WDYTYA – Julie Bowen

Emmy Award winning actress, Julie Bowen is investigating her family tonight on Who Do You Think You Are? (WDYTYA). Julie has been playing Claire Dunphy on the comedy Modern Family since 2009. Julie visits Chicago to research her maternal great-grandfather Charles Daniel Frey, who started his own advertising agency in 1910 after working for the …

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1958 East High Yearbook

I uploaded the Orient 1958. That is the yearbook for East High School in Rochester. There were 257 seniors that graduated in 1958. As people from this class would be aged 77 – 79 now, chances are that most of them are still with us. Besides the pictures of the seniors, there are the standard …

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Wilkinson Scrapbook Article – #17

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 Civil War monument that is in Washington Square Park. He notes that “bums” liked to sleep in the park. It is still a favorite place for homeless men. The park is …

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WDYTYA – Courteney Cox

A new season of Who Do You Think You Are? starts this Sunday night on TLC. The first person to find her ancestors is Courteney Cox, formerly from Friends. The genealogists are able to trace her ancestors back 700 years. She gets to see original parchment document that tel that her 18 times great-grandfather, Thomas …

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Old News – Fire Bugs Sentenced

These boys were lucky to get away from a charge of setting a fire with only a sentence of probation. If you look at the ad, you would think that the movie serial was named “In Underground Paris” but it is really named “The Purple Mask.” It was a 16 part serial that would get …

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Early Wheatland Records

The Rochester Public Library recently scanned a collection of early records from the Town of Wheatland. There is a book of Supervisor’s Records, 1834 – 1860. Also a book of Town Audits, 1830 – 1877. Then there is a whole book of people eligible for Juries, 1822 – 1866. As you would expect there are …

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Frederick Douglass Photo

Next Tuesday, WXXI-TV (channel 21) is showing a 1/2 hour documentary on how a previously unknown photo of Frederick Douglass was found in the Rochester Public Library.The historic photo was found while inspecting scrapbooks in the RPL collection. The documentary investigates the mystery surrounding this unique image, reveals details about the interesting life of the …

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