Rochester, New York, Images and Local History Online

St. Patrick's Girls' Orphan Asylum (Postcard from the collection of the Rochester Public Library Local History Division.)A while back, I wrote an article about searching for historical images of ancestrally-related places–On the Street Where They Lived. This week, as I worked on another project, I was looking for a photograph of the Rochester orphanage where my second-great-grandmother and her sister had a brief stay after their mother died of tuberculosis. After unsuccessfully searching the usual places (Google Images, LOC Photo Collection, etc.), I remembered that the Rochester (Monroe County) Public Library has an extensive online collection of images online. I went to the library site and was thrilled to find this lovely postcard image of the orphanage where my Tobin ancestor and her sister were enumerated in the 1850 census. If you have ancestors from Rochester, be sure to check out the many collections they have available online. Click here to visit the library’s Local History and Genealogy page.

I want to send a huge thanks to the Rochester Public Library–and to all the libraries who work so hard to make these types of collections available to us!

This image is from the collection of the Rochester Public Library Local History Division. Click on the image to enlarge it.

4 thoughts on “Rochester, New York, Images and Local History Online

  1. I am a resident in one of the suburbs of Rochester, NY. I think our public library system is fantastic!

  2. Dear Ancestry, There are two Rochesters in New York. One in Monroe County, the other in Ulster County. So confusing! Which one is this?

  3. Oops, that was not good methodology, was it? It is the city in Monroe County, New York. Good catch!

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