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Genealogy News from the Hayes Presidential Center

This newsletter courtesy of
The Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center

Genealogy News from the Hayes Presidential Center


An e-mail update to new genealogical resources and services

Upcoming classes:

March 25, 2006 – Genealogy and the Internet - 9:30 – 11:30
April 11, 2006 - Beginning Genealogy – 1:30 – 3:30
May 4, 2006 – Genealogy and the Internet – 1:30 – 3:30

Call 419-332-2081 to register; Free

Special Genealogy Event:

Roots Magic Genealogy Software; a Workshop
by the Author, Bruce Buzbee

Sunday, April 30, 2006 – 1 – 4 pm
Hayes Presidential Center Auditorium

Bruce is BACK!

We are please to announce that Bruce Buzbee, author and president of RootsMagic, genealogy software, has agreed to come back to Fremont and give another workshop on his excellent computer program. Last year, about 100 people came and enjoyed his talk on RootsMagic and genealogy in general. He will be combining his visit here with an exhibit at the Ohio Genealogical Society Conference, being held in Toledo Seagate Center this year April 28 and 29th.

Bruce will again shown his support of the Hayes Center by donating autographed copies of his RootsMagic CD and book, this time to those who become a member of the Hayes Presidential Center at the $100 or more level. Anyone who becomes a member at that level from April 26 to May 3rd will not only get all the benefits that usually go with that amount (free admission to HPC, 5 free guest passes, discount at store, and Heritage Quest access at home), but also the book and program which retail for $39.95. If you already a member, your membership will be extended a year from the expiration date. A great deal for all!

Sign up today to attend the free workshop – full information at the end of the newsletter.

New Library joins the Obits Index web site

Welcome to our latest library partner who came on board this week – the Dr. Samuel Bossard Memorial Library of Gallipolis, Gallia County, Ohio. We now have a total of 35 libraries represented in the online database. I traveled to the hills of Southern Ohio, right on the banks of the Ohio River, to train a dedicated crew of Gallipolis librarians who will be entering their newspaper obituaries into the index. It is great to expand the scope of the index to southern Ohio – the map of the state on the Obit Index top page www.rbhayes.org/index is starting to fill in below the northern counties.

New Books

We have recently received a wonderful donation in memory of Katharyn Huss Wunderley which has enabled us to complete our holdings on the Mayflower Families. We now have all the books offered by the Mayflower Society which should help anyone doing early colonial research. The donation also enabled us to purchase many other titles, including the set of books reviewed below by Merv Hall. Check out the new titles online at http://www.rbhayes.org/hayes/libnews/newbooks.asp

Katharyn was an avid genealogist who not only looked up her family, but also helped many others do research. She also left a legacy of many genealogical tools for Sandusky and Erie County, working for years on the cemeteries of Sandusky and many other projects. She was a good friend of the Hayes Library, dying in 2003 at the age of 81.

Dictionary of American Family Names

One of the titles purchased with the donation is this three volume set of books which contain the history and origin of the 70,000 most frequent family names in the United States. In a systematic way these books provide information about where, when, and how our family names originated. “Over 85 % of Americans will find an entry for their surname in DAFN.”

Utilizing the scholarship of more than 50 contributors and consultants the DAFN will be the definitive answer on surnames for quite a while. To show the scope and range of these scholars they researched names from the British Isles, Western Europe, Scandinavia, Southern Europe, Jewish, Slavic Middle East and East Asia. These geographical articles link the names with the geographical area in question and explain who and why the names developed there.

The introductory section, of over 100 pages, is in itself larger than many books. Headings within this section include articles on the how and why of the creation of this resource. These include originations, spelling variants, familial kinship connections, genetic connections of names, and enough others to make the reader a true expert on names and naming. The statistical information is particularly interesting with an explanation as to the basic criteria involved in choosing the listed surnames. “If you are among the 15% of Americans for whose name there is no entry in DAFN, you can be sure that your surname is a rare one-specifically, you can be sure that there are fewer than 100 listed telephone subscribers.”

The major section totaling nearly 2000 pages contains the alphabetical list of surnames.

Each entry contains as many as 20 different sub-sections explaining such diverse information as etymology, frequency, statistical confidence measures, cross-references, and multiple origins. Far more information than you probably ever had on your surname.

Physically the entries are printed in large, clear easy to read format that will not require you to dig out the magnifying glass.

Take a few moments to look at this reference work the next time you visit us. You will find it shelved as CS 2485 D53 2003 v. 1 ORR.
Review by Merv Hall, Library Assistant

Gibsonburg Derrick

We have ordered and received microfilm of this newspaper from 1926 to 1959, thanks to the donations of several friends of Gibsonburg. We still need to collect about $200 to complete our holdings. Thanks go to the Class of 1958 (Sandy Foran, Barb Zienta, Susie Elmer and Joyce Henline), Larry and Carol Smith, and Suzanne Welty for their recent contributions. If interested in making a donation or would like to start indexing obituaries from these papers, call or write Becky Hill, 800-998-7737.

New addition to Heritage Quest

Heritage Quest Online has added another large database to its online collection of genealogical tools.You can now search the Freedman's Bank Records. At the close of the Civil War, the Freedman's Savings & Trust Company was the primary bank for America's freed slaves and others from 1865-1874. This HeritageQuest collection documents more than 70,000 bank depositors and nearly 480,000 of their dependants and heirs. It is considered one of the most important resources for African-American genealogical research, but there are also references to whites who were involved with the Company.

Remember you can access Heritage Quest at the Hayes Presidential Center Library or use it at home on the internet by using your HPC membership (Individual Plus or above level). For more information on Hayes memberships, go to http://www.rbhayes.org/hayes/joinmember/

Hayes Presidential Center Web Site

There are lots of good research tools now available on the Hayes web site that have been created by the Library and Manuscript staff– see http://www.rbhayes.org/hayes/resources/

Here you can find a list of all of our newspapers, periodicals and files in our Biographical File. Another interesting tool is the list of sheet music from the 1800’s and early 1900’s which we own. Check it out – maybe you’ll find a tune that you would like to have copied next time you are in the library. Here are some titles which seem intriguing:

BILLY BAXTER’S BOOGIEMAN, Sidney S. Toler, 1909
PROPER WAY TO KISS, Theodore Morse, 1902
PICTURE THAT IS TURNED TOWARD THE WALL, Charles Graham, 1891
TONIGHT YOU’VE BEEN DRINKING AGAIN, C. F. Shattuck, 1878
ALL THE QUAKERS ARE SHOULDER SHAKERS, Peter Wendling, 1919

Becky Hill and the Hayes Library Staff
Head Librarian
Hayes Presidential Library
Spiegel Grove
Fremont, OH 43420 419-332-2081

Comments/suggestions? bhill@rbhayes.org

RootsMagic – Genealogy Software,

a Workshop by the Author, Bruce Buzbee

Sunday, April 30, 2006 - 1 - 4 pm

Hayes Presidential Center Auditorium

Admission: Free

Enjoy an informative afternoon learning how to get the most out of RootsMagic software. Roots Magic is rapidly gaining recognition as a leading genealogical software that offers advanced abilities to help you record and share your family history while remaining one of the easiest to use.

1:00 - Bruce Buzbee presents an overview and demonstration of RootsMagic

2:15 - Break; Refreshments

2:30 - 3:45 – Ask Bruce - Questions and answers on how to use RootsMagic

Learn the best techniques for entering information, notes, navigation; sources and repositories; adding photos; creating reports and charts, importing/exporting GEDCOM files, etc Also learn how to combine reports to create a book using the Publish feature in RootsMagic..

Bruce Buzbee is the founder and president of RootsMagic, Inc., and the author of RootsMagic genealogy software. He has been writing genealogy software for over 15 years, having originally written the very popular Family Origins genealogy software. A resident of Springville, Utah, Buzbee will be exhibiting at the Ohio Genealogical Society Annual Conference in Toledo April 28-29th, 2006.

SPECIAL DEAL:

Mr. Buzbee will again show his support of the Hayes Center by donating autographed copies of his RootsMagic CD and book, this time to those who become a member of the Hayes Presidential Center at the $100 or more level. Anyone who becomes a member at that level from April 26 to May 3rd will not only get all the benefits that usually go with that amount (free admission to HPC, 5 free guest passes, discount at store, and Heritage Quest access at home), but also the book and program which retail for $39.95. If you already a member, your membership will be extended a year from the expiration date. A great deal for all!

In addition, there will be tables of other genealogical material to browse and/or purchase, including used books which are surplus from the Hayes Presidential Center. The RootsMagic software will be for sale at the Hayes Presidential Center Museum Store before and after the day of the event - $29.95 software and $14.95 book. On the day of the talk, Mr. Buzbee will sell the software and book for a special price

For this special event, the Hayes Presidential Center Library will be open at 12:00 to 1 pm for tours and research, but will be closed the rest of the afternoon.

To help plan seating and refreshments, registration is requested. Please call 419-332-2081 (Fremont) or 800-998-7737 (out of town) or email bhill@rbhayes.org prior to the event.

This program is part of the Sundays in Spiegel Grove Series at the Hayes Presidential Center.

The Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center is located at the corner of Hayes and Buckland avenues in Fremont, Ohio. The facility is affiliated with the Ohio Historical Society. For further information on the Center, visit our website, www.rbhayes.org