Briefly, Jan. 7

Tracing family history and Civil War ancestors

The American Civil War Museum of Ohio plans to kick off its guest speaker program for 2014 Saturday. From 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Becky Hill is to speak about how to get started tracing family history and Civil War ancestors.

Admission costs $4 per adult and $2 per child. Hill is to donate the proceeds of her speaking engagement to the museum.

Hill has been the head librarian at the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center since 1984. She received a bachelor’s degree from Heidelberg College and a master’s degree in library science from The University of Michigan. Prior to her position at Hayes, she worked at Tiffin-Seneca Public Library.

She gives monthly classes in genealogy at the Hayes Center. She created the Ohio Obituary Index, which is a web-based partnership of more than 60 Ohio libraries. With indexes of 2.8 million names, it is linked with and other genealogical websites. She has several Civil War ancestors in her own family history, all serving from Pennsylvania.

During the winter, be aware that if Seneca County is under a Level 1, 2 or 3 weather emergency, the museum will be closed. To learn more, call (419) 455-9551 or visit or the museum’s Facebook page.

Pro-life breakfast planned

NEW RIEGEL – New Riegel Right to Life is to serve its annual breakfast 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Jan. 19 at the New Riegel American Legion. The menu is to include ham, eggs, potatoes, rolls, fruit and beverages. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for students. A bake sale and raffle also are to take place. For more details, e-mail

Scrapbook day offered

FOSTORIA – Good Shepherd Home is to host its sixth annual Scrapbook Day 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Jan. 25. Reserve a spot with a $10 (non-refundable) advance registration fee. Limited space is available. The deadline for advanced registration is Jan. 17. For more information contact Kathy Theis at (419) 937-1801 or (419) 595-2446.