Thursday, November 01, 2007

Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center Library

Did you know that Rutherford B Hayes was a hardcore genealogist? Well it's true. Seems he got bitten by the Genealogy bug as well. The result is a library at his home Spiegel Grove in Fremont, OH. The library was established by his heirs in 1916. The Collection includes about 80,000 books, 4,500 linear feet of manuscripts and over 70,000 photographs.

The highlights of the collection are a almost complete collection of county histories and county atlases for Ohio. Many other county and state books from other states are included. The city directory collection deals mainly with Fremont, Sandusky plus other cities in Erie and Sandusky counties. Printed lineages of DAR members is current up to the 1920's. Complete collection of Pennsylvania Archives which includes tax lists, militia rolls, marriages and colonial documents. Many records concerning Ohio in the Civil War including many regimental histories. WPA County Record inventories are also included in the collection.

Included in the microfilm collection is Ohio Census 1820-1930, Local Newspapers, City directories of major cities in Ohio, Sandusky County courthouse records, Ohio Death Index 1908-1944, Ohio Birth Index 1908-1911, surname index for 100 Ohio county histories and church records.

A major project since the year 2000 has been the creation of the Hayes Obituary Index. The best part is it's availability on line. The index includes over a million names from newspapers all over the state of Ohio.

Please check out their website at

www. for the obituary index

Please check out his valuable Northwest Ohio genealogical resource.

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