Genealogy Roadshow – New Orleans (again)

roadshow-2Genealogy Roadshow is back in New Orleans tonight. This time, the episode is filmed at the New Orleans Board of Trade. There is a man who hopes to recover family history that he lost in Hurricane Katrina. A woman learns of her family links to both sides of the  Civil War. A woman discovers the story of her grandfather’s adoption; and a man uncovers his link to the “voodoo queen” Marie Laveau (1801-81).

Genealogy Roadshow airs on most PBS stations at 8 p.m. (eastern).

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Top Songs of 1965; #1

downtownThe first new song to hit the top of the record charts in 1965 was “Dowtown” by Petula Clark. It was the first hit song in the US for Petula but she had a singing career long before that in the UK. As a child she was on BBC radio to entertain the troops during WWII. She then had some success with numerous songs in the UK during the the 1950s. In the late 1950s she started recording songs in French, German, Spanish and Italian establishing herself as a multilingual performer.

With the success of “Downtown” her career rocketed to fame in the US. She also won the Grammy in 1964 for Best Rock and Roll Recording. This would be the first of fifteen consecutive Top 40 hits for Petula. In the 1970s she cut back in part to spend more time with her family. Petula released a new album. “Lost In You” in January 2013. She is also appearing concerts in Europe in 2015.

Downtown” was the number one song on both the Billboard Hot 100 chart and the Cash Box record chart for the weeks of Jan. 17 – 30, 1965.

Download Petula Clark songs (for a small fee) from

Updating an Old Genealogy Submission

About the year 2000 I submitted a GEDCOM of data on my Wilklow family to the LDS Ancestral File. That data eventually was passed over to FamilySearch Family Tree (FSFT). Sometime around the beginning of 2014 I started going through all the data that I submitted to FSFT. So far I have only made it through about 75% of the people I submitted.  I am making corrections to my old mistakes plus I am also adding any new information that I have found since my original submission.

When I submitted my original data, I didn’t include any sources. I don’t think very many other people did either. Then again sources weren’t handled very well in Ancestral File. FSFT makes it easy to attach sources, especially for records that are on FamilySearch..


Notice on upper right corner of the record for Charity Alice Wilklow are some “Record Hints” (click on image for a larger view). She mostly used her middle name of Alice. If you click on those hints then you can add these sources to the person. For records like census records you end up adding the source to each member of the family. Two of the census hints have figured that it was her using her married name. There is a hint from Find A Grave that shows where she was buried. I didn’t have the listed so I added her burial location. Two of the hints were from a collection of Massachusetts marriages. Those turned out to be marriage records of a daughter in which it named Alice as the mother.

I ended up attaching 8 sources to the record for Alice. A couple of the census sources were before she was married and was still living with her parents. Those the sources are good enough proof that the data that I had for many years is correct.

I like FSFT. Anyone can correct data or add to a person’s record. So if you had some information that I don’t have, you could add it. Some people are concerned that someone might change a person’s record. If you attach a source that is very unlikely to happen. If you think that a record has been changed in error, you can reverse the change but I think if you are  going to do that then you should definitely include are source.

Another blogger, Randy Seaver, did a survey at a genealogy society meeting and found that only 5% of the people were using FSFT. One of the best reasons to use FSFT is that it will be around for many years because it is sponsored by the LDS Church. It is also a free service.

Old News – Shipping on the Railroad

Note the number of carloads of cans that were shipped. Those were cans manufactured by the American Can Co. of Fairport.


Thursday, January 28, 1915


The Largest Amount of Car Load Business of Any Village on New York Central Between Buffalo and Syracuse.

ad-1915-01-28At the meeting of the Fairport Chamber of Commerce, Friday evening, the commercial committee made a very interesting report showing the amount of of railway shipping done here. The report deals only with carload lots and does not include miscellaneous supplies to farmers living outside the corporation, nor the iron work and machinery of the Main street lift bridge.

The report shows there were received 3,292 car loads and that there were shipped over 4,662 car loads a total of almost 8,000 cars of freight shipment, which is said to be the largest of any village on the main line of the New York Central between Buffalo and Syracuse, Rochester and Batavia excepted..

The car load shipments received included:

  • 250 cars of coal for retail trade
  • 172 Cars of coal for manufacturing purposes
  • 643 cars of tin plate
  • 580 cars of shooks and boxes
  • 20 cars of machinery
  • 42 cars of cans
  • 38 cars of miscellaneous products
  • 14 cars of cement
  • 45 cars of fertilizer
  • 4 cars of tile
  • 1 car of ground lime stone
  • 1 car of hydrate of lime
  • 11 cars of shavings
  • 7 cars of oats
  • 32 cars of feed
  • 103 cars of dried waste
  • 563 cars of apples
  • 4 cars of grain
  • 12 cars of wood
  • 8 cars of flour
  • 4 cars of hay
  • 4 cars of straw
  • 400 cars of barrels
  • 64 cars of lumber
  • 33 cars of beans
  • 34 cars of berries
  • 21 cars of peas
  • 12 cars of cherries
  • 2 cars of peaches
  • 14 cars of glass jars
  • 28 cars of sugar
  • 126 cars of miscellaneous supplies and merchandise

The total number of cars shipped out included:

  • 119 cars of potatoes
  • 51 cars of carrots
  • 126 cars of cabbage
  • 21 cars of onions
  • 29 cars of apples
  • 86 cars of celery
  • 3 cars of grain
  • 4 cars of dried waste
  • 30 cars of victim
  • 179 cars of canned goods
  • 3046 cars of cans
  • 122 cars of scrap metal
  • 112 cars of machinery and miscellaneous cans
  • 40 cars of miscellaneous supplies and merchandise

There were many other products and supplies which are not included in the above, but the figures give some idea of the amount of business done in Fairport.

Genealogy Roadshow – Philadelphia

roadshow-2Tonight on PBS at 8 p.m. (EST) is the third installment for this season of Genealogy Roadshow. This time the episode was filmed at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia with the same team of professional genealogists.

In this episode Josh Taylor helps a ma who believes he may have viking ancestors. Kenyatta Beryy researches the reason that a man’s whole family moves from South Carolina to Philadelphia. Mary Tedesco digs into the story of a mother and son that an ancestor was a loyalist during the Revolutionary War and later moved to Canada. Then Kenyatta also checks out the story of a lady’s ancestor that might have come to the US as a stowaway.

If you missed the two previous episodes from this season or want to watch them again, go to this web page. They also have some clips on that PBS web page.

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Old News – NY State Items

Here are some small articles from 1915 that pertain to this area of NY State.


Thursday, January 21, 1915


Short Items of Interest From This Vicinity.

Three hundred people were poisoned in Batavia, by eating chicken pie served in the Presbyterian church. Every doctor in the city was called out.

ad-1915-01-21Canandaigua lake is a foot higher than it was a year ago.

It is now said that the Curtiss Aeroplane Company of Hammondsport, will not remove its main plant to Buffalo, but will have a plant there for assembling the machines.

It cost Ontario county $9,414.60to operate its tuberculosis hospital the past year, of which $4,155.27 was for salaries. Twenty men and twelve women were admitted to the hospital during the year. The average cost of maintenance per person was $9.24 per week. Eight patients die during the year.

The Seneca Falls Folding Box Company has entered into a contract with the Fleischman Yeast Company of New York city, to supply the company with its entire output of boxes for a period of five years. The contract involves a large outlay, approximating $60,000 a year, and the number of boxes will aggregate many millions.

Applications for chauffeur’s licenses and for number plates for automobiles will have to do their share to raise the new war tax. A ten cent revenue stamp must be attached to every such certificate issued by the state. As there about 175,000 automobiles and 75,000 licensed chauffeurs in the state, the government will gain about $25,000 in revenue from this source.

A jury returned a verdict of no cause of action in the case of a school district in the town of Bath, against a resident who refused to have his children vaccinated. The man was arrested because his children were not in school, and it was shown that they were excluded because they had not been vaccinated. The jury found as it did because the school trustees had failed to give public notice that vaccination was required.

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