Rochester, New York Local Histories Online

This afternoon I spent a little time browsing some digital materials online courtesy the Local History Department of the Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County (New York) and found they’ve added quite a bit.

There are now city directories available spanning the period between 1820 and 1930,  birth, death, and marriage indexes from City of Rochester newspapers,  an index to articles that appeared in the Rochester newspapers during the period 1818-1897,  images, Rochester History (a historical journal), and some fragile books that include several local histories.

I spent a little time browsing through those histories and found an image of the church that is affiliated with the orphanage where I found my great-great-grandmother, Emma Tobin, and her sister Ann Eliza in the 1850 census. From a city directory, I learned that the orphanage was run by the Sisters of Charity–the order that Ann Eliza would later join. Earlier this year, I also found an image of that orphanage. (You can read more about that in this post.)

I think I may have even found an image of the building in which their father had his hat shop, but I’ll need to confirm the address on that.

At any rate, if you have ancestors in Rochester, you will want to check out the library’s Local History and Genealogy page. 

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