WDYTYA – Feb. 24

This week on the NBC show “Who Do You Think You Are?” the person  investigating his heritage is Blair Underwood. He finds out that his great-grandfather had 2 slaves. Plus through a DNA search, Blair finds a distant “cousin” living in the country of Cameroon in western Africa. Blair and his father get to visit …

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Kodak News; Feb. 22, 2012

As part of Kodak’s bankruptcy protection, they asked the US Court for permission to back out of their sponsorship of the Theatre in Hollywood where the Academy Awards are held. Last week, the court agreed. Kodak had signed an agreement for 20 years sponsorship of the theater back in 2000 for a reported $74. It …

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1940 Census Update

The National Archives has announced the website where the 1940  census will be starting on April 2nd. It is at: 1940census.archives.gov  If you go there right now, there is a video giving a brief description of how to search through the records. The website is being managed by Archive.com. You can expect there will be …

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Talk on Civil War Unit, 140th Vol. Infantry; Feb. 14

The Greece Historical Society presents: “Sons of Old Monroe: The 140th N.Y. Volunteer Infantry.” Tuesday, Feb. 14th, 7:00 p.m. – Greece Town Hall, by Brian Bennett. Recruited in 1862 and composed of men from across Monroe County,the 140th Vol. Inf. is at the same time typical and unique among Northern regiments. By war’s end, the …

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Missing Burial Records; part 3

I’ve been seeing if the records of the Rochester sexton from the early 1800s still exist.  I made a couple of phone calls to the Rochester City Archives. Finally got to talk to the director of the Archives. She said that the only early records that they have are the “Proceedings of the Trustees of …

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Kodak News; Feb. 6 – 10, 2012

Yesterday it was announced that Eastman Kodak would be phasing out digital cameras, pocket video cameras and digital frames. Many media outlets are saying that they are eliminating all cameras but it appears that Kodak will still be making and selling disposable film cameras. Kodak refers to them as ‘OTUC’ for ‘one time use.’ Last …

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WDYTYA – Feb. 10

On the next episode of Who Do You Think You Are? on Friday Feb. 10th, Marisa Tomei investigates her great-grandfather, Leopoldo Bianchi. Marisa says her family story was that her great-grandfather was a womanizer and a gambler whose philandering ways led to him being fatally shot in a bar. Documents that Marisa finds show that …

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Car Crashes into old Pittsford Cemetery.

Just before 3 a.m. on 7 Feb. there was a car reported traveling at high rate of speed in Pittsford. The car went off the road and crashed through a wooden fence of the Pioneer Burying Ground in Pittsford and then into a tree. The driver, 49 year old Norman Evans, was taken to Strong …

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1940 Census

The 1940 US census is being released on 2 April at 9:00 a.m. (eastern).  The National Archives awarded the contract to post free images of the census pages to Archives.com There is this web page on Archives.com with details about the 1940 census. It is not clear if the census pages will be on Archives.com …

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