New Kodak Items

kodak-magazine-1925-07I uploaded eleven more Kodak magazines. I know I said that I had completed my collection of Cine-Kodak News but I bought two more issues. These issues are both from 1939 and they have tips on taking movies at the 1939 New York World’s Fair.

Then there 4 issues of The Kodak Magazine that was an employee magazine published from 1920 to sometime in the 1940s. These have pictures of some people that have been at the company for many years and women who are quitting because they got married. I have a stack of those that I will be scanning throughout the year. I also uploaded another 3 magazines called The Kodak Magazine that was published in London, England. That one was a magazine for amateur photographers.

Last, there are 2 issues of The Photo Finisher that was a magazine for stores processing and printing Kodak photos.

Below are links to all of these newly scanned magazines.

Cine-Kodak News; Vol. 15, no. 1 (March – April 1939).
Cine-Kodak News; Vol. 15, no. 3 (July – Aug. 1939).

The Kodak Magazine; Vol. 6, no. 2 (July 1925) (US employees).
Kodak (magazine); Vol. 15, no. 4 (Aug. 1936).
Kodak (magazine); Vol. 15, no. 5 (Oct. 1936).
Kodak (magazine); Vol. 15, no. 6 (Dec. 1936).

The “Kodak” Magazine; Volume 2; #7 (July 1924) (U. K).
The Kodak Magazine; Volume 10; #5 (May 1932) (U. K).
The Kodak Magazine; Volume 10; #10 (Oct. 1932) (U. K).

The Photo Finisher; Oct. 1931; Vol. 5, No. 10..
The Photo Finisher; June – July 1933; Vol. 6, No. 9..

Rootstech Live Saturday

rootstechSaturday is the last day of the Rootstech Conference. some of the video from the Innovator Day on Wednesday and Thursday’s Keynote have appeared on the FamilySearch YouTube channel but not on the Rootstech website. I would imagine that is to preserve bandwidth for the live stream.

These are Saturday’s live sessions:

  • 10:30 a.m. – about 11:30 – Saturday General Session. There are two speakers for this session. First is Michael Leavitt who was formerly the Secretary of Health and Human Services and a three-time governor of Utah. The second speaker is Doris Kearns Goodwin but she did NOT give approval to have her talk broadcast so us watching live will not be able to hear her.
  • 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Jens Nielsen will talk on “Photos—Emerging Technologies in Photography.” An in-depth look at what has happened to photography with the move from analog to digital. An understanding of how your pictures will be preserved for future generations to see.
  • 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. – Anne Mitchell is telling about how to “Become a Master Searcher on Ancestry.” She tells how to use a search plans, controlling your results and targeted vs global searches.
  • 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. – Peggy Lauritzen has the best titled talk of the conference: “Homespun and Calico: Researching our Foremothers.” She will tell how to discover some ways to find the women in your family’s history
  • 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. – James Ison will tell of “Using the Genealogical Proof Standard for Success.”

Rootstech Live Friday

rootstechHope you have enjoyed the Thursday sessions at Rootstech. If you missed any of them, they will be available soon.

These are the sessions that are going to be live on Friday (times eastern):

  • 10:30 a.m. – 12 noon – Friday General Session has two sets of speakers. First is Josh and Naomi Davis (AKA Taza) who write a blog of their life about living in NYC and raising a family there. David Isay is an author, documentarian, and founder of StoryCorps. That is a website for sharing family stories.
  • 12:30 p.m. 1:30 p.m. – “RootsTech Innovator Showdown Finals” is a contest for new genealogy technology. Winners get money and get to show off their technology to genealogists.
  • 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. – Lisa Louise Cooke will talk about “Proven Methodology for Using Google for Genealogy.” This involves using the advanced features of Google to give better results.
  • 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. – Robert Kehrer will tell how to “Finding Elusive Records on .” He will tell to use advanced historical records searches, making use of unindexed records and using conclusionary data.
  • 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. – Myko Clelland tells about “My Ancestors Are from Britain—What Do I Do Next?”

Old News – Old Auto Driver

NY State first made people have a license plate on their auto in 1910. In the early days the only place to get the plate was from Albany..


Friday, Feb. 4, 1916


Henry Spicer Ninety-six Years Old, Drops Horse For Machine.


Lacking but four years of rounding out an even century, Henry Spicer, ninety-six years of age, hailing from Dexter, a hamlet in northern New York, has the distinction of being the oldest active automobilist in this state and probably on the whole Union. Last year Mr. Spicer covered a trifle over 3,000 miles. He hopes to do better this year..

The aged man adopted the gasoline driven vehicle only a year or so ago after a lifelong allegiance to the horse. It was Henry Spicer who bred and reared Gold Dust, familiar on grand circuit tracks a few years ago and which brought over $10,000 to the Spicer coffers when sold. When Mr. Spicer wrote Secretary of State Hugo this year for his 1916 auto license he was given a plate with numerals corresponding to his age. Back in 1877 Mr. Spicer dabbled a bit in politics going to the Assembly. One term was enough. When a renomination was mentioned to him he remarked that the Assembly was no place for a man who had any business of his own.

Rootstech Live Thursday

rootstechRootstech will have some sessions live on the internet from Thursday to Saturday. Those will be on their homepage. Also if you can’t view those session live they usually are available the next day and until next year. These are the online sessions for Thursday (times eastern):

  • 10:30 a.m.-12 noon – General Session – First, Steve Rockwood, the managing director for the Family History Department and President/CEO of FamilySearch International. Then, Paula Madison, Chairman and CEO of Madison Media Management LLC, a Los Angeles based media consultancy company. Lastly, Bruce Feiler, who writes the “This Life” column for the Sunday New York Times.
  • 1:00 p.m. 2:00 p.m. – Mike Mansfield from MyHeritage will talk about “7 Unique Technologies for Genealogy Discoveries.” This gives tips on searching the MyHeritage website.
  • 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. – Amy Crow will talk on “Best Websites and Apps for Local History. Her outline show a few website that I would never have thought of using for genealogy.
  • 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. – Ron Tanner, who is responsibilities for FamilySearch Family Tree will tell “What’s New in Family Tree in 2016.”
  • 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. – Joseph Richardson will tell how to do “Virtual Family Reunions.”

FTM Updates

Remember that I said “don’t panic” when Ancestry announced that they would retire Family Tree Maker? In the last 24 hours there have been some major updates.

First, Family Tree Maker has been sold to Software Mackiev. They are the company that made the Mac version of FTM for Ancestry over 6 years. They will be doing future versions of both the Mac and Windows versions of FTM. The press release from Ancestry says that “You will have continued access to Ancestry Hints, Ancestry searches, and be able to save your tree on Ancestry.” FTM has been by many companies over the years (Banner Blue, Brøderbund, The Learning Company) before being owned by Ancestry. Software Mackiev sells many kinds of software. They are going to be at booth 123 at the Rootstech conference. I’ll bet they will be getting lots of traffic.

The second announcement is that RootsMagic software has been granted access to Ancestry’s system and will soon be able to work with their system. This blog article on RootsMagic shows that it will be able to search the historical records, import records from member trees and also sync with your tree on Ancestry. RootsMagic is usually fast at making changes but it may be a month or maybe three before they can accomplish this task of making the two systems to work together.

I suspect that other software packages may also get access to the Ancestry system. In the long run this will make even more money for Ancestry than having just FTM work with their system.

Newspaper Records from 1832

I uploaded a new web page; Marriages and Deaths from Rochester Newspapers; Jan. 1, 1832 – June 30, 1832. I extracted all the records from newspapers from the first half of 1832. Sometimes a marriage notice would be in five newspapers and other notices in just one newspaper. They included records from not just Monroe County but much of the surrounding area. Also included are one teenager that ran away from an apprenticeship and a few notice of missing people.

Remember to check alternative spelling. On 23 May a James Hughitt or Hughitz died in Greece. Then there are notices of the death James Whippo and James Whipple on 24 January. Other records that I have online have his surname spelled Whippo.

siamese-waxThere were a couple of notices that the famous “Siamese Twins” came for a visit to Rochester in June 1832. They stayed at the Eagle Hotel and you had to pay 25 cents per person to visit them in their room. Then if you wanted to take home a lithograph picture of them (see below); it would cost another 12 and a half cents. That was a lot of money in those days. It appears that they stayed about a week. Then the ad on the right from June 25th states that there was a full-size wax reproduction of the twins at the Rochester Museum. I wonder what ever happened to that?

The twins were Eng and Chang Bunker. They adopted the surname after coming to America. They were born 11 May 1811 near Bangkok, Siam (now Thailand). After they stopped touring, they married sisters and settled in North Carolina. Eng had 10 children and Chang had 11. They also became naturalized citizens of the US. Chang had been sick for a while and died 17 Jan. 1874. Eng died a few hours later even though there was no reason that he should have. It is said that they now have about 1500 descendants many of which still live in North Carolina.

Eng and Chang Bunker (1836).
This lithograph (#2609i) comes from Wellcome Images, a website operated by Wellcome Trust, a global charitable foundation based in the United Kingdom.