19 February 2017

Mount Ida Cemetery Vandalism Follow-Up

A few weeks back I posted that recently numerous tires were illegally dumped in the Mount Ida Cemetery on Pawling Avenue in Troy. Troy police and other city officials were notified of the dumping. After volunteering my efforts to help clean the mess, I was told that the police did not even realize that the property is city owned. Immediately an attempt to "pass the buck" was made. However due to persistent and persuasive individuals living in the vicinity of the cemetery, I am told that the tires were removed by the city and that now the gates to enter the cemetery at the care takers building are now chained and locked. This appears to be what it takes to stop fools from desecrating burial grounds. Hopefully the public will be able to enter the cemetery grounds when Spring arrives.

March Genealogy Program in Clifton Park

Another local genealogy program is scheduled for 2 March 2017. Details are below:

Genealogy Assistance
When: Thu, Mar 2, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM
Where: Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library, 475 Moe Road, Clifton Park, NY 12065
For further info: 518.371.8622

Genealogical researcher Lisa Dougherty will be here to help you with your questions, roadblocks, and other stumpers. Drop in with questions from 11 to 12, and then stay for the roundtable discussion starting at noon. No registration is required. Please call the Library at 371-8622 for more information.

18 February 2017

Upcoming Genealogy Conference

An upcoming genealogy conference will be held in Springfield, Massachusetts in April. It is sponsored by the New England Regional Genealogical Consortium. Below is further information cut and pasted from their web site.

Register Now for our April 2017 Conference!
Early Bird Pricing Applies Until February 28, 2017.
While many think of “NERGC” as a Conference, it is really much more. Originally formed over twenty years ago, NERGC is an association of genealogical societies seeking to bring affordable, cutting edge, National quality genealogical education within the reach of New England genealogists and family historians at an affordable regional price.
Our 2017 Conference will be held April 26-29 at the MassMutual Center in Springfield, MA. Wednesday will be filled with special tracks and events. Thursday, Friday, and Saturday will be the featured days of the conference with many presentations, a large exhibit hall, meals, networking, and plenty of ‘cousin finding’!
Thomas MacEntee, F. Warren Bittner, and Kenyatta D. Berry will be our featured speakers – presenting several times throughout the conference and possibly also at banquets, each brings a unique expertise to our event.

To date, NERGC has produced thirteen conferences in every state in New England. Attendance at each of the past six conferences has exceeded 700, with 720 attending the 2005 Portland conference, 745 in Hartford in 2007, 739 in Manchester in 2009, and 830 in Springfield in 2011. The 2015 conference had just under 1,000 attendees, speakers, and exhibitors on hand.

03 February 2017

2017 Video Intro

As mentioned in my first blog post for 2017, videos will soon be incorporated into this blog. The hope is to modernize, update, and make the blog fun. Everyone likes videos; but it is not as easy as it might seem. At least not for me. Aside from the video quality, sound quality might be more important. Hey, who wants to watch let alone listen to something with terrible sound? Hopefully my sound is sufficient. But, this is the first video and mainly a test.

And as I state in the video, viewers will not be subjected to watching me on a regular basis. Hahaha! Lots for me to learn. A new DSLR was purchased. Huge learning curve for me on using that. Video editing software needs to be utilized also. Fortunately, this one plus minute video was done "on the fly" with no editing needed. Until the next post, video, or documentary!



21 January 2017

Recent Dumping at the Old Mount Ida Cemetery, Troy, NY

An email was sent to me earlier in the day by another fellow cemetery enthusiast notifying me of a case of very recent illegal dumping of old tires in the Old Mount Ida Cemetery; located on lower Pawling Avenue in Troy.

Pictures of the crime are below. Someone came into the cemetery with a large truck and disposed of upwards of forty tires on cemetery grounds. This story may hit the news media in the next day or so. I was asked to spread the word on this.

It is truly a shame that individuals do this; especially in a cemetery! I am in and out of numerous cemeteries on a regular basis. I have seen evidence of prior illegal activity in many cemeteries but have never stumbled upon someone in the act of desecration. Lucky for them!

The City of Troy will be notified of this. I am told that numerous city officials are not aware that the cemetery is actually city property. Hopefully a city department of public works crew will remove the tires soon.




16 January 2017

Upcoming Talk on Albany's German Community & WWI

On 5 February 2017, 2 PM, at the Wyman Osterhout Community Center in New Salem, the New Scotland Historical Association is sponsoring a historical talk on World War I and Albany's German community. The program will be given by myself, Christopher White.

Stop by to learn about Albany's once vibrant German community. In Albany, Germans were the largest ethnic group second to the Irish. Today, Albany's German community and history is culturally invisible compared to it's heyday during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. What happened?

The Osterhout Community Center is located in New Salem just before the hill heading up to Thatcher Park. For more information please check the New Scotland Historical Association's web page. Below is a flyer created and provided by the NSHA.


Plans for 2017

Although this post is two weeks late... Happy New Year! We are well into 2017. Many plans are being made to "upgrade and develop" this blog to be more interesting and helpful for fellow genealogists. Professional type videos and documentaries are planned.

Presently I am in the process of learning how to use different pieces of equipment such as DSLR cameras, microphones, web cams, mixing board, and video editing software. Hopefully my daughters who are more media savvy than myself will be willing to help with lessons for Dad and production tips.

Yes, this is being done while working full-time and also continuing my own family history research. Another genealogical road trip might be taken. This time perhaps to Wisconsin with some stops along the way.

Cemetery work will begin again at the Evangelical Protestant Cemetery as soon as the weather begins to warm. Looking forward to this. 99% of the east side of the cemetery is complete. Once that side is complete, the west side will most likely be set upon this Spring. No rest for the Albany Grave Digger!