Rochester City directories

     There is more information in the old Rochester City directories than most people imagine. They were issued randomly at first beginning with the one in 1827. Then by the 1840s they were issued every two years. Beginning in 1866 they were issued every year. They were done by canvassers just like the census. But …

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A tour of Rush Rhees Library

     I was among about 25 people from the Rochester genealogical Society to get a tour of the Rush Rhees Library at the University of Rochester last Thursday night. Our hosts were Alan Unsworth and Karl Kabelac. Alan, I think, is a reference librarian in the library. Mr. Kabelac has actually been retired from the …

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Newspaper Index at RPL – Part 2 (1851 -1903)

Did you read the first part? It is below this part.      The second part of the indexing project was to index newspapers from Jan. 1, 1851, but during the project the money began to run out and it was decided that only one newspaper would be indexed after June 1854. The project was cut …

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Newspaper Index at RPL – Part 1 (1818-1850)

     There has been some talk recently about the newspaper indexes that are in the Local History Division of the Rochester Public Library. This will tell you what is in the indexes and what is not in the indexes.      The indexes were done in the Great Depression by the U.S. National Youth Administration which …

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