1952 Irondequoit HS Yearbook

I uploaded another yearbook for Irondequoit High School. The Neodaondaquat 1952, is a standard yearbook for that time. There are pictures for 136 seniors and group pictures for grades 7 – 11.

Most of the pictures in this yearbook are bad. Some are just too dark and a few are too light. Some of the group pictures have the people in front washed out and the people in the rear are dark. That even the senior’s pictures are bad means that the printer did a bad job

There was a good bunch of activities for students. Boys had football, basketball, baseball, soccer and swim teams. The girls had basketball, volleyball (no picture), baseball (no picture) and new in this year was badminton.

I already uploaded the 1951 Irondequoit HS yearbook. That and other yearbooks are on the Yearbooks web page.

DOH 2009 Project

Recently on the NY Genealogy group on Facebook, a person posted a link to a document from 2009 by the NY State Department of Health (DOH). “Request of Information” was about digitizing all their vital records. The document did add some knowledge to the amount of records that they have collected.

They have approximately 16.3 million birth records from 1880 to 2009. Of these 99% of those are paper records and just 1% are on microfilm.

They have approximately 7.8 million marriage records from 1881 to 2009. Of those 82% are on microfilm and the rest on paper. Marriages records consist of 3 documents; affidavit (after 1916), license and certificate. The newest records have all three documents on one page but older records are two or three pages.

DOH also has approx. 2.6 million records of dissolution of marriage from 1963 – 2009. The older records (1963 – 1999) are on microfilm and the more current are on paper.

They have approximately 10.4 million death records from 1881 to 2009. Of these 78% are on microfilm.Most of the rest are on paper except for a few which are computer records.

They also have approximately 2.5 million fetal death records from 1880 – 2009. There are 76% of these on microfilm; with only the last 10 years being on paper. I not sure if these deaths were recorded on the death indexes that recently became available.

That would have been a total of 39.6 million records that they wanted digitized. They were going to digitize a lot from microfilm which isn’t a good idea. They really should digitize from the original paper records as old microfilm images are not always the best quality.

The vital records in Albany do not include records for New York City. NYC has their own collection. NYC digitized some of their collection in 2016. Also not include in the records in Albany are the vital records fro Buffalo, Yonkers and Albany before Jan. 1, 1914.

Another part of their project was to index all the digitized records. Each kind of records had a different number of “fields” that were to be indexed. In computer terms, a “field” would be a given name, surname, date, etc. They approximated the number of keystrokes (letter or number) within each field. Then the project would end up being approximately 5.7 billion keystrokes to index all the records. That is a bigger project than digitizing the records.

It has been 10 years since the DOH asked for estimates that had to be submitted by Aug. 16, 2009. It didn’t happen at that time. Rumors are that they may have only recently begun to do some digitization. If that is true, they would probably start at more recent records and work backwards.

Wilkinson Scrapbook Article #47

In this article by William Wilkinson’s scrapbook “One Hundred Great and Near-Great Events, Person and Places in Rochester History” (1947) he writes about travel on Sundays in the early days of Rochester.

STAGECOACH TRAVEL IN 1824 — It was considered a sin to travel on stages on the Sabbath

The early churches of Rochester were interested in public morals and in civic affairs as well as in Sunday schools and revivals. Several of their pastors came from New England, where pastors had a standing in politics. The question of the public observance of the Sabbath, slavery, public amusements, and of the liquor traffic, all of these held theirs attention at the time they were live questions before the country. The Sabbath question, as applied to the transportation of mail and running of canal boats and stage coaches on Sunday, agitated the Rochester fathers not a little. In 1824 certain church leaders established a line of stages from Rochester to Canandaigua, that operated only on week days. As is often the case with the righteous, they did not get their reward in terms of excess profits. Although mass meetings were held, and sermons preached, and petitions sent to Congress and the Legislature, the old New England Sabbath was doomed. A federal law, of 1825, required postmasters to deliver letters and packages on every day of the week at seasonable hours..

Grandpa is that You?


Picture #1 is my grandfather Archie Halsey at work at Huguet Silk Company in Hornell, NY. My best guess at the date is about 1915.

Picture #2 is my grandfather as a manager of the Huguet Co. baseball team in the mid 1920s. That is of bad quality because it came from a newspaper article.



Picture #3 is from a postcard for sale on eBay. It is of the Huguet baseball team of 1916. None of the players are identified. I think this man might be my grandfather. The players are dressed in white uniforms but this man is dressed in a different shirt.

I would buy the postcard, except for one thing. The seller wants $200 for it. So I’ll have to settle for this screen capture.