Indexing Event

WorldwideIndexingEventFamilySearch is asking for assistance in indexing records this weekend. The previous record was just a little over 49,000 indexers on a day after the 1940 US census was released. They are trying to reach 50,000 volunteer indexer in one day. sHere is their press release:

Join volunteers from around the world on July 20 and 21 for an international history-making event! The goal? For 50,000 indexers and arbitrators to submit at least one batch in a 24-hour period! Do more if you would like, but one batch is all that is required to be counted in the record!

This remarkable goal will require help from every current indexer and arbitrator out there, plus many new volunteers, but it can be achieved if generous volunteers like you commit to participate. So mark your calendar, and spread the word! Share this invitation with your Facebook friends and family now. Everyone is needed. Everyone can make a difference!

No matter where you live or what language you speak, you can participate and add to this historic worldwide achievement.

The event begins at 00:00 coordinated universal time (UTC) on July 21, which is 6:00 p.m. mountain daylight time (MDT or Utah time) on Sunday, July 20. It ends 24 hours later, at 23:59 UTC (or 5:59 p.m. MDT) on Monday, July 21.

One batch is all it takes. Don’t miss your chance on July 20 and 21 to be part of this history-making event! Plan now to get involved and add your name to the record-setting legacy!

New indexers can visit to learn more about how to join the FamilySearch indexing effort.

The time for this event translates as from 8 p.m. Saturday to 8 p.m. Sunday in the eastern US time zone or 5 p.m Saturday to 5 p.m. Sunday western US time zone.

You will need to create an account on FamilySearch if you haven’t done that already. There are many indexing projects to pick from. Currently there are some New York City passenger lists (1847–1874) that need indexing. Also some records of the NY National Guard (1906–1954) are only about 25% indexed. FamilySearch also has many obits to  be indexed from many states. Each indexing project comes with it’s own instruction and sample records. Please make sure you read those instructions before you start. Depending on what project you pick, a batch of records takes from 20 minutes to an hour. I’ll bet you have that much time available this weekend.

Also during this indexing event Dear Myrtle is having what she calls a “GeneaSleepOver.” She and others will be broadcasting on Google Plus for the entire 24 hours. You can find out the link to the webcast and more details on this web page.


Erie Canal 2014 Guide

2014-erie-guideA few years ago when I was at a genealogy conference I mentioned to someone that I was from Rochester. They only knew of Rochester as a point on the Erie Canal. But they didn’t know that the canal still existed. To remind people what the canal used to be and what it is now, the National Park Service puts out a guide every year. The guide is 8 pangs (13.5 x 11 inches) with old postcard views and new pictures. The center of the guide has a map that includes not only the Erie Canal but also the other canals that connect to it (Champlain Canal, Oswego Canal and Cayuga-Seneca Canal). The guide is available, while they last, at Rochester Public Library, Rochester Museum & Science Center, Wayne County Office of Tourism, Buffalo Convention & Visitors Bureau and other sites. If you can’t find the guide near you, you can download it from this web page along with other brochures and maps. They are all in PDF format that can be viewed using the free Adobe Reader program available on the web.

The Erie Canal doesn’t have any commercial traffic any more but efforts to clean up along the canal over the last 20 years have made a difference. It is a great place to walk, bicycle and kayak. One of the best things to see is a boat being lifted or lowered in one of the locks. Also watching a lift bridge as it makes way for a boat is amazing. Those old iron bridges creak as they slowly rise and lower. Plus there are numerous tours along the canal. There is even a place near Medina where a road goes under the canal. I have a picture somewhere of me standing under the canal. You just never know what you see along the mighty Erie Canal.

Old News – Tidbits from Brockport

Here is some more news from the past. This time some small items from Brockport, NY.


Thursday, July 16, 1914



Look out for pickpockets who have been operating extensively of late on the trolleys between Rochester and Ontario Beach Park.

From June 25th to August 9th the labor laws of the state will allow women in the canning factories to work 66 hours a week instead of 54. This schedule will be allowed up to Oct 10th if a special permit is obtained.

ad-1914-07-16The ladies of the Woman’s Relief Corps are to be entertained at a Thimble Party at the home of Mrs. Freida Buhl on Spring street Friday afternoon. Mr. and Mrs. Buhl expect to remove to Branchford, Canada in the near future.

The Eastern Star picnic for the 34th District will be held at Olcott Beach Wednesday, July 29.

The Active and Dye Hose companies of Albion are planning a carnival to be held the week of July 27 for the benefit of the fire truck.

Batavia is paying the highest tax rate in its history, $18.65 per $1000.

The B. L. & R. road are to put freight package service between Rochester and Buffalo beginning the 1st of August.

Physicians and druggists must now use blanks furnished by the state for prescriptions of habit forming drugs.

The latest pension bill, if it passes will give $20 a month to all soldiers’ widows.

Fifteen counties of the state have now been placed under quarantine by the department of agriculture in the attempt to check the spread of rabies.


Moved by Mr. Gordon that the following ordinance be adopted:

Sec. i. No person shall drive or operate any motorcycle, automobile or other motor vehicle within the limits of the Village of Brockport unless the muffler, so called, shall be securely closed so as to prevent unnecessary noise from the exhaust from the engine of said vehicle.

Sec. 2. Who ever shall violate any provision of this ordnance shall for each offense forfeit and pay the sum of Ten Dollars for the use of said Village.

Top Songs of 1964; #13

The next song to hit the top of the record charts in 1964 was “Rag Doll” by The Four Seasons. It was just another song written by Bob Crewe and Bob Gaudio. According to songwriter Bob Gaudio, the recording was inspired by a dirty-faced girl who cleaned the windshield of his automobile for change. When he reached into his wallet, all he had were bills, none smaller than $20. He gave the girl the twenty dollar bill. (Gaudio has also said it was a $5 or a $10). He and producer Bob Crewe wrote the song the same day. “Rag Doll” was the fourth number one hit song by the group since 1962. Even though the group would have more songs on the charts after that, it would be 1975 before their next number one song (“December, 1963 (Oh, What a Night)”).

Roll Doll” was  the top song on the Cash Box record chart for only the weeks of July 5 – 18. It was the number one song on the Billboard Hot 100 chart for two weeks (7/12 – - 7/25).

Frankie Valli and The  Four Seasons still tour even though Frankie is the only original member. In fact, they will appear at CMAC in Canandaigua on Saturday (8 p.m.). For shows in other locations, visit the Frankie Valli / Four Seasons website.

Download Four Seasons songs (for a small fee) from

Valley View Cemetery, Rush, NY

graveyardBack in August of last year i wrote this blog post about Valley View Cemetery in Rush. That cemetery was used by the School of Industry which was a school for delinquent boys. Yesterday, the Democrat and Chronicle ran a long story titled “Neglected in life, abandoned in death” by David Andreatta that gives a lot of detail about the cemetery. Best of all, for the first time, David gives the names of all the boys and as much information on them as he could find.

The information that I got about the cemetery came from someone at the school that had facts about the cemetery. She led me to believe that the cemetery was behind the barbed wire fence. It is not She also told me that there were 13 burials. There are 14. I also stated that the earliest burial was 1903 when in fact the the first burial is dated 1909.

The State sold the land including the cemetery in 1993 and stopped maintaining it. I would think that the State should still be responsible for the maintenance of this little cemetery.

The boys buried in the cemetery are: Samuel Broughton (1916 – 1933), Verne Cardinal (1908 – 1924), Vincent Celano (1911 – 1927), Wesley Brummagyn (1910 – 1926), Lawrence Chenofsky (1906 – 1923), Julius Crawford (1910 – 1926), Richard Dawley (1926 – 1940), Wesley Ball ( 1895 – 1909), William Mason (1896 – 1915), Steven Metski (1909 – 1926), Frank Smith (1913 – 1930) Oliver Watson (1916 – 1930), Earl Wessing ( 1902 – 1919) and Norman Young (1905 – 1919) who the D&C reporter thinks may be actually named Forrest Warner Young.


WDYTYA – Nomination and Return

WDYTYA-bannerThe genealogy TV show “Who Do You Think You Are?” has been nominated for an Emmy Award as Outstanding Structured Reality Program for the 2013 season. The show had been nominated before in 2012 which then was the the category Outstanding Reality Program. This time it is up against “Antiques Roadshow” (PBS), “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives” (Food Network), “MythBusters” (Discovery Channel), “Shark Tank” (ABC) and “Undercover Boss” (CBS). The Emmy Awards are to be given out on August 25th.

“Who Do You Think You Are?” will return for a new season on July 23rd on the TLC channel at 9p.m 98 central).  People being profiled this season are Cynthia Nixon, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Rachel McAdams, Lauren Graham, Valerie Bertinelli and Kelsey Grammer. It appears that the first episode will be with Cynthia Nixon but TLC isn’t confirming the guest.

FSFT – Hints

The online family database FamilySearch Family Tree (FSFT) added record hints about a month ago but I only recently began seeing the hints for members of my family. The record below is for my granduncle, Milo Halsey. He was born in Steuben County, NY but moved to Wisconsin before 1900. I already had six sources attached to him in FSFT but the program found three more that I forgot to add. Those are in the box to the right of his data page (click for a larger view of the graphic).


When I clicked on the hint for the 1920 US census it opened the web page to attach the record to Milo’s record (below). Then after I add the source to Milo I can also attach that census record to the rest of his family. I wrote about adding sources for the whole family in FSFT in this post on the blog.


FamilySearch is making it easy to find and add new sources to their gigantic tree database. It is great to have many sources that prove the data that I added to FSFT are correct. In some cases it finds new sources that I haven’t seen before. As I have said before, FSFT will be around long after commercial websites have disappeared so it will benefit those doing genealogical research in the future.


Old News – Recipes

There has always been more than just news in newspapers. Newspapers realized that they should put some items in to attract women. These recipes gave housewives some ideas for new things to serve to their families.


Rochester, NY
Friday, July 10, 1914


Piquant Salad in Tomato Cups.

One small cucumber, one teaspoonful of onion juice, one-half of seeded green pepper, five ripe medium sized tomatoes, one tablespoonful of olive oil, three tablespoonfuls of vinegar, one teaspoonful of sugar, malt and pepper to taste, a few drops of tobasco sauce. Cut a thin slice from top of tomato and scoop out the pulp so as to form a cup. Now mince the pepper, grate the pared cucumber on a vegetable grater, not using the very center on account of the seeds. Add all this to the tomatoes pulp, which has been drained after being taken out. Add all the seasoning and toss together, then fill the tomato cups and serve on lettuce leaves.

Pineapple Fluff.

Pare a ripe pineapple, cut into small pieces, sugar well, put in a glass dish and set in the refrigerator. Mix two tablespoonfuls of cornstarch and three of grated chocolate to a smooth paste with a little cold milk; stir into one quart of boiling milk and beaten yolks of two eggs. Cook until it begins to thicken–in a double boiler is best way. Remove from fire, and when cold pour over fruit. Beat whites of eggs with a tablespoonful of granulated sugar and put on the top of the dish. A few good sized strawberries may be used as a garnish around the edge and will add to the toothsomeness of the combination.

Freshening Stale Biscuit.

If you have biscuits or rolls left from one day to the next and want to warm them up, place in a pan and cover tightly. Two puns the same size do beautifully. They can then be placed in a hot oven for a few minutes, just long enough t heat them thoroughly, and when taken out they will be like fresh baked ones, much more delicious than when dampened before putting into the oven. Bread and cake that have become dry can be freshened up the same way.

Rice With Butter and Cheese.

Take one-half cupful of rice. Boil in salted water. After twenty minutes of boiling take off the fire and drain. Then put the rice back into a saucepan with three tablespoonfuls of grated cheese (Parmesan) and three tablespoonfuls of butter. Mix well and serve as an entree or around a plate of meat.

Green Bean Salad.

Remove strings and slice the beans on slanting slivers, boil until tender, then drain. Season with a little onion juice, salt and pepper, pour on a little melted butter of oil and vinegar to taste, adding a very little sugar if liked.

Creamed Carrots.

Boil young carrots until tender. Pour off all but a little of the water in which they were cooked and thicken this with flour and milk. Add a large lump of butter, pepper and salt and chopped parsley.

Histroy Detectives – Tonight

glenn-millerTonight (June 8th) on the TV series, History Detectives the team will see if they can figure out what happened to the bandleader Glenn Miller during World War II.

Glenn Miller had a very popular band in the 1930s and early 1940s. He even had a radio show that aired three times a week. Glenn joined the Army in 1942 to direct an Army band that would help to entertain the troops. In December 1944 he was flying from England to Paris, France when his airplane disappeared in bad weather. The HD team will try to determine what happened to the airplane.

History Detectives airs on most PBS stations at 9 p.m. (eastern and western) including WXXI here in Rochester. You should always check your local listings.


Beatles Film

A_Hard_Days_night_movieposterI’m a day late! Fifty years and a day ago (July 6, 1964) the Beatles film, A Hard Day’s Night was released. It was made in a hurry with production beginning on March 2nd and ending on April 23rd. That is because the production company (United Artists) weren’t sure that the Beatles would still be popular by the end of 1964.

The film  has the Beatles on a train trip to a concert often being perused by screaming girls. In fact, in one of the first scenes George falls down on a sidewalk and is barely able to get up in time before teenagers catch up to him. George Harrison met his wife-to-be, Patricia Boyd, on the set when she made a brief appearance as one of the schoolgirls on the train. Ringo also decides to take a walk and the others have to find him before the concert.

The film was written by Alun Owen who spent some time with the group before filming to get a feel for the guys in the group. The dialog is so good that you would think that it was all ad-lib.

Some say that the style of the film would spawn future music videos and also the TV series The Monkees. There is no doubt about the Monkees whose producer admits he copied the style. There had been music videos around since the 1940s, sometimes as shorts in theaters and also on a machine that would show music films for pay.

The film also had 6 new songs by the Beatles. A soundtrack album was released in conjunction with the film and became one of the best selling album of 1964.