Coming Home to Your Roots – Video

On October 3rd there was an all day genealogy seminar at the Rochester Public Library to celebrate the 175th anniversary of the City of Rochester. The seminar was named Coming Home to Your Roots and was jointly presented by the Rochester Public Library and the Rochester Genealogical Society. The Library now has an overview video …

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New Cemetery web page

I have added a new cemetery web page on the GenWeb site. It is for Holy Family Cemetery that was on Maple Street in Rochester. For sure it was moved in spring of 1955. There is conflicting data on when it was started but the best possible data is that it was started as St. …

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Jack the Ripper suspect; Tombstone Tuesday

This is the tombstone and an enlargement of the inscription for Francis Tumblety who is buried just about a mile from my home in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. Search on the internet and you will find those that say he was Jack the Ripper and those that say he could not possibly be the Ripper. Francis …

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Coming Home to Your Roots (this Saturday)

“Coming Home to Your Roots” October 3, 2009 — 9:00 am – 4:00 pm — Central Library downtown The Rochester Genealogical Society is co-sponsoring an exciting event with the Local History/Genealogy Division¬† of the Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County It is being held on the 2nd floor of the Rundel Building, as part …

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Footnote and Gannett

A press release came out from Footnote.com about some new newspaper records that they are getting from Gannett. “We wanted to let you know of an exciting new partnership between Footnote and the largest newspaper publisher in the US, the Gannett Company. Gannett, publisher of 84 daily newspapers including USA Today, will be able to …

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175th Anniversary of City of Rochester

One hundred and seventy five years today Rochester, NY became a City. After the Erie Canal came through the area, Rochester grew at tremendous rate. Becoming a City enabled Rochester to grow. Today at Mt. Hope Cemetery Mayor Robert Duffy placed a wreath at the grave of Nathaniel Rochester (above). Nathaniel was one of three …

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Name Changes

You’ve heard the stories about how people had their name changed at Ellis Island. It never happened. The people at Ellis Island only recorded the names. By looking at Rochester directories you can see people who just came to America spelling their name as in the Old Country for the first few years. Then a …

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