FSFT – Adding Family Sources

FamilySearch Family Tree (FSFT) the massive online genealogy tree of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (Mormons) has recently made it very easy to add sources to a whole family. You have been able to add sources to a single person for a long time but now if the record has other family members you can add most other people in the family. This system works for most census records from 1850 to 1940. I have also attached birth, marriage and death records that I found on FamilySearch.

In the example below, I searched for George Saxton in the 1860 census and found his family living in Wetherfield, NY. There is that BIG blue button in a prominent spot on top hoping you will attach it to people in FSFT. Adding sources will help to prove that the data for a person is correct. It also helps other researchers that might be looking for their family connections.


The next screen, below, shows the screen to attach the sources. I had already attached the census source to George so he shows as green colored background, but still had to attach other family members. As George and his wife, Hannah, were elderly, most of their children had left home. Their son, John, is still living with his parents. So I attached the source to both Hannah and John.


FSFT does a fairly good job of matching people to family members. Sometimes there will be bad spelling in the source that it cannot figure out. In that case, you can “drag” the person on the left up or down to match them to a person on the right. Notice that there are two people in the above census record that FSFT could not match to any family member. I know that Laura was the wife of John Saxton. I still have not figured out who Emily Saxton was. She wasn’t in any earlier census for the family.

Using the new source system you can add many family sources in just an hour. I also found some new family sources that I had missed before while adding the sources to my extended family. Having more sources will benefit everyone. Seeing as FSFT will be around in one form or another for a long time, you don’t have to worry that the sources that you add today will disappear in the future.

Top Songs of 1964; #11

peter-and-gordonThe next song to hit the top of the record charts in 1964 was another British import; “A World Without Love” by Peter and Gordon. The song was written by Paul McCartney but under an an arrangement with their record contract it was listed as Lennon-McCartney as the writer. John Lennon had mentioned once that he thought that Paul had already written the song before he joined the Beatles. Both Paul and John didn’t think that the song was right for the Beatles so they let Peter and Gordon record it. Paul McCartney was dating Peter’s sister, Jane Asher at that time.

A World Without Love” was the first song released by Peter and Gordon and it was their only number one song on both the Billboard Hot 100 and Cash Box charts. It stayed there for only the week of 21-27 June, 1964. Other popular songs by the group were “Nobody I Know,” “I Don’t Want To See You Again,” “Woman,” “I Go to Pieces,” “Lady Godiva” and “Knight In Rusty Armour.” They broke up in 1968. Gordon Waller tried to have a musical career by himself but didn’t have much success. Peter Asher started working for Apple Records as a talent scout. He later moved to California where he managed and produced Linda Ronstadt and James Taylor throughout the 1970s and 1980s. Peter also produced recordings for Cher, 10,000 Maniacs, and Diana Ross. He and Gordon got back together again in 2005 and toured until 2009 when Gordon Waller died.

Peter and Gordon have their own website but it appears it hasn’t been updated in a few years.

Download Peter and Gordon songs (for a small fee) from Amazon.com.

Old News – Upcoming Events (1914)

More news from the past. This time are a couple of events coming up within the next week.< One is at Exposition Park which is now Edgerton Park./p>


Friday, June 19, 1914

Red Eagles Carnival at Exposition Park Next Week

expo-park-1914-6The Greater Sheesley Shows furnish the attraction for the Red Eagles Carnival at Exposition Pakr all next week. These shows include fifteen high-class attractions, two novel rides, four free acts, daily aeroplane flights, high wire performances, fireworks every evening and band concerts.

The aeroplane flights will be made by William A. Hetlich, who recently came out of a hospital at Bluefield, Va., where he had suffered from injuries received in a fall.

“The Dip of Death” is declared to be a thriller. This is a motor-drome built forty laps to the mile. Around this track, the sides of which are perpendicular, “Crazy” Hartley dashes at a speed of a mile a minute.

“Happy Jack” Eckert, said to be the largest human being in the world is one of the attractions. He weighs 739 pounds, according to the press agent.

Among the animal acts will be a troupe of trained horses. There will also be a minstrel show with a score of singers and comedians. Professor Tony Nicerotiose and his band will give concerts every afternoon at 2 o’clock and each evening at 7 o’clock.

St. Boniface

The pupils of our school are now making final preparations for the entertainment and closing exercises to take place on next Tuesday and Wednesday evenings, June 23rd and 24th. The painting of the special scenery is now completed and from present indications a most successful entertainment is to be given. Some interesting musical numbers will also be on the program for both evenings. The curtain will be raised at 8:15 sharp and it is ernestly requested that all be seated at this appointed time. Reserve seats can be secured from the Sisters at the Convent.

2014 Local Libraries of the Year

rrlcThe Rochester Regional Library Council (RRLC) recently announced their libraries of the year in three categories.

The public library of the year is Chili Public Library. The judges were impressed by the large number of heartfelt nominations. They all agreed that “The staff and the library are loved by their community.” Some of the comments on this library are: “I have loved the Chili Public Library for years! The staff is wonderful – warm, friendly, and helpful!” and also “This library welcoming…not only the staff, but also the library itself.” Visit this webpage for a video of the library and a link to a photo tour.

The school library of the year goes to Brockport High School Library. The judges were impressed by the thoughtful nominations of this library and noted that library staff was mentioned by name.  Some of the comments on this library are: “I have been a teacher for 25 years and I have never worked with more energetic, competent, helpful, and knowledgeable librarians!” and also “Our library is remarkable entirely because of our head librarian, Kathleen Jaccarino, and library staff, Jane Agte and Pauline Pratt.” Visit this webpage for a video of this library and a link to a photo tour.

Finally, in the academic library of the year is University of Rochester River Campus Libraries. The panel of judges were impressed by the high level of service provided by the librarians and noted by the nominees. “The libraries have done a really good job building relationships with the teaching faculty” — something that all libraries strive to do, but not all succeed.  Visit this webpage for a video of this library and a photo tour with many photos that show how extensive the library is.

Congratulations to all these great regional libraries.



George Stockweather Shot in Civil War

George Stockweather

George Stockweather

George Stockweather was my grandmother’s uncle (my great granduncle). He was born in Allegany County, NY on 15 April 1847. He was only 16 years old when he enlisted in the Army on 15 Dec. 1863 in Buffalo, NY. He was assigned to Co. F, of the First NY Dragoons. His unit was in many engagements over the next few months.

On 12 June 1864 at a battle at Trevilian, VA George suffered what usually would have been a fatal wound. A rifle ball pierced his left cheek breaking out his teeth and the ball came out the back of his neck. His fellow soldiers assumed that he was dead but as they were driven back from the battlefield George was heard to say “Boys! boys! don’t leave me.” He was captured by the Confederate troops and again they thought that he would die. He was able to get medical care and was put in Libby Prison at Richmond, VA. George was paroled 26 Sept. 1964 at Varina, VA and went to a hospital in Annapolis, Maryland. He then was able to return to duty on 12 Dec. 1864. After the end of the Civil War, George was discharged 30 June 1865 at Clouds Mills, VA.

George came back to Granger, Allegany County with a terrible scar and his left jaw would never function again. He was also left deaf in his left ear. He started farming and he married Mary A. Vincent on 29 September 1870. They had 5 children with one girl dying young. He would later move his family a few miles north to the Town of Portage in Livingston County where in 1911 he was the Poor Master of the Town. His son Albion Grant Stockweather (usually called A. G.) was Supervisor for the Town of Portage from 1920 to 1927. A. G. was  a Member of New York State Assembly from Livingston County, 1927-31.

George’s wife Mary died in February 1932 aged 82. George lived a long life in spite of his war wound. He died 5 March 1936 at age 88 and was buried along side his wife in the Short Tract Cemetery in the Town of Granger, Allegany Co., NY.

Old News – Kermit Roosevelt Marries

More news from the past. This time a son of Pres. Theodore Roosevelt gets married.


Wednesday, June 10, 1914


Like Father Like Son Applies to Young Bridegroom.


As Fond of Adventure as the Colonel, With Whom He Undauntedly Shared Perils of Africa and Brazil. Full of Energy Ever Since He Was the “Cut Up* of the White House.

When Kermit Roosevelt reached Madrid for his marriage to Miss Belle Wyatt Willard, daughter of the American ambassador to Spain, he was an altogether different looking young man from what at the time of his departure for the Brazilian wilderness. The hardships he had gone through with his father seemed to have added several years to his appearance.

Kermit Roosevelt’s love of adventure rivals that of his distinguished father, the former president, and he came through the greatest adventure of his life, that in the Brazilian jungle, with flying colors. He did his share of the game hunting and faced the perils and privations that were encountered by the party with a fortitude that won the admiration of his father.

Kermit Roosevelt is twenty-four years old and for a young man of that age has seen considerable of the world. He accompanied Colonel Roosevelt on his famous big game hunt in Africa, and it is said that he proved to be eve a netter marksman than his father.

As “Cut Up” and Philosopher.

When the colonel was president, Kermit often got into the newspapers through boyish pranks or bits of juvenile philosophy he uttered. Since he reached early manhood he has spent most of his time traveling in the woods or on trips of exploration and siteseeing with his father.

Belle and Kermit Roosevelt

Belle and Kermit Roosevelt

He spent most of his boyhood in Washington while his father was a member of the civil service commission, assistant secretary of the navy, vice president and later in the White House as president. He went to public school and was considered of the most vigorous boys who attended.

At Groton, where he was educated preparatory to college, there was another student who prided himself upon his English birth and parentage. As Fourth of July approached young Roosevelt asked the boy mischievously:

“Are you English?”

The reply was emphatic.

“Well,” said the president’s son, “Aren’t you glad we whipped you so you can have a holiday on the 4th of July?”

Kermit entered Harvard in 1908. In March of the following year he started with his father for a long hunting trip in Africa, primarily as the official photographer of the caravan, but he killed some big game during the weeks that he remained there and had two narrow escapes from death. In September, 1911, he returned to Harvard.

Although in looks Kermit probably resembles his mother more than his father, he is in speech and manner his father over again. He has the family habit of rapid distinct enunciation, His gestures are jerky, decisive and muscular.

Who the Willards Are.

The young lady whose hand and heart the young explorer won is the elder of two daughters of Joseph Edward Willard, appointed ambassador to Spain by President Wilson July 11 last. She is of the blond type, rather small and with clear cut features. She was born in Richmond, Va., twenty-one years ago. Her mother was Miss Belle Layton Wyatt, a member of one of the oldest families of Baltimore.

Ambassador Willard is a lawyer by profession. He moved to Richmond more than twenty years ago and soon became active in Democratic politics.

Ambassador Willard was on the staff of General Fitzhugh Lee in Cuba in the war with Spain. He was in the house of representatives from 1893 to 1902 and lieutenant governor of Virginia from 1902 to 1906.


Geneatopia is an audio webcast by Patty Roy. Patty posts a new episode about once a week where she reads the genealogy news of the week. A lot of the articles are press releases from all kinds ogfgenealogy websites (both free and paid). Seeing as the amount of news changes from week to week, an episode can last anywhere from 15 to 30 minutes.

Patty makes it easy to hear her webcast. You can listen on her website. I noticed on the episode page (below) that there should be a play button on the audio bar but it is missing. You can still press where it should be (see red arrow below) and it will play on the episode page. You can also click “Play in new window” or “Download. ” The webcast is an MP3 file that can be played in most any web browser or audio program.

Patty also makes each episode available on iTunes and you can subscribe via a RSS feed. Another source is one of that I haven’t ever heard of, called Stitcher. No matter which method you use, give Patty a listen and I think you will also ended up listening to each new episode like I do.



I almost missed my own anniversary. I started this blog six years ago today. At the time I thought I might run out of ideas after a few months but that hasn’t happened.

On the average. I only have posted a couple of messages a week.  The blog website gets an average of only 30 visits a day. Some of those people are looking at old messages. There was one day in March that the Democrat & Chronicle mentioned the blog and that day there were 167 visits.

I try to put as much local genealogical information as I can find. I will continue posting the “old news” articles. Some of those are major local events and some are just minor news stories. All give the feeling of the past times. I also like adding the top music from 50 years ago. I get to relive some of the great songs of the sixties and I hope you remember most of those old songs. Besides that I can’t speculate. You just never know what is coming.

Talk on Other River Settlements

This Tuesday evening (June 10, 2014) there will a talk by Jeffrey Ludwig about “The Lost History of the Settlements Along the Genesee and the Beginnings of Greece.” It will take place in the Greece Town Hall at 7 p.m.

ludwig-jeffThe story of Rochesterville’s foundation, often told with Colonel Rochester at the forefront, is undoubtedly the most well-known settlement narrative of the early Genesee Valley. Yet Rochester’s rise to dominance was hardly a foregone conclusion. A number of would-be rivals also sprouted up around the region, vying with equal temerity to become successful centers of civilization in a vast frontier territory.  Although they have faded from popular memory, accounts of alternative settlements areas like Frankfort, King’s Landing, McCrackenville, and Deep Hollow are no less meaningful for having been eclipsed by Rochester.

Jeff Ludwig is a PhD candidate in history at the University of Rochester. Jeff works in Rochester’s Office of the City Historian and manages the High Falls Center and Interpretive Museum in Browns Race.

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

D-Day Anniversary

Photo by Chief Photographer's Mate (CPHoM) Robert F. Sargent

Photo by Chief Photographer’s Mate (CPHoM) Robert F. Sargent

Today is the anniversary of D-Day invasion of Normandy that occurred on June 6, 1944. Approx. 156,000 troops from the U.S., Britain and Canada planned and executed the largest seaborne invasion in history. A fantastic feat of organization of naval, armies and air forces made this invasion succeed.

Nothing that I could write would be enough to tell the story of this turning point of WWII. Instead, if you want to read more, start by reading D-Day article on Wikipedia. On the bottom of that page (and most Wikipedia pages) is a list of books for further reading. Also, tonight there is a 1- hour special on NBC at 8 p.m. and a 2-hour special on the History channel giving more details on D-Day.

Also, let us remember all those that died during the invasion. There were over 4,400 Allied troops that died and at least 8,000 wounded. There isn’t an accurate number of German causalities. The estimates range from 4,000 to 9,000.