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Upcoming classes:

2010 Classes Sponsored by RootsMagic

Jan. 23 – Saturday – Beginning Genealogy – Becky Hill

Feb. 13 – Saturday – Internet Genealogy I – Free genealogical websites. (Ohio Obit Index, Family Search, USGenweb) - Becky Hill

March 13 – Saturday – Internet Genealogy II – How to make the most of the paid subscription sites (, heritagequest, footnote) - Becky Hill

All classes are held at the Hayes Presidential Center, 9:30- 11:30 a.m.
Call 419.332.2081 to register.
$10.00 fee for each class ($5.00 for students through high school)

Announcing a new series of Genealogy Classes for 2010 called “Learning about YOUR Past – Genealogy, Photos, and House History”

For 2010, we have expanded our offerings of genealogy classes for the general public so that they may learn about the history that relates to them, whether it is tracing their family’s genealogy, researching and preserving their family’s photographs or learning about the history of the house they live in. You can take one class or several.

We will still offer our basic Beginning Genealogy, but have expanded the Internet Genealogy class into two sessions – I and II, allowing us to explore more fully the massive offerings online for family history. We added a class on Searching Ohio Roots and Tracing Your House’s History, along with another one on using the genealogical software, RootsMagic, all of the above taught by Becky Hill. We also added two classes by Photo Curator Gil Gonzalez – one on the Care and Identification of Family Photos and one on Online Resources for Photo Management. We still offer the RootsMagic Workshop by Bruce Buzbee, the author of the program, in April. In total there will be 12 classes of 2 hours each. See the complete list at the end of this newsletter.

RootsMagic ™ and Bruce Buzbee of Utah have generously agreed to sponsor these classes so we can keep the costs low to the Center and to the participants. Thanks so much, RootsMagic!

Thank You

Thanks to the following who have given donations of money or materials to the Hayes Library and its genealogical collections since the last newsletter:

George Handran
James G. Weaver
Scott Phillips
Donna L. Kirsch
Ruth Brill

New Books at the Hayes Presidential Center Library

Please check our website often to see the list of new books we receive, mostly donations since we aren’t making any new purchases at this time.

Congratulations to Jim Weaver for completing his family history Our Family History, the Descendants of Michel Joseph Weber after many years of research and inputting. And thanks for donating a copy to the library for use of the public. It is on the shelf in the reading room: CS71.W35 2009. It is always nice to see people who have been coming in the library for months/years complete a project!

Although their book has been out a few months, we would also like to thank Larry and Krista Michaels for donating copies of Fremont Then and Now to the library. This book has been warmly received by local people and those with roots in the Fremont area. The format of having side-by-side photos of landmarks from the old days vs. the current day makes this book enjoyable for everyone, not just local historians. The Hayes Museum Store has copies for sale – Christmas is coming!

Check out the book at order a copy today – only $15 – 10 % less if you are a Hayes member! Nan Card also did a brief overview on her blog

RootsMagic Books

For those of you who have the genealogical software, RootsMagic, the museum store is now stocking the most recent edition of Getting the Most Out of RootsMagic – Version 4 – another great Christmas gift (for yourself!)

As you all know by now, RootsMagic is the genealogical program of choice for me and the Hayes Library. It is also available at the Museum Store and for online purchase at

I recommend it highly as a user-friendly way to organize your family information on the computer, which is the BEST way to do it. In the library we see so many people come in with all their unorganized notes and papers trying to remember what Great-Grandpa’s name was and when he lived. With computer genealogy programs, once that data is entered it is so easy to access it on the computer or print it out in a variety of ways so that you will also have that information at your fingertips.

Don’t forget that a Hayes Membership makes a great Christmas gift for your friends or yourself
And you get Heritage Quest at home, with all the US censuses, for a year at the $45.00 level and a 10% discount at the Museum Store plus many other benefits.


Rootsmagic just announced on November 18th that they have a simplified version of their computer program called RootsMagic Essentials available for FREE download on their website.

Here is a list of comparison between the free and paid programs

As I looked over the list there were some features I would not like to do without so I would still recommend the full version, but this free version is a great way to try out the software and I will definitely tell my genealogical classes about it. Also it will be good for those family members who are not quite as into their genealogy as some of us are.

Great new addition to the DAR website

The Daughters of the American Revolution recently announced an expansion of their website to allow the public to view information on the patriots and their descendants who have become members of the DAR.

The DAR Genealogical Research System is a combination of several databases created in recent years to organize the large quantity of information that the DAR has collected since its inception in 1890. Although actual images of the application papers are not available online, there are indexes you can search to see if you can find your Revolutionary ancestor in their lists. If they are in the file then they will list the people who have become members through their lines. You can also search the Members list to see if their lineage to the soldier is included – some are, some aren’t. The information is quite similar to the old Lineage Books that we have here in the Hayes Library.

It’s a great new tool to check it out at

New at Family Search

It is difficult to keep up with the Mormon website,’s latest additions – they keep adding so much so fast, but here is a good site for you to keep checking to make sure you don’t miss anything:

FamilySearch is one of the best, if not THE best, FREE genealogical website available. They are adding census records every day. They are mostly complete for the years 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 (no images), 1900, and 1920 (no images) .

They also have other great sources for Ohio researchers like the Ohio Death Certificates from 1908 to 1953 and digital copies of the Toledo Diocese records for Northwest Ohio Catholic church records. Be sure to check them out. Did I mention they are FREE!?

Thinking Ahead

Yes, I know that winter isn’t even here yet, but do you know what you are doing July 4th 2010? The Hayes Presidential Center is having a BIG weekend then with a Wine Auction, a Pro-Am Croquet Tournament and a collectible car show, running from July 2 to 4th. Check out all the exciting new things that will happen that weekend

And perhaps you might even have something to donate for sale at the auction - click here for further information

Learning about YOUR Past –

Genealogy, Photos, and House History

Class Schedule 2010

Sponsored by RootsMagic™

All classes (except April 25th) 9:30- 11:30 a.m.

Jan. 23 – Saturday – Beginning Genealogy – Becky Hill

Feb. 13 – Saturday – Internet Genealogy I – Free genealogical websites. (Ohio Obit Index, Family Search, USGenweb) - Becky Hill

March 13 – Saturday – Internet Genealogy II – How to make the most of the paid subscription sites (, heritagequest, footnote) - Becky Hill

April 17 – Saturday – Tracing Your House’s History – Becky Hill

Apr 25 – Sunday – RootsMagic Workshop with Bruce Buzbee 1 – 4 pm (Free – no charge)

May 1 – Saturday – Care and Identification of Family Photos – Gil Gonzalez

June 12 – Saturday – Beginning Genealogy - Becky Hill

July 10 – Saturday - Internet Genealogy I – Free genealogical websites. (Ohio Obit Index, Family Search, USGenweb) - Becky Hill

Aug.28 – Saturday – Internet Genealogy II – How to make the most of the paid subscription sites (ancestry, heritagequest, footnote) - Becky Hill

Sept. 18 – Saturday - Searching Your Ohio Roots – Becky Hill

Oct. 16 – Saturday - Online Resources for Photo Management – Gil Gonzalez

Nov. 6 – Saturday- Using RootsMagic Genealogical Software- Becky Hill

Becky Hill
Head Librarian
Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center
Spiegel Grove
Fremont, OH 43420-2796

419-332-2081 ext. 31
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