Talk on Cycling on the Canal

cyclingThis Tuesday, (Feb. 11th) at 7:00 p.m. at the Greece Town Hall is A Trip Down the Erie Canal with Annette Lein and Justin Murphy.

Democrat and Chronicle reporters Justin Murphy and Annette Lein and about 600 fellow riders traveled the length of the Erie Canal in July 2013, documenting its history and the towns and villages that line it. The riders rode 40-60 miles a day, and Annette and Justin will share photos, videos and recollections of their trip and answer questions.

Annette Lein has been a photographer with the Democrat and Chronicle for more than 20 years and has bicycled around the country and abroad. Justin Murphy has been a staff writer with the Democrat and Chronicle since 2012.

Public welcome. Reservations are not necessary. Greece Historical Society members free. A $2.00 donation is appreciated from others.

Beatles on Sullivan Show

It was 50 years today that the Beatles made their first appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show. The tickets for the audience were next to impossible to get. The Beatles followed Ed’s show opening introduction, performing “All My Loving” and “Till There Was You.” At the end of the show they performed “I Saw Her Standing There” and “I Want to Hold Your Hand.” The broadcast drew an estimated 73 million viewers and 60% of the TV audience. I watched the show that night and I can say that nobody really knew the lasting effect that the Beatles would have over the next few years.

Because of copyright issues, the video, below, is all that I can link to.

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Beatles on the Sullivan Show, CBS will air, tonight, “The Night They Changed America: A Grammy Salute to the Beatles.” It starts at the same time that the Sullivan Show started 50 years ago 8:00 p.m. (Eastern and Pacific)

RootsTech 2014; Online Sessions Saturday

RootsTechTwo days are not enough! We have another day of RootsTech. Again all of these online sessions are completely free. This is the schedule for Saturday (all times Eastern):

  • 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., General Session (Keynote) by Stephanie Nielson and Todd Hansen
  • 12:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Become an iPad Power User by Lisa Louise Cooke
  • 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., Information Overload: Managing Online Searches and Their Results by D. Josh Taylor
  • 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., A Beginner’s Guide to Going Paperless by Randy Whited
  • 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., How to Interview Yourself for a Personal History by Tom Taylor
  • 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Five Ways to Do Genealogy in Your Sleep by Deborah Gamble

Stephanie Nielson is author of the popular NieNie Dialogues blog. In 2008, Stephanie and her husband were in a serious plane crash. Over 80 percent of her body was burned. Her story of survival and recovery are documented on her blog and have been recounted in interviews with Oprah Winfrey, on the TODAY show, and in a popular Mormon Message video on YouTube. In 2012, Nielson published her book Heaven Is Here.

Todd Hansen is the host of The Story Trek, a series that consists of random door-to-door interviews of normal people revealing their stories. In 2012, Hansen received an Emmy Award at the Rocky Mountain Emmy Awards ceremony for his work on the series.

Lisa Louise Cooke has a genealogy blog and podcast called Genealogy Gems.

Josh Tayor is a noted genealogical researcher that has been seen on both Genealogy Roadshow (PBS), Who Do You Think You Are? (TLC).



RootsTech 2014; Online Sessions Friday

RootsTechThese are the free online sessions of the RootsTech conference on Friday (all times Eastern):

  • 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., General Session (Keynote) by Dr. Spencer Wells and Judy Russell
  • 12:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Storytelling Super Powers: How to Come Off as Your Family’s Genealogy Hero by David Adelman
  • 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., Tweets, Links, Pins, and Posts: Break Down Genealogical Brick Walls with Social Media by Lisa Alzo
  • 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., Getting the Most Out of by Crista Cowen
  • 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Finding Family and Ancestors Outside the USA with New Technologies by Daniel Horowitz
  • 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Do It Yourself Photo Restoration by Ancestry Insider

Dr. Spencer Wells serves as the director of the Genographic Project—a partnership between IBM, the Waitt Family Foundation, and National Geographic to capture a genetic snapshot of humanity.

Judy Russell is a certified genealogist with a law degree who enjoys helping others understand the interplay between genealogy and the law. She blogs and maintains The Legal Genealogist website.

Lisa Alzo has spoken to the Rochester Genealogical Society a couple of times. She is a freelance genealogy writer that has published articles in many genealogy publications.

I am a reader of the Ancestry Insider blog. He used to work for Ancestry but now works at FamilySearch. He is able to find some unusual genealogy records. Up until this time he has kept his name and picture confidential. He will be talking about photo restoration in front of a large audience so we all will now know what he looks like.

RootsTech 2014; Online Sessions Thursday

RootsTechI wanted to post this yesterday but I had an internet outage that only got fix this morning.

The RootsTech website says that online sessions start tomorrow morning at 8:30 (Mountain Time (MT). This disagrees with a published schedule but it makes sense as that is when the keynote session starts. 8:30 MT translates as 10:30 Eastern time or 7:30 Pacific Time.  So get ready to spend the next three days watching the online sessions. Here is the schedule for Thursday (all times Eastern Time):

  • 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 a.m., General Session (Keynote) by Ree Drummond and Annelies van den Belt.
  • 12:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Top 10 Things I Learned About My Family from My Couch by Tammy Hepps
  • 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., FamilySearch Family Tree: What’s New and What’s Next by Ron Tanner
  • 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., Intro to DNA for Genealogists by James Rader
  • 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Genealogy in the Cloud by Randy Hoffman
  • 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Sharing Your Family with Multimedia by Michael LeClerc

In the Keynote, Ree Drummond has an award winning blog called The Pioneer Woman on which she tells of living in the country. She actually lives on a working cattle ranch in Oklahoma. Then Annelies van den Belt is the CEO of DC Thomson Family History (formerly Brightsolid), host of over 1.8 billion genealogical records across a family of online brands, including Findmypast and Genes Reunited.

Make sure you watch Ron Tanner talk about FamilySearch Family Tree. Ron will discuss the features that have been added to Family Tree since the last RootsTech and how to use them. Plus he will tell of the next coming features. I’m not sure of Ron’s exact title but knows more about FS Family Tree than anyone else.

Michael J. LeClerc is the Chief Genealogist at Mocavo blog.

Early Rochester Family Records; #2

Early-Rochester-family-recordsI added the second page of records from the old newspaper column “Early Rochester Family Records” that were published between 1910 and 1912. The records are on Page 42 of Biographies. Highlights of families on this page are:

  • Rev. Solomon Allen
  • William Alling (publisher)
  • Judges Timothy, Timothy Jr and Daniel D. Barnard
  • Ira & James Bellows of Pittsford
  • Bloss family of Brighton
  • Harvey Boughton of Brighton
  • Dr. Matthew Brown and Francis Brown
  • Judge William Brown
  • Palmer Cleveland
  • Cobb family of Rochester
  • Rice Eaton of Brighton
  • Goodman family of Rochester
  • Samuel P. Gould
  • Hart family of Brighton
  • Montgomery family of Rochester
  • Pixley family of Rochester
  • Roswell Root of York, NY
  • Scrantom family of Rochester
  • Preston Smith
  • Dr. Levi Ward & Hon. Levi A. Ward

I’m only about a third done transcribing this column. There are still a lot more area families to come.

Old News – Apples

apple-barrelsMore news from the past. You will need to know that a standard barrel of apples in those days is approximately equal to 3 bushels.

Wed., February 4, 1914

Big Prices for Apples

Wayne county apples, known the world over for their superior quality, are losing none of their popularity, Record sales for this season have just been made in the town of Rose. Addison Weed has sold 4,000 barrels for $5 per barrel and William Cole has sold 10,000 barrels for $45,000. In each transaction the buyer pays the full cold storage charges.

A single barrel sale was recently made by F. F. Harris & Son, bringing $10 for one barrel of Sutton Beauties. This choice pack went to a Rochester buyer.

Old News – Wolves

I recent found this interesting old newspaper article while searching for something else.

Wed., January 31, 1917

Resident Has Thrilling Experience Get­ting Away From Pack

wolfPacks of wolves have been causing no small amount of  consternation and fear to the vicinity of Victor recently, as well as in other sections of Ontario county.

One evening recently about 10 o’clock, two wolves attacked James Cook. of  Victor. as he was driving to his home in the country, after working overtime at the Lock Insulator factory, where he is employed. He had crossed the overhead bridge just outside the corporation east of the village, when two savage animals sprang at his horse, also jumping for young Cook, who was alone. He managed in desperation to beat them off, and in some way he hardly knows how, he whirled the frightened horse about and run him back to the village.

When he reached a local barber shop, which was still open, he ran in and told his story.

Sunday morning, at 8 o’clock, Miss Kate Ryan. who resided with her sis­ter on the farm of the late William Ryan. two miles east of’ Victor, aa she stood at a window overlooking the flats, saw in plain view and quite near their home a pack of seven, or eight wolves. which appeared to be feeding on bits of grass which protruded through the snow near a brook.

Miss Ryan, in her excitement, ran to the door and called to her sister, who was at the barn hitching up their horse for the sisters to drive to Victor to early church, calling out, “Come quick, if you want to see the wolves!” Then she returned to the window finding them still there.

A moment later be whole pack turned and loped off southward to the near by woods. The news flew rapidly after the sisters had notified a brother across the way, and a general alarm was given. An effort was made to track the animals Sunday but without avail.

A day or two later twenty farmers equipped for the hunt, left Victor, and more than as many left Mertensia and vicinity, making in all over fifty and although the search was kept up nearly all day, the high wind and blinding snow made it impossible to track any­thing.

Within two days two wolves were glimpsed at the chicken house of Richard Barry. about two and a half miles from the village. on Cherry
street, but took alarm find ran away before any harm was done. Reports have been circulated within the past two weeks that upwards of forty sheep have bean killed at East Bloomfield in a mysterious manner.

RootsTech 2014

RootsTechRootsTech 2014 is only a week away. I went last year and I really enjoyed the experience of so many great genealogy sessions. I’m nor going this year because of the travel costs. RootsTech is already claiming that they will be the largest conference in the US. This year they expect to have around 10,000 attendees.

Both you and I can see some of the sessions through online streaming videos. These will be available for FREE. You can watch on your computer. Here is how I am going to watch RootsTech. I have an old little netbook computer that has a wi-fi connection. It also has a RGB connection out that I plug into the back of my HDTV. Using my RGB connection means that I also have to have a wire running the audio out of the netbook to the TV. So I will be able to watch the sessions on my large TV screen. You can also do the same if your laptop has a HDMI connection. That is actually easier as it is only uses one wire.

There will be sessions available for all of Thursday and Friday and Saturday morning. The keynote sessions start at 8:30 (Mountain Time). That translates to 10:30 Eastern time and 7:30 Pacific time. On Thursday and Friday sessions run until 5:00 (MT).

Thursday sessions will include Beginning Genealogy, DNA, FamilySearch Family Tree and “Cloud Computing.” Friday sessions include Social Media, Story Telling, and organizing digital photos. Saturday will only have the keynote session online. I’ll have more detailed information on the sessions next week. Now you just have to set the days aside on your calendar.