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Interview with Jon Crispin, photographer

Interview with Jon Crispin, photographer

Jon Crispin is a professional photographer from Pelham, Massachusetts. His striking photographs of abandoned New York State prisons and asylums provide a rare glimpse into the lives of the often over-looked and forgotten segments of society. His current project, photo documenting 429 suitcases that belonged to patients of the Williard Psychiatric Center, opens a window to the personalities of the people treated there, some of whom never left.  Sarah Ashley: I’m thrilled to be able to interview you for my blog, geneartistry.com. My intent is to encourage people to bring...
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Interview with Dave Tabler – Appalachian historian

Interview with Dave Tabler – Appal...

Dave Tabler is an Appalachian historian, blogger and editor of Appalachian History Weekly Podcast. His blog, Appalachian History, Stories, Quotes and Anecdotes focuses on Depression Era Appalachia and features a rich and extensive archive of stories and vignettes that highlight the unique struggles and uncommon resourcefulness of the region. Sarah Ashley: You have a remarkably broad presence on the Internet and use an array of social media tools to share your knowledge of Appalachian history. It’s clearly a passion for you. Where does this interest stem from, and...
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Interview with Dr. Steve Lasky, founder – Museum of Family History

Interview with Dr. Steve Lasky, founder ...

Dr. Steve Lasky is the founder of the Museum of Family History. The museum is a virtual, multimedia, and interactive experience designed to honor Jewish people and the Jewish family unit. The unique online setting is complete with a “floor plan” and features exhibitions and galleries as well as an education and research center.  Sarah Ashley:  My mission, through geneartistry, is to explore and promote the intersection between family history and artistic expression. I feel truly fortunate to have discovered the Museum of Family History which is such a...
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Make Your Mark

Make Your Mark

We have all heard the expressions, “make your mark” or “put your X on the line”, but do you know where they come from? Chances are if you’ve researched for a while you’ve encountered a document where someone signed their name with an X. Legal documents such as land or will records frequently contain such signatures. Often the presence of an X is an indication that the signer could not read or write, an important clue when you are trying to determine the social and economic status of an ancestor. There are exceptions, however. It is not...
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Frank Parmenter

Frank Parmenter

Frank Parmenter’s mangled body was placed in a potter’s field in Courtenay, British Columbia with no family members present to mourn him. At just 38 years old, his body was whirled around a shaft in a shingle mill when his clothing became caught in a wheel. An inquest into his death was held and the incident was ruled an accident. And so ended the life of a mysterious and troubled man, a fugitive, an outcast, a loner and this genealogist’s greatest conundrum, until now. Frank was born March 24, 1884 in Mount Carmel, Illinois, the first boy and number...
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Living with Family Heirlooms

Living with Family Heirlooms

Fine china, stamps, clothing, bibles, books and baubles; family heirlooms come in all shapes and sizes. As family curators and caretakers it is our duty to collect and preserve these precious mementos for future generations. But that doesn’t mean they need to hide in dark attics and drawers. With a little creativity, family heirlooms can be incorporated into any home decor and can inspire less enthusiastic family members to ponder and appreciate their ancestors. Here are some of the best ideas for creating beautiful and interesting displays of common family...
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Interview with Smadar Belkind Gerson, author

Interview with Smadar Belkind Gerson, au...

Smadar Belkind Gerson is a genealogist and author in the Boston area. Her blog, Past-Present-Future chronicles her family’s history through photos, letters, postcards and records. Her recent book, Stored Treasures, is a touching memoir about the life of Minnie Crane who lived through two world wars and the Great Depression. Sarah Ashley: I’m thrilled to be able to interview you for my blog, geneartistry.com. My intent is to encourage people to bring artistic ideas and sensibility to their study of family history. Recently, I’ve set out to interview...
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Moore, Oklahoma Reclaims Their Cemetery

Moore, Oklahoma Reclaims Their Cemetery

Hearts are heavy in Moore, Oklahoma after a tornado ripped through their town, indiscriminately destroying homes and lives. It has been just over a week since the disaster hit this close-knit community but already efforts are underway to reclaim the neighborhoods from piles of debris; what is left of houses and schools torn from their foundations. While many local citizens try to cope with their losses, hundreds of good Samaritans turned out to rescue a bit of their town’s history from the rubble. A cemetery heavily damaged by debris and winds is being given a...