Asa Dunbar – Pioneer; Part 2

This continues the story of Asa Dunbar, a pioneer settler of Irondequoit and Brighton, NY. The 1800 census record of Asa and his family shows him and his wife having four boys, and three girls. By the 1810 census there are only 2 children living with Asa and Elizabeth. Some of the older children probably …

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Asa Dunbar – Pioneer; Part 1

This is the story of Asa Dunbar who was a pioneer settler of what is now Irondequoit and Brighton. The best previous collection of records on Asa are in the New England Historical and Genealogical Register in volume 166 (2012) where there is a genealogy of his parents. When white settlers came to what is …

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Rochester Transit History

I uploaded an annual report for Rochester Transit (1982 – 1983). Most of this booklet is a short history of the transit systems that were in Rochester over the years. First there were many trolleys. Those all ended up merging into one system. At one time you could connect with the subway, too. Eventually all …

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Wilkinson Scrapbook Article #13

In this article from William Wilkinson’s scrapbook “One Hundred Great and Near-Great Events, Person and Places in Rochester History” (1947) he writes about the Rundel building of the Rochester Public Library. That building houses the Local History and Genealogy Division. The Rundel Memorial building, South Avenue and Court St. houses the Reynold’s Reference Library and …

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Old News – Autos

In 1917 there still wasn’t any standard for road signs along highways. Then again most highways were still dirt. In the ad, a Ford roadster is selling for $360. In 2017 dollars that would be only about $7000. THE HONEOYE FALLS TIMES Thursday, Jan. 11, 1917 SYSTEM OF WARNING SIGNS In many cities associations are …

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Guide: Newspapers

I uploaded a new chapter to the Genealogical Guide on newspapers of Monroe County. This appears to be the kind of record that has the greatest growth over the last ten years. There are a couple of big websites with Monroe County newspapers. Also see the paragraph on the newspapers that are on Google. They …

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