On July 21, 2018, I will be leading a cemetery walk
at the Ballston Spa Village Cemetery, in Ballston Spa, New York.
I'll be profiling some of the business leaders who are buried
in the cemetery. Meet at 11 am at the parking lot at the county
offices on West High Street. We'll walk to the cemetery from
there. Hats and sunscreen are advised. This is one of the
meetings/events of the Ballston Area History Roundtable - details
I can research your ancestors (or local history topics) from Saratoga, Washington, or Warren County
in New York State, making use of physical collections at local repositories as well as databases which
I subscribe to. Also, if you have done research already, I can provide editorial assistance to get it
published or made available on a Web site. List of services I can provide.
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 have researched and written a number of local history
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 Ballston Spa articles.
I also have written a number of articles for the New York History Blog. Here is a list of my New York History Blog 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.
Emancipation Day. To learn how slaves were freed in Washington, D. C. in 1862, read my article on The Root.
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).
My e-book called Slavery on Stage: Black Stereotypes and Opportunities in Nate Salsbury's "Black Anerica" Show.
Following the final run of his Wild West Show, Nate Salsbury initiated a new production called "Black America."
The 1895 show, though somewhat patronizing, gave many African Americans a foot in the door for careers in
show business, and increased public awareness of their many skills and talents.
Available from smashwords.com, where it's just 99 cents!
For more information, or to purchase, go to: www.smashwords.com/books/view/362832
This book describes a walking tour that covers some of the historic buildings in Ballston Spa, New York,
and has interesting stories about past residents.
Available as a paperback at: Ballston Spa History Walkaround page,
and as an e-book ($2.79) at: Ballston Spa History Walkaround E-book page.
Available for Nook Kobo Apple iTunes book
And (of course) as a print book from mega bookseller Amazon.com.
Ballston Spa History Walkaround is available at Brookside Museum's gift shop. Brookside is
located at 6 Charlton Street, Ballston Spa, New York. Phone: 518-885-4000.
Solomon Northup is the man whose story was presented in the Oscar-winning film, 12 Years a Slave.
I had been researching Northup for years, long before the film came out. I especially was
interested in finding out what Northup did after his release from slavery. Henry Louis Gates, Jr.,
and Kevin Burke, the editors of the Norton Critical Editions version of Twelve Years a Slave
(W. W. Norton, 2016), commended me as "Northup's current and most devoted biographer."
I self-published a short book about Northup in 2012, then collaborated with some other
people to write a book about him. The book, Solomon Northup: The Complete Story of the
Author of Twelve Years a Slave is a full biography of the man who authored one of
the most widely read slave narratives.
Information on the book, and on Solomon Northup's experiences.
Read media coverage of my research on Solomon Northup.
I followed up my research on Northup with another project. Northup was by no means the only person
who was kidnapped and sold into slavery. I've written a book about some of these other victims, titled
Solomon Northup's Kindred: The Kidnapping of Free Citizens before the Civil War. Here is the
listing on Amazon--the book is scheduled to be released on January 30, 2016. It is also available as an e-book:
See my History Winks blog
List of my Saratoga County history articles.
List of my New York History Blog articles.