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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Theater Programs

I added 7 programs for theater productions in Rochester between 1951 and 1957. Onw is from Arena Theatre, which was a small  group of performers from Rochester. The rest of the programs are from touring companies that came to the Auditorium Theatre. Some of those plays had people who were stars of the past (Ray …

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Oscar V. Babcock

The postcard, above.,started me on a search to see if I could find out who the performer was. I used the description “Death Trap Loop” to search on online newspaper websites. That quickly lead to the name of Oscar V. Babcock. Further investigation in newspapers told me that he performed his bicycle act at Ontario …

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