Tomorrow, Dec. 11th is a day of giving called ROC the Day. It is a one day online event to support non-profit organizations in a 9 county area centered on Rochester. There are 615 organizations to pick from and you can give any amount you want. The organizations are separated into the categories: Animals, Arts & Culture, Community Benefit & Economic Development, Education, Health, Human Services, Religion and Environment but you can also do a search by keyword. If you were thinking of giving to an organization this year. then this is a good time and easy way to do it.
A search on the ROC the Day website for “historical” yields `8 organizations. Searching for “library” yields 30 organizations.
There is only this one day each year for you to ROC the Day.
I got a big bunch of old postcards at a auction about a month ago. In the lot were many nice vintage Christmas postcards. All are dated from before 1920. This is just the first of many that I will be posting between now and Christmas.
The Rochester Public Library has decided to get rid of their collections of VHS tapes and records. The VHS tapes are on the first floor of the Rundel Memorial Library Building. You just can take tapes off the shelf and purchase them at the Circulation Desk. The price is only one dollar each.
The records are even cheaper. They are FREE. They are located one the first floor of the Bausch & Lomb building. The library is putting out a new batch of record every day through the end of the month.
I like the idea of collaboration on FamilySearch Family Tree (FSFT). Anyone can make changes to the vast collection of family records. Some people are afraid that data that they put on FSFT will be changed. If they have a source that I don’t have then it is a great thing to make a change.
Over the last couple of months I have been adding sources to the Wilklow family data on FSFT. About 90% of that data came from me. I had uploaded a GEDCOM of data to Ancestry File about 1999 and that data had been migrated to FSFT. The first part of my project was to add sources that were on FamilySearch. I would open 2 windows; one on the sources page and another on FSFT. I went through every indexed database of vital records for every state looking for family records. Once you find a record that you want to attach as a source, it couldn’t be easier. You just click on the blue “Attach to Family Tree” button.
When you do the click, it will give you a list of people to attach the source to. Sometimes the person you want to attach thee source to doesn’t come up on the list. Then you can go back to the FSFT window and find the ID number of the person. Once you select the person you want, the source is automatically attached. If you make a mistake, you can always unattach the source.
I added at least 300 sources. It was easy and others will be able to see those sources and also click on it in FSFT. That will will let them also see that source. The best thing is that FSFT or maybe whatever it becomes in the future will be around for many years.
Going through every database on FamilySearch may not work as well for common names. I wouldn’t even try to do it for Halsey. Wilklow is a rather obscure surname. The next part of my project is to add sources for the Wilklow family that aren’t on FamilySearch.
Many years ago I got a copy of the will of my ancestor Nicholas Groat that was dated 1818. It was great document in that he names not only his children but a lot of grandchildren. One name that wasn’t included was his wife. It appears that she had already died. Especially since he was also giving away household items
Nicholas left his granddaughter, Sarah Race, a few items including a “spider.” I knew what a spider was because my grandmother had used that term. It is an iron frying pan, usually with 3 legs in order to stand in a wood cooking fire.
Nicholas left his daughter, Magdelena (my 4th gr. grandmother) many household items including a “hetchel.” As this before the internet, I tried to to find hetchel in an unabridged dictionary. It said it was an old spelling of “hatchel.” Then I looked up hatchel and it said it was a a device for separating flax fibers. Flax has fibers in it’s stem. You would draw the stem through the hatchel to separate out the fibers. Those fibers would be spun on a spinning wheel. The linen spinning wheel is smaller than the woolen spinning wheel. The linen thread created is stronger than cotton thread. What we call linen today usually is made out of fine cotton fiber.
Extremely helpful to me was just a few months after I found out what a hatchel was that I made a visit to Genesee Country Village. They had both kinds of spinning wheels on display and a hatchel. There was a very kind lady that explained the whole process of making linen.
It would be easier to find out what a hetchel is today. A search on the internet gave the definition on many websites. Plus there are a few pictures including the one I have here which recently sold in an online auction.
A few days ago Diane Boumenot posted on her blog “50 Gifts for Genealogists this Christmas.” She puts gifts in categories of books, office items, computer gifts, homemade gifts, fun gifts, etc. There are some pretty good ideas for the genealogist in your life. You could even buy something for yourself.
The last song to hit the top of the record chart in 1963 was very unusual. “Dominique” was written and preformed by by The Singing Nun also known as ”Sœur Sourire” (“Sister Smile”). The song is about Saint Dominic, a Spanish-born priest and founder of the Dominican Order, of which the Sister was a member. Although the French version became the version of the song that was played by radio stations, the Sister also recorded the song in English, Dutch, German, Hebrew, Japanese and Portuguese.
The Singing Nun was born Jeanne Paule Deckers in Belgium in 1933. In 1959 she became a nun and took the name Sister Luc-Gabrielle. She recorded an album of songs in 1961 which included ”Dominique” The song became an international hit and she sang it on The Ed Sullivan Show on 5 January 1964. She left the convent in 1966. She recorded a few more records but they weren’t successful. She died in 1985.
“Dominique” was the top song on the Cash Box record chart for the weeks of Nov. 24 – Dec. 28 (5 wks.). It was the number one song on the Billboard Hot 100 chart for 4 weeks (Dec. 1 – 28).
As 1963 ended, there were rumors about a group from England that were becoming very popular. We were about to be invaded in 1964.
I hope all of you have some time to spend with your family today. Resist the urge to go out and shop.
This vintage postcard is dated 1920.
It looks like the turkeys are still running wild on this old Thanksgiving postcard.
It is dated about 1915. It had yellowed and I digitally fixed the coloring.
One of the recent books scanned by the Rochester Public Library is “Early Marriages in Rochester, Monroe Co., NY and the Vicinity” by Myrte R. Haynes and Mary T. Douglas. It is a 81 page typed manuscript of marriages from before 1850. On the first page it says that these records are “taken from church records and newspapers.” None of the marriage records have any individual references. If you find a name in this manuscript, you should search for the original source. The Rochester Newspaper Index is online and first check to see if the same name appears in there.O also have transcribed newspaper records from 1818 – 1830, For those see the GenWeb vital records page.
I suspect, but am not positive of, that the only church records that were included in this manuscript were St. Luke’s Episcopal Church and First Presbyterian Church of Rochester. St. Luke’s original records have been scanned by the Rochester Genealogical Society and are online on the Church Records page. The “History of First Presbyterian Church, Rochester, N.Y., 1815 – 1915” has not only marriages but also baptisms, deaths, admissions and dismissions. That book is only available in the Rochester Public Library (RPL Rfr285.1 R676f). The author of that book is also Mryte R. Haynes.