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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