2014 Local Libraries of the Year

The 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 …

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U. of R., Rush Rhees Library annex

While doing a recent research project I ended up at the Rush Rhees Library at the University of Rochester. I tried to find the book in the stacks but it wasn’t there. I went for assistance to the reference librarian. She figured out that the book wasn’t in the library but was in their new …

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Orphans, Adoptions and Indentures, part 1

I have been working on extracting Rochester, NY area adoption records from the 19th century since last August. In the process, I have learned a lot about adoptions in New York State and how orphans were treated. Plus, I have found that there were more organizations out placing orphans in the Rochester area than thought. …

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A tour of Rush Rhees Library

     I was among about 25 people from the Rochester genealogical Society to get a tour of the Rush Rhees Library at the University of Rochester last Thursday night. Our hosts were Alan Unsworth and Karl Kabelac. Alan, I think, is a reference librarian in the library. Mr. Kabelac has actually been retired from the …

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