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Genealogy News from the Hayes Presidential Center

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

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.

Welcome New Director

Our friend and long-time Hayes colleague Tom Culbertson retired as the Executive Director and his replacement, Christie Weininger started September 1st. http://www.rbhayes.org/hayes/newsroom/display.asp?id=1271

We are sad to see Tom go, although he says he will still do some volunteering, but we are happy to have Christie on board and look forward to her new leadership skills and energy.

New Benefit for Members

If you are a $45 or over member of the Hayes Presidential Center, you now get the benefit of having unlimited at-home access to Newspaper Archives, along with HeritageQuestOnline and www.Archives.com. Thanks to an anonymous donor, we were able to offer unlimited in-house and remote access to this site:

NewspaperARCHIVE.com Logo

NewspaperARCHIVE.com is the world's largest online newspaper archive.Featuring billions of articles from historical newspapers around the U.S. and the world, NewspaperARCHIVE makes exploring history and genealogy easy and fun. Discover fascinating news in archived newspapers hundreds of years old - including obituaries, birth announcements, sports articles, comics, and more – to fill in the life stories you are interested in. All of our historical newspapers are full-page and fully searchable

Because my parents’ hometown newspaper in Pennsylvania was digitized by them, I found all kind of minor details about their family –visits to the next town, parties they gave, organizations they were active in and my grandmother’s visit to Niagara Falls to see her new granddaughter – me! Great for fleshing out the family beyond births, marriages and deaths.

All you need to do if you are a member, is log into the Hayes member page and NewspaperArchive will be one of your choices for at-home access.

http://www.rbhayes.org/hayes/members/authenticate.asp

Not a member? 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.

1940 Census

This is now old news, but the 1940 Census is completely indexed in Familysearch.org and Ancestry.com. Released April 2, 2012, both institutions completed indexing by August! No need to go searching page-by-page, but that is still a great way to get a feel for the neighborhood where your ancestors lived.

https://familysearch.org/1940census/

Remember that the 1940 census denotes WHO gave the information for each household so that is a helpful hint, along with the question, where did the residents lived five years ago?

Ohio Obituary Index

Library staffer John Ransom and I went to the Ohio Library Council’s Expo in Columbus in September to promote the Ohio Obituary Index to Ohio’s public libraries. It was nice to meet many of the staff of our partner libraries and to encourage new libraries to organize their dead people :-).

Chardon Public Library of Geauga County has just become a new partner and its staff and volunteers are enthusiastically entering data for that area of Northeast Ohio, probably as I write. They will also be adding a database of existing indexing in the near future. Welcome Geauga County! I also have a verbal confirmation that Akron Summit Public Library will be joining in January 2013 and we look forward to seeing their data come into the system. We hope to keep adding more partners in the next few months.

Caution: When you find a reference to the Ohio Obituary Index on Ancestry.com or Archives.com, always be sure to click through and go to our site directly for the most complete information.

Although these are great gateways to our data they are quite incomplete. Ancestry only displays 1.2 million names and we are now up to 2.2 million on our website. Also any corrections or additions to the original information we have made since we gave them the original data does not show up at this time.

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 Willis Wyant
Bruce Buzbee of RootsMagic, will sponsor 2013 genealogy classes
Sandra Zenser
Rev. Judith Frank
Mr. & Mrs. James Downing
John and Vera Sengstock
Brett Dicken Brown
Dale Dailey
Rosemary Youngs
Carolyn Speer
Charles McCoy
Dolly Hendricks Thomas
Margo Clagg
Max Baumann
George Ulch, MD
Marie Cadieux Hodges

New Books at the Hayes Library

Some of you may remember our Swiss researcher, Max Baumann, from Stilli, Switzerland. He has been researching the Swiss families in Sandusky County for years, visiting here twice for several weeks and was finally able to finish his book, sending a complimentary copy to us.

“Ich lebe einfach, aber froh” Erfolge und Misserfolge von Schweizer Ausgewanderten in Amerika by Max Baumann.

You say you don’t read German? I just typed that title into Google Translate and came up with “I live simply but happily” Success and Failures of the Swiss Emigrants to America. That looks pretty good to me! So if you find something of interest, you may be able to translate a few sentences through Google.

Max worked very hard on many Sandusky County families including the families of Hirt, Baumann, Vogt /Fought and Zimmerman among others.

He has an excellent map of Riley Township from 1876 in the book in which he colored in the Swiss and German families that he knew of, showing clearly how closely they settled to each other.

If you have any families that might be Swiss, be sure to check out his book. It is indexed.

Please check our website often to see the list of other new books we have received http://www.rbhayes.org/hayes/libnews/newbooks.asp and thanks to library assistant Julie Mayle for keeping it up to date.

On The Road

Becky Hill will be speaking at the following events the next few months. They are all open to the public. Email her for details, if interested in attending:

October 16, 2012 – Findlay – Hancock Co. Ohio Genealogical Society – Hayes Presidential Center Genealogical Resources, esp. the Ohio Obituary Index

October 22, 2012 – Norwalk – Huron Co., OGS – same topic as above

October 27, 2012 – Perrysburg – Family History Seminar, 11050 Avenue Rd, - Searching Your Ohio Roots

October 30, 2012 – Vermilion Public Library – Getting Started With Your Family History

November 12, 2012 – Toledo Area Genealogical Society – Online Immigration Resources, Reynolds Corner Public Library

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

2012-2013 Genealogy Classes

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

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

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

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.

Jan. 19 – Saturday – Beginning Genealogy – Becky Hill, Head Librarian– An overview of how to get started doing your family history, especially using the resources available at the Hayes Library.

Feb. 23 – Saturday – Internet Genealogy I – Free genealogical websites - Becky Hill - Attendees will be provided with instruction on the basics of how to utilize the free genealogical websites in their family history research. Such internet sources as the Center's Ohio Obituary Index, along with FamilySearch.org, USGenweb.org, Worldcat.org, EllisIsland.org and other popular websites will be explored in depth.

March 16 – Saturday – Internet Genealogy II – Becky Hill - How to make the most of the paid subscription sites available at the Hayes Presidential Center – Ancestry.com, HeritageQuest, Fold3; NewEnglandAncestors.org and Archives.com..

April 6 – Saturday – Tracing Your House’s History – Becky Hill, Head Librarian, will switch gears and explore the genealogy of a house. She will explain how to use printed and online sources to track down the owners and history of a property through deeds, Sanborn Maps, city directories, tax records and other sources.

April 28 – Sunday- 1 – 4 pm -RootsMagic Workshop with Bruce Buzbee (Free – no charge) -The author of the program, from Utah, spends an afternoon explaining his popular genealogy software.

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

419.332.2081

bhill@rbhayes.org