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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

April 9, 2007

An e-mail update to new genealogical resources and services

Upcoming classes:

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

July 17, 2007 – Tuesday – 9:30-11:30 – Genealogy and the Internet

September 15, 2007 – Saturday – 9:30-11:30 – Beginning Genealogy

Call 419.332.2081 to register. Free.

Hayes Obituary Index

The Obits Index just took a big leap forward this past week. Clark County Public Library of Springfield, Ohio became a member of the partnership April 1st. Besides entering new data on a daily basis they imported, with the help of our partner WGTE, a large computer file of their obituary indexing that they had previously compiled. It was integrated into our database and put the number of records we have over a million – 1,200,000! This import should really help people doing research in Southeast/Central Ohio. Clark County’s index covered the Springfield News from 1918 to the present day and is now merged with our data.

Welcome aboard, Clark County Public Library!

Reminder – When using the Obits Index, remember to check out the bottom of the page to see if anyone has added a “post-em” note to your person. If there is a note available, there will “View Post-em” button to click on.We are getting hundreds of additions, some of which could really help you in your research. See this example from Max Karle’s listing –


Another big thank you goes to the Sandusky County Kin Hunters for donating funds for the Hayes Library subscription to Heritage Quest. This is a major gift and we really appreciate their support. They have also made contributions of memorial books for members who have recently died – Thecla Morgan, Neva Myers, and Geneva Carry.

Merv Hall has compiled a list of the books the Kin Hunters have given the Hayes Library in their exchange program this past year. See the end of this newsletter for the titles. This is a great way for societies to help each other and the areas they serve. Thanks, Kin Hunters!

Thanks also go to Area Financial Services of Fremont which made a generous contribution to the Hayes Presidential Center in honor of Patrick McGrady’s retirement and to Mr. and Mrs. William Oliver and Patricia McArthur for contributing to Friends of the Obit Index. We are indeed lucky to have such friends.

Be sure to check for a list of all the new books and their donors.

Items of Interest

Probably the most unique recently acquired volume is Luxembourg Houses in America that documents this architectural genre. During the 19th century 72,000 Luxembourgers left the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg for the United States. Finding similar building materials and wanting some connection to their previous life they constructed houses and farm buildings much like what they had left behind. With numerous pictures, schematic drawings and archival material the development and assimilation of this group is shown.

Somewhat strangely included with the book is a CD containing such memorable hits as Frank Sinatra singing New York, New York and a selection of Sousafavoritten (Sousa marches). This isn’t shelved in the Ohio Reading Room but ask any librarian if you’d like to learn more about your Luxembourg ancestors and their houses

If you have a fast internet connection, you might want to do some browsing at the Roots Television web site – You may find it easier to go directly to the list of programs Here you can view short or long video clips on genealogical topics as varied as Researching Civil War Ancestors, DNA Research, Hispanic Roots, Boy Scout Merit Badge for Genealogy and Psychic Roots. Genealogy’s own YouTube!

New on our Web Site

If you’d like to look at the table of contents for two of the major Sandusky County histories, we have scanned and uploaded them to our web site –

Commemorative Biographical Record of Sandusky and Ottawa Counties

Twentieth Century History of Sandusky County, Ohio

Also one of our super volunteers, Richard Eubanks, is adding the names of the people with biographical sketches into the Obituary Index from both of these books, so they may start popping up when you search for them in the Index. Here is an example of what they look like:

Also Library Assistant John Ransom has been cataloging the names of the biographies in these books into our online book catalog which then searchable throughout the whole world via, so our Sandusky and Ottawa county people are truly getting their minute of fame online.

President Hayes muses about his ancestry:

March 6, 1870. Excerpt from Rutherford B. Hayes’ Diary: "I have always thought of myself as Scotch, but of the fathers
of my family who came to America about thirty were English and
two only, Hayes and Rutherford, were of Scotch descent. This,
on my father's side. On my mother's side, the whole thirty-two
were probably all of other peoples beside the Scotch. Again,
I have been proud of my descent (not very of course, only a
trifle so,) from the famous Rutherfords; but it is plain that
the brains, energy, and character possessed by my grandfather's
children and grandchildren-- by the children and grandchildren
of Rutherford Hayes--are mainly derived from our plain ancestor,
whom Uncle Sardis says was the homeliest woman he ever saw (!),
Grandmother Chloe Smith." (1762-1847)

New Exchange Books

Listed below are the donations of the Sandusky County Kin Hunters for the last six months. The Kin Hunters have an ongoing project whereby they trade their own publications for those of other county groups. These are then donated to Hayes Presidential Library and added to the collection. All of our researchers benefit from these wonderful donations and we would like to thank The Kin Hunters for their generosity. The value for these books would be quite large and enables us to be current with the other county’s publications.

Benjamin Bailey’s Account Book

Biographical History of Northeastern OH, an Index to the 1893 edition

Birth Records 1867-1909 Ashtabula Co., OH

Birth Registrations and Correction Index of Ashtabula Co., OH

Buck & Cessna Twp. Cemeteries Hardin Co., OH

Burial Records St. Joseph Calasanctius Church and Mission Station

Calvary Cemetery Inscriptions, Lake Twp., Logan Co., OH

Carroll Co., OH 1834 Tax Records

Carroll Co., OH Cemeteries, vol 3, 4, 5, 6

Carroll Co., OH Early Marriages 1833-1875 3 volumes

Carroll County Free Press-Standard Centennial Edition 185-1915

Cemetery Inscriptions Ashtabula County, OH vol 1

Churches of Hancock Co., OH Past and Present

Craven Funeral Home (Mt. Gilead, Morrow Co., OH) 2 volumes

Dunkirk Cemetery, Blanchard Twp., Hardin Co., OH

Hale Twp., Hardin Co., OH Cemetery Inscriptions

Hamilton Co., OH Burial Records, volume 10 Green Township

Hancock Co., OH Ancestral Charts vol IV 2002

Hardin Co., OH Death Index 1867-1908

Index to Biographical History of Northeastern Ohio Embracing the Counties of Ashtabula, Geauga and Lake

Index to Mother’s Pensions Ashtabula, Co., OH 1915-1925

Montgomery Co, OH Cemetery Burial Records (4volumes)

Morrow Co., OH Births (3 volumes)

Morrow Co., OH Early Death Records (v. 3 & 4)

Morrow Co., OH Probate Marriage Records (5 volumes)

Morrow Co., OH Residents Place of Death out of County 1968-2001

Naturalization Records Index Ashtabula Co., OH 1853-1906

Pleasant Twp. Hardin Co., OH Cemetery Inscriptions

Preston Cemetery, Marion Twp., Hardin Co., OH Index

Preston Early Burial Permits, Marion Twp., Hardin Co., OH

Records of Harry Jacobs Funeral Home, Marengo, OH 1929-1947

Records of the Curl Funeral Home, Cardington v. III 1949-1959

St. Peter's Episcopal Church, register of burials, 1818-1910

Tuscarawas County (OH) Original Birth Records, 3 volumes

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