Old News – Death of Westinghouse

More news from the past. THE FAIRPORT HERALD Wednesday, March 18, 1914 WESTINGHOUSE RIVAL TO EDISON Invented His Famous Air Brake When a Youth. FIFTY YEARS IN PUBLIC EYE Engineer, Dead at Sixty-seven, Was One of the Most Remarkable of Nation’s Great Men—Introduced and Developed Alternating Current System For Electric Light and Power. The late …

Continue reading ‘Old News – Death of Westinghouse’ »

1902 Atlas of Livingston Co., NY

The Rochester Public Library recently added the New Century Atlas of Livingston Co., NY to their collection of digitized books. This 1902 atlas is another one of those that they have been scanning in PDF format. This is another one of those atlases that shows houses with names of owners. It also has schoolhouses, churches …

Continue reading ‘1902 Atlas of Livingston Co., NY’ »

Scrapbooks of Biographies of Men

The Rochester Public Library has scanned and uploaded a set of 20 scrapbooks with newspaper clippings. This set contains biographies of men that are mostly in the form of obits. The time period of these scrapbooks are from about 1924 to 1942. It appears that these scrapbooks were a project that never was completed as …

Continue reading ‘Scrapbooks of Biographies of Men’ »

25th Anniversary of the Web

On March 12, 1989 Tim Berners-Lee who was then working at CERN in Europe wrote a proposal to use linking on the internet using hypertext. That was the official start of what would become the billions of web pages on the internet. The web anniversary got me thinking of what genealogy website had been around …

Continue reading ‘25th Anniversary of the Web’ »

Talk on Civil War

In a secret room of an abandoned house, Dennis P. Bielewicz uncovered documents which led him to research and retell the story of the complete military service of H. Seymour Hall and Benjamin Coffin.  Dennis will present his background story leading up to the publication of his book Heroes in the Attic – the Untold …

Continue reading ‘Talk on Civil War’ »

Early Rochester Family Records; #4

I added the fourth page of records from the old newspaper column “Early Rochester Family Records” that were published between 1910 and 1912. The records are on Page 44 of Biographies. Highlights of families on this page are: Latta family of Charlotte, including a long autobiographical sketch by George C, Latta Children & grand-children of …

Continue reading ‘Early Rochester Family Records; #4’ »

Happy Genealogy Day

Today  (March 8th) is Genealogy Day. If you didn’t know it was, neither did I until about an hour ago. Genealogy Day is part of “Celebrate Your Name Week” which was created by Jerry Hill in 1997. A quick search has found that some libraries and genealogy societies around the US are celebrating with special …

Continue reading ‘Happy Genealogy Day’ »

Ben Lason dies at Andersonville Prison; 150 yrs. ago

My ancestors Silas P. and Nancy Ann (Gibson) Lason (pronounced Lay-son) had 5 sons and 2 daughters. The three eldest sons all volunteered to served in the Civil War. The third eldest, James, served in Co. L,  5th US Cavalry (along with George Custer). James died 27 May 1862 at the Battle of Hanover Courthouse, …

Continue reading ‘Ben Lason dies at Andersonville Prison; 150 yrs. ago’ »