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The E-Sylum:  Volume 3, Number 40, October 1, 2000, Article 7

GENEALOGY RESEARCH TECHNIQUES BENEFICIAL. 

   Dick Johnson writes: "Paul Schultz's recommendation for 
   numismatic researchers to familiarize themselves with 
   genealogy techniques and tools is an excellent suggestion. 
   To gather data on America's 2,850 engravers, diesinkers and 
   medalists, I took a college course on genealogy. That led me to 
   join the local genealogy club. See their website: 
   http://members.aol.com/genclub/nvctc.htm 

   I thought I was a purdy gud researcher until I came in contact 
   with a lot of little ol' grandmothers who tossed around complex 
   genealogical concepts as Census Soundex and ahnentafel files. 

   Their knowledge of techniques and sources was quite advanced. 
   But they were quite willing to share their knowledge and furnished 
   me with numerous tips.  And the club's field trips revealed lots of 
   nearby resources. 

   These newly acquired skills led me to find data often on 
   obscure coin and medal artists.  Example: personal data on 
   Salathiel Ellis, who created four presidential, two military and 
   the first Lifesaving medal for the Philadelphia Mint, is quite 
   obscure. Yet I found the names of his parents, the fact he had 
   eight brothers and sisters, but his place of birth is, as yet 
   unknown (it could be Vermont or Canada, as some directories 
   say). Also he trained Joseph Willson (19 years his junior) 
   to do cameo cutting and relief modeling. For the Mint, Ellis 
   would design and model the obverse portraits, Willson would 
   do the reverses. 

   But one directory is wrong on Ellis (Groce & Wallace says he 
   was born 1860) where it should be 1806.  Genealogy research 
   leads me to the correct data." 

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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