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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

May 25, 2007

Hello all

Here are a couple of announcements of interest to you all - has added a huge amount of military information to their web site and is allowing free access until June 6th. Take this Memorial Day weekend to check out whether your veteran ancestors appear in these records.

Most, if not all, of these should also be on the Ancestry Library Edition which is always available for free at the Hayes Library.

See below for Ancestry's press release and also a reminder of the upcoming free RootsMagic class here at Hayes on June 9th. is announcing it has launched the largest collection of U.S. military records available and searchable online, featuring more than 90 million names that span more than four centuries of American history from the 1600s through Vietnam.

This U.S. Military Collection includes exclusive record sets such as the only complete collection of WWI draft registration cards and commemorative military yearbooks and newspapers. Combined, the records bring to life the stories and sacrifices of the millions of brave men and women who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces.

Inside the U.S. Military Collection’s U.S. Military Collection captures all major wars and conflicts from American history, including the Revolutionary War, Civil War, World War I, World War II, and the Korean and Vietnam conflicts as well as the Spanish-American War and the War of 1812.

The eclectic volume of records features more than 700 databases and titles and 37 million images of original and often personally autographed documents including:

· World War I and World War II draft registration cards

· Prisoner of war records from the War of 1812, Civil War, World War II, and Korea

· Muster rolls (unit rosters) for the Marine Corps 1893-1958 and WWII U.S. Navy Aircraft Carrier Muster rolls, 1939-1949

· U.S. Military burial registers 1768-1921

· Service Records from Revolutionary War, War of 1812, and Civil War

· Civil War Pension Index

· Casualty listings from WWI, WWII, Korea and Vietnam

· WWI and WWII Stars and Stripes Newspapers

· Young American Patriots Military Yearbooks (post WWII)

Rare historical media such as the United Newsreel Motion Pictures (1942 – 1945) are another highlight of the collection, making the only online source for all 267 counter-propaganda films shown in U.S. theaters and abroad during WWII. Produced by the Office of War Information and financed by the U. S. government, the United Newsreels consisted of several short stories concerning allied military operations and were reportedly released in sixteen languages. Newsreels were also dropped behind enemy lines in a German language version and distributed in friendly and neutral countries.

Beginning now through June 6th (D-Day), will make its entire U.S. Military Collection free to the public. For more information on’s U.S. Military Collection, visit

In order to see the new titles added to Ancestry for this military release, go to view titles by war/conflict.


RootsMagic -Genealogy Software;

A Beginner’s Class

Saturday, June 9th, 2007 – 9:30 –11:30 a.m.

Hayes Presidential Center

Admission: Free

Head Librarian Becky Hill will expand the genealogy class schedule offered by the Hayes Presidential Center by adding a new session on the genealogical software, RootsMagic. This software is used by the Center for the Hayes family genealogy in-house and online and is sold in the Museum store. Unlike previous years when Bruce Buzbee, the author of RootsMagic, visited Hayes and explained advanced features of the software, this class will focus on basics - how to start entering your data into the program and how to share what you have entered.

Using computers to store your genealogical materials is an excellent way to get organized and allows you to share your information with other researchers or relatives, whether by email or at a reunion.

RootsMagic is a leading genealogical software program that offers advanced features while remaining one of the easiest to use. See their website for further information on the program

The software ($29.95) and accompanying book ($14.95) will be sold at the Hayes Museum Store at a special, discounted price for the class.

The class is free and open to all, but registration is required. Call 800-998-7737 or email bhill@rbhayes.orgto sign up.

Other upcoming classes:

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.

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