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2010 Classes Sponsored by RootsMagic

August 28 - Saturday – Internet Genealogy II - Becky Hill, Head Librarian- Learn how to make the most of the paid subscription sites (,,; New England, Newspaper Archives) available for free at the Hayes Library

September 18 - Saturday – Searching Your Ohio Roots – Becky Hill -will concentrate on Ohio resources for tracking down your family in the Buckeye state – vital records, land records, printed and online materials. She will also touch on the migration patterns to the state.

October 16 - May 1, 2010 - Online Resources for Photo Management– Gil Gonzalez leads this NEW class focused on using the Internet to edit, store, arrange, organize, share and print your photographs.

Nov. 6 – Saturday- Using RootsMagic Genealogical Software- Becky Hill will give a basic workshop on how to use RootsMagic - how to get started, add sources, print out reports, add photos, share with other researchers, etc. Genealogical software is the best way to organize and share your research.

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) -
May be paid the day of the class

Ohio Obituary Index

We are pleased to welcome Wood County as a partner in the Ohio Obituary Index. B.G.S.U.'s Center for Archival Collections, the Wood County Public Library and the Wood County Genealogical Society have all come together to add their substantial database to the Index which should be showing up online in the next few weeks. They are already adding their data on a daily basis. Adding Bowling Green’s and other Wood Co. newspapers will be a nice fit to the rest of the other Northwest Ohio papers that have been indexed.

For those of you who have, you might possibly have noticed that the most current obits are not incorporated in that yet. The database that we merged with contained data up to March 2009 so everything after that date can only be found on our site. Eventually we will be providing Ancestry another update after the merging of the Wood County data.

We now have over 1.6 million names in the database and all of our inputters across the state are entering more every day.

New on FamilySearch

LDS is continuing to add millions of new records annually to and Ohio is a big winner. Besides the Ohio Death Certificates which are digital images of the actual death certificates from 1908 to 1953, the web site has added the Ohio Vital Records Index which was formerly published on 7 CDs. For a complete description of the data uploaded, listing what is available for each county see this link:

To actually search these databases individually, go to

Or – and click on All Collections and scroll through the list until you get to the one you are interested in.

To gain full access to some of this material, esp. the Ohio Death Certificates, you may be asked to sign in – there is no fee for this service and I recommend doing so, so that you may get all the information possible.

Who Do You Think You Are?

This television show is now in reruns on Friday nights until September. My local genealogical society – Seneca County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society – has borrowed their format and will be giving three programs this Fall on 3 local people. Members of the Society have pitched in and done research on the local “celebrities” and will present their findings similar to the show, without the trips to Italy and France, etc. JWe hope to bring in new community members who might be interested in seeing how research is done, along with friends and family of the “celebrities”and to show people research methods used in our area and beyond.

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:

Mrs. Gene Garn
Mike Ayres
Bruce Bowlus
Mary Jane Constien
Brenda Chudzinski Seilhamer
Marie Gumbert
Patricia Foley
Rodney Young
Brett Dicken Brown
Justin Millisor
Dorothy Wagner
Sharon Barnett
Charles Hull
James Weaver
Dale Dailey
Joan Gillis
Elizabeth Hamsher Yaw
Barbara J. Brown


Our volunteers continue to do an amazing job with all the various jobs they handle – indexing newspapers and other sources, inputting data into the Obituary Index, looking up obituary orders, processing manuscript and photographic collections, etc. Not mention the cookies, candy, and treats they spoil us with! THANKS to all of them for all of their support.

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 are making very few new purchases at this time.

Membership at the Hayes Presidential Center

Don’t forget that a Hayes Membership is a great asset to research at home
When you join at the $45.00 level, you get access to all the US census records at home with Heritage Quest for a year, a 10% discount at the Museum Store, $.10 copies when at the Library plus many other benefits.

It Was A Success!

Thanks to all who participated in the WWW over the 4th of July. Hundreds of people came to see the collectible car show and croquet on Saturday. Thousands of people came for the concert on Sunday, A special thanks to those who participated in the Saturday night auction which brought in a good amount of much needed revenue and will be repeated next year, although it will be a general auction and not limited to wine. Watch our web site to see what this event will evolve into next summer.

An outcome of this event is that we now have our label of wine that we can use as a fundraiser. As a wine pourer at the auction, I received first hand glowing reports of the Hayes Presidential Center wine, especially the Merlot. See this link to see how you can order some for yourself or for presents. Because we do not have a liquor license, the wine must be picked up at one of The Andersons locations in the Toledo area.

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

419-332-2081 ext. 31
419-332-4952 (fax)<><>