Kingsport: Update on History

In 1971, the Sullivan County Historical Commission began an extensive survey of existing historical buildings throughout the county. Members interviewed residents, photographed properties, and researched courthouse documents. Their deadline? The American Bicentennial.

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Genealogy: Remember to say “Thank you”

On September 1, this year, I was researching a Carrier relative on Ancestry.com. I did something I rarely do, I added “Family Trees” and “Photos & Maps” to my search. I found this picture.

carrierzeliajessiegeorgianaelisac1892Four ancestors I had never seen an image of before. I was thrilled!
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Kingsport: Make Your Vote Count

A presidential election is just around the corner and it has me thinking about the ways Kingsporters have participated in politics and helped shape the area’s political history. That thinking and research has lead to a new archival exhibit at the Kingsport Public Library. Continue reading

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Kingsport: And The Trophy Goes To

Recently the Archives of the City of Kingsport acquired two trophies from the Kingsport Theatre Guild that are making the most entertaining and informative addition to the collection. I have posted a guest blog about it on the Archives’ blog. Continue reading

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Kingsport: From your dear mother

Any letter that comes into the archives where I volunteer that mentions ‘hogs’ and ‘lard’ in the same paragraph is guaranteed to get scanned. Continue reading

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Genealogy: Print It!

When I’ve written about scanning family photographs in the past, I was promoting ideas like scanning a relative’s photos while you are on vacation, scanning as a form of preservation, and scanning in order to see important details up close. Today, I want to talk about printing copies of the scanned photographs that only live in your computer.

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Field Trip: BYU Book Conservation Lab

Have you ever wondered how a large academic library keeps the most frequently used books in its collection in good condition? Who takes care of the rare volumes? I got to find out when the head conservator of the Harold B. Lee Library, my friend Christopher McAfee, offered me a behind the scenes tour! Continue reading

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Kingsport: Come on in, the water’s fine!

It’s summertime! Time for swimming pools and slip ‘n’ slides, trips to the lake and wading across creeks. The newest archival exhibit at the Kingsport Public Library is all about ways to cool off on hot summer days.

Bathing babies from the Red and V.L. Cloud scrapbooks c.1930s (Spoden collection KCMC 516)

Bathing babies from the Red and V.L. Cloud scrapbooks c.1930s (Spoden Collection KCMC 516)

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Genealogy: Independence Day

The pages of a 1918 letter were photographed for me by a cousin, which I mentioned back in this post, and I thought it would be fitting to transcribe the letter for my family and readers on this Fourth of July. My great uncle Ena Camille Carrier (1891-1960) served in World War I. Continue reading

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Archives: Conference Wrap-up

Saturday, 11 June 2016 Today, I got to witness some fine scholarship and a few really well-executed presentations. But, after two and a half days of conference/hotel food, it’s ok that things have come to an end. Continue reading

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