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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Old News – Picnics and Anniversaries

More news from the past. This time Rochester Catholic Church events. THE CATHOLIC COURIER Friday, July 24, 1914 City Parish News Interesting Budget of Happenings Gathered by Our Reporter St. Boniface The St. Boniface “Footlight Club” the dramatic organization of this church will hold their first annual outing Sunday, July 26th, at the Silver Lake …

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1964 Rochester Riot

We are approaching an anniversary of a sad occasion in Rochester history. On Friday, July 24, 1964 it began when police arrested a 19 year-old intoxicated black man at a block party. When rumors of police brutality began to spread, an angry crowd formed on Joseph Avenue and became violent.It wasn’t until the 26th that …

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WDYTYA – Returns

The genealogy series Who Do You Think You Are? returns for a new season tomorrow (July 23rd) on the TLC channel. The person discovering their ancestry in this new episode is Cynthia Nixon, known primarily as Miranda Hobbes on the show “Sex and the City.” Cynthia discovers a mystery of deceit and murder that involves …

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Indexing Event

FamilySearch is asking for assistance in indexing records this weekend. The previous record was just a little over 49,000 indexers on a day after the 1940 US census was released. They are trying to reach 50,000 volunteer indexer in one day. sHere is their press release: Join volunteers from around the world on July 20 …

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Old News – Tidbits from Brockport

Here is some more news from the past. This time some small items from Brockport, NY. THE BROCKPORT REPUBLIC Thursday, July 16, 1914 LOCAL AND VICINITY NOTES IN NEIGHBORING TOWNS AND VILLAGES Look out for pickpockets who have been operating extensively of late on the trolleys between Rochester and Ontario Beach Park. From June 25th …

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Top Songs of 1964; #13

The next song to hit the top of the record charts in 1964 was “Rag Doll” by The Four Seasons. It was just another song written by Bob Crewe and Bob Gaudio. According to songwriter Bob Gaudio, the recording was inspired by a dirty-faced girl who cleaned the windshield of his automobile for change. When …

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