I’m the Asst. County Historian for Wyoming County, New York. I write a lot of non-fiction, local history, for work in our quarterly called Historical Wyoming. As for reading, I prefer mysteries. I have also been a freelance abstractor for over 15 years. I have combined that skill and my love for history to primarily only research historic properties now, or Native America land, as that is where my interests lie. Oh yes, and murders. Nothing quite like researching historical true crime.
I was a weekly columnist for 2 1/2 years for a now out of print (2006) Native American newspaper (otherwise I would still be writing for them) called The Akwesasne Phoenix Sundays, under the pen name “HistorySleuth” which I’ve kept. As you probably can guess, my column was about Native American issues and history–mostly the Six Nations, geographically, within New York State. I say “geographically” because they are separate nations, and New York happens to be around them.
I am currently into edits of my non-fiction book on Indian land title in NY State, called Right of the Soil: An Abstractor’s View of Indian Land Title in New York. I plan to self-publish since it might be considered by a publisher as a local history niche topic. It is actually so much more. It focuses on the actual land itself mentioned in the treaties and is researched the same as if I was doing an abstract of title for a mortgage company. It gave way to some interesting unknown facts and results.
I have participated in NaNoWriMo for the last few years just to get my fiction fix and a break from writing fact based non-fiction. A couple of my NaNo novels I quite like and will probably do something with them when my land title book is done. One is a YA adventure–sort of a “National Treasure” kind of thing–where my characters are chased all over New York State by bad guys as they look for clues. It is titled, The Treasure of Capachequi. The other novel is a mystery called, The Milk Carton Murders. It’s basically a cozy (if you don’t count the children being the cold cases.)
I co-authored a book (1st ed. Jan. 2000) with my friend, Ellen Bachorski, called, Bread & Butter: The Murders of Polly Frisch. A true crime set in the 1850s about a woman who poisoned her family with arsenic and the five trials it took to convict her. The 2nd edition is available for purchase on Amazon here.
On top of everything else, I am the webmaster for my historian’s organization, Government Appointed Historian’s of Western New York aka GAHWNY. If you are looking for an historian in western New York, this is where you will find the most current listing.
This blog will be about everything I’ve mentioned above, and then some. I hope you enjoy it!