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Genealogy News from the Hayes Presidential Center

Upcoming classes:

2009 Classes Sponsored by the Keller Family and Friends in Memory of Marlo Snyder Keller

Sunday, April 5, 2009 - 1 - 4 pm - RootsMagic Workshop (details below)

June 18, 2009 – Thursday – Beginning Genealogy, 9:30-11:30 a.m.

August 22, 2009 - Saturday - Internet Genealogy, 9:30-11:30 a.m.

Call 419.332.2081 to register. Free.

Big News!

The Hayes Obituary Index will soon be seen by millions more viewers each year. The Hayes Presidential Center has just become partners with and in a few months will share its database of about 1.5 million names with The Generations Network’s website.
A few months ago, we were contacted by Ancestry representatives who were very impressed with our website and would like to incorporate the Obituary Index database with their massive online databases. I can now announce that we have signed an agreement that will merge the data in the Index with their database. Our website will remain the same – free as it has always been and at the same location, but just duplicated in Ancestry . We will add an logo saying we are now partners, but there will be no Ancestry search box on our page that might confuse or detour researchers away from our website. We are also going to revise the name to the Ohio Obituary Index since we cover so much more than our local area.

The increased exposure to our website is the main reason for this new partnership, which all of our library partners will benefit from. Ancestry receives more than 8 million unique visitors each month. It will provide a great portal to our web site that will give our library partners and us more publicity and added revenue, especially needed during these difficult financial times.

When all the data has been imported and our top web page is re-designed, the Hayes Library will increase our $2.50 fee we currently charge for obits to $3.00. We have not changed our fee since we put the site up ten years ago. Postal fees alone have probably increased more than then our $.50 increase! I am not sure when the increase will occur, but I imagine it may be in the next month or so – so get your orders in now!

Ancestry has recently partnered with the Cook County, Illinois Clerk which would be a similar relationship to ours. If you search Ancestry here or at your library, you can go to this link:

and search for a person. I tried John Keller. The screen that comes up would be similar to how it would work for the Hayes Obituary Index. The researcher is then directed off Ancestry’s website to Cook County’s where he would be able to order a birth, marriage or death certificate. In our case, he would be directed to our site where he could either order an obit from us or directed to a partner library for the obit he needed.

Other good news for the Ohio Obit Index is the addition of another library partner – Metamora’s Evergreen Public Library in Fulton County. Thanks to the Library, NORWELD, and the Fulton County Genealogical Society for making this happen. We now have 41 libraries in the partnership!

Thanks to the following people who have given donations of money or materials to the Hayes Library since the last newsletter:

Bill and Barbara Oliver in Memory of their daughter, Sarah
Jim Weaver
Larry Michaels

Thanks to a bequest from the estate of Marlo Keller, former Library staffer, we will be purchasing new computers for the Library to replace two of the six ten-year-old computers the patrons use.

We still need four more new computers if anyone would like to consider helping us - contact Becky Hill at

New Look in the Library

The library has been rearranged to provide more security for our materials. One set of the middle shelving units has been moved to the entrance area, along with the two "stand-up" computers. This opens up the reading room more and provides a special table for high security items (like letters of President Hayes) in the middle of the room.

We also received a very welcome hand-me-down microfilm reader-printer from the Norwalk Public Library which recently upgraded their printer. This addition brings us up to four reader-printers in the reading room. Thanks for sharing, Norwalk!

New on the Net

The Library of Michigan just launched a free web site that features nearly 1 million Michigan death certificates never before available electronically. These death certificates for the years 1897 to 1920 hold tremendous research opportunities for genealogists, historians and students – as well as anyone interested in Michigan’s rich heritage.

Seeking Michigan Logo

These records are online at, the brand-new, one-stop shop for Michigan historical records. Seeking Michigan is a partnership between the Library of Michigan and the Archives of Michigan, which also has digitized state records for this Web site. This site had some problems handling the first few days of heavy traffic, but took measures immediately to solve the traffic jam.

Tired of MASH reruns?

At last a series we genealogists might like!

From producer Lisa Kudrow comes a new series that is unlike anything on U.S. television. Based on the popular BBC documentary series, Who Do You Think You Are? takes viewers on an inspiring and personal journey into the past of America's best-known celebrities, sharing their emotion and surprise as they uncover stories of heroism, tragedy, love and betrayal that lie at the heart of their family story. At the same time, the series celebrates the making of our great nation and the people who traveled here in search of freedom and opportunity.

The program will air on Mondays at 8 pm starting April 20th.


RootsMagic4 - Genealogy Software,

a Workshop by the Author, Bruce Buzbee

Sunday, April 5, 2009 - 1 - 4 pm

Hayes Presidential Center Auditorium

Admission: Free

12:00- 1:00 – Library open for tours and research

1:00 - Bruce Buzbee presents an overview and demonstration of the new version of RootsMagic

2:15 - Break; Refreshments

2:30 - 3:45 - Ask Bruce - questions and answers on how to use RootsMagic and other genealogical software

A SPECIAL DEAL for Hayes Presidential Center Memberships

$100 Membership - Mr. Buzbee has again shown his support of the Hayes Center by donating autographed copies of his RootsMagic software and a zippered brief bag/canvas tote to anyone joining or renewing at this level.

Other benefits of that membership level include free admission to HPC, 5 free guest passes, discount at store, and Heritage Quest access at home. If you already a member, your membership will be extended a year from the expiration date.

RootsMagic 4 is an exciting new release. For details on the new features and how it was built check out download the pdf "Book".

Call 419.332.2081 to register or email Becky Hill at

Almost 50 have signed up so far!

Hayes Presidential Center

Corner of Hayes & Buckland St.

Fremont, OH