Genealogy Class Schedule


 Learn to trace your family history through classes offered this fall at the Hayes Presidential Library & Museums.

Former Head Librarian Becky Hill, who retired from her full-time position in May but continues to work one day a week in the library, will teach beginning genealogy and how to use free and paid subscription genealogy websites.

The classes will be offered from 2 to 4 p.m. Cost is $10 per person and can be paid the day of class. Pre-register to Interim Head Librarian John Ransom at 419-332-2081 or [email protected]

The schedule is:


  • Sunday, Sept. 23, 2018 - Beginning Genealogy ClassLearn to get started on researching your family history, especially using the resources available at the Hayes Presidential Library. 
  • Sunday, Sept. 30, 2018 - Using Free Genealogy Websites class - Learn how to use free genealogical websites in family history research. Such internet sources as the Hayes Presidential Library & Museums’ Ohio Obituary Index, along with,,, and other popular websites will be explored in depth.
  • Sunday, Oct. 14, 2018- Using Paid Genealogy Websites class - Learn how to make the most of the paid subscription sites available at the Hayes Presidential Library & Museums –,  FindMyPast, Fold3,, NewspaperArchives and 

Classes are sponsored by RootsMagic, Inc.

In addition to the classes, Hill is offering a new genealogy consultation program in the library. Although Hayes Presidential Library staff can help patrons any time during open hours, patrons can now also schedule an uninterrupted session with Hill, who has more than 40 years of experience in genealogy research.

Topics that can be addressed during a consultation include:

  • help identifying the parents, spouse, maiden name, children or siblings of an ancestor
  • how to research in a particular geographic area
  • using genealogical software, especially RootsMagic, or websites, such as and
  • DNA information (limited to basics)
  • using Hayes Presidential Library resources
  • breaking down an ancestral brick wall
  • reading old family documents (limited to basics in German, French, Latin)

Sessions are available on Wednesday afternoons starting Oct. 3. Time slots available are 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. or 3 to 4 p.m. Cost for Hayes Presidential Library & Museums members is $15 for a one-hour consultation. Cost for non-members is $20 for a one-hour consultation.

To make a reservation, call the Hayes Presidential Library at 419-332-2081 or email Hill at [email protected]

The Hayes Presidential Library & Museums is America’s first presidential library and the forerunner for the federal presidential library system. It is partially funded by the state of Ohio and affiliated with the Ohio History Connection. The Hayes Presidential Library & Museums is located at Spiegel Grove at the corner of Hayes and Buckland avenues.

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