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January 17, 2009 – Saturday – Beginning Genealogy, 9:30-11:30 a.m

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Library Security

The library suffered a blow this summer when two rare books were stolen from the collection. Superb work by the local police and the FBI, along with help given by concerned booksellers across the country, allowed the thieves to be identified and apprehended and the books to be retrieved within a month. At this time, the books are in the custody of the FBI until the case is settled.

The library, archives and communications staff met with the director and revised library security to upgrade the security policy. Ninety percent of our visitors use non-rare, replaceable books and microfilm and we hope to continue to serve them as seamlessly as possible, keeping in mind that those who do use the rare materials will be held to a much higher level of scrutiny.

All visitors will now be asked to complete the visitor registry signing in with full name and address and verifying it with a photo ID. If visitors request rare books from President Hayes’ personal collection, manuscripts or photographic materials there are additional requirements:

1. Visitors will be required to surrender their photo IDs to the Library staff before being permitted access to these materials. The photo ID will be returned only after the research materials have been returned and checked by Library staff. Anyone not presenting a photo ID will not be permitted access to these materials.

2. These researchers will be required to use them in a specially designated area.

Interestingly, all the exposure in the media has actually heightened interest in the library with many new people coming to the library, attending classes or emailing us with questions and even offers of books. A Toledo area person offered us our choice of her professor husband’s library of 800 books and said she never would have thought of us without the publicity. People who had previously not known of our existence got on our web site and found out what we have to offer, turning the negative publicity into something positive. We thank our genealogy friends for their support during this difficult time.

Obituary Index

The New London Ohio newspaper is now indexed in the Hayes Obituary Index from 1879 to 1920 thanks to a grant from EHOVE Success for Youth program which paid for work performed by Drew Copsey of Norwalk. Additional years of the New London paper have been indexed by the New London Public Library. Thanks, Drew, for all your hard work.

Websites of interest: is a great free website which is an online catalog of books, manuscripts and other collections in libraries all over the world, but mostly in the U.S. If you ever wanted to know if anyone ever published a history on your family name or your hometown, then this is a good place to start.
Aren’t we your favorite? Now on you can designate the Hayes Presidential Center Library as your favorite library. It’s quick and easy to do, and it saves you time—because then all our materials come up first in your results sets. This enhancement makes it even easier for you to see exactly what and where materials are available to you, at a glance. We’re hoping to have lots of people favorite our library, so please give us a heart next time you’re online at!

The Morgan Library of Ohio Imprints an independent research library focusing on the history and culture of Ohio with an emphasis on its history of printing and publishing. The Morgan Bibliography of Ohio Imprints describes 10,237 books, pamphlets and broadsides printed in Ohio from 1796 through 1850. The library also edits an index of the people, businesses and institutions listed in the publications in the bibliography.

Morgan Index of Ohio People, Businesses and Institutions, 1796-1850 This index includes 132,643 names of Ohio people, businesses and institutions. The names appear in the books, pamphlets and broadsides printed in Ohio from 1796 through 1850 which are listed in the Morgan Bibliography of Ohio Imprints, 1796-1850. To date, the titles indexedare primarily school catalogues (over 37,000 student names), city directories, annual conventions, and many other individual titles.

The Hayes Library has recently purchased a membership in, adding it to its list of online subscription resources, along with AncestryLibraryEdition, Heritage Quest, Newspaper Archives, and New England Ancestors. is a great resource for Pennsylvania Archives and also contains images of many census years, but the most impressive resource for me was discovering that it had the complete files of Revolutionary War pension records online. If you have ancestors who served in the Revolution, you are familiar with the files housed at the National Archives. When I first started in genealogy in the 1970’s. you could send for a file for about $3, now the price is up to $50. Most of the time, you received selected papers from the file, not the complete file which could consist of many affidavits of friends, family and neighbors. These additional papers often were included to convince the pension board that the old soldier was destitute and really needed the government pension. Heritage Quest mounted the pension records a few years ago, but they only did the selected records. has the complete file. It does take some time to download these files, but they can be full of valuable genealogical material, including if you are very lucky, family Bible pages!

This service must be used at the library –ask library staff for help in getting online.

Hayes Presidential Center Membership Promotion

You only have a few days left to get a great deal on membership - $50.00 value for $30.00 if you are not already a member. Click on
to take advantage of the promotional offer which is good until October 31, 2008. This includes a year’s subscription to Heritage Quest Online when accessed through our website.

Family History Center Loan Program

People have been requesting microfilm through our new Mormon partnership that was started September 1, 2008. One researcher went back three generations in Europe within two hours with the microfilm he ordered. As an Affiliate Library, we are similar to a branch L.D.S. Family History Center. Researchers can come to our location and order any microfilm that can be ordered from

For further information, see our last newsletter

In fact, you ever want to look at older newsletters here is the link for an archive of many of them:

New Books

Be sure to keep checking the New Book link to see what new items have been coming in:

On a personal note

You never know what may connect you to another family member. I recently heard from a “new” cousin who saw the picture we use on our Friends of the Hayes Obits page

We used that photo for that page because it was one I personally owned and admired from my mother’s grandparents, Josiah and Ella Douglass. They were not local, but from Tompkins County, New York. Cousin Roger emailed me saying that he was related to that family and that he lived in Toledo! Now we are corresponding and comparing notes on the Douglass family from New York State. Genealogy serendipity.