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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


March 17, 2006

An e-mail update to new genealogical resources and services

Upcoming classes:

Saturday, March 25, 2006 – Genealogy and the Internet - 9:30 – 11:30
Tuesday, April 11, 2006 - Beginning Genealogy – 1:30 – 3:30
Thursday, 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

RootsMagic Workshop

Remember to hold the date open for Bruce Buzbee’s workshop on the genealogy program, RootsMagic . Bruce is a great speaker and knowledgable about his programs which include my favorite, RootsMagic, and others, such as Personal Historian and Family Reunion Organizer . See his web site for further information and to download a free trial copy http://www.rootsmagic.com/

Bruce 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!

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

Another New Library joins the Obits Index web site

Welcome to our latest library partner who came on board this month – the Putnam County District Library of Ottawa, Ohio. If you remember the map of Ohio we used to have on the website, you will recall seeing an island of white in a sea of red counties who were partners in the Index. Putnam County was the missing county and now it is filled in. Thanks to NORWELD (again!) for helping Putnam come on board by paying part of their fee. We now have a total of 36 libraries represented in the online database. The Obituary Index can be found by going to www.rbhayes.org, clicking on Obituaries, then Search Obituaries or go directly to www.rbhayes.org/index. This map shows the counties which have at least one library participating in the Hayes Index.

New Books

Be sure to check the web site for our newest books and donors –

http://www.rbhayes.org/hayes/libnews/newbooks.asp

Gibsonburg Derrick

Thanks to some lovers of Gibsonburg, we have completed our drive for $700 to buy Gibsonburg Derrick microfilm. Our latest donors were Richard Kirsch, John & Elizabeth Schell, Mary Ottney (in memory of her mother Ruth F. Ottney), Larry Goetz, and Larry and Carol Smith (again). The film for all the years available (1890 – 1980) is now at the Hayes Library. Volunteers Ann Cain, Shirley Speer and Larry Smith are starting to index the papers for obituaries which will then be entered by Donna Kirsch into the online index. If interested in helping, please contact Becky Hill (bhill@rbhayes.org).

While searching for an obituary…..

This interesting news article was indexed for Edwin Arthur Overmeyer. It turns out little Eddie didn’t die, but had an unusual experience which our newspaper indexers thought was too good not to be indexed. The Fremont News Messenger of March 19, 1934 reported that the grandson of Judge A.W. Overmyer of Fremont had a “swan dumped in his lap”. The Toledo Blade covered the story which actually happened in Toledo to the son of Mr. and Mrs. R. P. Overmyer with the headline “Wanted a Bathtub – For a Swan”

Three year old Eddie Overmeyer “was at play with this fox terrier, Bingo, in a vacant lot near his home (2822 Merrimac Blvd., Toledo) when both boy and dog were startled by the sudden descent from the air of a huge and strange bird. While Bingo started an attack on the mysterious stranger, Edwin ran screaming for his mother.”

Mrs. Overmyer ran from the house with her maid and captured what they thought was a mammoth goose, tying it up in the garage. A nearby businessman, W.C. Gise, examined the bird and declared it to be not a goose, but a swan and decided to keep it as a mascot in a bathtub and eventually build a pond for the bird and call it Eddie in honor of the little boy. The Toledo Blade had a picture of the child, with the swan looping its long neck over his shoulder.

You just never know what you’ll find while doing genealogy. Eddie, are you still alive?

New Exhibit at the Hayes Presidential Center

Usually genealogy does not feature into our temporary exhibits in the Museum, but this past month we added a family history component to the “Quest for Civil Rights” exhibit on the lower level. The Fremont Chapter of the NAACP is celebrating its 50th anniversary and this exhibit tells the story of its history. Along with artifacts and historical material compiled by Hayes staff and local members of the NAACP, the library staff decided to search the Sandusky County census records from 1850 to 1930 and print out all the African Americans who were listed. As genealogists know, census records can certainly give a snapshot of a family’s life – giving birthplaces, ages, occupations, and even street addresses in the later years. Four large binders of these families were displayed and generated a large amount of interest among the attendees at the exhibit opening. The census binders will stay in the exhibit until June 24th and then be added to the library’s collections.

For further information on the exhibit:

http://www.rbhayes.org/hayes/newsroom/display.asp?id=632

New On AncestryLibrary.com

Checking the list of recent databases added to Ancestry, I spotted U.S. School Yearbooks. I played around this new source and found a picture of an uncle in a 1934 yearbook in Bradford, Pennsylvania. Although they do not seem to have long runs of yearbooks nor books for all schools, it could be fun to see what is available for the towns you are researching. Here is the information from Ancestry -

Description:

This database is a collection of middle school, junior high, and high school yearbooks from across the United States.

Yearbooks are one of those home sources, usually found in an attic or basement, which many people don't think of as a family history source. While yearbooks may not provide information about the vital events that are usually associated with genealogical research, they do provide other information about individuals' lives. This information helps place people in historical context as well as provides detail that helps turn individuals, sometimes only known by names and dates, into actual people. Here are some examples of how yearbooks may help you in your family history:

  • Pinpoints an individual in a particular time and place
  • Class lists usually include a photo (See what grandpa looked like as a freshman in high school)
  • Interests and hobbies (What activities, sports, and clubs did grandma participate in?)
  • Family linkage (Some yearbooks feature siblings at the same school. If not, look for other students with the same last name in other grades - they could be related.)
  • History (A history of the school or town may be included in the yearbook. General history such as world events, fads, and pop culture may also be found through studying a yearbook. What was "in", fashion-wise? What world events concerned and influenced students most?)

Come to the Hayes Library to view this new resource on AncestryLibrary.com (not available at home unless you subscribe to ancestry.com)

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