Slate Museum Quarries Families

Don’t you love word play and genealogy? If you do, there is lots of it here – the Times Argus has an article by Gordon Dritschilo, Slate museum quarries families, that talkes about museums working together to help genealogists.

Excerpts from the article:

The Slate Valley Museum may soon be reuniting some of the families it honors.

The museum has entered into a partnership with the National Museums Wales that includes a genealogy project that could help descendents of Welsh immigrants to the Slate Belt track down their distant cousins in Wales and vice versa.
Not long after slate was discovered in western Vermont and eastern New York state during the 1830s, Welsh slate experts were brought in to help build the industry.
In the meantime, Willits said the museum is gathering remembrances of various Welsh families in the area while her counterparts in Wales undertake a similar effort.

“They’re in touch with families in Wales who have people who left to come to America,” she said. “We have people here with Welsh ancestry who are interested in their genealogy. Between us, we will create a joint database. Right now, we’ve asking people to come with memories and family histories.”

I’m sure there have been similar partnerships in the past between museums, but I’m not sure if it was on this scale or this focused, and it appears the main focus here is genealogy and family history.

If your genealogy research touches on any of the areas mentioned, I’m sure they’d love to hear from you – the Slate Valley Museum is located in Granville, New York.

Out for a few days

I’ll be out for a few days, I’m working on a photo book for the family and it’s taking up all my time, and I’ve also been reading a very interesting book that I’ll be posting a review about when I get back.

Genealogy T-Shirts and Gifts

Jimmy Kavanagh, of JMK Genealogy Gifts, has expanded his genealogy gift lineup, to include the following new designs:

DNA Jigsaw
Genealogy & Family History – solving the puzzle of where we come from
Family Tree Jigsaw

If you are looking for a gift for a fellow genealogist, or perhaps something interesting to wear next time you go traipsing through cemeteries, you might want to check them.

All in the Family: Middle School Teacher Traces His Roots

Steven Scarpa has an article for the Record-Journal (Meriden, CT), All in the Family: Middle School Teacher Traces His Roots, about a person researching their family’s history – it’s a good little article covering amateur genealogists, and one of those signs of how mainstream genealogy is fast becoming. The focus of the article, Gary O’Neil, mentions how difficult it can be at times, as well as the fact that it’s not a simple “sit down an do it in a few weekends” kind of project. It’s a positive article about genealogy and how popular it’s becoming.


Where do my people come from? It is a question most people ask of themselves at some point in their lives. For some, finding the answer is very simple — talking to relatives, a trip to the local city hall or thumbing through a family Bible covers most of the basics.

Gary O’Neil, a teacher at Washington Middle School, became interested in his family history as a child listening to his great-grandmother’s stories and cataloguing her photographs before she died. The stories stayed with him.