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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

Upcoming class:

January 19, 2008- Saturday- 9:30-11:30 – Beginning Genealogy
March 1, 2008 – Saturday – 9:30-11:30 - Internet Genealogy
April 20, 2008 – Roots Magic Workshop with Bruce Buzbee 1 – 4 pm

Call 419.332.2081 to register. Free.

Good News

The Hayes Presidential Library now has THREE microfilm printers. With your generous support we were able to install our second-hand but barely-used Minolta microfilm scanner/printer in the library. The machine went into use the first week of December and there have been several times when all three printers were in use. Thanks to everyone for your help. We still could use some help if you haven’t donated

Thanks to all who made contributions:

Sandusky County Kin Hunters - $1000

Friends of Ellagene Buhrow in her Memory

Leanna Shaberly in Memory of Eldon and Clarice Elder

Bill and Karyl Summers

Becky Hill in Honor of the Hayes Library Volunteers

Barbara Fleshman

Carolyn Reinboltin memory of Robert P Welch and Dolores M Reinbolt

Kathy Boukissen in memory of Barney Reineck

Robert and Audrey Baker

Donna Kirsch

Ruth Brill

Ella Mae Peters in honor of her daughter, Rebecca Hill

Lynda and James Heilman in memory of Hon.Paul "Skip" E. Gillmor

Neva A. Wilbert

Ann L. Butzin

Alice Ann Scharf

Mr. & Mrs. Donald Speck

Jim & Carrol Spitnale

Frances Sinclair in memory of George Sinclair

Dorothy Cox

Patrick McGrady

Juanita L. Edgar

Martha Belch

Joan Jahns

Patricia A. Dwyer

Leanna Jo Shaberly(second donation)

Richard and Linda Geyman

Mark & Christine Smith

Charles & Linda Ardner

Mary L. Rathfelder

Frances G. Hipp

Ann Cain

Molly and James Cress

Elizabeth Yaw

John Elmlinger

Frances Sinclair (second donation)

Rex Felton

Donald Rathbun

Wayne & Suzanne Darr in Honor of Marlo L. Keller's Retirement

If you would still like to help, 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.

We 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.

Thanks also go to Brian Baum who donated a computer which will be used in the reading room to upgrade one of our old Gateway machines.

Obituary Index – New Search Feature

A patron of the Clark County Public Library asked if we could expand our date search capability in the Obituary Index. We decided to hire the web programmers to add this new feature to Obits. Researchers can now use the Advanced Search

to search for a range of dates for a particular name. Previously you could only search one year, but now you can search multiple years.

If your Holmes family was only in Ohio from 1900 to 1920, then you can limit the search for those years. If you had a common name, such as John Smith, and didn’t know exactly when he died you could search approximate years instead of searching all 375 John Smiths who come up in a Basic Search!

Our new 2007 partner, Worthington Libraries, has uploaded about 7000 records to the Obituary Index. This covers the Worthington News from the 1920's to the present day. Thanks, Worthington, for this nice addition.

New Internet Genealogical Resource

Digital images of Ohio Death certificates from 1908 to 1953 are now available online for free.

Go to:


2. On the homepage click on RECORD SEARCH

3. Sign In (log on). You have to register, but there is no fee.

4. Register (click "save" and you won't have to re-type your information each time you access the website to do research). It takes about 24 hours to get accepted and then you can access these Ohio Death Certificates free at home.

This was made available thru Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (Mormons) – a real asset to Ohio researchers. Here is an example of what can find:

Christmas Gift

Remember that a great Christmas gift to your genealogical friends (including yourself!) is a membership to the Hayes Presidential Center at the $45 level. Let them enjoy searching for ancestors at home in their pj’s and slippers with Heritage Quest access, along with other membership benefits. You can give a gift or become a member online by clicking here:
Or by calling 1-800-978-7737

Genealogical Research in Northwest Ohio – Blogs

Fremont News-Messenger Forum Index

Desktop Genealogist

Terry Snyder has created a web log (blog) about genealogy in this area. Check it out! Terry is a great writer using humor to deal with genealogical topics.

Also, Derek S. Davey has created a weblog (blog) which could be of interest to Northwest Ohio genealogists.

Military Records Opening Up

In case you missed it, here is a press release from the National Archives announcing the opening of all official military personnel records before 1946, over six million records. Now anyone can obtain records for WWII vets who were discharged or died before 1946.

Online Newspaper web site

Here’s another useful website -

It is a clearinghouse of newspapers around the world that have a website for their papers. You have to skim by some advertising, but it neatly divides the list by country, then state. Amazing how many papers you could be reading every day online!! Just not enough time, is there?!

The Hayes Presidential Center Library Staff of Becky Hill, John Ransom, Merv Hall and Marie Paulson all wish you a happy and healthy holiday season.

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