Genealogy Download (26.3MB) Maureen Taylor, the “Photo Detective” is a genealogist and photo researcher who helps researchers unlock mysteries from the past. From the PBS series Ancestors to the popular magazine Martha Stewart Living, this photo researchers has helped others recognize the importance of family photographs and encouraged them to preserve and annotate their family […]

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Jon Kay on March 25, 2011 Download (35.7MB)   Folklorist Tim Tangherlini employs a research approach he calls, “computational folkloristics” which uses data-mining to reveal new information, once thought lost to the past. He deploys computers to plot, compare, store and assist in the analysis of data from various archival holdings from around the world. His method places historical individuals […]

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Jon Kay on February 25, 2011 Download (26.3MB) In this episode, we start to explore pottery produced by artisans from the Catawba Nation in South Carolina. This is part one of a three part series on this age old art.  In part one of our exploration of this earthenware tradition.  I talk with Bill Harris, a Catawba potter who learned […]

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Jon Kay on February 25, 2011

I am teaching a workshop this weekend on the Identification, Care and Handling of Historic Photographs. I am not an expert in this area, but I am a firm believer that the only way to really learn something is to teach it. So as I was pulling together information of the workshop I started thinking […]

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Jon Kay on February 21, 2011 Download (28.6MB) What would you do if you found out that your ancestors were slaveholders who owned one of the most talented folk potters in South Carolina? When Leonard Todd found himself in this situation, he committed himself to a six-year journey of discovery about the Life and work of an enslaved artisan named […]

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Jon Kay on January 26, 2011 Download (27.0MB) In this episode, I talk with Curt  Witcher, the Senior Manager for Special Collections at the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, Indiana. His work includes leading The Genealogy Center, which is a world-class research center for family and local history research.In this interview, Curt and I discuss general research strategies […]

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Jon Kay on January 4, 2011

My students often ask me what is the best scanner? I usually reply that it depends on how it is going to be used. My research takes me into the field to do interviews with people who want to share photographs, newspaper clippings and other documents with me.  I try not to borrow objects or […]

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