Friday, March 20, 2015

More Ohio Papers on Chronicling America

Here's the latest news on the Ohio newspaper digitization project from Jenni Salamon at the Ohio History Connection. This should be about the end of the funded scanning but hopefully another round of Ohio newspapers can be added to this free Library of Congress web site in the future.



"I am pleased to announce that the following papers have been added to Chronicling America:

·         Celina Democrat, 1910-1918
·         Painesville Journal, 1871-1872

With this update, all of the content we have digitized as part of the National Digital Newspaper Program is now online—that’s about 114,000 for the 2012-2014 grant cycle, for a total of more than 318,000 pages!"

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Ohio Soldiers' Home Records 1888-1919

I guess I missed the posting of the Ohio Soldiers' Home Records 1888-1919 in the un-indexed database section of FamilySearch.org   Check it out when you get a chance! There are 10,000 records filed by admission date, but later items are added into the record, such as the death date of the soldier. There are sections on Military History, Domestic History, Home History, and General Records.


Wednesday, March 4, 2015

History Fund Grant Recipients

The big money winners this year at Statehood Day in Columbus, that is, funds from that check-off box on your Ohio tax return from last year, were:
1. Mahoning Valley Historical Society, $4526 - to digitize microfilm of Republic Steel company records and Youngstown Mayor Charles P. Henderson's scrapbooks as he cracked down on organized crime.
2. Wyandot Co Historical Society, $2945 - to create an exhibit on the Wyandot tribe.
3. Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative with Kent State University, $9000 - to produce a guide for low-cost rehabilitation of old, empty buildings.
4. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, $14,500 - to make available the papers left by Cleveland Plain Dealer rock and roll reporter Jane Scott.
5. Junior League of Columbus with Kelton House Museum & Garden, $3000 - to get hand held audio units for self-guided tours of the museum.
6. Southington Twp Board of Trustees, $11,000 - to stabilize a National Register school building to eventually be used as a community center.
7. Union Library Institute Presevation Society, $17,900 - for continued work on the Clemens' farm house, in the African American settlement of Longtown in Darke County.
8. Massillon Heritage Foundation, $17,900 - to do interior work on Five Oaks, an 1890s Gothic, Tudor and French Renaissance home designed by Charles Schweinfurth - Cleveland's Millionaire's Row architect.
9. Center for Holocaust and Humanity Education, $17,500 - to establish a speakers bureau and videotape testimonials of remaining Holocaust survivors in the Cincinnati area.
10. City of Olmsted Falls, $5000 - to develop signage for the Historic District of that city.
11. Fayette County Historical Society, $14,000 - to repair windows in their museum.
12. Dairy Barn Arts Center, $10,000 - to repair gable ends of this historic barn, a popular cultural events center in Athens.
13. Belpre Historical Society, $2730 - to upgrade their PastPerfect software and provide training.
The History Fund gave $130,000 this year, $20,000 more than last year, to 13 winners as above. They had 33 applications so your group has almost a 50% chance of funding. I still see no OGS chapters in the list. Please submit your projects of a historical nature. Details on the ohiohistory.org web site.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Ohio Land Tract Books

I have found memories of working with the Ohio land tract books in the "shopping mall" in Springfield, Virginia, at the Eastern States Land Office, Bureau of Land Management. We always stopped there on tours led by Mary Beebe of Ashland. I don't think many Ohio researchers are using these since there only the indexes in the ledgers themselves. They are certainly great for proving those First Families of Ohio ancestors, 1820 and earlier in Ohio. I'll copy the links in from the FamilySearch web site. If they don't work, you'll need to go to the site directly and log in first. They are way at the bottom of the expanded database list. Enjoy!