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Family Pictures

Posted On: Apr 2, 2019   |   Posted By: Urban Sketchers

Family Pictures

A project I'm currently working on is researching my immigrant ancestors and drawing at the places where they lived. It combines two hot topics of contemporary American times: immigration and genealogy.
Often the records I find resemble the immigrant ancestor's house that stood before me in this picture-far from complete. To piece together a family story takes countless hours of digging, cross-referencing, and speculation. The drawings have taken me to places I've never been, even in cities that I thought I knew. Many places are filled with new immigrants. Some are lost to decay, or have changed dramatically. Entire neighborhoods are gone, due to “Urban Renewal.” Some are nicely preserved after over century. What doesn't change are the surprises that come from uncovering a long tangled web of immigrants that formed my family and the American story.

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