Review of 2013 Additions on Monroe Co. GenWeb; part 3

This is the final part of the series of additions to the GenWeb of Monroe County website.

I took a book with me to the RootsTech conference in March. FamilySearch was offering free scanning of books that were out of copyright. I was expecting to get back a finished PDF file but instead I got back each page as a single TIFF file. So I had to combine the pages myself into a complete PDF. The book, Hundertjährige Geschichte des Deutschtums von Rochester (1915) by Hermann Pfaefflin is a history of the German community on Rochester. It is in German. There is an english language version “A 100-year history of the German community in Rochester, New York” (2007) that is available in some of the libraries around the area but I never have found out who sold that version. Meanwhile FamilySearch still haven’t put their digital copy online.

Alphabetic Family Groupings from 1821 – 1876 Birth Records of Dr. Samuel Beach Bradley for Adjacent Parts of the Towns of Greece, Parma, Ogden, and Gates in Monroe County, New York (1973) was compiled by Grace Goodell Witty from records that were found in the Olin Library at Cornell University in Ithaca. As you know, there aren’t any official vital record in NY State before 1880. These records are very helpful if you had ancestors in the Towns in the very long title of this manuscript.

I did a lot of scanning of booklets in 2013. Among the booklets are a couple of issues of Rochester TV Guide from 1951 and 4 issues of TV Club Newsletter from 1953. Those add to the collection of early TV listings that were already on the online books page.

Kodak Movie News; Spring 1965

Kodak Movie News; Spring 1965

I added a lot of booklets to the Kodak online books page. It includes 28 new issues of Kodak Movie News. That makes an almost complete set of online issues from 1953 when the publication started until 1965 which is the last of the issues for which the copyright has expired. Somebody sent a complaint to me that these had nothing to do with genealogy. Maybe they don’t but Kodak was an important part of Rochester’s history so I wanted to include as many Kodak items as I can. That Kodak page also includes 7 new scanned issues of Studio Light dated between 1911-14. That is a magazine that was for professional photographers. Each issues has some great portrait photos and a description of the photographer. Lastly, there are some new random Kodak brochures and magazines. Again, all of those are on the Kodak online books page


  1. Dick, I was wondering if you’ve ever run into any copies of The Community News, published in the 40’s abut goings on in the 19th ward ? I have two copies my mother saved as they had my name in them at West High in 1945-6.

  2. Rochester Public Library and the whole Monroe Co, Library system has the title in their card catalog but they note that there are “no copies in all locations.” It must have not been a popular publication.

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