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Our Ancestors’ Summers

Our Ancestors’ Summers, Circa 1870-1880: Preparing to travel: A boy’s summer outfit: Women’s swimsuits: Cooling off on a breezy mountain top:

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Erie County Penitentiary Records Are Now in Ancestry ———We Found a Familiar Name!

If you are looking for the skeleton in your ancestor’s closet, Ancestry has just added a record set that may help.  Various New York State prison records are now available for research.  To access Erie County records, search for this … Continue reading

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A Different Kind of Buffalo Celebrity

Dr. Harvey Tananbaum, for many years the Director of NASA’s Chandra X-Ray Observatory, was also a graduate of Bennett High School. Dr. Tananbaum also has the distinction of having been photographed studying at the Grosvenor Library in April of 1960. … Continue reading

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Buffalo Beauty

Our latest blog entry features another Bennett High School alum: actress, model and businesswoman Beverly Johnson, shown here in her yearbook photo from the Bennett Beacon, 1969.  The former champion swimmer became, among other notable things, the first African-American model … Continue reading

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Another Buffalo native’s High School Yearbook photos

Today’s blog entry features retired professional basketball player Bob Lanier, in his yearbook pictures from Bennett High School, 1966.  Lanier played for the Detroit Pistons and the Milwaukee Bucks, retiring in 1984.    

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Speaking of Yearbook photos…

Check out Emmy and Tony award-winning actress and Buffalo native, Christine Baranski, as she appeared in her high school yearbook, the Villa Maria Academy Immaculatan, 1970: Keep an eye out for future blog entries on Buffalo natives.

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It’s Yearbook Time – Let’s Celebrate Awkward Yearbook Photos

Check out our Yearbook Guide to see if we have your awkward yearbook photos!  The Hair…  The Candids…  The Expressions The Artistry The Poses…

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