Monday, July 14, 2008

July 18 - And The Guest Author Is . . .


Lorine McGinnis Schulze's collecting passion is Civil War Era photo albums and photographs, some of which she displays on her website Olive Tree Genealogy in a section called "Lost Faces." Friday, 18 July, in Friday From The Collectors, Lorine will discuss her Civil War era collection and how she decided to specialized in Cartes de Visites of women. She will discuss the fashion and culture of the period along with her methods for organization and storage.

Born in a small town in Ontario, Canada, the youngest of four children of an Army Lieutenant and his wife, she was encouraged by her father to pursue her family lines at a very young age. The death of her father shortly after her 14th birthday, led her to honor his memory with her family research. Thus began a life-long passion with genealogy.

Lorine lives in Georgian Bay (on Lake Huron) and describes her life this way:

My husband and I live on a small hobby farm and have many animals. They include two dogs, Barley (Australian Shepherd rescued from a shelter) & Webley (Shih-tzu). Barley is quite psychotic, she's a challenge to own but very sweet and loving. Webley's just your typical mischievous puppy!

We also have two sheep named Ewe-lysses S. Grant and Queen Princess; one Mammoth Jack Donkey named Burr; and dozens of Guinea Fowl, Laying Hens and Roosters.

I am an avid collector of antiques. My husband and I have an eclectic collection of antiques and collectibles, among them Victorian silver plated tankards, general store and postal scales, coffin plates, tins, WW1 militaria, end-of-day glassware, coffee grinders, boxes both big and small.

I also am a passionate collector of Coffee Grinders, Coffee & Medicine Tins, Snuff boxes and Victorian Jewellery boxes. I also recently began collecting Victorian era Hotel Desk bells and have my eye on those beautiful intricate Victorian scissors much to my husband's dismay!

Another item I find intriguing is antique picture frames, which I find in flea markets and sales, and my husband restores if necessary. As keeper of all family photos going back to the mid 1800s, I can easily find an ancestor photo, have it enlarged, choose a new mat and soon a beautifully framed photo of someone in my family tree is ready to be hung on my living room wall. We recently moved all our photos to repaint our rooms, and counted 76 photos in frames. Many are in the Victorian ornate frames that are almost 3 feet high and it is quite a job to position and rehang them all!

Lorine has been involved in the fields of genealogy and history for more than thirty years and is the author of many published genealogical articles, as well as books. In 1993, she wrote a book on her Mohawk-French ancestry, "The Van Slyke Family in America: A Genealogy of Cornelise Antonissen Van Slyke, 1604-1676 and his Mohawk Wife Ots-Toch . . .", followed by "New Netherland Settlers: Willem Pieterse Van Slyke aka Neef;" both favorably reviewed in the New York Genealogical & Biographical Record.

Her website, Olive Tree Genealogy, was among the first to bring primary sources to the Internet with its ships' passenger lists from the Netherlands to New York in the 17th Century.

Join us Friday, July 18, for Friday From The Collectors. This collector has some wonderful stories to tell and I can't wait to hear them.

See You Then!

Current projects: A series of books on New Netherland Settlers, two books on the Peer and Vollick (Follick) Families of New York, New Jersey and Canada, volunteer host for several Ontario GenWeb sites and USGenWeb sites, 5 Blogs, 10 websites, administrator of dozens of Rootsweb mailing lists and Ancestry message boards.


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