WDYTYA – Alfre Woodard

Four time Emmy winner Alfre Woodard will investigate her paternal side on tonight’s episode of Who Do You Think You Are? Her father was only 3 when his own father, Alec, died. Alfre uncovers the triumphant story of her great-grandfather, who endured the horrors of slavery and ascended from servitude to successful landowner, an extraordinary …

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FamilySearch Indexing Challenge

Now through Aug 14th at FamilySearch is a Worldwide Indexing Event. Last year during the event over 60,000 people indexed record. This year they are hoping to set a new record of 100,000 people indexing in just this one week. There are over 300 projects currently being indexed from over 20 countries around the world. …

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Old News – Family Reunions

A couple of family reunions from 1915. I have two listings for one of my family’s reunions in the 1920s. You can figure that all the names listed in the articles are somehow related. Your job is that once you have one of these family reunion articles to figure out how they are all related. …

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WDYTYA – Joanne Rowling

Don’t recognize the name in the title? Maybe you know by her pen-name of J.K. Rowling, especially for the Harry Potter series.  She will be profiled on the next Who Do You Think You Are? which airs tonight (8/2) on TLC. This episode aired in the UK in 2011.  It may be edited differently than …

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Kodak on a High

New York State released the names and locations of five medical marijuana dispensaries to be located in the state. The one Rochester dispensary will be operated by Columbia Care NY LLC. They will lease space in Eastman Business Park (formerly Kodak Park). Kodak building 12, which is three stories and has approx. 200,000 square feet will …

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Old News – Summer Church Outings

Here are some summer outings for Catholic Churches in Rochester in 1915. I had to look up the definition of the word “Sodality.” It is an association, especially of a Roman Catholic religious guild or brotherhood. THE CATHOLIC JOURNAL Friday, July 30, 1915 City Parish News St. Boniface The Young Ladies’ Sodality of this parish …

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Stolen Bust

The Monroe County Parks Department announced Thursday that a bronze bust of German author Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe was stolen from Highland Park. An empty pedestal  is all that remains of where Goethe’s (pronounced GUR-tuh) head used to be. The bust was commissioned by the Federation of German-American Societies of Rochester and unveiled in 1950. …

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WDYTYA – Ginnifer Goodwin

Who Do You Think You Are? is back again on TLC starting this Sunday (July 26th). The first person to dig into their family is Ginnifer Goodwin who has been starring on ABC’s Once Upon a Time. Ginnifer knew about three grandparents’ families but one grandfather wouldn’t even speak his parents’ names. She had heard …

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