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Genealogy News from the Hayes Presidential Center

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The Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center

Genealogy News from the Hayes Presidential Center

Upcoming class:

October 20, 2007- Saturday- 9:30-11:30 – Internet Genealogy

Call 419.332.2081 to register. Free.

Good News / Bad News/ Good News

The good news is that the Hayes Presidential Library has acquired a new microfilm printer worth $4000 for free. The bad news is that we need about $3000 to make it work in our library. We need to modify it so it will work with our microfilm by adding a roll film carrier, a computer, software and other items.

The Sandusky County Kin Hunters have donated $1000 (good news) towards this upgrade and we would like to ask for your help in making this new acquisition a reality.

If you have been an in-house user of our Library, you know that we only have two microfilm printers, aged 11 and 4 years old, and there are times when people have to wait to use them. People who use the Obituary Index need to make prints of the obits they look up, often coming in with several pages of citations. Also staff and volunteers look up obits for our out-of-town patrons who send orders through our website use the printers to fulfill those requests. We have needed another microfilm printer for several years, but we have never been able to get the funds to purchase one, which can be upwards from $8,000 to $10,000. Through an Ohio university library network, we heard of a microfiche printer that was available for any library in Ohio. We were able to get this almost new Minolta MS6000 scanner/printer for free. To make it useful to our library we need to purchase a microfilm roll carrier (so it views microfilm and not microfiche) and additional connections.

Would you please show your support for the Hayes Library by donating $30.00 or whatever you can afford so that we can upgrade this machine and start using it? We already have a page on our web site to honor those donors:

And we can add your name and even list someone you would like to honor with your contribution.

You can use our secure online donor form with your credit card -

Fill in the required fields and under “Area of Donation” click on Library/Genealogy. Click on the amount you would like to donate or type in a different amount and then in the Comments field, add a note “For Microfilm Printer”.

Of course, we accept checks made out to the “Hayes Presidential Center” or cash. Send to

Hayes Presidential Center

Attn; Becky Hill

Spiegel Grove

Fremont OH 43420

And please note that it is for the microfilm printer.

All gifts are tax-deductible.

Thanks for any assistance you can give. We’re looking forward to a new printer with your help!

New Virginia Genealogy Resources

If you check the new books page of our website, you will find many new resources to help you in searching out those pesky Virginians. Fairfax County, Virginia library had listed these as available for trade. Becky spotted this and promptly sent off our listing of duplicate volumes. What we were offering were generally Ohio titles; in trading for Virginia resources both libraries gained. This is a little known way that libraries are able to broaden their collections with a minimal expenditure.

The largest group, 11 volumes, covers Shenandoah County, but there are about a dozen others that are general state listings. So if you have a Virginia ancestor that has been eluding you be sure to refer to some of these books. Merv Hall

New Internet Genealogical Resource

If you have ever attempted to pry loose the information in the Pennsylvania Archives you have probably given up without learning much of value. This set is 136 volumes divided into seven series cataloged F146 P145 ORR in the Hayes Presidential Library. There are indices for several of the series but no comprehensive index to the entire set. As if this isn’t difficult enough records such as marriages are covered in more than one series and in more than one volume within the series. Naturalizations are listed in three different series and eight volumes. Thus you might try to find out if your Pennsylvania relatives are recorded here but probably were not very successful.

Now though you can quickly and easily access from home and best of all this is free.

*footnote® a website that offers scanned documents has this database listed on their free offerings. It is a commercial site that costs to join but there are several databases, including Pennsylvania Archives, that are free and searchable.

It is a little difficult to navigate around but after a few sessions becomes easier. The actual loading of the image is also slow and of varying quality but at the least this will give you a series, volume, and page that you could access here at the library.

Start by accessing the website above then click on “What’s Free”, this will take you to the listing of free databases. Click on Pennsylvania Archives and follow the instructions.

If this isn’t of interest another free offering is the United States Government’s Project Blue Book that contains all documents relative to UFO sightings. For instance there is quite a detailed report dated March 8, 1966 about a “large UFO sighted near Clyde, Ohio that was reported by a Fremont member of the Civil Air Patrol. Merv Hall

Odd Auto Crash Takes Man’s Pants

One of our great volunteers, Jan Jordon, spotted this gem in the Sandusky Register of July 23, 1925:

Wooster, O. July 21 – “ I thought such things happened only in movies.” This was all Harry Bogner, prominent Wooster merchant, could say as he stood on a street corner, with a woman’s shawl wrapped around him where trousers had been.

Bogner was standing on a curb recently when two autos passed at close quarters. They collided sidewise and one was thrown toward Bogner. The doorknob inserted itself into his trousers pocket and skidded away with Bogner’s trousers hanging to it.

New on Heritage Quest -Serial Set

The United States Congressional Serial Set, commonly referred to as the Serial Set, began publication with the 15th Congress, 1st Session (1817). HeritageQuest™ Online includes Private Relief Actions, Memorials, and Petitions from the Serial Set. The collection also includes content from the American State Papers, the predecessor to the Serial Set. The documents in the collection are from the years 1789-1969.

The Serial Set contains House and Senate Documents and House and Senate Reports. The reports are usually from congressional committees dealing with proposed legislation and issues under investigation. The documents also include other papers ordered printed by the House or Senate. Documents cover a wide variety of topics and may include reports of executive departments and independent organizations, reports of special investigations made for Congress, and annual reports of non-governmental organizations. During the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, executive-branch materials were also published in the Serial Set.

This doesn’t sound too exciting, but there are nuggets of interesting information sprinkled throughout that genealogists can find and you might find something on your family by using the search box.

If you have access to Heritage Quest through your Hayes Presidential Center membership you can try it out for yourself.

Here’s a name that will bring up some interesting results - type in “Jennie Burch” and you’ll be able to read a report about her Civil War service as a nurse, a description of several people she helped and her request to receive a pension.

Merv suggested that I remind everyone with Heritage Quest that you can get ALL the of the US census (not just the indexed years) by going to the BROWSE mode at the type of the page instead of the SEARCH mode which is the default setting. In browse, you can go page-by-page in the 1850 census of Ballville Township, Sandusky Co., Ohio and find entire neighborhoods of ancestors.

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

Did you know?

According to the Ohio Towns and Townships to 1900 by Julie Overton, the earliest name for the village of Clyde was Bang All? We didn’t !

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