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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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, …

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Old News – March Snowstorm 1914

More news from the past. THE BROCKPORT REBUBLIC Thurs. March 5, 1914 BIGGEST STORM SINCE 1888 Brockport streets were never in more impassable condition than on Monday morning after the heavy storm on Sunday night had piled them high with drifts in some places so high that entrance to buildings was impossible until three or …

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Pictures of Monroe County, NY

I started adding pictures to the GenWeb of Monroe County website about 1997 or 1998. At that time everyone had slower internet connections so most of the pictures were rather small. Plus I had to hand code all the webpages that the pictures were on. That got really tedious and it was difficult to add …

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1876 Atlas of Genesee Co., NY

The Rochester Public Library recently added the Combination Atlas Map of Genesee Co., NY to their collection of digitized books. This atlas originally published by in 1876 by Everts, Ensign & Everts is in PDF format. This was a large atlas approx 27 x 17 inches and makes a large PDF file (80mb) This atlas …

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