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Genealogy News from the Hayes Presidential Library
Fremont, Ohio

26 November 2004

An e-mail update to new genealogical resources and services

Upcoming classes:

January 12, 2005 - Computers and Genealogy
March 19, 2005 - Beginning Genealogy

New Data on Heritage Quest

I just logged on to Heritage Quest here at Hayes and found that they now
have Revolutionary War Pension Records online. They have scanned and
digitized selected records from the Revolutionary War Pension and
Bounty-Land-Warrant Application Files of the National Archives. These
records are from an estimated 80,000 files based on the participation of
American military, naval, and marine officers and enlisted men in the
Revolutionary War. Most of the records are dated between 1800 and 1900.

Back in the 1970''s, when I first started doing genealogy, I sent for
several of my ancestor''s records from the National Archives and after
waiting several weeks, was delighted by the packet of photocopies I
received in the mail from Washington, DC. The details in these original
documents were so exciting, I was hooked by the genealogical bug and 30
years later, I can still be thrilled, as President Hayes was, by the
study of family history. Here is what Rutherford wrote to his uncle
Austin Birchard in May 1874.

"You know I am given to antiquarian and genealogical pursuits. An old
family letter is a delight to my eyes. I can prowl in the old trunks of
letters by the day with undiminished zest."

Here is your chance to prowl in the old trunks of documents online if
your ancestor was a Revolutionary War soldier.
If not, try one of my ancestors. I highly recommend Moses Holmes. Don''t
miss page 4 of his case file.

Instead of waiting many weeks or months for the National Archives to
respond like I had to in the 1970''s, and paying over $30 for the copies,
you can have them instantly on your home computer or here at Hayes.

You can access at Heritage Quest for free at the Hayes Presidential
Center Library or if you are a member of HPC at the $45 level or higher,
at home.

In case you need a refresher, here is my spiel on how to become a
member:

Christmas is Coming!
It is time to tell your friends or kids or parents what YOU want from
Santa - a membership to the Hayes Presidential Center! You all know by
now that the $45 plus membership means that you can have access to
Heritage Quest at home.
For gift subscriptions, it is best to call or write. 1-800-998-7737

This subscription database gives you access to ALL the US Census and to
25,000 genealogy and local history books, become a member of the Hayes
Presidential Center at the $45 level and have one year''s access to
Heritage Quest.

If you are not a member and would like to become one and not wait for
Christmas, you can join online. Go to
http://www.rbhayes.org/membership.htm
and add your order to the online shopping cart. For those of you who
have ordered obituaries online, the form will look familiar. It is the
same shopping cart.

Remember to join at the $45 level or higher level in order to get
Heritage Quest online at home - whether you live in Fremont, Iowa or
California.
If you do not like to shop online, you can print out the forms online
and mail a check for the proper amount to
Membership
Hayes Presidential Center
Spiegel Grove
Fremont, OH 43420

Not only will you get a great genealogical resource at home with
Heritage Quest, but you will also be supporting the Hayes Presidential
Center and receive all the benefits of membership which are listed on
the above website.

Becky Hill and the Hayes Library Staff
Head Librarian
Hayes Presidential Library
Spiegel Grove
Fremont, OH 43420 419-332-2081 Comments/suggestions?
bhill@rbhayes.org