Hints from FS?

fs-hintsI got a message from FamilySearch that says “We found a memorial that mentions one of your relatives.” When I clicked on the email link it gave me a full web page of hints for relatives. Some are close relatives like my grandfather (Archie Halsey) and others are more distant. When I clicked on “View My Relationship” it popped up a basic relationship chart but it doesn’t have any names on that chart; just reference numbers. Clicking on the big blue button “See the Memorial” opens a new tab with a burial record. So where did the burial record come from? Find-A-Grave. That burial record on FamilySearch includes a link to what they their call “partner site” on Find-A-Grave.

Some of the hints point to records that I put on Find-A-Grave. Then there are some tombstone pictures and records that were put on by distant relatives. I think that I may just contact them and see if they have any genealogical information that I don’t have.

I checked other blogs and I can’t see anyone else mentioning these new hints from FamilySearch; including the FamilySearch blog. Maybe this is something that they are testing.


Update; 6/20

When I clicked on “View My Relationship” yesterday the chart only had reference numbers. Today it also gives name. That’s much better to me to understand how some of these people are related to me.

Genealogical Guide

gen-guide-cover-2006In 1986 I published the first “Genealogical Guide to Monroe County, NY.” Then I published new editions in 1996 and 2006. The 2006 edition is available for free on the Rochester Genealogical Society website. It has grown to be out of date and I was thinking it might be time to do something new.

FamilySearch has a wiki page for Monroe County that lists sources for Monroe County. One thing that I could do would be to add more information and links to that web page.

When I did the 2006 edition I made the decision not to include any links to web pages. I did that because web addresses change; sometimes often. I think if I was to do a new on-line version of the guide that I now could include those links to other website pages. I would have to check the links every few months to make sure that they had not changed in order to always keep the information up to date.

If I was to make an on-line edition there are a few ways to present the results. I could make either a single web page or linked web pages for each chapter. Either way it would include links to elsewhere on the internet for on-line sources. Or I could make a single PDF file or linked PDF pages. Those would also include links to elsewhere on the web. Both forms have advantages. Web pages usually re-form so they look good on most web browsers and if I design it right they also look similar on hand-held devices like smart phones. Printing of web pages always has been a problem as there isn’t any way to control each person’s printed pages. PDF files print nice and almost always look the same when printed. One hand held devices a page either looks very small or you have to slide when on a page.  I also know not everyone likes PDF files because they don’t trust Adobe. The Adobe Reader is free and they never ask you to buy their other products.

No matter which way I go; to add to FamilySearch wiki or to create a new online guide, it would probably take me until the end of the year to finish. I have a lot of things going on and only some of them are genealogically related.

I thought I would get input from others as to which way to go. So take the one question survey on Survey Monkey website to help me to decide.

Old News – G.O.P. Candidate

This is an election year, as was 1916. That year the Republicans nominated Charles Evans Hughes from New York State to run again President Wilson. In the election that year, Wilson won 277 electoral votes vs. Hughes’ 254.


Thursday, June 15, 1916

Hughes and Fairbanks Nominated.



Chicago, June 10 — Charles Evans Hughes of New York for president and Charles Warren Fairbanks of Indiana for vice president, the men nominated by the Republican convention here are greeted with approval by party members throughout the country. Each man has held high offices, the former as governor of New York and associate justice of the United States supreme court and the latter as senator from Indiana. and vice president of the United States. The latter held his former high office in the second administration of President Roosevelt, from 1905 to 1909

From the time the first ballot was cast in the Republican convention and it was seen that Hughes had more votes than any of his rivals his selection was freely predicted. The end of the heated but not unduly prolonged fight came on the third ballot, when the New York man was chosen by a vote of 949½, 494 being necessary for a choice.

In his address as temporary chairman of the convention Senator Warren G. Harding of Ohio outlined the Republican view of the issues and pleaded for healing of the differences  which split the party in 1912. He referred to the policy of the present administration as one of “watchful waiting and wabbling warfare.”

Career of Charles Evans Hughes.

Justice Charles Evans Hughes, associate justice of the United States supreme court, nominated by the Republicans for president, was born in Glens falls, N. Y., April 11, 1862. He first became generally known to the New York public in 1904, when as counsel for the gas investigating committee he wrung from officials of the gas and electric light companies a vast amount of information in a short time and surprised the politicians by his ability to grasp details of importance. He later was appointed counsel for the legislative insurance investigating committee and brought about important reforms in the insurance laws and made himself a national figure. He practiced law from 1884, when he was graduated from Columbia Law school. After his graduation from Brown university in 1881 he got an appointment as professor of Greek at Delaware academy. He was soon admitted into partnership by the late Walter S. Carter, whose daughter, Antoinette, Mr. Hughes married in 1888. He held a professorship at Cornell university for two years. In 1893 he entered into partnership once more with his father-in-law..

He was nominated for mayor of New York city by the Republicans in 1905, but declined the nomination. He was elected governor of New York for two terms, from Jan. 1, 1907, to Dec. 31, 1908, and from Jan. 1, 1909, to Dec. 31, 1910. He was appointed by President Taft to be an associate justice of the supreme court of the United States and confirmed by the senate on the 2d day of May 1910. He resigned the office of governor of the state of New York on the 6th day of October 1910, and took his seat on the bench on the 10th day of October 1910.

1937 Surveyor Yearbook

1937-surveyorI uploaded another yearbook. This time it is the 1937 Surveyor. That is the yearbook of the Washington High School that was on Clifford Avenue in Rochester. That school was originally an elementary school when it opened in 1879. A larger building was made and in 1915 it was the first junior high school in Rochester. Another addition was  made in 1932 and then in 1934 it was changed into a high school. I don’t know when this school closed. If you know, leave a reply.

There are pictures of 127 seniors but no pictures of the lower grades except in some activity pictures. No football in the sports pages but there is a girl’s swim team.

This same yearbook is available on the “Classmates” website but they make you subscribe to see it and mine is a better scan.

Top Songs of 1966 – #14

“A Groovy Kind of Love” was a hit in 1966 for The Mindbenders. The song was written by Toni Wine and Carole Bayer Sager who said that they wrote the song in about 20 minutes. It is said that this was the first use of the slang word “groovy” used in the title of a song.

The Mindbenders were formed in 1963 by Wayne Fontana as his backup group. They had a number one hit in 1965 with “Game of Love” but Wayne left the group later in the year and the group continued without him. “A Groovy Kind of Love” was the number one song on the Cash Box record chart for the week of May 29 – June 4, 1966. The song only made it up to #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The Mindbenders appeared at the famous Fillmore West in San Francisco in 1966. In 1967 they had were in the movie, To Sir, with Love and were also on the soundtrack with the songs “Off and Running” and “It’s Getting Harder All the Time.” The group broke up in 1968.