75th Anniversary of “War of the Worlds” Radio Broadcast

On Oct. 30, 1938 many people in the US heard on the radio what they thought was an invasion from Mars. What they were hearing was a radio dramatization of H. G. Welles The War of the Worlds (1898). In this radio version, the Martians landed in Grover’s Mill, NJ. Orson Welles was both director …

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Blanche Stuart Scott

There are those times when one simple thing leads to much more. That’s how it was when 2+ months ago I saw that the Rochester Public Library had the new digital book “5000 Miles Oakland; Wonderful Performance of a Wonderful Car; The Story of Miss Scott’s Journey Overland.” It is the story of Blanche Stuart …

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Anniversary of first person over Niagara Falls

On this day (October 24th) in 1901 Annie (Edson) Taylor became the first person to go over Niagara Falls in a barrel and live. Annie was born on October 24, 1838 in Auburn, NY. She married David Taylor while training to be a teacher. They had a son who died in infancy and her husband …

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New Online Book of Early Rochester Marriages

The Rochester Public Library has added “Early Marriages in Rochester, Monroe Co. and Vicinity” to their online collection of books. It appears to have marriages between 1818 and 1850. It is a typed collection of marriages from early church and newspaper records. This collection was compiled by Myrte Rice Haynes and Mary T. Douglas. There …

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Black Sheep Sunday; Dr. Similis F. Wilklow

Black sheep is the genealogy term for those people that sometimes we would sometimes like to forget that they are related to us. Dr. Similis Fowler Wilklow is my first cousin, three times removed so he is not a real close relative. But you may ask; what could be unsavory about Dr. Wilklow? It appears …

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Genealogy Roadshow – First Season & Next Season

“Genealogy Roadshow” on PBS has ended their first season. There were only 4 episodes filmed. If you missed any of the episodes or want to watch them again, they can be viewed online for a short time here on PBS on the web. This season was just a trial to see if there would be …

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Anniversary of the Surrender at Saratoga (1777)

On Oct. 17, 1777 British General John Burgoyne surrendered to American General Horatio Gates at Saratoga, NY. The British attempted to split the American forces along the Hudson River. Burgoyne’s was camped near Saratoga when on September 19, British troops engaged American troops at the Battle of Freeman’s Farm, or the First Battle of Saratoga. …

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Columbus, Colombo or Colon

Today is Columbus Day in the US. It is the day we celebrate the “discoverer” of the Americas. Although their have been recent new theories of his birth, the most accepted place of birth for Columbus is that he was born in the Republic of Genoa (now part of Italy) about 1450-1. His parents were …

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Top Songs of 1963; #20

The next song to hit the top of the records charts in 1963 was “Sugar Shack” by Jimmy Gilmer and the Fireballs. The song was written in 1962 by Keith McCormack and Jimmy Torres. It was recorded at the Norman Petty Studios in Clovis, New Mexico where Buddy Holly had done some recordings. The Fireballs started …

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