FamilySearch Family Tree – Revisited

fsft-2016I still hold out hope that in the long run Family Search Family Tree (FSFT) will have the most helpful online connected family trees. The idea is that these are shared records that anyone can edit. You can also add photos, documents and notes. The most important thing that should be added are sources. It is real easy to add source records from FamilySearch. You also add other source records. So as more sources are added. the individual’s record will get better documented.

Recently while I was adding records to my great grandmother’s sister, Olive, I noticed her death record said that she had a different father than my great grandmother. I always had suspected that Olive may have had a different father as she was born 10 years before my great grandmother and a brother. Then I went back through information that I had on Olive including a photo. On the back of the photo was her birth surname that I found in the death record. So I had her surname all the time. I made the correction to FSFT so that future generations will see the proper information and the sources.

I still have to figure out how to correct the information on FSFT on my 7th great grandfather, Jeremiah Halsey, (born 1667). The wife and children of a son also named Jeremiah are connected to the elder Jeremiah. It involves making lots of changes in FSFT on relatives that I don’t have much documentation on. I’m going to have to plan out the corrections before I attempt fixing the Halsey family data.



Vick’s Illustrated Monthly Magazine


James Vick

It is spring. If you are thinking about doing some planting maybe these old publications can give you some ideas. I uploaded three issues of Vick’s Illustrated Monthly Magazine. It was a magazine devoted to gardening and horticulture that was published here in Rochester. There were some minor articles for children and poetry but for the most part it was about flowers and vegetable plants. The new online issues are:

James Vick was born in 1818 in Portsmouth, England. He came to America in 1833 and Rochester in 1837. He soon after became an editor and writer of the newspaper Genesee Farmer. He later purchased that newspaper. At the same time he started selling seeds, a business which originally was run out of his attic. The seed business grew so fast that he had to move to a large building in downtown Rochester. Vick’s Illustrated Monthly Magazine was first published in 1878 (until 1900). James died in 1882 but the seed business and magazine were continued by his four sons.

Old News – Fire Dept.

This article tells that one of the four fire companies in the Village of Brockport is to get a motorized fire truck. The motor, frame and cab of the truck is to be built by the Selden Truck Co. Then the back part of the truck will be equipped by a company from Utica. See some pictures of Selden trucks over on the GenWeb pictures pages.

Notice in the ad that the Indian motorcycle will go up to 70 mph. That in spite of the fact that only about 10% of the roads were paved in those days


April 13, 1916


Silsby Hose Orders Selden Truck and Full Equipment

ad-1916-04-13Delegates from the five hose companies of the villages met last Thursday and chose the following officers to be recommended to the Village Board: Chief, George B. Benedict of Silsby Hose; first assistant, George F. Guelf, of the Protectives; second assistant, Fred Gillespie of Capen Hose; treasurer, John Kinsella, of Harrison Hose.

Mr. Benedict will replace Chief Fred Schlosser, who for over twenty years has been active as chief of Brockport’s department. He has been interested in volunteer firemen during that time and is well known by fire fighters throughout the western part of the state.

Mr. Benedict has been one of the most active members of Silsby Hose and will make an efficient chief. His friends serenaded him after his election with the fife and drum corps.

At a meeting of Silsby Hose Company held that evening it was decided to purchase a motor fire truck for which the Silsby Company would be personally responsible. On Monday of this week, representatives of the company went to Rochester and selected a Seldon, two ton truck. The body of the truck is to be of special make and built and equipped by the Childs Co., of Utica, N. Y., who build practically all the truck bodies for the fire trucks of New York City. Among the equipment will be one 35 gallon chemical tank; one 24 foot ladder; one 24 foot extension ladder; four large size hand chemicals; axe; crowbar; special shut off nozzle; acetylene head lights; combination side and tail lights; one 10 inch search light; large siren horn; one 12 inch locomotive bell, and single wheel solid tires. The Company is promised its delivery in time for the annual inspection..

Plans are also being made for the re-decoration and re-furbishing of the Silsby rooms. The boys are also to come out in new uniforms this year..

Top Songs of 1966 – #9

Lovin_Spoonful_1965The next song to be on the top of the record charts in 1966 was “Daydream” by The Lovin’ Spoonful. In 1965 the group released “Do You believe in Magic” which made to the number 9 spot on the charts and also “You Didn’t Have to Be So Nice” which it up to #10. “Daydream” would be their first number one and they will have another #1 later in 1966. After that the group would slowly fade away until they broke up in 1969. In the early 1990s the group got back together again but without front man John Sebastian. Both the group and Sebastian still tour. Check The Lovin’ Spoonful website and John Sebastian’s website for each of their tour dates.

“Daydream” was written by John Sebastian and it was the number one song on the Cash Box record chart for the week of April 3 – 9, 1966. On the Billboard Hot 100 chart it only made it to the #2 spot for the weeks of April 3 – 16.

WDYTYA – Scott Foley

WDYTYA-bannerActor, director and screenwriter Scott Foley will investigate his ancestor on tonight’s episode of Who Do You Think You Are? He finds that his 5th great grandfather, Simon Wardwell, was one of George Washington’s “Life Guards” (AKA security) during the Revolutionary War. Scott also finds that he has a connection to the Salem witch trials (1692-3).

Scot visits the Daughters of the American Revolution Library (DAR) in Washington, D.C. and also the New England Historic Genealogical Society in Boston for his information.

WDYTYA airs at 9 p.m. (eastern and western times) on TLC.

Old News – New Church

This article is about a new church being built for the Holy Rosary parish on Lexington Avenue in Rochester. The church didn’t make it to one hundred years. The church was closed in March 2008 as most members had moved to the suburbs. The church was re-purposed as a community center. The rectory, convent, and school were all converted to low priced apartments. The article New Life for Holy Rosary Church & Neighborhood (from 2014) has both an account of the renovation and some great pictures of the church and other buildings.


April 7, 1916


Ground will be broken in a few days at Lexington avenue and Finch street for the new church and rectory for Holy Rosary parish, of which Rev. A. A. Hughes is pastor.

The illustration shows the church and rectory connected by a cloister. they will be of Spanish mission design, constructed to harmonize with modern conditions, built of warm, gray rough-texture brick and trimmed with a red Spanish tile roof.

The church will have the customary mission bell tower over the rear cloister. The chief features of the front are its mission rose window and triple entrance, embellished with faience tile and stone carving, with niches with statues at either side of the main entrance.

The church can be described as having a large vestibule with circular ends, one for the baptistry and the other with stairs running to choir gallery. The nave is of great width, with ambulatory aisles separated by brick piers, which support the clear story walls above. The pews are placed in the nave between the piers, thereby giving an unobstructive view of services. Side chapels are situated each side of the triumphal arch. The sanctuary has ambulatory passages on both sides, and next to these on either side are the vestry and sacristy. The main ceiling is vaulted, of wood and plaster, with ornamental wood brackets.

The aisles, vestibules and sanctuary are of marble and tile. The walls will be decorated in a scheme to harmonize. The windows will be of stained glass. The seating capacity will be between 750 and 800.

There is a side entrance from Finch street; also a side front entrance to the church office at the church end of the front cloister. The rear cloister connects the sacristy to the rear entrance hall of rectory.

The rectory is of sixteen rooms. It has large living rooms, reception rooms, etc., on first floor, with studies and sleeping rooms on the second floor. The third floor is given over to servants quarters.

The buildings will be built after plans prepared by Cornes, Kauzor & Eldridge, architects of this city, at a cost of $60,000, exclusive of furnishings.

Kodak Potpourri

kodak-mag-1930-01I uploaded nine new Kodak items. Three are magazines for US employees. Four are magazines for Kodak Canada employees. Then there are two magazines for people that used Kodakchrone film in the 1940s.

The Jan. 1930 issue of the The Kodak Magazine you may find has some objectionable content. That issue reports on a minstrel show that was held over 4 nights in December. It featured singing, dancing and corny jokes. Most of the cast was in black-face makeup. At that time, it was common to have minstrel shows and some vaudeville acts in black-face. We all know now that those kind of shows are no longer appropriate.

These are the titles of the new Kodak items and links: