Finding Your Roots at RPL

Below is the full length video  done by local station WXXI that airs before the episodes of Finding Your Roots with host Henry Louis Gates Jr. In this production, Marlene Capes-Bettin is featured showing her researching her family at the Rochester Public Library. This is longer version than the one shown on WXXI. Finding Your …

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Life Records are back

Life Records is the name of the index of vital records in Rochester and Brockport newspapers. It was created by staff at the Rochester Public Library. It has been off-line for 18 months because of problems with finding a vendor able to handle the service. The index is now back with some changes on the …

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RPL 100 Years Book

Last month there was a book published on the history of the Rochester Public Library. Rochester Public Library: 100 Years of Service, 1911 – 2011 was written by a team of staff from the library and retirees. It features over 250 photographs, many never before published. The book not only covers the Central Library but …

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First 100 books at RPL

As part of the Centennial of the Rochester Public Library, they have  this web page which lists the first 100 books that they received. The library still has 90 of those books in their collection. Undoubtedly some of the books have been been replaced by newer copies over the years but there are some originals  …

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Treasures at RPL

Today I went to the Rochester Public Library for a presentation on “Treasures of the Central  Library” by Robert Scheffel. Bob is the Assistant Division Head of the Local History  Division of the Rochester Public Library. Along with him was the City Historian, Christine  Ridarsky who added some historical facts. This is part of the …

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RPL – Digital Future

Yesterday, I went to a talk by Patricia Uttaro at the Rochester Public Library (RPL). She is the Director of the Rochester Public Library and Monroe County Library System and she was talking about expanding their Digital Library. A Digital Library is a concept that will always be in flux as technology changes but it …

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