Genealogy Roadshow – St. Louis

roadshow-2Tonight on PBS at 8 p.m. (EST) is the second installment for this season of Genealogy Roadshow. This time the team of professional genealogists are at Saint Louis’ historic public library. There they uncover fascinating family stories from Missouri’s famous gateway city. A mystery writer discovers her mother has hidden a life-changing secret; a woman finds out if she is descended from the infamous pirate Blackbeard; a mother and daughter seek connections to a famous author; and a young man seeks connection to the Mali tribe in Africa.

If you missed last week’s episode from New Orleans or want to watch it again, you can view it here on the PBS website.

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Old News – Rules of Etiquette

On the woman’s page of the newspaper were these rules of etiquette for the ladies of 1915. Notice on the ad that the same company that ran trolleys in Rochester also would put gas lights in your house. Click on the ad for a larger view.


Friday, January 1, 1915


ad-1915-01-01Restaurant Etiquette.

There should be no conspicuous conduct in a dining room of a hotel or a public restaurant. Do not talk or laugh in a loud tone. Do not dispute with the waiter. Do no look around at other guests in an impertinent manner. Eat slowly act with refinement and remember that you are in a public place. The restaurant is indeed a great test of the true lady and gentleman.

The end of the meal should be followed by your exit from the dining room. The lady precedes the gentleman on leaving the restaurant. At the door the gentleman will receive his hat, which has been taken from him on entering. Here there is a call for a tip of 10 cents if it be a restaurant of a large hotel and if the stay be just for one meal.

Privacy For Guests.

Even a hostess sometimes spoils the pleasure of the loveliest of guest chambers by entering it too frequently with inquiries, etc.

Over entertainment is really worse than none at all. One may perhaps want to be alone when she seeks her room.

When Women Call.

Ceremonious calls are not made between women in the morning, evening or on Sunday afternoons. A man, owing to the extractions of business, may call in the evening and on Sunday afternoon.

A woman should never call on a man socially. A business errand is the only occasion for a call from a woman to a man, and in such a case the lady calls during his business hours and sends in her name, not her business card.

Geranium Luncheon.

The most stunning dinner or luncheon table imaginable is achieved when red geraniums are used exclusively as decoration. Nearly every one can obtain these brilliant flowers, and they are usually at their brightest when other blossoms in the window garden are on the wane.

Fill a large glass bowl with the scarlet posies, using their own rich leaves for the green. Red candles in holders of glass, scarlet paper bonbon and nut boxes, with ribbons of the same hue leading to the place cards, which should white with a red geranium thrust through the corner should be adopted.

The hostess should be gowned on white, with red sash, flowers and slippers, or the dress may be of red muslin with white accessories.

First serve a cherry cocktail, then tomato bouillon, salmon croquettes with Julienne potatoes, beet salad and raspberry sherbet. The cales may be iced in red, as there are harmless fruit colorings. A confectioner will make cream patties to match in coloring if the order is given a few days ahead.

Matching Partners.

A good way to match partners at any social affair is the following: Get two kinds of a variety of candies–say two caramels, two chocolate drops, two butter scotches, etc. Pass one plate to the men and on to the women, and when candies are matched partners will be found. Another good way is to match flowers or animal crackers.

Happy New Year and Additions for 2015

newyear-2015Happy New Year!

I hope this is the year that you will find more information on your family.

This year I have plans to add more short genealogies that were published in a newspaper column in the early 1900s by Anah Babcock Yates. I also have many more old Kodak magazines that I intent to scan. I will also try to add more marriages from The Daily Record from the mid 1930s. It has been a few years since I have added a book by Arch Merrill. I’ll see if I can find the time to scan another one of his series of histories of this area. I’m sure there will other things that currently I can’t even speculate about. Keep checking the What’s New page for.

New Newspapers added to Fulton History

Fulton History has added more newspapers to the millions of newspaper pages that were already on the website. Originally all newspapers were from New York State but in the last year there have been newspapers added from other states. The website now has over 29 million newspaper pages. I think there was an update in the fall that I missed because I was sick. So the list below is newspapers added since June 2014.

If you have visited there before, you can limit the search to only see new “hits.” On the bottom of the search box are selections for dates called “File Creation Date.” Change the dates to a month or two before your last visit and then search. To go back to search all newspapers click on “all” and the search dates will disappear.

I found two different obits for a great-grandmother. I also found an article about a distant relative being arrested for stealing a horse and buggy in 1868 for which he was to serve 4 years in prison. Check out these new newspapers and see what you can find:

Batesville Independent Balance; 1856-1859
Guntersville Advertiser; 1925

Pacific Appeal (San Francisco); 1862
San Francisco Elevator; 1848

Fairfield Advertiser (Southport); 1884-1890
Fairfield Record; 1894-1899
Pequot Record (Southport); 1890
Southport Chronicle; 1867-1903
Southport Times; 1879-1881

District of Columbia
National Era 1847-1860

Antioch News; 1888-1988
Chicago American; 1922
Chicago Tribune; 1860-1864
Daily Press Tribune (Chicago); 1858-1859
Staunton Star Times; 1897-1988

Meade County Messenger (Brandenburg) 1900-1988
Meade County Mirror (Brandenburg) 1875
Western Citizen (Paris); 1859-1862

The Liberator (Boston); 1831-1862

Fayette Chronicle; 1908-1916
Fayette Watch-Tower; 1855

New Jersey
Federation News (Paterson); 1970-1986
Hackettstown Forum; 1974 -1978
Israelight (Fair Lawn); 1960-1970
Jewish Community News (Clifton); 1980-1985
The Jewish Post (Paterson); 1934-1941
Jewish Standard (Jersey City); 1931-1936

New York
Addision Advertiser; 1858-1927
American Mechanic (New York); 1842
Bath Constitutionalist; 1837-1842
Bronxville Reporter; 1946-1952
Brooklyn Daily; 1956-1962
Brooklyn Heights; 1951-1971
Brooklyn Recorder; 1956-1987
Canisteo Times; 1880-1957
Chenango Union; 1848-1906
Cohocton Times Index; 1898-1930
Columbia Republican (Hudson) 1887-1923
East Hampton Star; 1885-1988
Farmers Review; 1892-1904
Freeport Daily Review; 1921-1952
Freedom’s Journal (New York; 1827-1828
Gilboa Monitor; 1878-1918
Greenpoint Daily Star (Brooklyn); 1898-1968
Greenwood Times; 1899-1919
Hammondsport Herald; 1914-1931
Hornell Evening Tribune; 1924-1928
Hornelleville Weekly Tribune; 1851-1899
Hudson Daily Star; 1851-1875
Hudson Weekly Star; 1858-1875
Illion Citizen; 1857-1919
Illion Sentinel; 1917-1955
Interlaklen Review; 1905-1980
Jamestown Daily Journal 1870-1881
Jamestown Evening Journal; 1882-1941
Jamestown Journal; 1826-1870
Jamestown Post Journal; 1942-1966
Kueka Grape Belt (Hammondsport); 1939-1941
The Leader Observer (Forest Park) 1912-1980
Long Island News and Owl 1919 -1988
Newburgh Register; 1886-1907
New York & Brooklyn Daily; 1962-1970
New York Daily Express; 1836-1844
New York Morning Herald; 1837-1840
New York Transcript; 1835
Ossining Citizen Sentinel 1923-1934
Ovid Bee; 1838-1873
Ovid Gazette and Independent; 1904-1958
The Plaindealer (New York) 1836-1837
Port Jervis Evening Gazette 1869-1924
Prattsbugh News; 1872-1896
Rockville Centre Picket; 1868 -1870
Rye Chronicle; 1907-1979
St. Lawrence Republican (Ogdensburgh); 1857-1871
Saturday Morning Review (Farmers Village); 1887-1892
Shipping And Commercial List (New York); 1841-1850
Sinclairville Commercial; 1901-1905
Sinclairville Commercial; 1901-1905
Sinclairville NY Commercial 1901-1905
South Side Observer (Rockville Centre); 1870 -1920
Southern Cayuga Tribune (Kings Ferry); 1931-1951
Steuben Advocate (Bath); 1852-1900
Steuben Advocate & Keuka Grape Belt (Bath); 1943-1958
Steuben Courier (Bath); 1843-1958
Steuben Courier and Advocate (Bath); 1960-1969
The Sunflower (Lily Dale); 1889-1907
Voice of The Nation (Addison); 1855
Wayland Register; 1903-1966

The Dollar Newspaper (Philadelphia); 1840-1856
Harrisburg Telegraph; 1857-1861
Pennsylvania Reporter (Harrisburg); 1839-1843
Susquehanna Weekly Journal; 1890-1906

Caddo Mills News; 1913
Cameron Herald 1895-1918
Childress Index; 1913-1918
Buffalo Banner; 1906
Jackson County Independent (Ganado); 1913
Taylor Daily Democrat; 1913
Rockdale Messenger; 1876-1905
Thorndale Champion; 1918
Thorndale Thorn; 1902-1907

Virginia Gazette (Williamsburgh); 1736-1780 (Note the early dates of this newspaper)

The Early Dawn (Bonthe); 1882-1892

Review of 2014 Additions on Monroe Co. GenWeb

Time to look back at what I added to the Monroe County GenWeb site this year. One of the largest collections added was genealogies from a newspaper column titled “Early Rochester Family Records” which ran in the Rochester Post-Express from July 9, 1910 to Apr. 13, 1912. The column was written by Anah Babcock Yates who was one of the founders of the Rochester Historical Society and an active member of the Daughters of the American Revolution. She also was state genealogist of the New York Historical Society for many years. The genealogies in this newspaper column have information that has not been published anywhere else. The only problem is that Mrs. Yates didn’t include any references. I couldn’t figure out where to place these genealogies on the GenWeb site and finally decided to put them on as part of the Biographies pages (pages 41 – 46). So far I have transcribed up to Dec. 31, 1911 so there are more to transcribe in 2015. Mrs. Yates also had the same kind of articles published in two other newspapers after the Rochester Post-Express discontinued the column.

I got an update of the burial records of Oakwood Cemetery in Penfield from the Association that runs the cemetery (start on this page). The Town of Sweden sent an update to the burial records of Lakeview and Beach Ridges Cemeteries (start on this page). Karen Dau finished transcribing the tombstones from two large sections in Mt. Hoe Cemetery in Rochester. She has been working for years to complete this city owned cemetery and it will be a few more years before she completes the project. Completed in 2014 are:

I found that I had two sets of church records in my collection that I never had added to the website. Added were: Baptisms and Deaths from the records of Clarkson Congregational Church, Clarkson, NY (1839 – 1907) and Births and Marriages (1850 – 1922) from the records of Associated Reformed Church of Beulah, Wheatland, NY.

I always am looking for brochures and books commemorating historic events. These are about anniversaries and openings:

I scanned and uploaded some magazines related to Eastman Kodak including one Kodak magazine in Spenish:

I added just a little over 200 pictures to the sub-website of pictures bringing it to a total of 2100 pictures. Most of the pictures are old postcards but some are old ads and some recent photos.

There are a few other random items that were added in 2014 like a couple of theater programs. See the What’s New page for everything added for nor just 2014 but all the way back to 2002. Also remember that everything can be searched through the search box on the main page of the GenWeb site.

Top Songs of 1964: #28

Beatles-I-Fee-Fine1964 was the year of The Beatles and at the end of the year they had another number one hit song with “I Feel Fine.” The song written by John Lennon but credited to Lennon–McCartney as all their songs were at that time. The song is notable for being one of the first uses of guitar feedback in popular music by starting with a note of feedback.

I Feel Fine” was on the top of the Billboard Hot 100 chart for 3 weeks (Dec. 20 – Jan. 9, 1965. On the Cash Box chart it was at the top for the week of Dec. 13 – 19 and then again for the weeks of Dec. 27 – Jan. 16, 1965.

The Beatles official website has a link to download songs off iTunes which is the only place to they can be legally downloaded from.

Top Songs of 1964: #27

ComeSeeSupremesThe Supremes were back with their third number one song of 1964 with “Come See About Me.” It was written and produced by Motown’s main production team Holland–Dozier–Holland.

The song was the top song on the Billboard Hot 100 chart for the week of Dec. 13 – 19 and then again hit the top of that chart for the week of Jan. 10 – 16, 1965. That was probably because the group had appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show on Dec. 27th performing this song. “Come See About Me

Download songs of The Supremes (for a small fee) from

Cab Calloway

Cabell “Cab” Calloway III was born in Rochester on Christmas day in 1907. His family moved to Baltimore, MD about 1918. Cab’s mother was a teacher and his father was a lawyer and in real estate> The family wanted Cab to follow in his father’s footsteps. He enrolled in Crane College but left school to sing with a band. In 1931 he recorded his most famous song, “Minnie the Moocher.” The video version below is from the 1940s. Cab led one of the most popular big bands in the 1930s and 1940s. Cab also performed “Minnie the Moocher” in The Blues Brothers movie (1980). He kept working up until just a few months before his death in 1994.  He is buried in Ferncliff Cemetery and Mausoleum, Hartsdale, NY.