I listened to a fascinating CAFE live conversation between historians Heather Cox Richardson and Joanne Freeman the other day. At minute 8 or so they begin to discuss the difference between journalists and historians. Journalists, they point out, follow the story; they look for facts and find sources to deliver the story. Historians look for … Continue reading Keeper of Family Lore or Family Historian?
Light colored eyes, weak from age and illness, stared out from between a headful of thick, wavy hair and a chinful of white whiskers. The photograph was among a list of search returns for John P. Minor on a major genealogical website. The problem? This is NOT John P. Minor. The PROBLEM? Two different ancestry.com users … Continue reading Swiped, Stolen, Borrowed…What To Do When Your Work Is “Shared”: Tuesday’s Tip
The second, third, and fourth pages of the Minor Family Album were all taken by Oliver Eugene Aultman, in his West Main Street studio, in Trinidad, Colorado. I made a thorough study of the photographs' internal clues and narrowed down the timeframe for the shoot as being between 1889-1893. With no annotations to aid my … Continue reading On The Trail of S. A. Stevens : The Minor Family Album