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.
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.
I added the second page of records from the old newspaper column “Early Rochester Family Records” that were published between 1910 and 1912. The records are on Page 42 of Biographies. Highlights of families on this page are:
- Rev. Solomon Allen
- William Alling (publisher)
- Judges Timothy, Timothy Jr and Daniel D. Barnard
- Ira & James Bellows of Pittsford
- Bloss family of Brighton
- Harvey Boughton of Brighton
- Dr. Matthew Brown and Francis Brown
- Judge William Brown
- Palmer Cleveland
- Cobb family of Rochester
- Rice Eaton of Brighton
- Goodman family of Rochester
- Samuel P. Gould
- Hart family of Brighton
- Montgomery family of Rochester
- Pixley family of Rochester
- Roswell Root of York, NY
- Scrantom family of Rochester
- Preston Smith
- Dr. Levi Ward & Hon. Levi A. Ward
I’m only about a third done transcribing this column. There are still a lot more area families to come.
THE FAIRPORT HERALD,
Wed., February 4, 1914
Big Prices for Apples
Wayne county apples, known the world over for their superior quality, are losing none of their popularity, Record sales for this season have just been made in the town of Rose. Addison Weed has sold 4,000 barrels for $5 per barrel and William Cole has sold 10,000 barrels for $45,000. In each transaction the buyer pays the full cold storage charges.
A single barrel sale was recently made by F. F. Harris & Son, bringing $10 for one barrel of Sutton Beauties. This choice pack went to a Rochester buyer.
I recent found this interesting old newspaper article while searching for something else.
THE FAIRPORT HERALD,
Wed., January 31, 1917
WOLVES IN VICTOR
Resident Has Thrilling Experience Getting Away From Pack
One evening recently about 10 o’clock, two wolves attacked James Cook. of Victor. as he was driving to his home in the country, after working overtime at the Lock Insulator factory, where he is employed. He had crossed the overhead bridge just outside the corporation east of the village, when two savage animals sprang at his horse, also jumping for young Cook, who was alone. He managed in desperation to beat them off, and in some way he hardly knows how, he whirled the frightened horse about and run him back to the village.
When he reached a local barber shop, which was still open, he ran in and told his story.
Sunday morning, at 8 o’clock, Miss Kate Ryan. who resided with her sister on the farm of the late William Ryan. two miles east of’ Victor, aa she stood at a window overlooking the flats, saw in plain view and quite near their home a pack of seven, or eight wolves. which appeared to be feeding on bits of grass which protruded through the snow near a brook.
Miss Ryan, in her excitement, ran to the door and called to her sister, who was at the barn hitching up their horse for the sisters to drive to Victor to early church, calling out, “Come quick, if you want to see the wolves!” Then she returned to the window finding them still there.
A moment later be whole pack turned and loped off southward to the near by woods. The news flew rapidly after the sisters had notified a brother across the way, and a general alarm was given. An effort was made to track the animals Sunday but without avail.
A day or two later twenty farmers equipped for the hunt, left Victor, and more than as many left Mertensia and vicinity, making in all over fifty and although the search was kept up nearly all day, the high wind and blinding snow made it impossible to track anything.
Within two days two wolves were glimpsed at the chicken house of Richard Barry. about two and a half miles from the village. on Cherry
street, but took alarm find ran away before any harm was done. Reports have been circulated within the past two weeks that upwards of forty sheep have bean killed at East Bloomfield in a mysterious manner.
RootsTech 2014 is only a week away. I went last year and I really enjoyed the experience of so many great genealogy sessions. I’m nor going this year because of the travel costs. RootsTech is already claiming that they will be the largest conference in the US. This year they expect to have around 10,000 attendees.
Both you and I can see some of the sessions through online streaming videos. These will be available for FREE. You can watch on your computer. Here is how I am going to watch RootsTech. I have an old little netbook computer that has a wi-fi connection. It also has a RGB connection out that I plug into the back of my HDTV. Using my RGB connection means that I also have to have a wire running the audio out of the netbook to the TV. So I will be able to watch the sessions on my large TV screen. You can also do the same if your laptop has a HDMI connection. That is actually easier as it is only uses one wire.
There will be sessions available for all of Thursday and Friday and Saturday morning. The keynote sessions start at 8:30 (Mountain Time). That translates to 10:30 Eastern time and 7:30 Pacific time. On Thursday and Friday sessions run until 5:00 (MT).
Thursday sessions will include Beginning Genealogy, DNA, FamilySearch Family Tree and “Cloud Computing.” Friday sessions include Social Media, Story Telling, Ancestry.com and organizing digital photos. Saturday will only have the keynote session online. I’ll have more detailed information on the sessions next week. Now you just have to set the days aside on your calendar.
I don’t usually discuss genealogy databases on Ancestry.com. That’s because they are a fee based service and that means that not everyone would be able to see those records. Ancestry does have some free databases but they are not easy to find.
Ancestry recently added indexes to approx. 10 million vital records for New York City (1862 – 1948). These records came from the New York City Department of Records – Municipal Archives. As part of the agreement with the City, Ancestry had to make the records available for free. Start at this New York page and scroll to the bottom and search the births, marriages and deaths separately. There are approx. 800 thousand birth records (1878 – 1909), 5 million marriages (1866 – 1937) and 4.7 million death records (1862 – 1948). If you find a person in the index that you want to order the certificate for, then Ancestry includes a link to NYC Archives webpage where you can order a copy of the certificate for $15.
A majority of immigrants to the US came through New York City. Some families would settled in New York City for generations. Other families would remain in NYC for a short time before moving on to other parts of the US. That’s why you should especially check for immigrant families in the NYC records.
It is important to note that before January 1898 New York City only included the Borough of Manhattan (NY County). The other four Boroughs (Bronx, Queens, Brooklyn & Staten Island) will not be included in these records before 1898.
This is the start of the British Invasion. “I Want to Hold Your Hand” has hit the top of the record charts. The Beatles had a hit in Britain in November 1963 with “She Loves You” but that wasn’t their first hit in the US. The Beatles wouldn’t be on the Ed Sullivan Show for another month but all the disk-jockeys were playing all the Beatles songs that they could get. The Beatles became such a big hit that other British groups would find it easy to “cross the pond.” It would also signal the end of many traditional music artists that feel out of popularity.
“I Want to Hold Your Hand” would stay on the top of the Billboard Hot 100 record chart for 7 weeks (Jan. 26 – March 14) only to be knocked out of the top spot by another Beatles song. The song was also be the number one song on the Cash Box chart for 8 weeks (Jan. 19 – March 14).
The Beatles have an Official website that also includes a link to download songs from iTunes. (Beatles songs can not be downloaded from Amazon.)
The Rochester Public Library recently added a booklet to their online digital collection titled Rochester, N. Y.; The Convention City. It was published in 1912 by the Rochester Chamber of Commerce. It was an early attempt to get organizations to bring their conventions to Rochester for their meetings. Rochester already had a Convention Hall on Washington Square Park (now GEVA theatre) so it was a natural for the C. of C. to try to get organizations to come to Rochester.
The booklet extolls the points of interest to the city. It also tells how easy it is to get to and get around Rochester. The booklet includes these facts about Rochester in 1912:
- Population: 225,000
- Bank Clearances 1911: $223,546,084
- Assessed Valuation 1911: $175,500,932
- Hotels: 57
- Hospitals: 9
- Value of woodworking output: over $6,000,000 annually
- Leather and leather manufactured goods: $8,000,000 annually
- High grade men;s clothing: over $32,000,000 annually
- Boot and shoe output: over $18,000,000 annually
- Mean altitude above the sea level: 510 feet
- Over 149 miles of trolley roads within the city limits.
- Largest thermometer plant in the world.
- Largest optical works in the world.
- Largest manufactory of photographic supplies and apparatus in the world/