2015 Year in Review

This is not only a review of 2015 but it is also the 1000th post on this blog.

There were three genealogy TV series running in 2015 and for each I tried to give a preview of the episodes. Sometimes that is easy as there are press releases. I always try to find something different from just posting the press releases. In some cases there are local online newspaper articles stating that a person had visited there.

I went to the NY Family History Conference in September and did a series of articles on that. I attended both RootsTech and a conference while sitting in my chair at home. It sure is easy to watch those webcasts from the comfort of home.

The Old News from a 100 years ago and Top Songs from 50 years ago were regular features.

Probably wrote too much about Kodak for most people. As a former employee it still amazes me that they went from a top corporation to bankruptcy. Had a ridiculous number of people view this posting about Kodak knocking down buildings when it was linked to by a few people on Facebook.

Over on the GenWeb of Monroe County website, in 2015 I finished off transcribing genealogies from a series of newspaper by Anah B. Yates in the early 1900s. I added newspaper vital records for the last half of 1831, death records from the Alms House and the Insane Asylum. Someone also sent burial records of the Chili Rural Cemetery which include some people without tombstones.

Scanned and made available programs for a 1935 horse show, 1954 rodeo, 1940 Thanksgiving church service, 1962 auto show, 1949 circus and a 1916 theatre show.

I also added catalogs of a 1912 art exhibit, homes being built in the 1940s, 1937 nursery catalog and a catalog of horse harnesses and related equipment.

I also scanned The Lakes Country by Arch Merrill. I put that on Archive.org because they make it available in many formats, including Kindle format.

Then I also scanned a lot of Kodak item including 45 issues of Cine-Kodak News from the 1930s and 40s. That was a large format magazine for amateur movie makers.

All of those items that I added to the website are linked to on the What’s New page.

Old News – 1915 Review

Almost the whole last page of the Dec. 30th 1915 issue of The Honeoye Falls Times was a review of things that happened that year. These are some of the items that I selected from that list.

Jan. 17 – President Wilson’s daughter, Mrs. Sayre, gave birth to a son in the White House.
Jan. 18 – Earthquake in Italy; many cities and towns destroyed, Avezzano being the principal sufferer; death list 29,978.
Jan. 18 – Fire at Roebling’s wire plant at Trenton caused a loss of $1,500,000. (Roebling designed and built the Brooklyn bridge.)
Feb. 4 – Gen. Pancho Villa proclaimed himself president of Mexico.
Feb. 18 – Frank James, last of James brothers, noted in the Civil War and later as desperate men, die near Excelsior Springs, Mo.; aged 74.
Feb. 20 – Panama-Pacific International exposition at San Francisco formally opened.
April 28 – Public Library of St. Paul destroyed by fire; loss $375,000.
March 25 – US submarine F-4 sunk off Honolulu while making a submerged run. All on board drowned.
May 7 – Frost, snow and rain in the central west, from Texas to Montana.
May 7 – The Lusitania was torpedoed and sunk off Kinsale, Munster coast, Ireland. Out of 2,104 persons on board 1,100 were lost.
May 17 – Pres. Wilson proclaimed US neutrality in the war between Italy and Austria-Hungary.
June 1 – United Confederate veterans met at Richmond.
June 17 – Yaqui Indians declare war on the US.
June 23 – Earthquake in southern California caused loss of $1,000,000.
Aug. 6 – US forces took forcible possession of Port au Prince, Haiti.
Aug. 12 – Vesuvius, Etna and Stromboli, the Italian volcanoes, became active.
Sept. 27 – 49th annual encampment of the Grand Army of the Republic opened in Washington.
Oct. 13 – Boston Red Sox defeated the Philadelphia Phillies in the fifth game of the wold series.
Oct. 13 – Fifty-five killed and 114 injured in London by Zeppelin attack.
Oct. 21 – Wireless telephoning (radio) accomplished between Arlington, Va. Paris.
Nov. 14 – Booker T. Washington, negro leader and educator; died at Tuskeegee, Ala., aged 67.
Dec. 11 – Immigration statistics for 1915 showed a falling off of arrivals of nearly 600,000 up to Dec. 1 against the arrivals of 1914.
Dec. 18 – Wedding of President Wilson and Mrs. Edith Boiling Galt.

Old News – Christmas

A couple of short articles related to Christmas traditions.


Wednesday, Dec. 23, 1915

Mistletoe Superstitions

santa-1914-12-23What superstitions cluster, thick as it berries, round the mistletoe! In old times such were its magic powers that it was worn as an amulet, and potent love potions were brewed from it. It cured wounds, enabled any who held it not only to see ghosts, but to compel them to speak. And that its magic is not all lost will be proved this Christmastide in thousands of our homes, where its white berries lend sanction to the osculatory homage paid to pretty faces.

Yule Log Must Be of Ash.

In Devonshire the Yule log, to be a luck bringer, must consist of a bundle of ash sticks bound around with bands of the same tree, nine in number, no more and no fewer. And every time the bundle cracks in the flames the good host must furnish a fresh bowl of liquor to his guests.