am-2:00 pm
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Newport Branch Library
8120 N. Dixie Hwy. Newport, MI 48166-9703 Phone: (734) 586-2117
Fax: (734) 586-1116
Mon: 12:00 pm-6:00 pm
Tue: 10:00 am-8:00 pm
Wed: 10:00 am-6:00 pm
Thu: 12:00 pm-8:00 pm
Fri: 10:00 am-5:00 pm
Sat: 10:00 am-2:00 pm
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Rasey Memorial Branch Library
4349 Oak, Box 416 Luna Pier, MI 48157-4572 Phone: (734) 848-4572
Fax: (734) 848-4572
Mon: 9:00 am-1:00 pm
Tue - Wed: 2:00 pm-8:00 pm
Thu: 9:00 am-1:00 pm
Fri: 1:00 pm-5:00 pm
Sat: 9:00 am-1:00 pm
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Robert A. Vivian Branch Library
2664 Vivian Road Monroe, MI 48162-9212 Phone: (734)241-1430
Fax: (734)241-1430
Mon: 12:00 pm-8:00 pm
Wed: 12:00 pm-8:00 pm
Thu: 9:00 am-2:00 pm
Fri: 12:00 pm-5:00 pm
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Senior Outreach
South Rockwood Branch Library
5676 Carleton Rockwood Road S. Rockwood, MI 48179 Phone: (734) 379-3333
Fax: (734) 749-7485
Mon: 10:00 am-5:00 pm
Tue: 1:00 pm-6:00 pm
Wed: 1:00 pm-8:00 pm
Thu: 1:00 pm-6:00 pm
Fri: 1:00 pm-5:00 pm
Sat: 9:00 am-1:00 pm
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Summerfield-Petersburg Branch Library
60 East Center St. Petersburg, MI 49270 Phone: (734) 279-1025
Fax: (734) 279-2328
Mon - Tue: 10:00 am-7:00 pm
Wed - Thu: 12:00 pm-8:00 pm
Fri: 10:00 am-5:00 pm
Sat: 10:00 am-1:00 pm
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Tai Chi @ Erie Branch Library
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Preschool Storytime-Frenchtown
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Bedford Branch Library Local History Room

A collection of local materials such as family histories, abstracts, photographs, school yearbooks, Genealogical Society of Monroe County publications (birth, death, marriage and census records), Microfilm of census, church records and newspapers, database of obituaries from the late 1800's, maps, Monroe County Directories, and telephone cross indexes for Monroe and Lenawee County. A devoted group of volunteers have helped organize this collection.

Contact the library for further information, opportunities to volunteer, or for donations to the collection.

To request scans from any of the featured collections, please contact the Bedford Branch Library using the Ask A Librarian form or contact us at 734-847-6747.

Check back often for more indexes and collections.

 

Cemeteries and Deaths

Farnham Funeral Home Records 1921 - 2006 - Archival records in index format from Farnham Funeral Home in Temperance, Michigan, covering records of persons buried between the years 1921-2006. 

Jane Eisenmann Obituary Collection - Jane Eisenmann played the organ for funerals from 1968 - 1989, mostly at the Farnham Funeral Home in Temperance, Mich. This collection contains the obituaries for those whom Jane served with her music.

Lambertville Cemetery Records of Transfer Papers (of Lots)- An Index to the Records of Transfer Papers, of Lots, in the Lambertville Cemetery dated from March 1880 to June 1901 kept by the Clerk of the Board of Health of the Township of Bedford, in the county of Monroe, and State of Michigan. Papers show purchasers of lots in the cemetery.

LeClair Monument Records 1982 - 1993 - Archival records in index format from LeClair Monuments in Lambertville, Michigan, covering records of monuments ordered between the years 1982-1993.

Obituaries of Bedford Township Service Men and Women - A small collection of clippings donated by Trudy Urbani that have been organized into a notebook. It will be updated periodically as new obituaries are added.

Obituary Index A - L (9 26 2017) Obituary Index M - Z (9 26 2017) A listing of Temperance, Lambertville, Whiteford, Samaria, and Erie deceased local residents. An asterisk (*) in the note field indicates that the actual obituary is clipped and filed in the collection. This index will be updated frequently to reflect recent deaths.

Churches

Church Records Microfilm Collection - Includes Monroe County and Toledo churches. Library microfilm reader/printers are available for viewing, printing, and saving images.

First Baptist Church

Annual Reports – Located in the clipping file, the library holds the following annual reports:

1985 – 1992, 1995 – 1997, 1999 – 2001

Methodist Church Records

Baptisms 1866-1892 - Index lists name and page number. The record shows date, name, adult or child, parent names, mode of baptism, place, minister and remarks.

Baptisms 1876 - 1947 - Index lists name, page and register numbers for the Lambertville United Methodist Church. The records show date of baptism and birth, place of birth and baptism, adult or child, parent names, minister and remarks.

Class Records - Index lists name, page, and register (entry) numbers for the Lambertville United Methodist Church. The register itself contains each person's "State in Life," "Residence," and "Remarks."

Cookbook Index – Titled Home Cooking Secrets of Lambertville, it was compiled by the Lambertville (Michigan) UMC in 1978.

Epworth League, Lambertville, Secretary's Book 1919 - 1927 - The Epworth League was an organization of the Methodist Episcopal Church. The original book contains monthly meeting minutes. The rolls of active members in the beginning of the book have been indexed by year 19191921Oct 1922 - Oct 1923Oct 1923 - Oct 1924June 1 1925

Lambertville Circuit Methodist Episcopal Church Historical Record - A transcription of the original document written September, 1881 by M. J. Scott (Pastor). 

Lambertville Circuit Methodist Episcopal Church Ministers 1849 - 1894 - Index to the list of ministers serving the Lambertville Circuit as included on pages 1-3 of the Historical Record.

Lambertville Circuit Methodist Episcopal Church Original Class Members - Index to the list of original members of the Lambertville Methodist Episcopal Church as included on page 1 of the Historical Record.

Lambertville Circuit Methodist Episcopal Church Probationers' Record - Index to the list of probationers (members). Index includes name, residence, date received, page and register numbers and notes. Additional information found in the ledger (not shown in the index) includes State in life, By whom received, When and how baptized and When and how disposed of.

Marriages 1865-1892 - Index lists name and page number. The record shows date, names, residences, places of birth, ages, occupation of male, minister and remarks.

Members in Full 1865-1893 - Index lists name and page number. The record is an alphabetical listing of members, listing name, state in life (single, married, widowed), date received, how received, by whom received, Number of class, and remarks

Monroe Circuit of the MI Conference Evangelical Association Index - This large ledger lists Records of Members between the years 1870-1912 and 1942-1945. Members are residents of many Monroe County municipalities including the south county areas of Bedford, Erie, Lambertville, Samaria, Temperance and Whiteford, as well as residents from areas in Lucas County, Ohio. 

Obituary Notices 1863 - 1883 Lambertville Circuit - The index to this valuable source of information about members lists name of member, birth date and location, death date and location, spouse and marriage date. Unfortunately pages 172-179 of the ledger are missing.

Official Member Committee Appointments 1881 - 1886 - Located in the Appendix of the ledger, the index lists member's name, position/committee, location, page, and date of appointment. 

Official Members 1866-1886  - Index lists name and page number. The record is a chronological record of official members listing name of member, office held, when appointed, when removed, how removed, and remarks.

Pastoral and Statistical Record 1865-1893 - Index lists name and page number. The record shows pastor's name, when appointed and removed, salary information, number of members and baptisms by pastor, value of church property, benevolent contributions under each pastor and Sunday school statistics.

St. Anthony's Catholic Church

St. Anthony's Cook Book 1950 Surname Index - Index lists names of recipe submitters, as well as officers of the Christian Mother's Society and the Entertainment Committee.

St. Anthony's Cook Book 1950 Advertiser's Index - Index lists the names of local businesses that placed ads in, or sponsored, the creation of the Cook Book in 1950.

United Brethren

S. Whiteford and Silica Evangelical United Brethren Churches - Records of Baptisms 1947-1975 - Index lists name of child, father, mother, date of birth, and date and location of baptism. Ledger includes the name of the officiating minister and his remarks, and states whether the subject was infant, child, youth or adult.

S. Whiteford and Silica Evangelical United Brethren Churches - Records of Baptism by Father 1947-1975 - Index is sorted by father's name and also lists the child and mother, date of birth, and date and location of baptism. Ledger includes the name of the officiating minister and his remarks, and states whether the subject was infant, child, youth or adult.

S. Whiteford and Silica Evangelical United Brethren Churches Record of Deaths 1945 - 1973 - Index lists name of deceased, DOB, DOD, date and location of burial, and funeral director. Ledger includes location of death and in some cases, location of birth.

S. Whiteford and Silica Evangelical United Brethren Marriages by Bride 1874-1945 - Index is sorted by Bride and lists Groom, the ages of both and the date of marriage. Ledger includes residences, places of birth, occupation of the male, officiating minister, witnesses and remarks.

S. Whiteford and Silica Evangelical United Brethren Churches - Records of Marriage by Bride 1945-1975 - Index is sorted by Bride and lists Groom, the ages of both, and the date of the marriage. Ledger includes residences of the couple, officiating minister and his remarks, and the witnesses.

S. Whiteford and Silica Evangelical United Brethren Marriages by Groom 1874-1945 - Index is sorted by Groom and lists Bride, the ages of both and the date of marriage. Ledger includes residences, places of birth, occupation of the male, officiating minister, witnesses and remarks.

S. Whiteford and Silica Evangelical United Brethren Churches - Records of Marriage by Groom 1945-1975 - Index is sorted by Groom and lists Bride, the ages of both, and the date of the marriage. Ledger includes residences of the couple, officiating minister and his remarks, and the witnesses.

S. Whiteford and Silica Evangelical United Brethren Church - Records of Official Members 1937-1951 - Index lists name of Official Member, when elected/appointed, when official relation ceased, church, and notes. Ledger includes the position held by the member.

S. Whiteford and Silica Evangelical United Brethren Church Officials 1941-1944 - Index lists name of Official Member, Position, when elected/appointed, when official position expired and church. Ledger includes remarks, if any. Page numbers differ from the above Records of Official Members ledger.

S. Whiteford and Silica Evangelical United Brethren Churches - Records of Pastors 1937-1962 - Index lists name of Pastor, the year appointed and the year removed. 

Whiteford Circuit Record of Funerals 1937-1945 - Index lists name of deceased, date and locatioin of birth, date and location of death and date of burial. The ledger occassionally lists cause of death and funeral home.

Universalist of Lambertville

Universalist Sabbath School Librarian Book 1871

Genealogy & Local History 

Bedford Township Land Abstracts Alphabetical or by Section Number - A collection of Bedford Township land abstracts donated/shared by local families, these abstracts will trace property from the original land patent owner. Indexed by section number as well as property owner.

Family Histories and Genealogies Index - A collection of local family histories, interviews and genealogical information including many of the pioneer families of Bedford Township

Mary Lutz Doty Genealogy Collection Surname Index – A 32 binder genealogy collection created by Mary Lutz Doty with emphasis on the Bedford Township families of Bolton, Hungerford, Klinck, and Lutz. Donated to Trudy Urbani by Robert Doty and donated to the Bedford Library Local History Collection by Trudy Urbani. Many local surnames are inter-related, so check the Index to see if your surnames are included.

Native American Artifacts Collection of Ted Beck - Many of the artifacts in the displays below were found in the Little Lake area, Section 15 of Bedford Township, Monroe County, MI. Ted, a 1945 Temperance High School graduate donated the collection to the Local History Room at the Bedford Branch Library in May 2014.

   

Ruby Mae Whitmill Straus Digital Collection - This two-volume collection of original photos and articles of Whitmill and related families was collected by Ruby Mae (Whitmill) Straus, a granddaughter of the immigrant ancestor who crossed from England in 1855. The Whitmill family were early settlers of the Bedford Township area. They lived in a log home right on the border of Bedford Township and Ohio and raised 12 children.  The  collection was given to Donald R. Adams upon Ruby’s death in 1999. Don researched and organized the collection and donated it to the Bedford Branch Library’s Local History collection. Check out the digitized images at the Monroe County Library System's digital collection.

Toledo/Lucas County Vital Records - Microfilm rolls of Toledo/Lucas County area birth, death and marriage indexes housed in the Local History Collection. Library microfilm reader/printers are available for viewing, printing, and saving images. 

Newspapers

Courier Scrapbook Index - Written as a feature column about Bedford Township people and places by Sue Potter, and published in the local Bedford Township newspaper from 10 Feb 1970 through 4 Sep 1973

Newspaper Clipping File Index - A collection of articles clipped from Monroe County and Bedford Township newspapers relating to local events, organizations, schools, people, and noteworthy pieces spanning the 1960s through current times.

Newspaper Microfilm Collection - Includes local Bedford Newspapers, Monroe and Toledo Newspapers, and a number of other small local newspapers. Library microfilm reader/printers are available for viewing, printing, and saving images.

People

Biography File Index – The file includes newspaper articles clipped by volunteers about Bedford Township residents, both past and present.

Oral History Index - An index of oral histories recorded on cassette tape or CD that captures memories of people and places in the Bedford area. The recordings mostly occurred in the 1990s, although some are dated earlier, and some are dated later. Many of the recordings are from the Trudy Urbani Collection.

Schools

Bedford Township Schools Yearbook Collection – From 1936 to current, the index includes yearbooks for Bedford Junior High and High Schools, as well as Lambertville and Temperance schools.

Scrapbooks

Newcombe Family Scrapbooks Index - Created by Alice Marian (Tuttle) Newcombe, 1885-1982 and Mabel (Orr) Newcombe, 1914-1994, this set of 15 scrapbooks were passed through the Newcombe relatives and finally donated to Donald R. Adams, who donated them to the Bedford Library. They were indexed by Sue (Porter) Moon and are housed in the Archive Room. Note that there is not a #14 scrapbook.

Trudy Urbani Family and Local History Collections  

Contains inventories of the 40-year boxed collections of Bedford Township author and historian, Trudy Urbani. Please check back frequently as this is an ongoing project. 

Bedford Township

Kimble Collection - Box F020Box F021

Smith Collection - Smith Box F001Smith Box F002Smith Box F003Smith Box F004Smith Box F005Smith Box F006, Smith Box F007Smith Box F008Smith Box F009

Lambertville

Dunbar Collection

Liberty Corners

Liberty Corners Families Collection

Curson/Zimmerman/Straus Collection

Samaria

Bell Collection - The Bell Collection contains 5 binders with many photographs and several folders. The binders have been indexed and are sorted by the surname of person/people or by location. Assistance identifying some of the unidentified photos was given by Bradley Bell, Kimberly (Bell) Koberstein, and Noel Bell.

Hungerford Collection

Johnston Collection

Osgood Collection

Samaria Collection

Samaria Family Genealogies Collection - This box contains folders with genealogy information from a variety of Samaria families.

Samaria History Collection 

Samaria Reference Collection

Teall Collection

Whiting Collection

Whitmill Collection

Temperance

Eisenmann Collection

Fielding Collection

Francis Foods Collection

Hitchcock - Smith Collection

Kinney Collection

Kinney/Corl/Goldsmith Collection Box A

Kinney/Corl/Goldsmith Collection Box B

Nusbaum Collection

Rasey/Karr/Trapp Collection

Ruckreigle Collection

Sterns Collection

Temperance Business Families Collection

Temperance Collection

Temperance Families

Box T001

Box T002

Box T003

Box T004

Box T017

Box T018

Whiteford