Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Out on a limb: Helpful tips if your genealogy search takes you to New York

If your genealogical searches take you to even the smallest communities in the state of New York, rejoice. You’ll have a knowledgeable friend to help you. Thanks to a far-sighted government policy, every community in that state has an appointed historian. This unique system is overseen by the Office of the State Historian and includes 1,640 historians, generally based in their towns’ libraries. Click here to read more of Tom Mooney's article.

FYI Genealogists

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: The St. Lawrence Valley Genealogical Society [SLVGS] and the St. Lawrence County Historical Association [SLCHA] are sponsoring an opportunity for SLVGS members, and others, to become acquainted with the research room of the St. Lawrence County Historical Association at 3 E. Main St., Canton [the Silas Wright House “Red Barn” addition]. This will be an "open-house" type meeting beginning at 10 am, Saturday, March 4. An extra-special plus, we will be introducing the latest genealogy-related collection at SLCHA – records of the Alcoa 25-year club going back over 60 years, up to 2008. Many of these records contain a considerable amount of family data. A number of experienced genealogy researchers will be on hand to answer questions, and assist attendees with their research. Those arriving in the morning will have the opportunity to continue to use the research facilities until 4 p.m, with the usual $5 research fee for non-members waived. At 11 a.m, Norm Young will talk about on-line newspaper searching, and using Adobe Acrobat Reader in conjunction with such research. Contact SLCHA with any questions on this event, at 315-386-8133.

Saturday, February 4, 2017

J.L. O'Connor Cigar Company

While digging through a file cabinet the other day I found this photo which shows the J.L. O'Connor Cigar Company in about 1972. It was located at 2 Ford St. in Ogdensburg. The business began in 1906 with Canadian born J.L. O'Connor as a founder of the business. The building was demolished during Urban Renewal. #ogdensburghistory