Mayflower Day – Sept. 16

Today is Mayflower Day. It celebrates the day that the Mayflower sailed from Plymouth, England, bound for the New World with 102 passengers. The ship was originally headed for Virginia¬† but stormy weather and navigational errors forced the Mayflower well off course. On November 21 the “Pilgrims” reached Massachusetts, where they founded the first permanent …

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Rochester Passenger Arrivals

If you would have asked me about arrivals at the Port of Rochester last week, I would have said that very few records survive. I do have this one web page of records of arrivals for July – Sept. 1866 but had not heard of any other passenger arrivals. I discovered that FamilySearch has a …

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Happy 125th Birthday to Lady Liberty

The Statue of Liberty was dedicated on 28 Oct. 1886. It was a gift, through donations, from the people of France to the U.S. The base is a former Army Fort in the shape of an 11 pointed star. The pedestal that the statue sits on was funded by donations in the U.S. A great …

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Migration of an Ancestor

As hurricane Irene blew up through the east coast this last weekend, I wondered if bad weather might be one of reasons that my 4th great grandfather, Matthew Halsey, moved away from his parent’s home. He was born in Bridgehampton. NY out on the east end Long Island. The house of his parent’s was built …

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