Car crash at old Pittsford Cemetery

A car crashed through the wooden fence at the oldest cemetery in the Town of Pittsford; the Pioneer Burying Ground, and continued to plow through many old tombstones. The driver was said to be suffering a medical condition that caused the accident. The oldest burial in the cemetery, from 1797, is that of Rebecca, the …

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Cautions of the Social Networks

Recently while I was on Facebook, I decided to see what genealogy data I could find about shirt-tail relatives. By shirt-tail, I mean 3rd or 4th cousins or those people that are in my family tree but I don’t have any contact with. I must say I was surprised by the good data that I …

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Thank You Veterans

Today is Veterans Day. Let me tell you about my Revolutionary War ancestor, Matthew Halsey. He lived in Bridgehampton, NY on the eastern end of Long Island. He joined a Company of men from that area. The Company marched to Fort Ticonderoga which is about 350 miles to replace men that had survived an attack …

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Possible update to GEDCOM

There is a new website that is for a project to update the GEDCOM standard. It is BetterGedcom. GEDCOM is a standard that was set up to transfer data between genealogy programs. The last official update is version 5.5 that was set in 1995. There hasn’t been an update since then but most genealogy programs …

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RootsTech Conference

A new major genealogy conference will showcase both genealogy and technology. RootsTech will be held 10 – 12 Feb. 2001 in Salt Lake City at the Salt Palace Convention Center. This conference is sponsored by FamilySearch, Brigham Young University, the New England Historic Genealogical Society, Ancestry.com, the Federation of Genealogical Societies, and the National Genealogical …

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