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First - Talk to family - Start charts with self - Record all sources

Talk with older relatives; look for family records, such as Bibles, diaries, letters, and newspaper clippings; collect and record old family traditions and stories - consider using a tape or video recorder to preserve the memories of the older generation. Use ancestor charts and family group sheets to record information. Enter into computer program, if possible. Hayes recommends Roots Magic and copies are available in the Museum Store.

Now - Check sources at the Hayes Presidential Center

Computerized catalog of books on the web – go to or our web site and look under the Library – check for family names. Also check – now available from home.

Obits on the

Over 1 million names from Ohio newspapers from the 1810's to the present, with over half being from Northwest Ohio counties. Also includes indexing of some marriage notices, biographical files, probate cases, and other miscellaneous sources

County books and atlases on shelves and on microfilm (for out of state)
Look for biographical narratives, cemetery records, published vital statistics, etc.

Census records

HPC has Ohio census records on microfilm from 1790 to 1930, all of which are indexed either in books or online. The rest of the country is now available on the web via, a genealogical service for which we have paid and can be accessed for free at the Library or, if you are a $45 member of the Hayes Presidential Center, at home. is another online genealogical service which offers census for the whole country on the web, but it is not available for home use. Between HeritageQuest and Ancestry, there are indexes to all the US censuses.

Military and church records

Military reference books and microfilm
Large collection of Sandusky county church records on microfilm, including records of all the Catholic Churches in the county.

Microfilmed records

· Sandusky County records, such as births, deaths, marriages

· Hundreds of Ohio city directories plus thousands of county histories for other states, such as PA, NY, IN, MI, CA & IL

· Extensive collection of newspapers from this area and Ohio.

If you can’t find it at Hayes, we can refer you to the next place to search, such as courthouses, state archives, and other libraries.

Check your local public library for a variety of “how-to” books for genealogy that you can check out. Some titles available via Clevnet:

Carmack, Sharon DeBartolo, .A genealogist's guide to discovering your immigrant and ethnic ancestors : how to find and record your unique heritage

Melnyk, Marcia Yannizze, The weekend genealogist : timesaving techniques for effective research

Hinckley, Kathleen W. Locating lost family members & friends : modern genealogical research techniques for locating the people of your past and present

Carmack, Sharon DeBartolo, Organizing your family history search : efficient & effective ways to gather and protect your genealogical research

Colwell, Stella. Tracing your family history

Best, Laura. Genealogy for the first time : research your family history

Hayes Presidential Centerweb site:

· look under “Rutherford B. Hayes” tab for genealogy of the Hayes and Webb families.

· for online catalog of books see

· for obituaries on the web –

Family Search Program

LDS (Mormon) Church – millions of names giving births, christening, and marriage information the whole world. Online – Can also download free genealogy program, Personal Ancestral File, off the web site.

The Hayes Library is now a Family Search partner and can borrow film from the LDS Church. Click here for details

Genealogy classes at Hayes Presidential Center, (usually run 9:30-11:30 am) Beginning Genealogy class alternates with Computers and Genealogy Class. Also have a class on RootsMagic sporadically. Call for registration – 419-332-2081; Free

Important addresses for genealogical web sites:

· lists over 200,000 genealogical web sites, divided by subject

·– genealogical web sites, divided by geography

· good genealogy program – Roots Magic

· - An online tutorial for beginning genealogists from the Genealogy Center at Fort Wayne’s Allen County Public Library of interesting articles about genealogy in general.

Hours: 9 –5 Tuesday - Saturday

Copies $.25 each - photocopies, microfilm copies, computer printouts

Becky Hill
Head Librarian