Essays & Rants

How Come No One Has an Old Picture of My House?

Illustration of woman with camera courtesy of Pixabay Or maybe you’re looking for an old picture of your playground, corner tavern, or favorite neighborhood delicatessen. The first place to check is with your local library, museum, or historical society. Maybe it turns out that they have thousands of old pictures but they don’t have yourContinue reading “How Come No One Has an Old Picture of My House?”

Who Can Help With a Little Web Design Problem?

As you may know, I run this site as an on-my-own-time, on-my-own-dime project to pull together online resources for researching ancestral & architectural history in Buffalo. I host it at WordPress with a personal account. For $25 a month, I could upgrade to the business plan, which opens up all the WordPress plug-ins, of whichContinue reading “Who Can Help With a Little Web Design Problem?”

Thoughts on Little Libraries

LLs are a creative solution to the fact that in many places, book supply exceeds demand. There are more books than there are collectors or libraries or used bookstores or rummage sales who want or need them.

No, City Hall Has Not Lost Records in a Fire

Originally published at my LinkedIn page in December 2019, then reprinted by BuffaloRising.com with the title “Buffalo’s Newest Urban Legend” at both sites. Reproduced here with edits and updates. Image of Buffalo City Hall courtesy of Wikimedia Commons. The assertion first came to my attention in 2018 in the comment section at a popular BuffaloContinue reading “No, City Hall Has Not Lost Records in a Fire”

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