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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Top Songs of 1966 – #21

The next song that ended up on the top of the record charts in 1966 was “Lil’ Red Riding Hood” by Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs. Sam, whose real name is Domingo Samudio, got his start singing in a school radio broadcast when in second grade. He formed the Pharaohs in 1961. The group …

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“The Acquittal” Program

I uploaded a program from the former Lyceum Theater in Rochester from 1921. The show at that time was the play “The Acquittal” which was produced by the famous George M. Cohan. This isn’t one of his musicals. It was a play that was written by Rita Weiman about what happened after a man is …

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