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Genealogy News from the Hayes Presidential Library September 2017

Welcome to the Genealogy Newsletter

This is a free periodic newsletter on genealogy news from the Hayes Presidential Library. It highlights 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. 

It may be better to use your web browser to view or print this rather than your mail program. My email program had the option to "click here to view in web browser" and it displayed and printed it much better.

Upcoming Genealogy Classes and Programs

 Sponsored by RootsMagic Inc.

September 9 –Free Genealogy Websites -  Attendees will learn the basics of several free genealogical websites in their family history research. The most important ones for us are the Ohio Obituary Index and, but we'll also cover other sites such as,,, and  

October 7 –Tracing Your House’s History – This session will highlight (but not be limited to) the Birchard Historic Neighborhood of Fremont.  Attendees will learn how to use printed and online sources to track the owners and history of a property through deeds, Sanborn Maps, city directories, tax records and other sources found in our library.

November 4 - & Paid Genealogy Websites –How to make the most of the paid subscription sites available at the Hayes Presidential Library –,, Fold3;, NewspaperArchives and

Please register prior to the class by calling the library 419.332.2081 or emailing Becky Hill [email protected] 

or signing up online for each class by going to the events calendar, for example:

$10.00 fee, payable day of class

News Items

Civil War Books - McLoney Family Donation

The Hayes Library was recently chosen by the McLoney Family to receive their father's massive collection of Civil War books.  Dr. Earl Robert McLoney, who died in 2012, spent decades building an impressive library of books on the Civil War, especially the medical aspects.  We are in the middle of processing over 500 books and are finding many gems, including many regimental histories, personal recollections and pictorial books.  Earl and Evelyn's children -  Gail Klein, Karen Stormer and Dr. Mark McLoney and families visited the Hayes Library on August 28th to formally give this family treasure to the Hayes Library.  Our staff will catalog them into so that the entire world will know that we have them here in Fremont for public use. Thanks to the McLoney Family for their generosity . 

The McLoney siblings; their family members, Christie Weininger, HPLM executive director and Becky Hill, head librarian, with some of the materials from the collection.
Pictured are (front from left) Stella Lee, Kimberly Lee; Karen Stormer (daughter), Gail Klein (daughter), Dillon Klein, Hill and (back, from left) Weininger, Brian Keating, Dr. Mark McLoney (son), Phil Stormer and Bill Klein.

Hayes Family Genealogy       

In June, I wrote that volunteers were working on expanding the Hayes Family genealogy by adding the contents of George Hayes of Windsor (CT)  by Charles W. Hayes to our in-house Rootsmagic software.  Fran Fleet, Sue Halen and Deb Arnold worked hard and long deciphering the rather byzantine old book (1884) and finished it this past month.  I used the RootsMagic software to update our website and now there are at least 2-3,000 more Hayes relatives in our database and website:  

If you think you might be related to President Hayes check it out.  Although most people named Hayes aren’t, we are trying to help people make the connection even if they are only 4th or 5th cousins. Thanks go to Sue Halen on left, Deb Arnold and Fran Fleet for making this useful information available to the 21st Century public.

Expanding Our Church Record Holdings          

Using donations made by various friends of the Hayes Library for memorials and other purposes, we recently added over 40 new rolls of film to our microfilm collection of church records.  They are from counties surrounding Sandusky County and are listed below.  Remember church records are a valuable source of information for your family history, sometimes the only place to find early birth and death records.

Elliston, Ottawa Co. - Zion United Methodist Church, 1861-1949
Elmore, Ottawa Co. - St. John's United Church of Christ, 1857-1985
Lakeside, Ottawa Co - Lakeside United Methodist Church, 1881-1936
Bronson Township, Huron Co. - Olena Presbyterian Church, 1835-1949
Collins, Huron Co. - Collins United Methodist Church, 1859-1962
Lyme Township, Huron Co. - St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 1861-1990
Norwalk, Huron Co. - St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 1821-1938
Pontiac/Monroeville, Huron Co., - St. Peter Lutheran Church, St. Peter Lutheran Church, 1859-1965
Ridgefield Township, Huron Co. - First Baptist Church, 1836-1935
Huron, Erie Co. - First Presbyterian Church, 1849-1923
Milan, Erie Co. - St. Luke's Episcopal Church, 1849-1922
Milan, Erie Co. - Society of Friends, Milan Monthly Meeting, 1877-1940
Marriages performed by Rev. Stevens in Tompkins and Genessee [sic] counties, New York, Huron, Trumbull and Cuyahoga counties, Ohio and a few in Michigan and Tennessee, 1825-1859
Bloomdale, Wood Co. - Trinity United Methodist Church, 1881-1973
Luckey, Wood Co.- Zion Lutheran Church, 1883-1991
Pemberville, Wood Co. - First Unied Presbyterian Church,1878-1982
Pemberville, Wood Co. - Salem Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1848-1983
Portage, Wood Co. - Christ United Methodist Church, 1874-2006
Scotch Ridge, Wood Co., - United Presbyerian Church, 1862-1980
Attica, Seneca Co. - First Baptist Church, 1841-1944
Attica, Seneca Co.- First Universalist Church, 1838-1965
Thompson Township, Seneca Co. - Evangelical Lutheran Zion Church, 1859-1909 ?
Jackson Township, Seneca Co. - Zion Lutheran Church, 1803-1952
Melmore, Seneca Co. - Presbyterian Church of Melmore, 1828-1907
Tiffin, Seneca Co. - First Lutheran Church, 1870-1956
Tiffin, Seneca Co. - First Presbyterian Church, 1831-1953
Tiffin, Seneca Co. - St. John's United Church of Christ, 1836-1982
Tiffin, Seneca Co. - Pleasant Ridge United Methodist Church, 1845-1988
Tiffin, Seneca Co. - St. Paul's United Methodist Church, 1882-1983
Tiffin, Seneca Co. - Trinity United Church of Christ

These were listed in our June newsletter in case you missed them: 

Tiffin - St. John’s United Church of Christ Records  1836-1982
Tiffin  - Old Trinity Episcopal Church Records  1856 – 1896
Carey/Vanlue – United Brethren in Christ Records 1850’s – 1880’s
Oak Harbor – St. Paul’s United Church of Christ Records 1879-1979
Port Clinton  - St. John’s Lutheran Church, 1875-1977
Port Clinton – Trinity United Methodist Episcopal Church, 1854-1924
Port Clinton – St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 1896-1982
Port Clinton – Peace Lutheran Church, 1895-1933
Put-in-Bay – St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 1865-1962
Elmore/Fremont/Hessville – Carl H. Althoff church records – Trinity Lutheran, Salem Lutheran, St. Pauls Lutheran, Emmanuel Lutheran – 1856-1944
Williston – St. John’s Lutheran Records, 1883-199Membership 



Thanks to the following for donations of funds or books and materials to the Hayes Library

Frances Fleet
Marlene Beggs
Richard Baranowski
Neva Wilbert
Erie County Historical Society
Linda Guipe
Sandusky County Kin Hunters
Richard Bowersox

The Family of Dr. and Mrs. Earl R. McLoney


New Perk for Members

Since many of you are members, check out Membership 411s, a new feature introduced by Meghan Wonderly and Kathy Boukissen:

Members can attend these information sessions in person at Hayes, but if you are not able to because of time or distance you can view short videos on some of the presentations, including the library’s resources – genealogical or otherwise.  So far Becky Hill’s brief videos on and the Hayes Family genealogy have been put online.

Check it out.  Another good reason to join!

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.

Remember that the library is always free, but your membership will give you entrance to the the museum and the home. 


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