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2012 Classes Sponsored by RootsMagic

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

June 16 – Saturday - How to Copy and Preserve Your Family Photos – Gil Gonzalez
July 7 – Saturday - Internet Genealogy I – Free genealogical websites. (Ohio Obit Index, Family Search, USGenweb) - Becky Hill
Aug 18 - Online Resources for Photo Management - Gil Gonzalez
Aug.25 – Saturday – Internet Genealogy II – How to make the most of the paid subscription sites (ancestry, heritagequest, fold3(footnote)) - Becky Hill
Sept. 15 – Saturday - Searching Your Ohio Roots – Becky Hill, Head Librarian, 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.

1940 Census

Have you found your family (or yourself?!) in the 1940 census yet? It was released April 2, 2012 and despite lots of early heavy traffic, it is now available for browsing through various websites. I have found in my experience that the Ancestry.com website and its library counterpart have the fastest downloads. This section of Ancestry.com is free http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2442, but you will have to register.

At this time only a few states have been indexed, but from all the genealogy blogs and meetings I have attended, the word is that the census will be indexed probably by this Fall.

If you are a member and have home access to HeritageQuest, the rep stated that by early summer they will be loading each state with its index as it gets completed.

For day to day progress on the indexing by Familysearch.org and their partners go to this site and click on the state you are interested in:

https://familysearch.org/1940census/

Until then, to help determine the enumeration district your person lived in try this website:
http://stevemorse.org/census/quiz.php

My parents got married April 13, 1940 and the census was supposed to record where people where as of April 1st, 1940, so I knew they were not listed together. I found my Dad living with his widowed mother, but my mother was not listed with her father. Hmm, where was she? Fortunately I only had to pick up the phone and call her. She is 94 and still interested in my genealogical searching. In 1940, she was working in a town about 10 miles from her Dad and rented a room for the weekdays, coming home on the weekend. So I went page-by-page through Smethport, Pa. and I found her living as a boarder, occupation waitress. Her real occupation was as a medical secretary, but the house owner only saw her leave in a uniform and decided she was a waitress! Mystery solved.

One nice thing about the 1940 census is that it denotes WHO gave the information for each household so that is a helpful hint, along with the questions where did the residents lived five years ago.

Ohio Obituary Index

Thanks to our small army of volunteers, indexing from the Hayes Center into the Obituary Index is proceeding at a good clip, along with fulfilling obit orders from out-of-towners. Thanks to some of the Hayes volunteers - Joanne Gerber, Barb Czerwony, Sue Hammer, Irene Byrne, Dave Golden, Erin Crenshaw, Mary Hertzer, Janice Johnston, Jan Jordan, Mary Ottney, and Marie Paulson.

Dorothy Wagner is inputting birth records into the Obits Index from archival records we have from Dr. Harley Ward of Pemberville, 1915- 1957, so don’t be surprised if you find a few people still alive in our Obituary Index. There are many sources other than obits that are indexed into this great genealogical resource – some marriages, anniversaries, etc. – and not all are death notices.

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:

Sandusky County Kin Hunters in Memory of Kenneth Smith; also the Heritage Quest Subscription

Irene Byrne
Jill Carter Knuth
Leanna Elder Shaberly
James G. Weaver, Jr.
Jennifer Owen
Charles P. Wonderly
William R. Lawrence
Janice Stockman
Elaine Bast
Krista Michaels
Larry Michaels
Bruce Buzbee & RootsMagic for the April workshop and promotional copies of the software

New Books at the Hayes Library

Due to some of these donations, I was able to pick up some new books on Ohio genealogy at the Ohio Genealogical Society Conference in Cleveland. It is always fun to browse the exhibit hall and meet various chapters across the state and other vendors.

Please check our website often to see the list of new books we receive. http://www.rbhayes.org/hayes/libnews/newbooks.asp

Reminder regarding Hayes Home and books:

Tom Culbertson is still looking for old books in good condition to populate the shelves of the restored Hayes Home. Click here for details http://www.rbhayes.org/hayes/newsroom/display.asp?id=1207

The Hayes Home is nearing completion of its restoration. On July 14, 2012, there will be an Open House from 9:00- 5 :00 pm. The public is invited to view results of the four-year historically-accurate restoration of the Hayes Home. Admission is free for an abbreviated tour of the home. Groups of 15 people at a time will be guided through the restored downstairs of the home - spending five minutes in each area.

Membership

If you are a $45 or over member of the Hayes Presidential Center, you get the benefit of having at-home access of HeritageQuestOnline and www.Archives.com. Both of these sites provide searchable databases of over one billion vital records and historical documents and newspapers and books. The newspaper component of Archives.com alone makes this a very useful new resource in your genealogy toolkit.

To join and get these genealogical benefits, go to
http://www.rbhayes.org/hayes/joinmember/scroll down and click on the appropriate box to renew or join as a new member.

On The Road

Becky Hill will be speaking at the following events the next few months:

June 9 – Genealogy By Computer, Toledo – Genealogical Computer Resources of the Hayes Presidential Library, including the Ohio Obituary Index – Toledo Lucas Public Library, 1 pm

August 11 – Tracing Your House’s History – Lorain Public Library, 3 pm

September 17 – The 1940 Census – how to use, what’s new in it – Fostoria Lineage Society, Kaubisch Public Library, Fostoria, 6:00 pm

February 16, 2013 (!!!) – Florida Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society Annual Conference, featured speaker; Leesburg (FL) Public Library - Snowbird alert!

Plug for new Seneca County Ohio book

The Seneca County Death Records, 1867-1908 book will be published in the next few weeks. This new book by Neva Berlekamp Wilbert compiled all the death records found in the Seneca County Probate Court books. This material is NOT online. Published by the Seneca County Genealogical Society, it is an abstract of thousands of residents giving their names, date and cause of death, death and birth place. It is 218 pages. $35.00 plus $2.45 tax and $5.00 postage. Send checks payable to the Seneca County Genealogical Society, P.O. Box 157, Tiffin, OH 44883

2012 Genealogy Classes

Thanks to RootsMagic Inc. for its continued sponsorship of these classes.

Learning about YOUR Past – Genealogy, Photos, and House History

Class Schedule 2012

All classes 9:30- 11:30 Sponsored by RootsMagic Inc.

June 16 – Saturday - How to Copy and Preserve Your Family Photos – Gil Gonzalez

July 7 – Saturday - Internet Genealogy I – Free genealogical websites. (Ohio Obit Index, Family Search, USGenweb) - Becky Hill

Aug 18 - Online Resources for Photo Management - Gil Gonzalez

Aug.25 – Saturday – Internet Genealogy II – How to make the most of the paid subscription sites (ancestry, heritagequest, fold3(footnote)) - Becky Hill

Sept. 15 – Saturday - Searching Your Ohio Roots – Becky Hill, Head Librarian, 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.

Oct. 20 – Saturday - NEW! - Make a Book - Learn how to make your own great quality, customized book economically with Blurb.com. Great for photo books, family history memorabilia, heritage cookbooks, personal stories or children's books. Becky Hill, Head Librarian and Gil Gonzalez, Head of Photographic Resources.

Nov. 3 – Saturday- Using RootsMagic Genealogical Software- Becky Hill, Head Librarian, 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.

Becky Hill, Head Librarian
Hayes Presidential Center
Spiegel Grove
Fremont, OH 43420

419.332.2081

bhill@rbhayes.org