WDYTYA; March 30

This week actress Rita Wilson is looking for records of her father on Who Do You Think You Are? Rita was born as Margarita Ibrahimoff in Los Angeles and married Tom Hanks in 1988. Her genealogical investigation takes her to both Greece and Bulgaria. Her father, Hassan Ibrahimoff (born 1921) was is a labor camp …

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Kodak Archives

Eastman Kodak has a long history in both Rochester and the rest of the world. They maintained a library and archives here in Rochester that no one I know of has ever seen.  As Kodak is going through a bankruptcy, I wondered what would happen to Kodak archival materials. After some digging, I found that …

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Top Song 50 Years Ago; #5

The fifth song to hit the top of the charts in 1962 was “Don’t Break the Heart That Loves You” by Connie Frances. This song has a two part harmony with Connie singing with herself. It is a plea from a heartbroken lover trying to understand why her lover is going out of his way …

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Kodak News; March 19 – 23, 2012

One of my friends received a lay-off notice on Monday after working at Kodak for 20 years . He is just of the small lay-offs that Kodak is doing that don’t make the news. He is a great worker and will find another job but it will undoubtedly affect his family in the short term. …

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Finding Your Roots; March 25

Prof. Henry Louis Gates Jr. returns to PBS with a new genealogy show called Finding Your Roots.  In each hour-long episode, Prof. Gates takes viewers along for a journey with a celebrity pair bound together by sometimes hidden links, treks through layers of ancestral history and life-altering discoveries. Professor Gates says “Finding Your Roots will …

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Kodak News; March 12 – 16, 2012

On Monday Kodak announced that beginning April 1st the price of film will go up about 15%. A Kodak spokesperson says the increases are due to increases in manufacturing costs, as well as higher fixed costs because of the decline in the number of people still using film. Tuesday there was a report initiated by …

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Using the 1940 Directories on the 1940 Census

The Rochester Public Library has added the 1940 Rochester and Suburban directories to earlier ones that they already had online. These will be of great help in finding your family on the 1940 census that comes online on April 2nd. There won’t be any index available for the census for at least 6 months to …

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WDYTYA; March 16

The episode this week on Who Do You Think You Are? is a repeat of the one featuring Martin Sheen. Our local NBC station in Rochester is not even showing the episode. Instead they are putting on a program about “Operation Smile.” This would be a great time to go the WDYTYA website and watch …

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