Michelle Ann Kratts

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Bringing Lost Souls Home: John Morrison, a hero of Niagara

In The African Americans of Niagara Falls, The Underground Railroad on March 26, 2013 at 8:22 pm

Some new discoveries concerning the history of the Underground Railroad in Niagara Falls….thanks to Oakwood historian and researcher, Peter Ames.

SketchIs this a sketch of one of Niagara Falls’ most heroic men?  

Click on the link below to view the story on Oakwood Cemetery’s website:


Stanczyk–Internet Muse (for Polish research)

In The Polish of Niagara Falls on March 26, 2013 at 8:12 pm

Thank you so much to Stanczyk for the special blog helping me find information on the BANAS family from Niagara Falls that originated in Rataje, Stopnica, Poland!

What an excellent blog to follow!


2013 Tuscarora Migration Project

In Tuscarora History on March 26, 2013 at 7:40 pm
Young Tuscarora adventurers

Young Tuscarora adventurers

Many of our local Niagarans of Tuscarora ancestry are tracing the steps of their forefathers as they commemorate the 300th anniversary (1713-2013) of their migration home.

The 1,300 mile, 70-day relay style event will  cross through six states starting from Fort Nooherooka, Snow Hill, NC to our Tuscarora Nation in Lewiston, NY.  It began on Sunday, March 24, and will continue until these indigenous adventurers make their way home to Lewiston.

Make sure to check the website at:


The website contains a migration map that can be followed daily.   There is also a Facebook page:  2013 Tuscarora Migration Project.

War of 1812 Pensions

In Genealogy Websites, Military Records, War of 1812 on March 25, 2013 at 10:57 pm

preserve the pensions blog

For War of 1812 pensions…

The Federation of Genealogical Societies, Ancestry.com, Fold3 and FamilySearch have teamed together in a combined effort to digitize and preserve over 180,000 pension records from the War of 1812.  Their campaign, Preserve the Pensions, is spearheading a nationwide fundraising initiative to digitize these fragile and fading records.  You may access some records at the following website:


Keep checking back as more records are made available.

A Spiritualist History of Niagara Falls, Part Five: The Story of Dr. Henry Hardwicke

In Spiritualism in Niagara Falls on March 23, 2013 at 6:57 pm

Margery the medium

One of my favorite stories of Niagara’s Spiritualist past….the story of Dr. Hardwicke and Margery the Medium.


Newspapers from Youngstown, New York

In Digital Newspapers, Niagara County Resources, Youngstown on March 23, 2013 at 4:17 pm

Some great news for Niagara County researchers!  Below is a link to NY Heritage and Niagara County and Youngstown newspapers.  This site is free and contains a great deal of sources for researchers of local history.


This digital collection includes newspapers published in Youngstown, NY, from the following time periods, but unfortunately all issues are no longer available:

A Spiritualist History of Niagara Falls, Part 4: The Organization of Spiritualist Churches in Niagara Falls

In Spiritualism in Niagara Falls on March 21, 2013 at 2:33 pm

When Things of the Spirit Come First, Part Four: The Organization of Spiritualist Churches in Niagara Falls

by Michelle Ann Kratts


Vine H. Hickox, a leading Spiritualist in Niagara Falls, New York

Vine H. Hickox, a leading Spiritualist in Niagara Falls, New York


In Niagar a River, Old Lewiston on March 19, 2013 at 4:44 pm

Introducing….Lewiston, New York, circa 1920’s…

Lewiston from the Niagara Escarpment, 1920'sClick on the photograph for a fuller view.

Mystery solved!

Just a moment ago, I was stopped by a wonderful woman just about to walk out of the door.  She asked if I was “me” and if I had received all of the “little gifts” she had left anonymously on my desk through the year. How exciting to finally meet her! She went on to tell me that she was the one who left me the beautiful print of the winding river. As the photograph was not labeled, I was hesitant to declare that it was Lewiston. Cynthia said that it was, indeed, Lewiston, and that the picture was taken from her parents’ house, up on the Escarpment, back in the 1920’s.

Quite a different scene than we are used to….but nevertheless…Lewiston.

St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Niagara Falls, NY, Death Register, 1942-1963

In Niagara Deaths, St. Joseph's Cemetery Records, St. Joseph's Church, The Italians of Niagara Falls, New York on March 16, 2013 at 7:02 pm

We will be re-doing some of these pages soon!  Some pages came out quite blurry. Apologies….

May 6, 1942-June 27, 1947

Death Register 1

Transcription (by Peggy Taylor Hulligan) Single Graves 1


February 4, 1949-May 13, 1951

Death Register 2

Transcription (by Peggy Taylor Hulligan) Single Graves 2


October 27, 1951-February 15, 1959

Death Register 3


February 23, 1954-July 7, 1956

Death Register 4

Transcription (by Peggy Taylor Hulligan) Single Graves 4


August 27, 1956- September 9, 1961

Death Register 5

Transcription (by Margaret Bowen) Single Graves 5


September 15, 1958-March 27, 1963

Death Register 6

Transcription (by Jeff Manning) Single Graves 6


January 22, 1961-September 13, 1963

Death Register 7

Transcription (by Jeff Manning) Single Graves 7

Angelo Scalzo’s Restaurant

In Restaurants of Niagara Falls, The Italians of Niagara Falls, New York on March 16, 2013 at 3:52 pm
Scalzo's Restaurant Menu

Scalzo’s Restaurant Menu

Angelo Scalzo, an Italian immigrant from Gimigliano, Italy, founded Scalzo’s Restaurant in Niagara Falls, New York, in 1906.  Originally located at Memorial Parkway and East Falls Street, it was destroyed by fire.  During the 1970’s it reopened at 1602 Pine Avenue.

Menu for Scalzo's Restaurant

Menu for Scalzo’s Restaurant

Scalzo's Restaurant

Scalzo’s Restaurant

December 19, 1970Niagara Falls Gazette

December 19, 1970
Niagara Falls Gazette

Interior Scalzo's Restaurant

Interior Scalzo’s Restaurant


Courtesy Patricia DiNieri