Archive for December, 2010

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Early 1900’s postcard of Old Marlboro M.E. Church before 1915 Fire

December 16, 2010

According to a 1915 Poughkeepsie Newspaper article entitled, “$45, 000 Fire at Marlboro,” early on Dec. 7, 1915, “the beautiful old Methodist Church building, erected in 1866, was burned to the ground.” Also lost in this fire was the spire of the Presbyterian Church, Marlborough’s new community centre, and the only gymnasium in the town.

This postcard by donated to our library by J. Diorio.

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Christmas traditions that were once Celebrated by Marlboro Students

December 9, 2010

While searching through our archives here at the Marlboro Library for old Christmas photos from the town, I came across a copy made from a December 1904, Marlboro Record  newspaper featuring a story on “How the Christmas Season was Observed by Students in School.” According to this article, Marlboro students once had a “Yule Log Hunt.” Students were broken up into teams to search through the woods with the mission to find the Yule Log with a wreath of holly around it. Once the winning team discovered the log, they dragged it  back to the school on rope, where they then set the log afire in celebration. After this ceremony, the students had a feast at Saint Mary’s Hall, and then went out caroling. Sounds like it was a good time had by all.

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Spotlight on GenealogyBank.com…

December 9, 2010

According to this site, they are “the largest Newspaper Archive for Family History Research!” One can search through newspapers from 1690-current for his/her family name. Membership is required for this site, but they do offer a 30-day trial. http://www.genealogybank.com/gbnk/

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Learn how to search for European Ancestors and More through Family Search!

December 2, 2010

Want to learn how to find English, Italian, German, Irish, New Zealand, Polish, Mexican, Dutch, French, Portugese, Russian, Scandinavian, or Spanish ancestors? FamilySearch.org recently released a new website, FamilySearch Beta. From the FamilySearch website, click on the links for “free online classes” or “learn,” which is located at the top of their updated site. You will then be directed to a page full of educational video courses ready to download and view. So far, I have found the videos to be very informative and a pleasure to watch.