Old News – Gambling Raid

Illegal gambling has always been a problem. It doesn’t say what kind of gambling was being done at this place in Brockport. The Brockport Republic Brockport, NY Thursdays, February 25, 1915 GAMBLING ROOM RAIDED THE PROPRIETOR ARRESTED NAMES OF OTHERS TAKEN A Clean Scoop by the Official. No Tip-off this time. Brockport officials are receiving …

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Early Rochester Family Records

I have completed a project that I have wanted to do for many years. That is transcribing the genealogies in the newspaper column titled “Early Rochester Family Records by Anah Babcock Yates. Her column ran in the Post Express from from July 9, 1910 to Apr. 13, 1912 when it abruptly ceased. Mrs Yates was …

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Genealogy Roadshow – Feb. 24

“Genealogy Roadshow” is having the finale for this season on Tuesday, Feb. 24th. This episode is going to be memorable stories from the first two seasons of the series. The episode airs on most PBS stations at 8 p.m. You can watch some of the episodes on the “Genealogy Roadshow” video page. They also have …

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Old News – Ice Skating

This winter has been cold and great weather for ice skating and other winter sports. This article refers to Eastern Widewaters which was a basin on the Erie Canal where boats could stop overnight. What is left of the Eastern Widewaters is now called Lake Riley in Cobbs Hill Park. For ice skating in Rochester …

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Local History & Genealogy Dept. Closed for Renovations

The Local History & Genealogy Department of the Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County will be closed for renovations on Thursday, February 19 and Friday, February 20. The department will re-open to the public at 10:00 am on Saturday, February 21. The renovations will accommodate the new Walter F. Becker Digital History Center, providing …

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Road Blocks Researching Mental Patients

There was this article  in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette this last Sunday which tells of trying to investigate family members that were former patients in mental hospitals. Some of the road blocks are related to government restricts of records from even over a hundred years old.  Some very basic information, such as burial locations are sometimes …

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RootsTech Blog Posts and Videos

RootsTech 2015 is over and you there are many blog posts on what took place at the convention. Randy Seaver has collected blog posts from 47 genealogy  bloggers. As some bloggers have many posts, there are over 100 posts to read, in total. That list may increase over the next couple of days as some …

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RootsTech Streaming Schedule

RootsTech has announced the schedule of genealogy sessions that they will be streaming for FREE online. All these listed times are Mountain time zone. So adjust for your time zone. The live stream will be right on the homepage; RootsTech.org. I think there is a mistake on this schedule. It doesn’t list the Friday General …

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Old News – Letters from the War

WWI still is going on a hundred years ago. These are excerpts from letters from men that were in the thick of the fighting. THE FAIRPORT HERALD Wednesday, February 10, 1915 WAR MAIL BAG BRINGS MANY VIVID LETTERS FROM THE FRONT The mail bag is just now a prolific source of interest. Vivid letters from …

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RootsTech Conference this week

The big RootsTech Conference is taking place in Salt Lake City from the 12th to the 14th.. As in previous years, some of the sessions will be streamed online for free. I tried to find what sessions will be available for viewing but couldn’t find a list. For sure, the keynotes talks will be available …

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