Happy Genealogy Day

Today  (March 8th) is Genealogy Day. If you didn’t know it was, neither did I until about an hour ago. Genealogy Day is part of “Celebrate Your Name Week” which was created by Jerry Hill in 1997. A quick search has found that some libraries and genealogy societies around the US are celebrating with special …

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Columbus, Colombo or Colon

Today is Columbus Day in the US. It is the day we celebrate the “discoverer” of the Americas. Although their have been recent new theories of his birth, the most accepted place of birth for Columbus is that he was born in the Republic of Genoa (now part of Italy) about 1450-1. His parents were …

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Pictures of Highland Hosp. Nurses

The library at Highland Hospital has released a selection of digital images on the New York Heritage website. Highland Hospital 1940-1949: The School of Nursing during World War II only comprises 22 images with most having names of the people in the picture. Mostly formal and often posed, these black and white images offer a …

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Irish Soil

I was watching a travel program the other day about Ireland. One place that was visited was a company called “Auld Sod Gifts” that sells Irish soil to Americans. Many people in this country have Irish ancestors. The company found that people wanted to have a connection to the old country to commemorate special life …

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Happy Birthday Roch. Red Cross

The Rochester Chapter of the Red Cross was formed on this date (3 Oct.) in 1881. Clara Barton is the person who pushed to form the American Red Cross which was organized in her apartment in Washington, DC on May 21, 1881. It was then decided to make local chapters of the Red Cross. The …

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Edsel

On September 4, 1957 (also known as “E-Day”) Ford Motor Co. unveils the Edsel. Thirteen hundred Edsel dealers offered four models for sale: the larger Citation and Corsair and the smaller Pacer and Ranger. For months, the company had been running ads that simply pictured the car’s hood ornament. Everything else about the car was …

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Free Genealogy Seminar; Oct. 16th

The Rochester Genealogical Society and the Central Library of the Rochester Public Library are having a free genealogy seminar called “Discovering Your Roots” on Saturday, October 16th from 9:00 to 4:00. There will be be 11 lecture presentations which means that there will be two presentations given at a time for most of the day. …

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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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