OHIO VITAL RECORDS COMING TO THE INTERNET
April 11, 2010
Many of you who research Texas know the death information is already online and available from www.deathindexes.com/texas/, http://vitalrec.com/txcounties5.html, and www.genwed.com/state/txgen4.htm. There are also other sites for various Texas data. Other states are coming online with their vital information.
The Dayton Daily News recently report that Ohio is currently uploading searchable birth and death records that should go online by the end of the year at www.daytondailynews.com/news/dayton-news/ohio-birth-death-data-to-be-more-accessible-625367.html?cxtype=rss_local-news. Ohio raised the price for copies of vital records twice to pay for the digitizing of the $13.9 million database. Kelly Friar, Chief for the state’s center of health and vital statistics, said the state would help counties pay for the hardware so the database is accessible to the public.
Searching the database is free but the state continues to charge a fee for certified copies. Note that the fees the counties charge varies.
SUPPORT THE GENEALOGY LIBRARY: Mark your calendars! The next Genealogy Friends' "Friends Dining Out" event will be Thursday, April 22, 2010 at On the Border Restaurant, at the NW Corner of 15th Street and Central Expressway in Plano. You will be able to 'build your own' dinner including Chips & Salsa, Soft drinks, and a desert. The price is $20.00 per person, made payable to Genealogy Friends, Post Office Box 860477, Plano, 75086-0477. Advance registration is encouraged. A small portion of the meal price is a donation to Genealogy Friends to buy more materials for the library. For more information, see the flyer at www.genealogyfriends.org/flyers/events/on_the_border_2010.pdf. Hope to see you there!
ANCESTRY MAGAZINE ONLINE: A few months back Ancestry Magazine stopped publication after 16 years, but now you can access all the past issues online free of charge. The articles are by leading genealogists from all over the country writing about a myriad of genealogical topics. These are available on Google Books, http://books.google.com/books/serial/FTgEAAAAMBAJ?rview=1&lr=&sa=N&start=0.
FAMILY NOTICES: This online site asks for any information you want to share with a person or just anyone. It even offers to take your hand written obituaries and have them accessible to your Executors with a password of your choice. Since today’s society moves around so much and develops friendships at every move, the site reminds us that current associates might not be aware of all your accomplishments, favorite charities, education, work history and memberships. This is not as bizarre to me as you might think since several of my closest friends have written their own obituaries. In fact, I intend to write my own.
It accepts other information than obituaries. It accepts data on the births of your children and grandchildren, marriage of your families and their engagements, your anniversary or family’s anniversaries. If you want to submit your autobiography or upload any other information, this is the place for it, www.familynotices.org/.
Brenda Kellow has a bachelor's degree in history, teaches, and lectures on genealogy. Before retiring to publish her family’s histories in 2007, Brenda held certification as a Certified Genealogist and as a Certified Genealogical Instructor. Send reunions announcements, books to review, and genealogy queries to: TracingOurRoots@gmail.com.