Jon Kay on May 14, 2012

I was saddened to hear of the passing of old-time fiddler Joe Dawson of Bloomington. He grew up in Axsom Branch, a region in Brown County, which is now nearly forgotten, since it was cleared to build the Monroe Reservoir. While Joe first learned to play tunes in this rural community, it was later in […]

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Jon Kay on November 28, 2011

I was saddened to hear about the passing of oldtime fiddler Francis Geels of Decatur, Indiana, this summer. Born in 1925 in Adams County, Indiana, Francis grew up with music in his home. On both sides of his family, old-time music and country square dancing were weekly events. He played for house and barn dances […]

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Jon Kay on July 15, 2011

In this video, I show how to use Google Alerts to discover new resources for your genealogical, family history and material culture studies.  This is one of the simplest ways to make the most of your limited research time.

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Jon Kay on April 28, 2011

The first installment of a series of videos that I did with Anna Batcheller and Suzanne Godby Ingalsbe at Traditional Arts Indiana. I will post the others in the weeks to come. This clip talks about thinking about and preparing to do a folklore or oral history interview.

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