Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Genealogy Online Resources: Ohio Death Certificates after 1954

Welcome to this week's SCDL Tree Talk Tuesday Blog post. There has been some exciting news in the world of Genealogy for those looking for Ohio Death Records after 1953. Beginning in October the Ohio History Connection's State Archives have made them available! The following is  letter with all the information regarding the records.

"New Death Records Now Available Online in the Ohio History Connection’s State Archives"

(COLUMBUS, OHIO) — The Ohio History Connection’s State Archives’ online catalog of death records has expanded. On October 1, the Ohio Department of Health transferred nearly two million death certificates from the years 1954 to 1963 to the Ohio History Connection.

Previously, these records were only available in paper form and could only be obtained through a request with the Ohio Department of Health’s Office of Vital Statistics.

Visitors can view the expanded online collection by visiting the Ohio History Center’s Archives/Library. Death certificates from December 20, 1908 to December 31, 1953 are also available in the online catalog.

The new accessibility and availability of these documents could make it easier for family researchers to develop and discover new information regarding their family’s history. A death certificate can include information like the date and place of birth of the deceased, parents’ names, last known address and last known occupation. Each piece of information can be integral in the completion of a family’s story.

“These records provide an important tool to family researchers working to uncover their family’s history,” says Liz Plummer, manager of research services at the Ohio History Connection. “Making them available online makes it that much easier to learn key facts about specific family members.”

Death certificates can be viewed online for free at the Ohio History Center’s Archives/Library at 800 E. 17th Ave. in Columbus. Those unable to visit the Archives/Library can purchase a copy online from the Ohio History Store by visiting http://www.ohiohistorystore.com/.

As the State Archives of Ohio, the Ohio History Connection’s Archives/Library collects, preserves and makes available to the public written and graphic information concerning Ohio's history. It is the designated repository for state government records of enduring historical value. For more than 50 years, the Ohio History Connection has been working with state and local governments to preserve the history of Ohio and its citizens. The State Archives at the Ohio History Center contain over 70,000 cubic feet of records, thousands of printed materials and several online collections that help people connect with Ohio’s past.

Ohio Historical Society is now Ohio History Connection
On May 24, 2014, the Ohio Historical Society changed its name to the Ohio History Connection. Established in 1885, this nonprofit organization provides a wide array of statewide services and programs related to collecting, preserving and interpreting Ohio’s history, archaeology and natural history through its more than 50 sites and museums across Ohio, including its flagship museum, the Ohio History Center in Columbus. The Ohio History Center is located at I-71 and 17th Ave. in Columbus. For more information about programs and events, call 800.686.6124 or go online at www.ohiohistory.org.

Please contact the Ohio History Connection Research Services staff at reference@ohiohistory.org with any questions."

Until Next Week

Happy Ancestor Hunting!


Tuesday, October 14, 2014

What's New: "Tombstone of Your Ancestors"

Welcome to this week's SCDL Tree Talk Tuesday. Each month we like to try and feature a new book to our collection. This month with All Hallows Eve or Halloween coming up a time when we remember the dearly departed. I  thought it would be appropriate to feature a book about Tombstone inscriptions. The book is titled "Tombstone of Your Ancestors" by Louis S. Schafer.

Louis S. Schaefer's book was originally published in 1991 and re-published by Heritage Books in 2007.  His book is intended to help those in the "...hobby of locating, deciphering, and collecting gravestone inscriptions and carvings." Making it a great resource for the family historian as well as an interesting read.

The Genealogy Department has two copies of this book, one that circulates and one that does not. The following link will take you to the online catalog to check out the book. http://catalog.starklibrary.org/iii/encore/record/C__Rb1813502?lang=eng 

Until Next week.
Happy Ancestor Hunting!

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Gen Program: Genealogy Basics and More!

Welcome to this week's Tree Talk Tuesday post. At the beginning of each month we like to give our readers a run down of Genealogy Programs going on here at the library, as well as with our local Genealogy Society.  As was mentioned in a previous post, October is Family History Month, so there are many program opportunities available. Here is the run down with descriptions of each program. For more information about registering or attending the programs click the program title you are interested.

Saturday October 4th: Genealogy Basics
   Learn how to research, organize and trace your family tree.

Saturday October 4th: Using the Federal Census Effectively
   Learn what the Federal Census can tell you about your family.

Thursday October 9: Ghost Stories from the Cemetery
    Members of the  Stark County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society will be sharing stories of
           their researching their family history in cemeteries.

Saturday October 11: Ohio Courthouse Records
   Learn what records are kept by Ohio Courthouses and who to research them.

Saturday October 11: Finding Records Online
   Learn what resources are available digitally to trace your family tree.

Saturday October 18: Genealogy Databases
    Learn what databases are available to research your family history at the SCDL

Saturday October 18: Genealogy Computer Programs
     Learn how Family Tree Maker and RootsMagic can help to organize and share your Family Tree.

Thursday October 23: Effectively Using Ancestry.com
    Learn tips and tricks to finding family on Ancestry.com. (Class seating is limited)

Saturday October 25: 4th Annual Diggin' In the Dark: Genealogy After Hours 
     Join us for a night for a full evening o family history research. Mingle and share will fellow researchers as you discover the details of your ancestry. No previous genealogy experience
necessary. Special guest speaker: Lee Horrisberger will be presenting a program titled "Looking  for the Silver Lining" an investigation of the best practices for dating images, and  preserving old family negatives and prints. (Registration is required to attend this event)

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Gen Tech News: Pinterest

Welcome and thank you for stopping by this weeks SCDL Tree Talk Tuesday post. This week we are going to take a look at Pinterest. I know what your thinking..."Did I just read that right...Pinterest...for Genealogy?" Yeap, that's correct. You can use Pinterest for just about anything you are interested in.   Think of it  as a big bulletin board (in this case a virtual one) where you "pin" your favorite pictures of family, postcards from places you have or want to visit and  things you want to remember to look at later.
So how does this work for the Genealogist? Simple, if you already have a Pinterest Account, begin creating boards and title them things such as "My Ancestors", "Places My Ancestors Lived", "Research Tips"and then begin searching for pins in the search box about the topics you created boards for or upload your own pins.

For more information and tips on using Pinterest for Genealogy check out the following articles listed below. Clicking on the link will take you to the library catalog where the magazines are available. 

Family Tree Magazine March/April 2014 "Social Media Maverics"
American Spirit Magazine September/October 2014 "5 Ways to use Pinterest for Genealogy"

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

What's New "What Did They Mean By That" by John Drake J.D

Welcome to this week's Tree Talk Tuesday. As Genealogists we are always on the hunt through court records, cemeteries, family bibles, county histories and various other resources in hopes of finding that next branch of our family tree. Often times when while we are doing this, we come across a word or phrase that sound odd to the modern ear. So, then our hunt turns to finding out more about what that odd word or phrase meant and in this week's Tree Talk Tuesday blog post we are focusing on just that.

Recently the Genealogy Department  has added two books by Paul Drake J.D, title "What Did They Mean By That" and "More What Did They Mean By That". Mr. Drake created these books to help Genealogists in their search for understanding phrases, abbreviations and definitions of words that come up in Historical records and texts. 

The following is a sample of an abbreviation from the book;

"7br: or 7ber= September" (pg xiv)
"fower"= four (4) (pg xii)

Here is another example showing the definition of a word from the book;

"dorseteen, dorsetine:  a cloth or fabric, probably now unknown, e.g. "in 1798 Kuhn & Risberg of Philadelphia advertised 'assorted silk, camblets (q.v.) hairbines and dorsteens for sale""(pg. 94)

Both of these books are organized alphabetically making searching for a term or phrase simple. Currently the department has two copies of each of these. One set circulates (you can check them out) and the other set is "library use only." So next time you come across a odd word, abbreviation or phrase you may want to check out these resources.

Happy Ancestor Hunting!

To check out these books please visit our online catalog or visit the department.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Genealogy Programs: October is Family History Month

    Welcome to this week's SCDL Tree Talk Tuesday. It's that time of year when we  turn out attention to celebrating Family History Month. We have been busy here in the Genealogy Department putting together some exciting programs to help you learn about the many resources available to help you trace your family history. Whether you are a beginner or have been researching for years there something for everyone!

    Below you will find all the programs for the month of October. You can register for any of these programs by using the Events Calendar at the SCDL website; https://www.thesmartstore.org/events/show. To search the calendar you'll need to choose the branch location of the program. You can also register by calling the Genealogy Department (330-458-2765). We look forward to seeing you either at the programs or in the department.

Saturday, October 4, 2014 @ Jackson

      *Genealogy Basics 1:00-2:30pm
      *Using the Federal Census Effectively 3:00-4:30pm

Saturday, October 11, 2014 @ Jackson

     *Ohio Courthouse Records 1:00-2:30pm
     *Finding Records Online 3:00-4:30pm

Saturday, October 18, 2014 @ Jackson
      *Genealogy Databases @ SCDL: 1:00-2:30pm
      *Genealogy Computer Programs 3:00-4:30pm

Thursday, October 23, 2014 @ Plain Community Branch
     *Effectively Using Ancestry.com: 1-2:30pm (Seating is limited)

Saturday, October 25, 2014 @ Main

     *4th Annual Diggin' In the Dark: Genealogy Afterhours: 6:00-Midnight
                      (Registration is required to attend this program.)

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

The Learning Center at Familysearch.org

Welcome to this weeks SCDL's Tree Talk Tuesdays Blog Post. This week we are looking at an exciting feature at Familysearch.org. Did you know that Familysearch has a Learning Center on their website where you can view Genealogy Courses that will help with tracing the family tree? They do and its FREE!

From beginning genealogy to researching overseas familysearch has a course for you. To get started go to www.familysearch.org/learningcenter.  Once the page has loaded there are couple of options for searching for courses. On the right side of the screen you will see a series of featured classes. You can choose any that looks interesting to you.

Another option is in the purple box on the left side of the screen titled " What course are you looking for?" Below the titled you can choose a specific county, skill level, format, subject or subject language.

The third option for choosing a course is to simply type in what you are looking for. In the box provided at the top of the screen, type in what you are looking for (I choose Scotland) and then click search. The next screen you will see looks like the image below. The search narrowed down two 4 results for Scotland ( only two will show in the screen shot below.) From this screen I choose ScotlandsPeople.org.

After clicking on the blue link next to the image for the course. The course page will open (shown below). On the course page you will find the video of the course as well as course supplements (handouts, feedback ect.). The handouts are a PDF that you can print out and take notes on while watching the video.

 I hope you this to be helpful in your research. Until next week Happy Hunting!