Happy New Year

I hope everyone has a happy and safe New Year. As far as I am concerned the biggest genealogy news of 2012 was the 1940 census being released. That happened on Apr. 2nd. By Aug 8th Ancestry had completed their index using laborers in China. FamilySearch took until about Sept. 5th to complete their 1940 …

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Kodak News; Dec. 24 – 29

History in the making… On Friday, Kodak reported their figures for November. It turned out to be the smallest net loss in recent years. The loss was $60.8 million and they had sales of $162.9 million for November. Kodak filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy protection in January. Since then they have phased out digital cameras, …

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Catholic Newspapers Online

Courtesy of the Catholic Courier and the Catholic Diocese of Rochester, issues of the Catholic newspapers Catholic Courier and Catholic Journal from 1889 through 2004 are now available online. There are very few missing issues for that long run.The newspapers cover the entire Rochester Diocese which goes south all the way to the Pennsylvania border. …

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Top Song 50 Years Ago; #23

The last song to hit the top of the music charts in 1962 was “Telstar” by The Tornados. It was an instrumental written and produced by Joe Meek, and featured a clavioline, a keyboard instrument with a distinctive electronic sound. The song was named after Telstar, the first communications satellite, which was launched in July …

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Kodak News; Dec. 17 – 21

History in the making… This was a good week for Kodak. They announced that they sold their digital imaging patents. Kodak had been told by experts that the patents were worth over $2 billion. They ended selling the patents for $525 million. They were sold to Intellectual Ventures and RPX Corp which are intellectual property …

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Possible New Library in Irondequoit

This morning the Irondequoit Town Board and the Library Board of Trustees announced a proposal to build a new consolidated library in the Town. Irondequoit currently has 2 branches, the Helen McGraw branch on East Ridge Road and the Pauline Evans branch on Cooper Road. This proposal would build one library on the Town Hall …

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Selling Christmas Trees

From the early 1950s to the mid 1960s my family owned a market in Horseheads, NY that mainly sold fruits and vegetables. Business was slow in the winter months so we would close except around Christmas time when we would sell Christmas trees. My dad had to go to growers and pick up a load …

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Top Song 50 Years Ago; #22

The next song to hit the top of the music charts in 1962 was “Limbo Rock” by Chubby Checker. Chubby had a string of hit songs beginning with “The Twist” in 1960. Most were songs about dance styles. This was another dance that he made popular. The song was written by Kal Mann and Billy …

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New York State Land Records on FamilySearch

A couple of weeks ago FamilySearch added digital images of NY State deeds and mortgages that they filmed many years ago. The collection “New York, Land Records, 1630-1975” covers most of New York State except Franklin, Nassau, and Queens Counties. In New York land records are filed at the County Courthouse. The collection usually covers …

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