Shared Library Catalogs

Fairly recently the FamilySearch catalog was merged with the WorldCat catalog. It definitely benefits genealogical researchers in finding sources closer to where they live. From the main FamilySearch web page, you can get to the catalog either of two ways. If you hover over the “Search” at the top of the page a menu comes …

Continue reading ‘Shared Library Catalogs’ »

1874 Atlas of Ontario County

The Rochester Public Library recently added the 1874 Atlas of Ontario Co., NY to their collection of digitized books. This atlas is in PDF format. I like the PDF format because you can make a PDF as large as you want. This atlas is one that shows where homes of people are located. Also the maps …

Continue reading ‘1874 Atlas of Ontario County’ »

Pensions of Rochester Fire & Police Bureaus

There is a new online source from the Rochester Public Library that I never would have thought of searching for. It is a ledger that lists pensions of the Fire and Police Bureaus of Rochester. The ledger covers the time of 1892 to 1945.  The records are listed chronologically in columns that contain; the name …

Continue reading ‘Pensions of Rochester Fire & Police Bureaus’ »

New Library for Irondequoit

A bond to build a new library in Irondequoit passed in a vote today. It is the second time that the votedhas been positive. In April the bond referendum passed but that vote was nullified after the Town found they hadn’t property submitted a environmental survey. Irondequoit currently has 2 libraries; the Helen McGraw branch …

Continue reading ‘New Library for Irondequoit’ »

Disposing of Old Media

The Rochester Public Library has decided to get rid of their collections of VHS tapes and records. The VHS tapes are on the first floor of the Rundel Memorial Library Building. You just can take tapes off the shelf and purchase them at the Circulation Desk. The price is only one dollar each. The records …

Continue reading ‘Disposing of Old Media’ »

Family Detectives Club returns

This Sunday, October 6, starts the second season of Family Detectives Club at the Rochester Public Library. Every Sunday from October through May, there is a group meeting from 1:15 to 1:45 p.m. in the Local History & Genealogy Division, 2nd floor in the Rundel Memorial Building. Each week is a different genealogy-related topic in …

Continue reading ‘Family Detectives Club returns’ »

MCLS Library App

The Monroe County Library System announced the release of a new app called MCLS Mobile for hand-helds and tablets. MCLS says that: MCLS Mobile is a free mobile app for use on devices using the Apple and Android operating systems, including iPhones, iPads, Droids, and most tablets. MCLS Mobile allows you to search the catalog, …

Continue reading ‘MCLS Library App’ »

Library Bond Passes in Irondequoit

Yesterday was a vote in the Town of Irondequoit for a bond to be issued to build a new library. The bond passed with 3651 yes votes to 2033.  The bond is the first step in combining the two small libraries in Irondequoit into one much larger one that will be built on the corner …

Continue reading ‘Library Bond Passes in Irondequoit’ »

Anti-Slavery Newspapers

A collection of Anti-Slavery and Abolitionist Newspapers, has been added to the New York Heritage website, courtesy of St. John Fisher College’s Lavery Library. This collection includes issues of Frederick Douglass newspapers that he published over many years. There are some issues of The North Star (1847 – 1851),  Frederick Douglass’ Paper (1851 – 1860?), Douglass’ Monthly (1858 – 1963) and and …

Continue reading ‘Anti-Slavery Newspapers’ »