RootsTech Online Sessions – Feb. 8th

There are just three sessions online at RootsTech on Wednesday (Feb. 8th). These are all related to the technology side of genealogy so they may not of interest to everyone. The times are all listed as eastern time.

11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. – Innovator Summit General Session – Steve Rockwood, the CEO of FamilySearch will introduce Liz Wiseman. She teaches leadership to executives and emerging leaders around the world. Liz has been named as one of the top 10 leadership thinkers in the world. She is a frequent guest lecturer at BYU, the Naval Postgraduate School, and Stanford University

12:15 p.m.–1:15 p.m. – Industry Trends and Outlook – A discussion on the genealogy and family history industry. Discussion concerning investment opportunities, technology needs, business and consumer trends. Craig Bott, the CEO of Grow Utah Ventures, will have a large panels of guests from genealogy related companies.

1:30 p.m.–2:00 p.m. – Innovation—Best Practices and Applications – Have an idea for a genealogy business? Learn some best practices and applications for innovation. Speaker: Cydni Tetro

1932 Webster HS Yearbook

I uploaded the 1932 Reveille yearbook for Webster High School. This class had 56 seniors graduating including one girl without a picture. It is noted in a description of the class that they started their Freshman year with 72 members. So 16 students dropped out before graduating. The yearbook also has pictures of every classes from kindergarten to 11th. There are standard sports pictures, school activities and some ads in the back.

A description of the Sophomore class lists all the names of the students in that class.

There are listing of the alumni from the classes of 1928 to 1931 with where they are working or studying.

This is the last of the yearbooks that I have for Webster. To view all those yearbooks, visit the online book page on the Monroe County GenWeb.

Guide – Adoption Records

Orphans at a picnic – 1922

I uploaded a new chapter to the Genealogical Guide on adoption records of Monroe County. The old records of larger organizations still exist; Rochester Orphan Asylum (now Hillside) and the 3 Catholic orphanages. The old Asylum records were moved to the University of Rochester many years ago. In the last few years all the catholic orphanages’ records have been moved to an archive that actually shares those records.

I have found that there were many small organizations that also had orphan children. Most of those disappeared in the 1920s when NY State started requiring agencies to be licensed.

Seeing as NY State says that adoption records are closed forever, the chances of finding any records are stacked against you.  That doesn’t mean you should give up. Even the non-identifying information that is available may be of help. Other states have opened the adoption records. Maybe some day New York will do the same.



Old News – Ladies’ Fashions

No news story this week; just an interesting ad.

Fashion of the day for ladies dictated that they wear those awful tight corsets The corset could be pulled in to create what people thought would be the ideal shape. The ad says that the lady should select her frame to get In the proper fit. The profiles across the top (and last on the right side) are:

  • Tall Slender
  • Short Slender
  • Tall Heavy
  • Short Heavy
  • Large Above Waist
  • Large Below Waist
  • Curved Back
  • Short Waisted
  • Average Figure


Thursday, Feb. 1, 1917

1931 Webster HS Yearbook

Anita Nixon & William Sherman

I uploaded the 1931 Reveille yearbook for Webster High School. This class had 49 seniors graduating. The yearbook also has pictures of every classes from kindergarten to 11th. There are standard sports pictures, school activities and a bunch of ads in the back.

On pages 72 and 73 there are baby pictures of 38 of the seniors. You have to turn to page 104 to see the names of those pictures or as I did print out the page with the names.

Earlier yearbooks had pages of updates on members of previous classes. This issue only has biographies of eight alumni, including one that has moved to Australia.

I have just one more yearbook from Webster to scan and then a few from Rochester high schools.

Rootstech 2017

Save the dates of Feb. 8 – 11 for watching free online genealogy sessions from the 2017 Rootstech Conference. The sessions will be available on the homepage of the Rootstech website. Wednesday is set aside for new technology from what they call the Innovator Summit. Every year companies with new genealogy products compete for prize money. The rest of the days of the conference have more general interest genealogy sessions. It looks like there is something for everyone. I will give more information on each day’s session on the day before they are given.

I changed the times to eastern time zone

Wednesday – Feb. 8th
11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. – Innovator Summit General Session – Speakers: Steve Rockwood, Liz Wiseman

12:15 p.m.–1:15 p.m. – Industry Trends and Outlook – Speakers: Craig Bott and Guest Panel

1:30 p.m.–2:00 p.m. – Innovation—Best Practices and Applications – Speaker: Cydni Tetro

Thursday – Feb. 9th
10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. – RootsTech General Session – Speakers: Steve Rockwood, Jonathan and Drew Scott

1:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m. – Getting Started in Genealogy – Speaker: Kelli Bergheimer

2:15 p.m.–3:15 p.m. – DNA: The Glue That Holds Families Together – Speaker: Diahan Southard

3:30 p.m.–4:30 p.m. – DNA Matching on MyHeritage – Speaker: Dana Drutman

5:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m. – Jewish Genealogy: Where to Look and What’s Available – Speaker: Lara Diamond

6:30 p.m.–7:30 p.m. – Family History Is Anything but Boring – Speakers: Crystal Farish and Rhonna Farrer

Friday – Feb 10th
10:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m. – RootsTech General Session – Speakers: Levar Burton, Special Guest Panel

12:30 p.m.–1:30 p.m. – RootsTech Innovator Showdown Finals

2:15 p.m.–3:15 p.m. – Mothers, Daughters, Wives: tracing Female Lines – Speaker: Judy Russell

3:30 p.m.–4:30 p.m. – Censational Census Strategies – Speaker: Mary Kircher Roddy

5:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m. – Big 4: Comparing Ancestry, findmypast, FamilySearch, and MyHeritage – Speaker: Sunny Morton

6:30 p.m.–7:30 p.m. – Cross the Atlantic with Religious Records – Speaker: Jen Baldwin

Saturday – Feb. 11th
10:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m. – RootsTech General Session – Speakers: Cece Moore, Buddy Valastro

1:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m. – Journaling Principles That Work – Speaker: Steve Reed

3:30 p.m.–4:30 p.m. – Don’t Just Be a Searcher, Be a Researcher – Speaker: Crista Cowan

5:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m. – Creating Google Alerts for Your Genealogy – Speaker: Katherine R. Wilson

B&L Booklet

John J. Bausch & Henry Lomb

I uploaded the booklet, The Story of Bausch & Lomb. It is only 25 pages with 2 pages about the founding of the company. The rest of the booklet is a description of the kinds of optical glass and how that glass is made.

I think this booklet was made in 1940 as it refers to WWI as just the World War. I checked on WorldCat and found that it is only two libraries; University of Rochester and Indiana University. Now it is online for the whole planet to see.