Old News – St. Patrick’s Day (2 of 2)

This set of articles about St. Patrick’s Day includes an article about the British royals handing out shamrocks on the day in 1915. They still do this. In 2014 Princess Kate was the member of the family giving out shamrocks as shown in the picture.. THE CATHOLIC JOURNAL Friday, March 12, 1915 The Wearing of …

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Old News – St. Patrick’s Day (1 of 2)

There were so many articles about St. Patrick’s Day in this issue of the newspaper that I am making two posts. First is an editorial about St. Patrick and then how to make a special green cake for the day. THE CATHOLIC JOURNAL Friday, March 12, 1915 St. Patrick Written for the Catholic Journal by …

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Monroe Co. GenWeb and Google

Google is the most popular search site in the US and many other countries. I get spam messages every day that tell me that they can move the Monroe County GenWeb up in search results. The truth is that nobody knows the formula that Google uses to determine ranking. The ranking isn’t that important for …

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Talk on Orphans

This Tuesday at 7 p.m. is a talk by Michael Keene titled “Abandoned: The Untold Story of Orphan Asylums.” Mr. Keene presents eye-opening, true-to-life tales of the Five Points area of New York City and the desperation of a million Irish immigrants who hoped to find better conditions in New York after leaving behind the …

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WDYTYA – Julie Chen

Who Do You Think You Are? returns to the TLC channel on Sunday, March 8th at 10pm (EST). The first person to look for ancestors this season is TV celebrity Julie Chen. She revealed on The Talk last year that her grandfather, Lou Gaw Tong, was a polygamist with 9 wives and eleven children. On …

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Top Songs of 1965; #4

The next song to hit the top of the record charts in 1965 was “My Girl” by the Temptations. The song was written and produced by Smokey Robinson and Ronald White. The inspiration for the song was Smokey’s wife, Claudette Rogers Robinson who was a member of The Miracles. This became the first number one …

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Find My Past – Free Weekend

Findmypast, genealogy website. is offering free access this weekend to billions of historical records including their US, UK and Ireland records. You do have to sign up for a free account but as far as I can tell, they don’t send you any emails after you sign up. This access expires at 7 a.m. (EST) …

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Old News – Church Conference

An up-coming church conference for boys is sponsored in part by the Rochester YMCA. THE MONROE COUNTY MAIL Thursdays, March 4, 1915 BOYS’ CONFERENCE. A Conference for the Church Boys of this County to be Held in Rochester. That the Older Boys’ Conference idea for organizations doing religious work with boys is gaining in popularity …

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More Genealogy on TV

The TLC channel is having a show this weekend on adoption stories. Long Lost Family has two adoptees teaming up with hosts Chris Jacobs and Lisa Joyner to embark on an emotional journey that sees them through the ups and downs of trying to track down loved ones they’re so anxious to meet.   Christopher …

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