About David Fiske



"a heck of a good researcher (and quick too!)"
- Jodi L. Severson

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I am a professional librarian (with a Master's Degree in Library Science), have done quite a bit of genealogy research, and have taught genealogy classes in the Capital District of New York State. I am a member of the New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS), and Heritage Hunters of Saratoga County.

One of my first genealogy projects was to research my own family, who were from western Rhode Island and the Killingly, Connecticut area. My write-up History of the Family of Albert R. Fiske of Killingly, Connecticut is available online (notes on sources appear on the reverse sides of pages they relate to--in other words, the even pages).

I have also researched and written a number of local history articles relating to people in Saratoga County. The articles were published in Ballston Spa Life, a weekly newspaper published by The Saratogian. Here is a list of my articles.

If you hire me to research your family history, one of the options available to you would be to have me write up biographical information on your ancestors. The write-up would be similar to the local history articles I have done.

I also write articles for the New York History blog. Here is a list of my NY history blog articles.

I've done a significant amount of research on Solomon Northup, who was a black man, residing in Saratoga Springs, New York, who was tricked into going south. He was sold into slavery, and lived the life of a slave for nearly twelve years. He eventually was able to return to New York and wrote a book about his experiences. His book was the basis for the Oscar-wining film, 12 Years a Slave. For some basic background on Northup, and for information on the book about him that I co-authored, see my Solomon Northup page.

I've also done several other books on historical topics:

Ballston Spa History Walkaround, which is a historic walking tour of Ballston Spa, New York.

Forgotten on the Kennebec: Abandoned Places and Quirky People, about several abandoned places on Maine's Kennebec River.

Madame Sherri - The Special Edition (with Eric Stanway). This book tells the fascinating story of Madame Sherri, who had a career in show business during the days of vaudeville, then retired to a rural community in New Hampshire.