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Genealogy News from the Hayes Presidential Library April 2017

We're back!

Welcome back to the Genealogy Newsletter.  With our new website, we will resume sending out a free periodic newsletter on genealogy news that you have signed up for at one time.

We will continue to highlight what is new in the Library, especially dealing with family and local history, new donations, upcoming classes and talks, membership perks and general library news, 

If you have been sent this by a friend you are able to sign up to receive this yourself by going here.

Upcoming Genealogy Classes and Programs

Sunday, April 30, 2017 - RootsMagic Genealogy & Family History Software, a Workshop by the Author, Bruce Buzbee
Free, 1 - 4 pm. Auditorium
Enjoy an informative afternoon learning how to get the most out of RootsMagic7 software. RootsMagic is a leading genealogical software that offers basic and advanced abilities to help you record and share your family history while remaining one of the easiest to use. RootsMagic is the first software certified to share data with FamilySearch Family Tree and is also now recommended for FamilyTreeMaker and users!

Saturday, May 13, 2017 - Make a Family Tree on - Becky Hill and Dustin Austin will give an overview on how to create an online family tree with an subscription.  Audience participation will be encouraged.$10.00 - 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. Auditorium

On the Road:

May 16, 2017 - Hayes Presidential Library - Genealogical Resources of the First Presidential Library - Becky Hill speak at the Ida Rupp Port Clinton Library at 6;30, sponsored by the Ottawa County Genealogical Society.  Public welcome. Free

Genealogy Serendipity:

Last week I spoke in Findlay Ohio at Fifty North, a Senior Activity Center, on how to trace your house's history.  I usually pick out one or two houses to use as examples and search for them on the County Auditor's website.  Once in a while the data on the property may include an approximate date of the house.  I had had difficulty finding one that I could use, but settling on a house on Hancock Street, I showed it on the screen.  I was going through my spiel, a woman in the front row put her hand up and kept it up.  It turned out that of all the thousands of houses in Findlay, the one house I had chosen was her grandparents' - and that is why she came to that class.  AND the Auditor's site gave the age of the house as 1886, which may have been accurate!  We all got a little chill up our backs at the coincidence of it all - do do do do do do do do do (that's the Twilight Zone theme song!).


News Items

New Website - The Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library and Museums has a new name and website.  It is mobile-friendly which means if you access us on your phone or tablet the website will adjust to the size to make it as readable as possible.  It has many other new bells and whistles, but mostly what you will notice is the updated look and vibrant graphics, almost all of which are created by our in-house photographer Gil Gonzalez.

Note at the very top of the home page is a Search field.  If you cannot find something you know we had in the past this is the place to go - type in your keyword(s) and the website will give you a list of hits. Example- put "egg roll" in the Search Our Site box and you will be given a list of items that probably have to do with the Easter Egg Roll held here - and possible at the Hayes White House.

Ohio Obituary Index

This massive database that was created and maintained by the Hayes Presidential Library now indexes over 3.5 million names.  Connections are made hourly across the U.S. by people using the Index and finding their ancestors or relatives.  You can order the obits you find that are housed at the Hayes Library via the online shopping cart, but if the obit is from one of our 60+ partner libraries you will have to click on the link "Order from the XXX Library" to get their specific instructions.  All obits on the site are $4.00 or under each and many libraries do not even charge!

You may notice that you can view the Obituary Index in two different search boxes - one has the sidebar on the left

The other view does not have the sidebar and takes up more of the screen and may be preferable for printing, etc.

They both get the job done - it is just a matter of which one you prefer.

In 2017, we welcomed the Ida Rupp Public Library of Port Clinton, Ohio to the partnership.  Great to have such a close neighbor on board!

An update to the database was given to this year and we hope it will soon be integrated with Ancestry's billions of names and lead many new friends eventually to our site.


Our membership program has changed the past year or so.  We have eliminated the $45 level.  There are genealogical benefits for those who become members of the Hayes Library & Museums at the $50 or above level.  All such members can access the website program at home once they have logged into our membership link here.  Also we recently posted  handouts to many of the genealogy classes that I give here at Spiegel Grove.  We know many of you live out of state and are unable to attend our classes, but you can now download the handouts and check them out yourself. The class handouts that are currently online are Tracing House's History, Beginning Genealogy, Internet Genealogy, German Immigration to Ohio, - Publish Your Family Memories, Finding Your Civil War Ancestors, A Presidential Library with a Genealogical Slant.

If you are not a member and wish to become one, just check us out.  Remember that the library is always free, but your membership will give you entrance to the the museum and the home. 


Because of our long absence in publishing our newsletter, we are limiting this list to the last six months. 

Sandra Zenser

James & Molly Cress

Irene Byrne

Steven R. Stotelmyer

Lisa Hasselbach

Sally DeForest Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution

Ottawa County Museum

Deb Arnold     

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