Life at McCurdy’s

I uploaded seven issues of Life at McCurdys. It was a small magazine for employees of the department store company. The store was started as McCurdy and Norwell Co. in 1901 in downtown Rochester. McCurdy’s opened their first suburb store in 1953 at Nothgate Plaza in Greece. Gilbert McCurdy would be a major backer of …

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Sibley’s Ad from 1955

In 2015 I bought a small collection of original art used in ads for Sibley’s department stores. They were done by a lady artist that had come to the US from Germany to draw for Sibley’s. Unfortunately the person that I bought these from didn’t know her name as he had bought the collection from …

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Early Wheatland Records

The Rochester Public Library recently scanned a collection of early records from the Town of Wheatland. There is a book of Supervisor’s Records, 1834 – 1860. Also a book of Town Audits, 1830 – 1877. Then there is a whole book of people eligible for Juries, 1822 – 1866. As you would expect there are …

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Frederick Douglass Photo

Next Tuesday, WXXI-TV (channel 21) is showing a 1/2 hour documentary on how a previously unknown photo of Frederick Douglass was found in the Rochester Public Library.The historic photo was found while inspecting scrapbooks in the RPL collection. The documentary investigates the mystery surrounding this unique image, reveals details about the interesting life of the …

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RootsTech Online Sessions – Feb. 9th

These are the online session available on RootsTech for Thursday, Feb. 9th. I changed all the times to eastern times. 10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. – RootsTech General Session – Steve Rockwood,CEO of FamilySearch will welcome everyone to the conference.  Then twin brothers, Jonathan and Drew Scott will talk. They are known for their TV show, “The …

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Guide: Land Records

I uploaded a new chapter to the Genealogical Guide on land records of Monroe County. This chapter is only a little over a page long and only has two links. The first link is to the Monroe County Clerk’s office. They have both deeds and mortgages online from 1976 to the present. I had a …

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