15 November 2017

Holiday Sales for the Family Genealogist & Archivist

Now through December there will be lots of sales for genealogical and archival gifts. Some sales that have come to me via advertisements that are decent are listed below. If you are thinking of getting any of theses items, do not wait; these offers all expire on different dates.

  • University Products has a 20% off code BOXES20 on all archival storage boxes
  • AncestryDNA has $20 off a single kit- just $79. Additional kits can be purchased for $69 each. Plus a coupon code FREESHIPDNA for free shipping on your first kit.
  • FamilyTreeDNA sale prices on the Family Finder kit - $59, YDNA kit - $129, and the mtDNA kit - $169.
  • 23andMe has its Ancestry Service DNA kit for $49 when two or more kits are purchased or get a single kit for $69.

14 November 2017

Tombstone Tuesday : Bender Plot at the Evangelical Protestant Cemetery

For me, the 2017 season for gravestone restoration is over. Cold weather is here and a shoulder operation yesterday has put me out of commission for that type of work. Genealogy research will begin again in full throttle.

Below is a link to my Youtube channel for our latest video. The video is of the restoration of a cemetery plot in the Evangelical Protestant Cemetery. Initially the plot was a disaster. Every stone was broken and damaged in one way or another. Little by little the plot was rebuilt and restored.

Youtube channel link is here.

12 November 2017

Poestenkill Historical Society Meeting

The following announcement comes from the Rensselaer County Advertiser newspaper.

Poestenkill Historical Society
Kate Mullany National Historic Site:
National Significance of a Laundry Worker's Strike.

Tom Carroll returns as our guest speaker for our November Program. In early 1864, a nineteen-year old Irish immigrant named Kate Mullany organized the shirt collar laundry workers of Troy, New York, into the nation's first truly all-female labor union. Their weeklong strike yielded them a twenty-five percent raise and vaulted Mullany to national prominence. Today, the house that she bought for her family is a National Historic Site and the home of the American Labor Studies Center, which helps educate young Americans about the history of labor in the United States. This talk will tell that story. Please join us on Tuesday, November 28th, at 7:00 p.m. in the downstairs meeting room of the Town Hall on route 351. The program is free and everyone is welcome. Refreshments will be provided.

11 November 2017

USAF Veteran

Here is a brief photomontage of a living USAF hero. No names mentioned. Dad

Military Service in the Family

Today being Veteran's Day; I wish to honor these deceased relatives and ancestors who fought in the following wars to help preserve our way of life and freedoms in America. This list is far complete for family members who served.

Revolutionary War

  • Samuel Hitchcock
Samuel Hitchcock, gravestone

War of 1812
  • Isaac Hitchcock
Isaac Hitchcock, gravestone

Civil War
  • John Albert
John Albert, enlistment paper

  • Joseph Albert, Andersonville POW
Joseph Albert, gravestone

  • Robert Boyd
Robert Boyd, gravestone

  • Aistroppe Robinson Hitchcock
Aistroppe Robinson Hitchcock, gravestone

  • Charles Koreman
Charles Koreman

  • Clinton Hanks Meneely
Clinton Hanks Meneely

  • Thomas O'Donnell, Richmond, Virginia POW
Thomas O'Donnell, POW affidavit

  • William Henry White
William Henry White

Spanish-American War
  • John Michael Albert
John Michael Albert

World War I
  • Charles Albert
Charles Albert, grave marker

  • Henry Albert
Henry Albert, gravestone

  • Adrian Koreman
Adrian Koreman, right

World War II

  • John Josesph Gannon
John Joseph Gannon

  • John Joseph Hohenstein, Died in Sicily
John Joseph Hohenstein

  • Arthur Stephen Koreman, KIA, Iwo Jima
Arthur Stephen Koreman

  • Francis Joseph Koreman
Francis Joseph Koreman

  • Edward Joseph Koreman
Edward Joseph Koreman

  • Joseph Albert Koreman
Joseph Albert Koreman, gravestone

  • James Lyons Quinn, KIA, Marshall Islands
James Lyons Quinn

  • George Edward Kirk White, POW Germany

George Edward Kirk White

  • Thomas Charles White
Thomas Charles White

  • Thomas Charles White
Thomas Charles White

Honoring Our Vets

Recently I read a suggestion in a Twitter post from a fellow genealogist where he mentions that he will write an article everyday from 01 November through 11 November to honor his family's veterans. I am too late to do this challenge but will write on one of my family's military heroes who fought in the Korean and Vietnam Wars, Sergeant Major Thomas Charles White, Retired.

Sgt Maj T.C. White
at his retirment, 1979

Tom retired from the United States Marine Corps, as Sergeant Major, after serving 23 years in the "Corps".  He was an enlisted man and worked his way up to the highest level that an enlisted man could.  He retired at Camp Lejeune, Jacksonville, NC in 1979 and moved back home to Albany and began another long career working for Niagara Mohawk Power Company. Tom passed away on 22 May 2012 and is buried at the Gerald B. H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery in Schuylerville, New York. The following biography of Tom comes from his retirement booklet.

SgtMaj White was born July 30, 1936 in Albany, New York.  He enlisted in the
Marine Corps on August 9, 1953, and completed Recruit Training at Parris Island, South Carolina.

Upon completing Recruit Training he was assigned to 2d Anti-Tank Battalion, 2d
Marine Division and served in the Heavy Machine Gun Platoon.  After  completing two years and making a NATO and Med Cruise, he was assigned to Marine Barracks, Sangley Point.  After a year in the Philippine Islands, he was assigned to Marine Barracks, Sasebo, Japan for one year.

Returning to the United States in July, 1956, he served as a Squad Leader and
Platoon Sergeant with the 3rd Battalion, 1st Marines at Camp Pendleton,
California.  From 1958 to 1960 SgMaj White served in Hawaii as a Platoon
Sergeant with the 1st Battalion, 4th Marines, 1st Brigade.  Departing Hawaii in
1960 at which time he served as Squad Leader and Platoon Sergeant with "I"
Company, 3rd Battalion, 2d Marines, 2d Marine Division.

In 1964, SgtMaj White took his Squad from "I" Company, 3rd Battalion, 2d Marines to Quantico, Virginia to compete in the Marine-wide Squad Combat Competition where his squad won the title of the Best Infantry Squad in the Marine Corps. He was awarded a gold badge- the Tarawa Award for Leadership and meritoriously promoted to Staff Sergeant by the Commandant of the Marine Corps. Upon returning from Quantico he was assigned as Platoon Sergeant with 2d Recon Battalion, 2d Marine Division.

From late 1965 to 1966 SgtMaj White was assigned to Marine Barracks, Philadelphia to establish a body escort program and remained there until he was ordered to Vietnam. During 1967-1968 he was the Company Gunnery Sergeant of "G" Company, 2d Battalion, 4th Marines in Vietnam.

Returning from Vietnam he was ordered to Recruiter School and after successfully graduating, he served as Non-Commissioned Officer in Charge (NCOIC) of the Recruiting Station at Plattsburgh, New York. Being promoted to First Sergeant while on recruiting duty, he was ordered to Western Pacific (WesPac) in 1970. From 1970 to 1971 he served as Sergeant Major of Headquarters Battalion, marine Corps Base, Camp Butler, Okinawa. Departing Okinawa in 1971 he served as First Sergeant "B" Company, 1st Battalion, 3rd Marines Brigade, Hawaii until he was promoted to his present rank in May 1974.

Returning to Camp Lejeune in 1974 he was assigned as Sergeant Major, 2d Field Artillery Group, Force Troops, Fleet Marine Force Atlantic (FMFLant) until 1976. In 1976 he was assigned to
Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 164 (HMM 164), 1st Marine Air Wing as Squadron Sergeant Major on Okinawa. Returning to Marine Corps Base, Camp Lejeune in 1977 he was assigned Sergeant Major, Rifle Range Detachment, until his current assignment as Camp Johnson Area Sergeant Major. MCSSS Schools Sergeant Major in 1977.
A complete list of decorations and awards includes:

  • Meritorious Service Medal
  • Navy Commendation Medal with Combat "V"
  • Combat Action Ribbon
  • Presidential Unit Citation
  • Good Conduct Medal with "7" Stars
  • Navy Occupation Medal with European Clasp
  • National Defense with Bronze Star
  • Vietnamese Service Medal with Three Bronze Stars
  • Vietnamese Gallantry Cross with Palm
  • Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal with Device
  • Gold Annual Rifle Squad Competition Badge
  • Rifle Expert Badge
  • Pistol Expert Badge

Sergeant Major White and wife, the former Martha Ann Cunningham of Birmingham, Alabama have one daughter Debra Ann. They will be making their home in Albany, New York.

07 November 2017

Greenbush Historical Society November Meeting

The following article comes from last week's Rensselaer County Advertiser newspaper.

Recent surveys say that 8 out of 10 Americans shop online. Long before Amazon and other online outlets started selling almost everything by computer, "catalog shopping" was a popular way to find needed items - even a house! The "Sears Modern Home" catalog sold more than 70,000 homes between 1908 and 1940. Their catalog featured 44 house styles ranging in price from $360 to $2900. Many of these homes are still right here in this area. Join the Greenbush Historical Society on Sunday, November 12, 2PM, at the East Greenbush Library for an informative discussion on these "moder, prefab homes." Our Board President, Mary Ellen Sullivan, will lead the presentation on the history behind these sturdy, do-it-yourself kits. Maybe, you will even discover that you live in one. Our meetings are free and open to the public. Please do register, however, at the East Greenbush Library at 518.477.7476.

05 November 2017

WWI History Programs

The following was cut and pasted from Tim Blydenburgh's Times Union History Blog on two upcoming history programs on America's role in World War I.

Return Without Fail
The meeting is free and open to the public with refreshments served following the presentation.VALLEY FALLS — The Pittstown Historical Society meets at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 16 at the Pittstown Town Hall, 97 Tomhannock Road in Valley Falls where Historian Peter Lindemann of Cobleskill will present “Return without Fail: The Lost Doughboys of Rensselaer County.”
“Following World War One, the state historian asked all town historians to submit reports on local wartime activities, including photographs of the soldiers, for a planned publication on New York State in the World War,” Lindemann said. “Most towns in Rensselaer County complied, with about 400 soldier photographs submitted, many with handwritten instructions such as ‘return without fail.’”
However, no funds were appropriated, and the state publication was never produced. The photos were not returned and ever since have been sitting in boxes in the New York State Archives in Albany.
On Nov. 16, , these 400 re-discovered photographs, along with letters and stories of these heroic men and women, will be shown, as the Rensselaer County doughboys finally ‘return without fail,’ Lindemann said.
Greene County’s impact
COXSACKIE — Local historian Richard Muggeo discusses Greene County’s impact on World War I at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov 9, at the Vedder Research Library.
The library is on the grounds of the Bronck Museum off Route 9W, 1.5 miles south of the intersection of routes 9W, 385, and 81. Free admission, but donations appreciated in support of the Beecher Scholarship, a $1,000 annual scholarship awarded to a Greene County senior high school student who writes a paper related to history in the county.

04 November 2017

Genealogy Deals

Now that the holiday season is upon us; genealogy sales and specials are beginning to trickle out. Two decent specials are listed below. I, personally, have taken advantage of the MyHeritage sale in the past.

Deal #1
For readers of Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter (EOGN), he has secured a very limited 1/2 price off a year subscription to MyHeritage.com for $125. You must be a subscriber to his daily newsletter. It is free and offers lots of good genealogical info. If interested, click on the above link to EOGN and follow the links for the 1/2 price off for a MyHeritage subscription.

Deal #2
DNA company 23andMe are offering a sale of their Ancestry DNA kit for just $49 per kit when you buy two or more kits. This is a great way to get yourself and also perhaps an older relative tested. This offer ends 23 November 2017.

History & Genealogy Programs at the Guilderland Public Library

The following programs are being sponsored by and held at the Guilderland Public Library later this month.  Please contact the library for information on these programs. This data comes from the library's monthly bulletin.

300 years of Guilderland Place Names:
From the West Manor of Rensselaerwyck to Westmere
Saturday, November 18 @ 2 pm

Using photographs from the Guilderland Historical Society's extensive collection, Mary Ellen Johnson will describe the evolution of the names of our town's communities.

Some of the names are still in everyday use, others are obsolete, and still others are remembered only by old timers or local history buffs.

Drop-In Genealogy Help
Wednesdays @ 6 pm: November 15 & December 13

Professional genealogist and Guilderland resident Lisa Dougherty takes your questions and gives you guidance on your family history pursuits.

Don't miss this opportunity to get help from the best!

Guilderland Public Library
2228 Western Avenue
Guilderland, NY 12084


01 November 2017

Watervliet Street Name Changes

For those researching their ancestors in Watervliet, New York, the following information may be helpful; especially if one wants to find the actual house that their ancestors lived in long ago. This data comes to me in a file that I collected a few years ago but I cannot recall its source. It is edited and revised by me.

Today's city of Watervliet once consisted of three villages that merged to form Watervliet. (1) Washington, was located from First Street to the south wall of the Arsenal. (2) Gibbonsville, was located from the the north wall of the Arsenal to 15th Street. (3) West Troy, was located from 15th Street to 27th Street. In 1888 a street plan was incorporated to where streets ran East and West and avenues ran North and South. Below is a list of present streets and avenues and their former names.

Present Name:     Former Name:
1st Street              South Street
2nd Street             South Canal Street
3rd Street              Athol Street
4th Street              Earl Street
5th Street              Mill Street
6th Street              Spring Street
7th Street              Middle Street
8th Street              Mansion Street
9th Street              Berlin Street
10th Street            Shaker Road
11th Street            Charlotte Street
12th Street            George Street
13th Street            Schenectady Street
14th Street            Ferry Street
15th Street            Buffalo Street
16th Street            Canal Street
17th Street            Huron Street
18th Street            Geneva Street

31 October 2017

Halloween Throwback Photos

Below are a series of throwback photos from the 1970s of the White's at Halloween. We used to set up shop and scare the trick-o-treaters on Norwood Avenue.

Brother, father, & myself

Grandpa even got in on the fun!

Father, brother, & myself

Tombstone Tuesday

Below is the front and reverse of an iron tombstone at Our Lady of Angels cemetery in Colonie, New York. This is the first time that I have come across this type of grave marker. Very interesting.

Front: Mader Plot


Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween

25 October 2017

Wordless Wednesday : 34, 36, & 38 Elizabeth Street

36 Elizabeth Street : Koreman Relative's Home
38 Elizabeth Street : Albert Relative's Home
in 1930s-1950s

19 October 2017

Throwback Thursday

Hannah & Dad dancing 
at the
German-American Club of Albany
Father's Day Picnic, 2007