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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

January 10, 2007

An e-mail update to new genealogical resources and services

Upcoming classes:

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

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

May 23, 2007 – Wednesday – 1:30-3:30 – Beginning Genealogy

Call 419.332.2081 to register. Free.

Hayes Obituary Index

Since our last newsletter, 30,000 new names have been entered into the Obit Index and countless new newspaper citations by all the member libraries. The staff and volunteers at the Hayes Presidential Center are currently indexing the Gibsonburg Derrick, the Sandusky Register for the 1920’s-30’s, the Norwalk Reflector for the 1880’s, the Ochs Funeral Home records, and Fremont High School yearbooks. The Fremont Monument Co. records are now indexed completely in the Obit Index from 1938 to 1966.

Since we have started a new year, we can tally the web statistics for 2006. The Hayes Obit Index received 8.5 million hits. Other ways to count web interaction is by page views – 3.9 million – and by visitors – 216,617.

We have 179 inputters listed from 37 Ohio libraries who are doing inputting in the database, putting in obit citations from 275 newspapers and many other genealogical sources.

Bottom line, keep checking your names, you’ll never know when something “new” might pop up on someone very old!


Thanks to our recent donors for books and funds the past few months: Dorothy Cox, Toledo Colony of the Mayflower Society, Elliot Nicely, Larry Michaels, Irene Byrne, Marie Paulson, and in memory of Ruth L. Lytle, a donation by Linda and Phil Hobbs and Mary and Scotty Simpson. Be sure to check the web site for our newest books and donors –

New Resources At Hayes Presidential Library

We usually have information in this newsletter on the exciting new electronic genealogical sources, but this time, Library Assistant Merv Hall has written some good summaries on a few of our old-fashioned media - new books and microfilm - that are on the shelf in the Reading Room of the Library. Thanks Merv.

A Word Atlas of Pennsylvania German by Lester W. J. Seifert

CS 2540 S44 ORR

Published in 2001 this volume is the result of more than 50 years of research on linguistic differences and similarities among the Pennsylvania Germans. The connections between the various Germanic dialects and those common in Pennsylvania during the middle of the 20th century are explored in great detail.

German speakers in southeastern Pennsylvania emigrated there from the late 1600’s until the Revolutionary period. After that there were very few German settlers to this area with most new arrivals bypassing it to go to less settled land further to the west. Thus the dialect remained little changed through a long period of time. During the 1940’s the author concentrated his research in the eleven counties of the area. He carefully compared linguistic and dialectic differences among the inhabitants.

The development of regionalisms among this group as well as the Amish and Mennonites are explored in a series of maps that compare the spelling and pronunciation of words within this community of foreign language speakers. By using a series of symbols for these sounds the differences can be clearly seen within the county/community boundaries.

Anyone having ancestors from this area will probably be familiar with many of these hybrid words combining German and English.

Family Maps of Seneca County, Ohio F497.S4 B69 2006 ORR

Family Maps of Auglaize County, Ohio both by Gregory A. Boyd, J.D.

F497.A9 B69 2006 ORR

These first two volumes in what is proposed to eventually cover the entire state contain large amounts of information for the genealogist. These are organized in a very unique and somewhat confusing manner. The author has chosen to not use township names and has substituted the term “Map Group”. In order to make it useful, you should use the main index of surnames.

Once you get into the data, you will discover that for each township he has carefully enumerated such listings as parcels mapped, number of patents and individuals, patentees, surname frequency, multi-patentee parcels, year of patent, and several other headings.

The map series for each township include three for each township illustrating patents, roads, and historical configuration with natural features. This is a valuable resource which will assist in locating where your ancestor owned land within his community.

Hardesty Name Index, 1885, Military History of Ohio microfilm containing county military records for Allen, Ashland, Clark, Clinton, Columbiana, Coshocton, Crawford, Darke, Delaware, Franklin, Fulton, Hardin, Highland, Knox, Lawrence, Licking, Logan, Marion, Medina, Miami, Morgan, Morrow, Ross, Stark, Summit, Union, Van Wert, Vinton, and Wyandot Counties.

This microfilm supplements the books which the Hayes Library already owns for other counties and makes our collection probably the best one in the state for these valuable resources.

In the late 19th century Hardesty Publishing of Chicago produced these “Historical and Geographical Encyclopedia” for many Ohio counties. The first four hundred or so pages are identical for each county but following this, there is a section entitled “Military and Person Sketches of Ohio’s Rank and File from ______ County in the War of the Rebellion”. Contained here is an alphabetical biographical sketch of many of the Civil War soldiers from the county. This was most likely a subscription section, where people paid to have their biography printed.

Each of these usually contains the pertinent war record that is then followed by information of genealogical interest as to marriage, children, occupation and current residence. For many of your ancestors this might be one of the most comprehensive accounts of their life available to you.

Concluding the volume is an alphabetical listing of the county’s soldiers in the war noting their regiment and dates for enlistment and discharge. Also listed are local Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) chapters and their members. The men listed in them probably did not have to pay.

Take some time to consult these volumes- the ones we have on microfilm and the ones we have on the shelves- and learn how your ancestor and county served their country.

Book of the Union Dead; 1861-1865 microfilm of handwritten ledger

The complete title of this compilation is Roll of Honor, Book of the Union Dead buried in the vicinity of the Principal Camps, Posts, and Hospitals currently in existence in the State of Ohio.

The film includes an index, the rational for compiling the listing, and thorough descriptions of each of the major burial grounds, followed by tabular listings of the dead by cemetery with each soldier listed by name, rank, regiment, and location within the cemetery. The larger cemeteries also include detailed maps of the veteran sections.

The nature of the handwritten document takes a real effort to read but there is much of value here to the Civil War scholar and genealogist.

Ask librarians for these microfilms.

The Rest of the Center…

As most of you know, the Hayes Library is only one part of the whole Hayes Presidential Center experience. We also have the beautiful home of President Rutherford B. Hayes and a museum dedicated to him and his times, along with 25 acres of landscaped grounds called Spiegel Grove. Recently, the Center received a $400,000 Save America’s Treasures award to restore the Hayes Home from the Department of the Interior/National Parks Service, which must be matched by non-federal dollars. A campaign to raise the funds currently is underway. Restoration work is to begin soon and is be completed by 2009. The Hayes Home will remain open for tours throughout the process, enabling the public to view the work in progress. To enhance the educational value of the restoration, an exclusive Hayes Museum exhibit By Presidential Design has been created. The exhibit, along with public viewing of the actual restoration, will help promote an understanding of historic preservation.

Check out the following link for pictures and more information

To donate online, go to this link:

Remember, we are here at the Library doing genealogy because President Hayes had an abiding interest in genealogy, local history and family history. Here’s a quote from “our boy” Ruddy:

FREMONT, OHIO, May 14, 1874.

MY DEAR UNCLE [Austin Birchard]:-- .

. . Mother's old letter will interest me. You know I am given to antiquarian and genealogical pursuits. An old family letter is a delight to my eyes. I can prowl

in the old trunks of letters by the day with undiminished zest…



Sound familiar?

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