Mt Hope Cem. – 175 Years

Mt Hope Cemetery in Rochester had an anniversary last week. The cemetery was dedicated on Oct. 3, 1838. Last Saturday Mayor Tom Richards and Congresswoman Louise Slaughter were at a anniversary celebration at the cemetery. In the last 175 years the cemetery has grown in size. Originally it was about 54 acres and now it is about …

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Clara Barton performed by Eleanor Stearns

This Tuesday, Oct. 8th (7:00 p.m), Eleanor Stearns will portray Clara Barton at the Greece Town Hall. She will give glimpses of Clara’s life, her involvement during the Civil War, and her role in the founding and activities of the American Red Cross. She will also read portions of a Memorial Day address which Miss …

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Top Songs of 1963; #19

The next song to hit the top of the record charts in 1963 was “Be My Baby” by The Ronettes. The song was written  by Jeff Barry, Ellie Greenwich and Phil Spector who also produced the song. This was to become one of the earliest songs that used Phil Spector’s “wall of sound” which included …

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Family Detectives Club returns

This Sunday, October 6, starts the second season of Family Detectives Club at the Rochester Public Library. Every Sunday from October through May, there is a group meeting from 1:15 to 1:45 p.m. in the Local History & Genealogy Division, 2nd floor in the Rundel Memorial Building. Each week is a different genealogy-related topic in …

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River Romance Weekend

This weekend (Fri – Sun.) there are many events going on around Rochester surrounding the the Genesee River. For some of the events you have to preregister, some have a small fee, but most are open to all. Some of the highlights: Friday; 1 to 5 p.m.: Charlotte Genesee Light- house Tours ($3 admission). Friday; …

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Ancestry.com acquires FindAGrave.com

Ancestry is buying the volunteer website Find A Grave. Many, including me, were at first worried that all the volunteer work that we have done adding to F-A-G would be just another database on the giant Ancestry. Ancestry CEO, Tim Sullivan, says that “We will maintain Find A Grave as a free website, will retain …

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