Not all old family stories are pleasant. Bigamy is one of those things that most people want not to mention. If it exists in any part of your family, you should accurately record the fact but only share it with your family members with care.
I looked in the online newspaper indexes at the Rochester Public Library and found only 5 references in the 1818 – 1850 index but 97 references in the 1851 – 1897 index. There were many more cases that didn’t make the newspapers. You can do a search of old County Court records to see if the case is recorded. But very few cases of bigamy ever ended up in Court. Most of the time the man or woman that was committing bigamy would end up leaving when found out. That would mean that there would be two broken families.
I found a case of bigamy in a remote part of my family recorded in an unusual place. It was in a Civil Ware pension file. After my relation died in the Civil War, his widow married again after a couple of years. She and her new husband has a daughter, but two years after the marriage she found out that he was married before without getting a divorce. When found out, the new husband took off for parts unknown. She didn’t file for a divorce for another 15 years. and mostly to obtain her pension for her husband’s Civil War service. All the facts were well documented in the Civil War pension file.
More news from the past.
THE BROCKPORT REPUBLIC,
Thurs., February 12, 1914
Local and Vicinity Notes
Among the cash prizes offered to rural schools for the sale of Red Cross Seals the first prize of $5 to the grade in a Union Free School went to Brockport Grammar School, Miss Gladys M. Smith, teacher Twenty-eight pupils sold 1362 seals.
The legality of “Farmers’ Clubs” and other similar organizations formed in no-license towns for the ostensible purpose of providing liquor for thirsty members at hotels or at other places is being tested in the case of the State Commissioner of Excise against the so-called “Agricultural Club” of Kendall, the “members” of which when recently arrested for having liquor for distribution all claimed to be part owners of the same as members of the club.
Fred Smith and family had a narrow escape from serious injury, this morning when the frozen water pipes of a stove burst from steam pressure, blowing out the front of the stove and hurling pieces of iron about the room.
A second disaster befell the plate glass window in Simmons’ Drug store when the terrific wind of last Saturday overbalanced the big sign of the Lyric Theater which Mr. Whiting and an assistant were moving and sent it crashing through the window.
Cover to 1914 Catalog
The Rochester Public Library has added a digitized collection of some of the early catalogs of the Eastman Kodak Company. Most of the catalogs show the camera models available at the time. They also show other photographic equipment such as enlarging equipment, tripods and home developing kits. The catalogs also include the prices. If you have an interest in seeing what Kodak was selling in the early days, then check out these catalogs.
- Kodaks and Kodak Supplies, (1898)
- Kodaks and Kodak Supplies, (1901)
- Kodaks and Kodak Supplies, (1901)
- Kodaks and Kodak Supplies, (1903)
- Kodaks and Kodak Supplies, (1904)
- Kodaks and Kodak Supplies, (1905)
- Kodaks and Kodak Supplies, (1906)
- Kodaks and Kodak Supplies, (1907)
- Kodaks and Kodak Supplies, (1908)
- Kodaks and Kodak Supplies, (1909)
- Kodaks and Kodak Supplies, (1910)
- Kodaks and Kodak Supplies, (1911)
- Kodaks and Kodak Supplies, (1912)
- Kodaks and Kodak Supplies, (1913)
- Kodaks and Kodak Supplies, (1914)
- Kodaks and Kodak Supplies, (1915)
- Kodaks and Kodak Supplies, (1916)
- Kodaks and Kodak Supplies, (1917)
- Kodaks and Kodak Supplies, (1918)
- Kodaks and Kodak Supplies, (1919)
- Kodaks and Kodak Supplies, (1920)
- Kodaks and Kodak Supplies, (1921)
- Kodaks and Kodak Supplies, (1928)
- Kodaks and Kodak Supplies, (1935-36)
- Kodaks and Brownies, (1937), Camera catalog.
- Kodaks and Brownies, (1941), Camera catalog.
- Ciné-Kodaks, (1933), Movie making equipment.
- Ciné-Kodaks, (1940), Movie making equipment.
- Kodak Picture Making Aids, (1940), Equipment catalog.
RPL also have digitized these two early picture taking guides.
The 2014 RootsTech Conference is over but you can still see some of the sessions online. Right now there are only 3 sessions online at the RootsTech Video page but more should be added over the next few days. I missed a couple of sessions from Saturday that I want to see plus I want to view again the session on photo editing that was given by the Ancestry Insider.
Plus there were many blog posts about the happenings at the Conference. Randy Seaver has a compendium of blog posts. There is enough posts about the Conference that it would take you a couple of days to read them all. More blog posts should be coming as people return home and have the time to review their feelings about what they saw at the Conference.
RootsTech 2014 will go down in history as the larges attended genealogy conference in North America. There were people from every state except South Dakota in attendance. Next year’s conference will be even bigger because it will be a joint RootsTech and FGS event.
Update: All the videos of recorded sessions are now available from the link above.
This Tuesday, (Feb. 11th) at 7:00 p.m. at the Greece Town Hall is A Trip Down the Erie Canal with Annette Lein and Justin Murphy.
Democrat and Chronicle reporters Justin Murphy and Annette Lein and about 600 fellow riders traveled the length of the Erie Canal in July 2013, documenting its history and the towns and villages that line it. The riders rode 40-60 miles a day, and Annette and Justin will share photos, videos and recollections of their trip and answer questions.
Annette Lein has been a photographer with the Democrat and Chronicle for more than 20 years and has bicycled around the country and abroad. Justin Murphy has been a staff writer with the Democrat and Chronicle since 2012.
Public welcome. Reservations are not necessary. Greece Historical Society members free. A $2.00 donation is appreciated from others.
It was 50 years today that the Beatles made their first appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show. The tickets for the audience were next to impossible to get. The Beatles followed Ed’s show opening introduction, performing “All My Loving” and “Till There Was You.” At the end of the show they performed “I Saw Her Standing There” and “I Want to Hold Your Hand.” The broadcast drew an estimated 73 million viewers and 60% of the TV audience. I watched the show that night and I can say that nobody really knew the lasting effect that the Beatles would have over the next few years.
Because of copyright issues, the video, below, is all that I can link to.
To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Beatles on the Sullivan Show, CBS will air, tonight, “The Night They Changed America: A Grammy Salute to the Beatles.” It starts at the same time that the Sullivan Show started 50 years ago 8:00 p.m. (Eastern and Pacific)
Two days are not enough! We have another day of RootsTech. Again all of these online sessions are completely free. This is the schedule for Saturday (all times Eastern):
- 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., General Session (Keynote) by Stephanie Nielson and Todd Hansen
- 12:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Become an iPad Power User by Lisa Louise Cooke
- 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., Information Overload: Managing Online Searches and Their Results by D. Josh Taylor
- 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., A Beginner’s Guide to Going Paperless by Randy Whited
- 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., How to Interview Yourself for a Personal History by Tom Taylor
- 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Five Ways to Do Genealogy in Your Sleep by Deborah Gamble
Stephanie Nielson is author of the popular NieNie Dialogues blog. In 2008, Stephanie and her husband were in a serious plane crash. Over 80 percent of her body was burned. Her story of survival and recovery are documented on her blog and have been recounted in interviews with Oprah Winfrey, on the TODAY show, and in a popular Mormon Message video on YouTube. In 2012, Nielson published her book Heaven Is Here.
Todd Hansen is the host of The Story Trek, a series that consists of random door-to-door interviews of normal people revealing their stories. In 2012, Hansen received an Emmy Award at the Rocky Mountain Emmy Awards ceremony for his work on the series.
Lisa Louise Cooke has a genealogy blog and podcast called Genealogy Gems.
Josh Tayor is a noted genealogical researcher that has been seen on both Genealogy Roadshow (PBS), Who Do You Think You Are? (TLC).
This is the animated story that opened the RootsTech conference yesterday. It reminds you that every family has their own story that should be shared.
These are the free online sessions of the RootsTech conference on Friday (all times Eastern):
- 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., General Session (Keynote) by Dr. Spencer Wells and Judy Russell
- 12:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Storytelling Super Powers: How to Come Off as Your Family’s Genealogy Hero by David Adelman
- 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., Tweets, Links, Pins, and Posts: Break Down Genealogical Brick Walls with Social Media by Lisa Alzo
- 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., Getting the Most Out of Ancestry.com by Crista Cowen
- 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Finding Family and Ancestors Outside the USA with New Technologies by Daniel Horowitz
- 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Do It Yourself Photo Restoration by Ancestry Insider
Dr. Spencer Wells serves as the director of the Genographic Project—a partnership between IBM, the Waitt Family Foundation, and National Geographic to capture a genetic snapshot of humanity.
Judy Russell is a certified genealogist with a law degree who enjoys helping others understand the interplay between genealogy and the law. She blogs and maintains The Legal Genealogist website.
Lisa Alzo has spoken to the Rochester Genealogical Society a couple of times. She is a freelance genealogy writer that has published articles in many genealogy publications.
I am a reader of the Ancestry Insider blog. He used to work for Ancestry but now works at FamilySearch. He is able to find some unusual genealogy records. Up until this time he has kept his name and picture confidential. He will be talking about photo restoration in front of a large audience so we all will now know what he looks like.
I wanted to post this yesterday but I had an internet outage that only got fix this morning.
The RootsTech website says that online sessions start tomorrow morning at 8:30 (Mountain Time (MT). This disagrees with a published schedule but it makes sense as that is when the keynote session starts. 8:30 MT translates as 10:30 Eastern time or 7:30 Pacific Time. So get ready to spend the next three days watching the online sessions. Here is the schedule for Thursday (all times Eastern Time):
- 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 a.m., General Session (Keynote) by Ree Drummond and Annelies van den Belt.
- 12:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Top 10 Things I Learned About My Family from My Couch by Tammy Hepps
- 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., FamilySearch Family Tree: What’s New and What’s Next by Ron Tanner
- 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., Intro to DNA for Genealogists by James Rader
- 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Genealogy in the Cloud by Randy Hoffman
- 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Sharing Your Family with Multimedia by Michael LeClerc
In the Keynote, Ree Drummond has an award winning blog called The Pioneer Woman on which she tells of living in the country. She actually lives on a working cattle ranch in Oklahoma. Then Annelies van den Belt is the CEO of DC Thomson Family History (formerly Brightsolid), host of over 1.8 billion genealogical records across a family of online brands, including Findmypast and Genes Reunited.
Make sure you watch Ron Tanner talk about FamilySearch Family Tree. Ron will discuss the features that have been added to Family Tree since the last RootsTech and how to use them. Plus he will tell of the next coming features. I’m not sure of Ron’s exact title but knows more about FS Family Tree than anyone else.
Michael J. LeClerc is the Chief Genealogist at Mocavo blog.