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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Tombstone Tuesday – 4/14/09

This year is the 175th anniversary of the City of Rochester. The City is named for Nathaniel Rochester who was an early promoter of the small village. Nathaniel died three years before Rochester became a City. He and his family are buried at the top of lot R in Mt. Hope Cemetery in the City …

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Tombstone Tuesday (4/7/09)

Many other genealogy blogs are posting tombstone pictures on Tuesday. So here is one from my collection. Above is the tombstone of Col. Patrick O’Rorke in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. He was born in Ireland and came to Rochester at age one. He attended West Point where he was first in his class. During the Civil …

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