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					                         Internet Genealogy I: Free Genealogical Websites
                                           Becky Hill, Head Librarian
                                           Hayes Presidential Library

                                     2010 Classes Sponsored by RootsMagicTM

I. Obituary Index
       A. Indexes 1.5 MILLION people from Northwest Ohio and other parts of Ohio.

        B. Indexes all of the Fremont, Tiffin and Clyde newspapers, part of Bellevue, Bloomville, Green Springs,
        Sandusky, Woodville, and Rising Sun.
            Other libraries entering their newspaper indexing: Ada, Barnesville, Bellefontaine, Bloomville, Bluffton,
        Bowling Green, Carey, Chillicothe, Covington, Defiance, Fostoria, Gallipolis, Hillsboro, Huron, Kenton,
        Liberty Center, Lima, McComb, Marietta, Martins Ferry, Metamora, New London, Norwalk, Oak Harbor,
        Ottawa, Paulding, Pemberville, Rossford, Springfield, Upper Sandusky, Van Wert, Vermilion, Wapakoneta,
        Wayne, Wooster and Worthington.

        C. Use the Advanced Search Engine to search for maiden names, alternate spellings, specific newspapers or a
        range of dates.

        D. Shopping cart option allows long distance users to order the copies of the obituaries for $3.00 each.

        E. Other online obituary indexes in area:
               1. Findlay/ Hancock Co., Ohio:
               2. Bowling Green/Wood County:
               3. Cleveland, OH – Necrology File:

        F. Now duplicated on up to March 2009
        G. Special features: Notebook and Post-em features.

II. Family Search: Mormon (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints) web site:
       A free website of genealogical information that helps researchers to identify their ancestors and organize family
       history information.

        A. Family Search Record Search – Pilot Site – Includes digital copies of various genealogical
        resources, of special interest is Ohio Death certificates from 1908 to 1953, Toledo Diocese Catholic
        church records, and federal census images for 1850, 1860, 1870, 1900 and indexes (only) for 1880 and
        1920 which are now available online for free. Go to or click on
        “Search Records” – “Record Search Pilot” in the website

        B. Ancestral File. Contains names and other vital information (such as date and place of birth, marriage, or
        death) of millions of individuals throughout the world. Names are organized into family groups and pedigrees.
       To allow for coordination of research, the file also lists names and addresses of those who contributed to the
       file – mostly Mormons.

       C. International Genealogical Index. Lists several hundred million names of deceased persons from
       throughout the world. It also lists some vital information, such as a birth or marriage date and place. Many
       names in the index come from vital records from the early 1500s to 1885. Others have been submitted by
       members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

       D. Pedigree Resource File Contains names; family relationships; and birth, marriage, and death information
       for millions of people. The information in this file appears as it was originally submitted and is not merged with
       information submitted by others. The file is indexed on the internet and full information is available on CD’s,
       some of which are at the Hayes Presidential Center. All submissions do not necessarily come from Mormons.

       E. Census Records – Free index to every name in the 1880 U.S. census or 1881 British Isles and Canada
       census, plus additional indexing. Also see Family Search Pilot Site for additional census records.

       F. Family History Library Catalog. Describes the records available at the Family History Library for the
       whole world. The catalog provides a guide to family histories; birth, marriage, and death records; census
       records; church registers; and many other records that may contain genealogical information. These records
       may be in a book, on microfiche or microfilm, or in a computer file. Copies of most microfilm and microfiche
       records can be loaned to the Hayes Presidential Center for a low cost.

       G. - Family History Archives – This digital history project will target over
       100,000 published family histories and thousands of local histories and provide them for free on the web.

III.   USGenweb and World Genweb -,
       A. County-by-county access to genealogical information - always an important way to search. Easy to use.

       B. Wide variety of what is available at each site. Some have volunteers who have packed their site with useful
       content; others have only minimal information. Can change frequently. Keep checking back. Typical topics
       included on the sites: queries, surname lists, general information on the county and its resources, e.g.
       courthouse hours, free look-ups, and information on message boards or email lists for that county.

       C. Genweb Archives - - actual documents, databases. Also check out statewide
       material. Usually have search boxes to help find your family name.

IV.    Rootsweb: A vast clearinghouse of genealogical data, co-sponsored by;, but
       A.. Massive search engines that index a variety of databases.
       B.. Worldconnect – - index to thousands of
       gedcoms, some of which you can download.
       C.. Immigrant Ship Transcribers Guild listing of ship
       passenger lists
       D. Obituary Daily Times - – listing of fairly current obituaries

V.     Google:
       A. Best search engine for the web. Try your names. Put in quotes; add location, to cut down on hits (e.g. “Asa
       Cory” Coryville).
       B. - Find complete books and preview versions at this website. Go to Advanced
       Search and search for “full view” and that will bring up books that are completely digitized and free on the
       C. Google Images, Maps, etc.

VI.    Other Genealogical websites of interest
       A. OPLIN research databases – FREE – - includes Sanborn Maps of
       Ohio towns which show outlines of houses, also NewsBank – digital copies of fairly recent newspapers for
       Ohio’s large cities.

       B. Kris Kuhn Krumm’s personal page, highlighting pictures of tombstones from local cemeteries:

       C.. Cyndi’s List: Largest site for finding genealogical web pages by general topics – over 270,000 links listed

       D.. – Fort Wayne, Indiana’s huge genealogy library

       E. Ohio Historical Society’s various
       databases, including Ohio death certificates.

       F. – Center for Archival Collections at Bowling Green State
       University. Includes listings of northwest Ohio newspapers, church records, manuscripts

       G. - Bureau of Land Management – lists original land
       patents for the US govt., including Northwest Ohio lands.

        H. - Family Tree Magazine lists their 101 top genealogy
       sites – wide cross section of a limited amount of good sites to check out.

        I. . - Listing of Ohio newspapers with their websites,
mostly very recent archives.

V. Library Catalog
       A.    The Hayes Library book collection is on-line and available from your home computer. . Also our catalog is part of Bowling Green State University’s BGLink and part of
       OhioLink and WorldCat. Search by author, title, subject, keyword or call number.

               1. BGLink – searches BGSU and Hayes Presidential Center:
               2. OhioLink – searches all of Ohio’s public universities’ libraries, including BGSU and Hayes –
               3. – searches libraries nationwide.

       B. Examples of genealogical searches: try for your family name to see who has books about the “Sherman
       Family”; try a locality to see what books are available for “Clyde, Ohio”; try a name of a relative who may be an
       author or a recorded musician and see what libraries have their books or recordings

       C. Manuscript collections are also being put online – try for your family name and you may
       come up with some original material. Example – Thaddeus Hurd.

VI.    Personal Genealogical Programs
       A. My favorite: Roots Magic Easy to use, inexpensive, flexible, good support. Purchase from the Hayes
       Museum Store for $29.95.      Used for Hayes family genealogy. Also can be ordered online at or by phone 1--876-766-8762

       B. Family Tree Maker: Popular program widely available, linked to $40.00 1-800-262-3787

       C. Personal Ancestry File – Free LDS program; free download at

VII. Immigration web sites

    A. – Ellis Island records from 1892 to 1924
        Register (for free) to access full information. Example – Donato Iannantuono. Be sure to see if there
is more than one page of information.
        Different sections – printed info. on form, manifest listing of image; printed listing of manifest, image
of ship. Photos of ship and manifest can be ordered for a fee.

   B. - offers free access to a database of information on 10 million
      immigrants from 1830 through 1892, the year Ellis Island opened. Over 73 million Americans can
      trace their ancestors to this early immigration period

   C. Steve Morse created these One-Step tools: they provide more powerful
      interfaces for searching existing databases. Indexes Ellis Island, Castle Garden, Ancestry’s databases,
      census, etc. - explains why his index is helpful. Good examples on
      how to search for ancestors using names like Irving Berlin and Albert Einstein.
      Note that some links on his site are to fee-based databases($) and some are free (1 step).

   D. Cyndi’s List: Largest site for finding genealogical web pages by general topics – over 270,000 links
      listed - lists about 500 web sites, all on immigration, divided into
      web sites on Ellis Island , Migration Routes, Roads & Trails, Ports of Departure. Ports of Entry, Ships
      & Passenger Lists

   E. All about immigration and migration from - free informational pages

   F. Immigration: The living Mosaic of People, Culture, and Hope
   Informative site on the history of immigration into the United States with interesting graphics.

   G. - A web site for pioneer migration routes
   through Ohio

                                           Becky Hill, Head Librarian
                                     Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center
                                                 Spiegel Grove
                                           Fremont, OH 43420-2796

                                              419-332-2081 ext. 31



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