WDYTYA – Tomorrow’s Episode

Valerie Bertinelli is searching for her ancestors on the next episode of Who Do You Think You Are? (WDYTYA). She got the part of Barbara Cooper on the series One Day at a Time in 1975 shortly after her start at acting. After that series ended she was on numerous made¬† for TV movies. Recently …

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Rochester Music

The Rochester Public Library has uploaded a new digital collection of old sheet music. The collection has music published in Rochester, sold in Rochester and about Rochester. All are dated from the 1890s to the 1920s. The music has been scanned and placed on the RPL website as PDF files. This collection is so new …

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Kodak Movie Film Deal

Kodak competitor Fujifilm stopped making movie film last year. Kodak also was thinking of stopping the manufacture the film that was once used by most Hollywood studios. Sales of film stock have dropped from over 12 billion feet in 2006 to an approximate 450 million feet this year. That is a 96% decrease. Recently Kodak …

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Old News – Accidental Death

This news from the past is about an accident in Fairport THE MONROE COUNTY MAIL Fairport, NY Thursday, August 6, 1914 KIRKWOOD HOTEL CHEF MEETS HORRIBLE DEATH Edward Patterson Killed Thursday–Victim’s Mangled Remains Scattered for Yards Along Railroad Tracks. “Edward Patterson, who had recently taken a position as chef at the Kirkwood Hotel, was struck …

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WDYTYA – Tomorrow

This week on Who Do You Think You Are? the star being profiled is Rachel McAdams. Rachel is best known for her roles in the movies Mean Girls and The Notebook. Rachel was born in Canada but now works mostly in Hollywood. This episode of WDYTYA is different because Rachel travels on her genealogical adventure …

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Misleading Data

There are many websites that will give you give you addresses, phone numbers and even birthdays of living people. Some that I know of are: Intelius, Spokeo,¬† Zaba Search and Pipl. These can be useful to find records of your distant cousins that you may have lost track of. All of the previous are pay …

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Old News – World War I Begins

Major news from the past. After a month of negotiations had broken down, on July 28th 1914 Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia. Germany and Russia mobilized on the 30th. Germany declared war on Russia on August 1st. Here some reports from the first couple of days when everyone thought that it might be possible to …

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WDYTYA – Tomorrow

On the next episode of “Who Do You Think You Are” (WDYTYA) Jesse Tyler Ferguson will look for information on his ancestors. Jesse is known for portraying Mitchell Pritchett on the ABC sitcom “Modern Family,” That role has garnered him 5 Emmy Award nominations for Best Supporting Actor. Jesse ends up following the path of …

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Top Songs of 1964; #14

The Beatles are back on the top of the record charts in 1964. This time with “A Hard Day’s Night,” the title song to the movie of the same name. The song was written by John Lennon with only minor suggestions from Paul McCartney. The title comes from a malapropism attributed to Ringo Starr after …

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NY Tax Assessments, 1799 – 1804

I discovered a new group of records on Ancestry.com that has tax records for NY State. “New York, Tax Assessment Rolls of Real and Personal Estates, 1799-1804″ contains records for most of NY State except New York City (Manhattan). The records have the person’s name, value of real estate, value of personal property and tax …

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