Missing Burial Records; part 2

I was at the Rochester Public Library yesterday to look at a few things and I asked the librarian if they had the old Sexton records of burials in Rochester’s earliest cemeteries. First thing he did was check the manuscript collection on his computer. It appears that the index to the manuscript collection is not …

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SSDI Under Attack

One of the easiest places to find a free version of the Social Security Death Index (SSDI) has been removed. The database has been removed from RootsWeb. According to the web page on RootsWeb, the information has been removed because of “sensitivities around the information.” So you are directed to Ancestry.com where they have all …

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Irish Soil

I was watching a travel program the other day about Ireland. One place that was visited was a company called “Auld Sod Gifts” that sells Irish soil to Americans. Many people in this country have Irish ancestors. The company found that people wanted to have a connection to the old country to commemorate special life …

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Missing Burial Records

I recently created a web page of marriages and deaths extracted from newspapers from the first half of 1830 (see that web page). In an article on page 15 of the 22 Feb. 1830 issue of the Rochester Observer is an article titled “Health of Rochester.” It notes that the Recorder of Burials (AKA Sexton) …

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New Rochester Photo Book

Christmas is coming. An idea for a gift is a new book of photos named, “I LoveĀ  Rochester, NY.” The book by Rulon E. Simmons has photos of local landmarks, skylines, and neighborhoods. It also has photos of the 1991 ice storm, buildings coming down at Kodak, panoramas of downtown 4th of July fireworks displays …

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