Today is Russian and Ukrainian Christmas. January 7th is Christmas for most, but not all, Orthodox Churches. That’s because those Churches are still using the old Julian calendar and most everyone else uses the Gregorian calendar. The Julian calendar is 13 days behind.
At the high school that I attended, about 1/3 of the students took the day off on Jan. 7th to celebrate Christmas.
The first song to hit the top of the music charts in 1964 was “There! I’ve Said It Again” by Bobby Vinton. The song was popularized originally in 1945 by Vaughn Monroe. There was also a country version released by Mickey Gilley in 1989.
Bobby had 2 songs hit the top of the music charts in 1963; Roses are Red (My Love) and “Blue Velvet” both of which are in the archives of this blog. Bobby’s version of There! I’ve Said It Again” was the number one song on the Cash Box chart for only the week of Dec. 29 – Jan. 5, 1964. It was on the top of the Billboard Hot 100 Song chart for 4 weeks (Dec. 29 – Jan 25).
Bobby was born to a musical family. His father was a band leader. Bobby started his first band at age 16. His first hit song in 1962 was “Roses Are Red (My Love).” Bobby is especially known for his love songs. He owned, and performed at the Bobby Vinton Blue Velvet Theatre in Branson, Missouri until 2002. He continues to tour. See his website for a long bio, and tour dates.
Download Bobby Vinton songs (for a small fee) from Amazon.com.
The Rochester Public Library recently added the 1872 Atlas of Livingston Co., NY to their collection of digitized books. This atlas is in PDF format. RPL has previously used a software package called Zoomify to present maps and atlases. (See this web page for those available maps.) I like the PDF format better mostly because Zoomify uses a small window to view a large map. The atlas as a PDF can be as large as your monitor can display.
My great-grandparents lived in the Town of Portage, which is the southern part of Livingston County. Unfortunately they moved there about 1880. This atlas is too early to show where they lived. I did find a distant relative, Nelson Saxton, in the Town of Portage. He is my second cousin, three times removed.
Happy New Year!
I hope this is the year that you find that elusive ancestor.
You are probably asking what I am going to be adding the GenWeb of Monroe County this year.
I’m only guessing but I think I will try to add more marriages from The Daily Record and also marriages & deaths from newspapers of the early 1830′s. I also have more Kodak booklets and brochures to scan. I also have some other random booklets that I will scan. Also I will be adding some Monroe County family genealogies. These are short 2 or 3 generation genealogies that were published in the early 1900s. I’ve already started compiling those and should have the first set online within a month or two. I’m sure there will other things that currently I can’t even speculate about. Keep checking the What’s New page.
As the clock approaches the midnight hour, stay safe. If you are drinking cheers to the new year don’t drive. Plus all of you around Rochester stay warm. It is going to be cold tonight.
This is the final part of the series of additions to the GenWeb of Monroe County website.
I took a book with me to the RootsTech conference in March. FamilySearch was offering free scanning of books that were out of copyright. I was expecting to get back a finished PDF file but instead I got back each page as a single TIFF file. So I had to combine the pages myself into a complete PDF. The book, Hundertjährige Geschichte des Deutschtums von Rochester (1915) by Hermann Pfaefflin is a history of the German community on Rochester. It is in German. There is an english language version “A 100-year history of the German community in Rochester, New York” (2007) that is available in some of the libraries around the area but I never have found out who sold that version. Meanwhile FamilySearch still haven’t put their digital copy online.
Alphabetic Family Groupings from 1821 – 1876 Birth Records of Dr. Samuel Beach Bradley for Adjacent Parts of the Towns of Greece, Parma, Ogden, and Gates in Monroe County, New York (1973) was compiled by Grace Goodell Witty from records that were found in the Olin Library at Cornell University in Ithaca. As you know, there aren’t any official vital record in NY State before 1880. These records are very helpful if you had ancestors in the Towns in the very long title of this manuscript.
I did a lot of scanning of booklets in 2013. Among the booklets are a couple of issues of Rochester TV Guide from 1951 and 4 issues of TV Club Newsletter from 1953. Those add to the collection of early TV listings that were already on the online books page.
Kodak Movie News; Spring 1965
I added a lot of booklets to the Kodak online books page. It includes 28 new issues of Kodak Movie News. That makes an almost complete set of online issues from 1953 when the publication started until 1965 which is the last of the issues for which the copyright has expired. Somebody sent a complaint to me that these had nothing to do with genealogy. Maybe they don’t but Kodak was an important part of Rochester’s history so I wanted to include as many Kodak items as I can. That Kodak page also includes 7 new scanned issues of Studio Light dated between 1911-14. That is a magazine that was for professional photographers. Each issues has some great portrait photos and a description of the photographer. Lastly, there are some new random Kodak brochures and magazines. Again, all of those are on the Kodak online books page
Continuing on with the additions to the GenWeb of Monroe County for 2013…
There were just 2 new cemetery records added this year. The first cemetery used to be called the Stone Road Cemetery. It is a Jewish cemetery that in the northern part of Rochester on what was originally Stone Road but after road realignment became Stonewood Ave. Reorganization in the 1960s put this cemetery in an umbrella organization with the Britton Road Cemetery that is only a block away but is in the Town of Greece. There are approx. 3200 burials in the Stone Road Cemetery so it on 2 web pages; Surnames: A – K (and introduction) and Surnames: L – Z.
Karen Dau completed the transcription of the very large Range 8 in Mt. Hope Cemetery in Rochester. Part of Range 8 contains a separate section for World War I veterans. All together there are approx. 4000 tombstone inscriptions for Range 8 split into 2 web pages; Surnames starting with A – K and Surnames starting with L – Z.
I added 2 pages of marriage records that I extracted from The Daily Record (July. 1, 1936 – Dec. 31, 1936 and Jan. 1, 1937 – June 30, 1937. That is a legal newspaper published in Rochester. Those records don’t give parents names but they do give the bride and groom’s age and residence and the groom’s occupation. Also there is Marriages and Deaths from Rochester Newspapers from the first half of 1831. That period is notable for the death of Nathaniel Rochester. As you would suppose considering the City is named for him; there are long obits for him.
The Northampton Town Records; 1797 – 1808 contains the records of this early Town that once encompassed all the land in NY State west of the Genesee River. Named are town officers, including poor masters, fence viewers and overseers of the highways. The records also contain layouts of highways and expense accounts. Wolves were a problem in those days and a bounty of $3 per wolf was given for killing a wolf. If you have early settlers in western NY then you should check out the Northanpton records.
Over the next few days I will looking at things that I added to the GenWeb of Monroe Co. Website.
In my last blog post I mentioned that I finished scanning and posting records from the 1869-70 business directory of Monroe County. I did the Town of Wheatland in 2002, a couple more Towns in 2003 and a few more in 2005 but didn’t ever finish scanning the rest of the towns until the end of this year. The whole directory is available in two places; as a PDF file from Rochester Public Library and as many file formats from the Internet Archive. The file from RPL has scanning problems. Somehow in many cases the word “farmer” has been changed to “fanner” and some other similar scanning errors. Usually when you scan a book, it doesn’t change the word images but the words have been changed in the RPL file. By putting the records in the directory on the GenWeb site, I think it helps people to more easily find their family. The directory records are on the Vital Record page. under each town
Militia at the Arsenal in 1880
I created a sub-website of pictures in mid November 2012. At that time there were approx. 1200 pictures and now there are 1880. I also rescanned as many pictures as I could find of the original 1200 and made them available as much larger size. You can download the pictures and use them for your non-commercial use. You can also write comments. I have made it so I have to review the comments before they are posted to stop spam comments.
If you look at the 15 most viewed pictures, they are a mixed bunch. The most popular picture (at right) is a local Militia standing in front of what was the arsenal in 1880. That building was later Convention Hall then as a Naval Reserve training center. Now it is GEVA Theatre. Some of the other most viewed pictures are 3 pictures that I took of the carousel at Ontario Beach Park and a picture of a train wreck in Charlotte that my friend Rob took. Then there are pictures of a bicycle, a motorcycle and an auto manufactured in Rochester. It is also nice to see that a picture of James Hard is one of the most viewed. He was the last surviving soldiers of the Civil War living in Monroe County.
You can create an account on the picture pages. That gives you the opportunity to customize the background colors. You also can increase the number of thumbnails to show on a page. That way you can see all the thumbnails on a single page.
This year people viewed slightly over 1 million pictures. I’m always looking for more pictures or postcards to add.
I finished adding all of a business directory from 1869-70 for the rural Towns in Monroe County. That directory includes people that are farming as businesses. I noticed that in every Town that there were some ladies listed as farmers. Seeing as they most all were listed as Mrs., I suspect that they were widows. Most had fairly large farms for that day. A person can plow a few acres by them self every year but in most cases the ladies would have had some help. That could be either some of their own family or some hired help.
I picked ladies from just two towns as examples (below), the Town of Sweden on the west side and the Town of Penfield on the east side of the county. To see the rest of the Towns, go to the Vital Record page, and click on the Town that you are interested in.
Town of Penfield
- Barker, Sarah Mrs., farmer, owns 32 acres and George F. Taylor leases.
- Cheney, Jane Mrs., farmer, owns 50 acres.
- Dodd, E. Mrs., farmer, owns 30 acres.
- Greene, Ednah Mrs., fruit grower and farmer, owns 24 acres.
- Kelley, Abigail Mrs., farmer, owns 61 acres.
- Kennedy, Paulina Mrs., farmer, owns 96 acres.
- Mason, Betsey Mrs., farmer, owns 40 acres.
- Merritt, Tabatha Mrs., farmer, owns 50 acres.
- Rich, Minerva Mrs., farmer, owns 56 acres.
- Vantice, Emily Mrs., farmer, owns 3 acres.
- Ward, Martha Mrs., farmer, owns 34 acres.
Town of Sweden
- Allen, L. B. Mrs., farmer, owns 58 acres.
- Case, Electa Mrs., farmer, owns 40 acres.
- Chapin, Desdemona Mrs., farmer, owns 30 acres.
- Clonk, Catherine Mrs., farmer, owns 10 acres.
- Cushing, Irena Mrs., farmer, owns 120 acres.
- Goodrich, E. Mrs., farmer, owns 90 acres.
- Jennings, J. Mrs., farmer, owns 70 acres.
- Locke, Dudley Mrs., farmer, owns 90 acres and Joseph H. Goodridge leases.
- Locke, E. Mrs., farmer, owns 1 acre.
- Preston, Caroline Mrs., farmer, owns 40 acres.
- Preston,—-, Mrs., farmer, owns 50 acres.
- Raleigh, Polly, Miss, farmer, owns 64 acres and Edwin Barlow leases.
- Rich, Freelove Mrs., farmer, owns 12 acres.
- Robinson, Sarah Mrs., farmer, owns 60 acres.
- Root, Wm. Mrs., farmer, owns 122 acres and Allen J. Potter leases.
- Whipple, Susan Mrs., farmer, owns 100 acres.
- Willard, R. C. Mrs., farmer, owns 19 acres.
Christmas is over except for returning presents that don’t fit or aren’t right for you. But the holidays aren’t over…
Today is Boxing Day in Canada, UK, Australia, New Zealand and other former British colonies. Although there are various theories as to how the day got named, it usually is thought that it was the day that servants were given the presents that their masters got on Christmas that they didn’t want.
Today is also the first day of Kwanzaa which runs for seven days. It was created in 1966 as the first specifically African-American holiday. Each day is dedicated to one of the following principles:
- Collective Work and Responsibility
- Cooperative Economics