About Vicki Masters Profitt
During a tour of Pittsford Cemetery hosted by Pittsford Town & Village Historian Audrey Johnson in May 2008, Ms. Johnson pointed out a headstone belonging to John H. Thurmon, a member of the 2nd Missouri Cavalry, C.S.A. Having always been interested in the Civil War, I decided to photograph and transcribe the graves of the Civil War soldiers buried at Pittsford Cemetery. This little project snowballed into an obsession to find any and all information about these men that I could. In addition to the grave photographs and transcriptions, I’ve compiled census records, military records, family trees and any other information I could find about these hometown heroes. In 2009, my research expanded to include the Civil War soldiers of Fairport and Perinton and several other surrounding areas.
Since taking that initial cemetery tour in 2008, I have co-hosted annual tours of Pittsford Cemetery and the Pioneer Burying Ground with Audrey Johnson. In 2013, Audrey and I collaborated on a pictorial history book entitled Pittsford, which was released as part of Arcadia Publishing’s “Images of America” series on June 3, 2013. My colleague, personal historian Suzanne Lee, and I also host tours of Fairport’s cemeteries each June.
A native of Rochester, New York, I graduated from SUNY Geneseo with a degree in Elementary Education, concentrating in History. Since 1990, I have researched my family history. Those skills have served me well, and are the basis on which my Civil War research is founded. I am employed as Director of the Fairport Historical Museum and serve as Vice-President of the Perinton Historical Society. Previously, I served on the Board of Directors of Historic Pittsford and as Historian of the now-defunct American Legion Rayson-Miller Post #899 Auxiliary. My articles written about local history have appeared in the Perinton Historical Society’s Historigram, the Rochester Medical Museum & Archives’ Baker-Cederberg Notebook and in newsletters produced by Historic Pittsford. I also contribute cemetery transcriptions and photographs to the Find A Grave project.
I would love to hear from descendants of my Civil War soldiers and of Pittsford & Perinton’s early families, and I also welcome questions about the research process in general. Feel free to leave a comment or email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.