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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

October 27, 2006

An e-mail update to new genealogical resources and services

Upcoming classes:

November 18, 2006 – Saturday – 9:30-11:30 am - Genealogy and the Internet

January 20, 2007 – Saturday – 9:30 – 11:30 am– Beginning Genealogy

March 24, 2007 – Saturday – 9:30 – 11:30 am– Genealogy and the Internet

Call 419.332.2081 to register. Free.

Sandusky County Kin Hunters

The Kin Hunters have proven again to be good friends of the Library of the Hayes Presidential Center. Along with the Society's donation of a year’s subscription to Heritage Quest Online, Gayle Mehling initiated an exchange program with other Ohio genealogical societies. Through this program, the Kin Hunters received a large quantity of books from Ashtabula, Carroll, Hancock, Morrow and Tuscarawas Counties in exchange for their publications. They, in turn, donated these books to the Library, which can then by used by all of our patrons. Thanks, Kin Hunters!


We have also had many other generous donations of books and funds the past few months. Be sure to check the web site for our newest books and donors –

Raymond Horn gave us a very nice contribution in memory of his late wife, Beulah Halbeisen Horn, along with other memorials given by the Mayflower Society, the Sandusky County Kin Hunters, Elizabeth Yaw, Audrey Baker and others. Thanks to all for your support.

Hayes Obituary Index

Inputters from Hayes and our partner libraries are now entering records in 830,000’s – that’s a lot of names! Mary Ann Sieberg and Dorothy Wagner are closing in on the Fremont Monument records which indexes area tombstones produced by this company. When they are done, the records from this company will cover monuments made from 1938 to 1966. Orders for copies of these records have been coming in steadily. It is always interesting to see who ordered the stone and to which cemetery it was delivered.

Our old runs of Gibsonburg newspapers are continually being indexed and input by Ann Cain, Shirley Speer, Mary Ottney, Larry Smith and Donna Kirsch. Years completed include 1897-1902 (partial) and 1926-1959.

We have no new partners for the Hayes Obit Index at this time, but in September, John Ransom and I went to Columbus and exhibited at the Ohio Library Council Expo. Many librarians stopped by the booth which offered to organize their dead people and we hope to hear from them as new partners in the near future.

Hayes Membership

Many of you are members of the Hayes Presidential Center at the individual plus level ($45 a year). This membership gives you many benefits at Hayes, but also allows you to enjoy Heritage Quest Online and History Reference Center at your home computer via the internet and those benefits still continue. For the past year, you have also been able to use one other service at home – Newspaper Archive Elite. Unfortunately, this company has changed its policies and they are not allowing remote access (at-home use) for this research tool. The Sidney Frohman Foundation has again funded the Newspaper Archive Elite subscription so it will be available here in the library. Please come here to use it.

Some Interesting Web Sites:

This Library of Congress Web site contains several large sections that, until now, could not be searched at the same time. With the Library’s new search, users can now search all of these areas at one time and don’t have to decide which section to search first.

The new search includes some of the Library’s largest and most popular sections: American Memory, Library of Congress Online Catalog, Prints and Photographs Online Catalog; and the Library of Congress Web Site.

I searched a few names and came up with some interesting results. Try searching “Rutherford Hayes”, “Rutherford B. Hayes” and “Rutherford Birchard Hayes”, using the quote marks, and see the different kind of material that comes up with each search – listing of books, actual photographs, and various web sites. I searched for one of my ancestors, “Lemuel Cook” who was a really old Revolutionary War soldier and found some data in old Congressional Journals which I did not know about, along with a photograph of old Lem.

For more info on this new LC search, check out this link:

Hayes Online Store and Christmas Ideas

Remember that an Individual Plus membership ($45.00) to the Hayes Presidential Center is a great gift to yourself or a friend or relative. You can access Heritage Quest at home and explore the entire US census and other genealogical resources in your jammies and slippers at midnight, plus you have all the regular benefits of a HPC membership. For more information on Hayes memberships, go to

The Hayes store carries one of the best genealogical software packages on the market – Roots Magic. Now you can either come in and buy a copy or order it from our online store It’s the program the Hayes Presidential Center uses.

Gil Gonzales, Nan Card, and other Hayes staff have created a line of customized Christmas cards for the store. They feature Gil’s beautiful photography of Spiegel Grove and the Hayes Home. Check them out -

Again, you can either come in to buy the items or order them online. For our Southern readers, you can buy some to see what beautiful winters you are missing!

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