Henry Alvah Strong and the Eastman Kodak Company

Steve Strong, in research­ing some cor­re­spon­dence, turned up a nice arti­cle with pho­tos about Henry Alvah Strong. Eliz­a­beth Jef­fries, a stu­dent at the Uni­ver­sity of Rochester, intro­duces her article:

I chose to write about the Strong Mau­soleum because I am a mem­ber of the Strong fam­ily. My grand­mother is Ann Emer­son Strong Gar­rett, the daugh­ter of Pritchard Hop­kins Strong. I knew very lit­tle about her par­ents because they died when she was very young, but through research I have learned a great deal about how they lived. I chose to write about Henry Alvah Strong and Augus­tus Hop­kins Strong as well, because they were large con­trib­u­tors to both Rochester and other communities.

Here is the arti­cle online: https://www.lib.rochester.edu/IN/RBSCP/Epitaph/ATTACHMENTS/27_3.pdf

Thanks, Steve, for find­ing this!

The SFAA Historian’s Genealogy Database

We finally have a work­ing solu­tion to an area I’ve been try­ing to fig­ure out for years: What do we do with new genealog­i­cal infor­ma­tion sub­mit­ted to us? How do we make it avail­able to our members?

Thanks to John Lang­behn, our Newslet­ter Edi­tor, we have an answer. John, over the course of sev­eral years, tran­scribed the entire His­tory of the Strong Fam­ily by Ben­jamin Dwight, into Fam­ily Tree Maker.

Let me show you what we have, and then I’ll give some exam­ples of why that’s use­ful to our membership.

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New Strong Family Updates Books

I work for a com­pany Inbox­Dol­lars that stays com­pletely up-to-date as to var­i­ous online trends. We under­stand that in many ways peo­ple are mov­ing away from real phys­i­cal books, but also mov­ing away from tra­di­tional desk­top Macs and PCs.

The “mobile Web” is tak­ing a larger and larger share of our online inter­ac­tion. I see this every day, of course, by sim­ply look­ing around. Peo­ple are con­stantly and con­sis­tently using their phones and tablets, iPads, etc., for infor­ma­tion and enter­tain­ment. Peo­ple would rather use their phones to send a text mes­sage than use their phone to make a phone call.

Mean­while, we have phys­i­cal books, nicely-bound hard­cover books con­tain­ing the his­tory and geneal­ogy of the Strong Fam­ily in Amer­ica. We have begun to move toward PDF files and Books on CD. How­ever, when is the last time you saw some­one load a CD onto their phone or tablet? To be sure, with our cur­rent offer­ings, we have lit­tle choice.

I am now able to cre­ate true Kin­dle books of our geneal­ogy. I’m now able to start with our Fam­ily Tree Maker data­base and fin­ish with a Kin­dle book avail­able on Amazon.com, Nook book for Barnes & Noble, and so on.

That sounds sim­ple. What’s the big deal?

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Bob Cihla in Hospice Care

Our asso­ci­a­tion Pres­i­dent, Bob Cihla, has tran­si­tioned to hos­pice care. He is in end stage COPD with the com­pli­ca­tion of inter­sti­tial lung fibro­sis. The doc­tors tell us that there isn’t any­thing med­ically to do to make him bet­ter so they are doing pal­lia­tive care.

Please keep Bob and the Cihla fam­ily in your thoughts and prayers.

Joseph Parsons and Elizabeth Strong

THE BANNS HAD been posted on the Meet­ing House door. Young Joseph Par­sons was to wed Eliz­a­beth Strong. In Northamp­ton, when the eldest son of a wealthy man mar­ried the daugh­ter of a church elder, the whole town was invited to the cel­e­bra­tion. Because of its near­ness to mown mead­ow­land with room enough for towns­folk to ram­ble, all par­ties agreed that Joseph Par­sons’ house was the best loca­tion for the wed­ding feast, though some in the town planned to stay away in protest.

I was delighted to dis­cover the book My Enemy’s Tears: The Witch of Northamp­ton by Karen Vor­beck Williams includes the wed­ding of Joseph Par­sons and Eliz­a­beth Strong, daugh­ter of Elder John Strong and Abi­gail Ford. The book goes on to state that the bride’s fam­ily was not opposed to a lit­tle merry-making, and we con­tinue the wed­ding through Chap­ter XVI.

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New Book From Brooke Shields

I was walk­ing through Barnes & Noble last week and noticed there is a new book out from Brooke Shields, There Was a Lit­tle Girl: The Real Story of My Mother and Me. Brooke has writ­ten sev­eral book, and her ances­try has been fea­tured on Who Do You Think You Are.

Brooke is a 10th great grand­daugh­ter of Elder John Strong and Abi­gail Ford, through the Thomas line:

1-John Strong ( — ) + Abi­gail Ford ( — )
2-Thomas Strong ( — ) + Rachel Holton ( — )
3-Joseph Strong ( — ) + Sarah Allen ( — )
4-Phineas Strong ( — ) + Mary Parker ( — )
5-Ozias Strong ( — ) + Susanna West ( — )
6-Susanna Strong ( — ) + John Baker ( — )
7-Thirza Baker ( — ) + George Sheffield ( — )
8-Betsey Sheffield ( — ) + John Keyes Camp­bell ( — )
9-Mary Camp­bell ( — ) + Charles Arthur Moore ( — )
10-Mary Elsie Moore ( — ) + Marino Tor­lonia ( — ), 4th Prince of Civitella-Cesi 11-Marina, Princess Tor­lonia ( — ) + Fran­cis Xavier Shields ( — )
12-Francis Alexan­der Shields ( — ) + Teri Schmon ( — )
13-Christa Brooke Camille Shields (1965– )

Here is the book descrip­tion from Amazon:

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