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Ohio Death Certificates Online
Ohio death certificates for the years 1908-1953 are now online at this web site, https://www.familysearch.org/. The FamilySearch.org web site is supported by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. To specifically look at Ohio death certificates, under Browse By Location, click on USA, then scroll down the alphabetical list and select Ohio Deaths, 1908-1953. Enter your search information in the available fields. This is a free site. However, if you choose to view or print the original death certificate, you will be required to set up a login name and password.


Obituaries 101
This web site, http://www.big101.com/OBITUARIES101.htm, provides a breakdown of obituaries in newspapers by state. There is a navigation bar at the top of the page that lists all states in alphabetical order. Click on any state and see a list of newspapers that have obituaries. In some cases, only current obituaries are listed, but there is almost always an address to contact for older information. In other cases, there is an actual link for archived obituaries.


Genealogy Today, for What's New in Genealogy
Genealogy Today at http://www.genealogytoday.com/ is a web site that provides genealogical information and services. Some information is free and some information requires that buy a subscription. You will find newsletters and articles for both beginners and experienced researchers, in addition to searchable databases. Some of the free articles and databases are worth a look.


Newspapers Online
You will want to use this free service if you are searching for obituaries and other news articles pertaining to your genealogy. The Internet Public Library at http://www.ipl.org/, sponsored by the University of Michigan, provides a web site of worldwide newspapers and news links, in addition to many other library services. Even if you do not find what you are looking for on the linked newspaper web sites, enough information is given for you to contact the newspaper. Click on the Newspaper link under Reading Room or use the advanced Searching Tools.


Boston College Makes Database of Missing Irish Immigrants Available Online
Boston College has posted a database of advertisements for Irish immigrants that were published in the "Boston Pilot" from October 1831 through October 1921. The advertisements were paid for by persons looking for family and friends who had lost contact, and contain important genealogical details. The website, Information Wanted: A Database of Advertisements for Irish Immigrants Published in the Boston Pilot, can be found at: http://infowanted.bc.edu


Googling Genealogy Style
In just a short time, the Google search engine has become the favorite of genealogists. However, there is much more to Google that just entering a name in its search field. If you frequently use Google for your searches, you will want to read Twelve Google Search Tips for Genealogists at http://genealogy.about.com/library/weekly/aa052902a.htm. In addition to basic search information, you will find tips on how to "Bring Sites Back From The Dead" and "Find People, Maps, and More."


Dayton History Books Online
As Curt Dalton, a renowned Dayton writer stated, "History books act as time machines, allowing us a rare glimpse into the past." With that thought in mind, Curt has undertaken the task of bringing Dayton History books online for free public access. Through his new web site, books and other unique materials concerning the cultural and social heritage of Dayton are available to the general public in a format that can be easily read and searched. Visit http://www.daytonhistorybooks.com/index.html.


Online Searchable Death Indexes and Records by State
Joe Beine has created several websites that genealogists should bookmark. One is "Online Searchable Death Indexes & Records," online at http://www.deathindexes.com/. This web site is a directory of death indexes, listed by state and by county. The information on the sites ranges from death indexes to probate indexes to cemetery and burial records to death notices. Links to both free sites and subscription sites are included, along with links to the Social Security Death Index (free), obituaries guide and other genealogy sites.


Ohio Online Obituary Index
The Hayes Presidential Center has been honored for its work to extend its online obituary index at http://index.rbhayes.org to seven public libraries in Northwest Ohio.

The State Library of Ohio announced the honor, saying the center has been selected as an exemplary program for the Library Services and Technology Act 2004 Program Report to the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

The Hayes Presidential Center received a $8,925 grant from the Library Services and Technology Act in March 2004 for the Ohio Online Obituary Index. The project ran from April 1 to Aug. 31, 2004. Through the grant, the online Hayes Obituary Index was extended to an additional seven public libraries in Northwest Ohio. The index now contains about 400,000 names, more than 600,000 sources (obituaries, marriages, wills, estates), a proven track record and an established Web presence.

Genealogy continues to generate an ever-expanding interest in libraries, with the Internet providing a massive boost to this pursuit. The Hayes Obituary Index provides a tool for researchers to easily pinpoint information related to their family history and then visit the library where the records are located or contact the library directly for assistance.

This project has fostered cooperation between the library sector and the museum sector, those reaching both audiences served by the IMLS. The Hayes Presidential Center hopes to be able to offer this obituary service to other libraries in Ohio and possibly have a model program to offer libraries outside the state.


10,000 Year Calendar
Have you ever needed a calendar for 1850 or any other year? Do you know a date, but not the day of the week? Have you ever needed a date converter? Do you have the need to print an entire year's calendar on one sheet of paper? Then this free web site is for you! Go to http://www.timeanddate.com/. What a time saver!


Time Magazine Archives 81 Years
TIME magazine's archive is now available at TIME.com, bringing to life over 81 years of history as reported by the world's largest newsmagazine. The archive is available for free to TIME subscribers. The archive ( http://www.timearchive.com) provides one of the most comprehensive news resources on the web with over 266,000 articles dating back to TIME's inaugural issue in March 1923. To help archive users navigate the vast resource, TIME editors have organized thousands of articles into collections of research on popular topics such as TIME's Person of the Year, the British Royals, World War II, Space Travel and Illegal Drugs.  Archive visitors can search all of TIME's covers since 1923 by date, keyword and topic. Covers can be framed and purchased as gifts, home or office decoration. The Find Your Birthday Cover feature allows users to find the TIME cover that was on newsstands the day they were born. First Mentions: The 'First Mentions' section will cite the first mentions of such well-known people as Bruce Springsteen, Elvis, and Princess Diana.


NARA Accepts Online Orders for Records
The National Archives and Records Administration now provides online capability for ordering military pension files and military service records for the Revolutionary War through the Civil War, passenger arrival records, and Federal census records, just to name a few. Use the Order Online option at http://www.archives.gov/research_room/orderonline.html.

The site requires that you register as a user and that you pay with a credit card. The archives continue to accept paper forms, which can be ordered on the web site, by sending an email to inquire@nara.gov, or by calling the toll free number, 1-86-NARA-NARA (1-866-272-6272).


British & Irish Genealogy Records Available
The Origins Network, specialists in British and Irish genealogy, are proud to announce the exclusive online availability of an index to Irish Militia Attestations, available via subscription to http://www.irishorigins.com, plus Essex Militia Attestations available to English researchers at http://www.britishorigins.com. Additional new genealogy search collections added to the Origins Network in December 2004 include over 3 million new London/Kent and Middlesex census records from 1871, exclusive access to the 1851 Dublin City Census, plus the new Irish Origins Image Gallery, featuring rare vintage photos and other publications from the 19th century. All new collections are available to genealogy researchers at http://www.originsnetwork.com

Irish Genealogy Collections (http://www.irishorigins.com)
-- Ireland's Royal Garrison Artillery Militia Attestations (1872- 1915). Index to attestations made by Irish militia recruits.. The original documents, which can be ordered online, are a particularly fruitful source with data such as name, age, birthplace, employer, occupation, marital status & more.
-- 1851 Dublin City Census. Over 60,000 names accompanied by the 1847 Town Plans. With the destruction of the 19th Irish census, this remaining collection is essential to Irish genealogy research.
-- Irish Origins Image Gallery. (6 collections; 19th Century). Includes vintage photos, maps and other publications. Images and descriptions of Ireland prior to the 20th century are very scarce, and these collections offer a rare glimpse of daily life throughout the country.

British Genealogy Collections (http://www.britishorigins.com)
-- Essex Regiment Militia Attestations Index (1886-1910). The original documents, which can be ordered online, feature data such as name, age, birthplace, employer, occupation, marital status & more.
-- London/Kent & Middlesex Census Records (1871). 2 datasets with over 3 million names, searchable by name, age, parish and county.


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