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.
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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.
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.
Obituary Index 8 7 2017 – A listing of Temperance, Lambertville, Whiteford, Samaria, and other 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.
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.
Cookbook Index – Titled Home Cooking Secrets of Lambertville, it was compiled by the Lambertville (Michigan) UMC in 1978.
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, No. of class, and remarks
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.
Universalist of Lambertville
Genealogy & Local History
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.
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.
Biography File Index – The file includes newspaper articles clipped by volunteers about Bedford Township residents, both past and present.
Oral Histories Index - An index of oral histories recorded on cassette tape 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.
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.
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.