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What Have We Been Up To?

It’s been quite a while since I’ve posted anything to the website; I try to keep it as informative, interesting, and professional without trying to talk too much about what goes on behind the scenes. But the scope of activities we undertake and accomplish and the rate at which we do so often outpaces our ability to document them.

When Wandering Appalachia started several years ago it was a means to document and share interesting stories and pictures. Since that time we combined our love for photography, genealogy, and research in general to provide more color to the history that we find. Just this last year we have continued our work to create a media rich database for cemeteries we have visited in Appalachia including GPS locations that are added to Google Maps, photos, videos, and dynamic stories that update as new information is rediscovered.

We have also completed several digitization projects to better preserve physical items, such as documents and artifacts, and continue work with community members to help preserve their collections. On top of that we also became FAA-licensed (Part 107) to operate small unmanned aerial systems or drones to help us better document the locations we visit and get more context for the stories we research.

This is on top of working a 12 hour day.

Overall, its been a challenge to find a balance between work, home, and providing content here and going forward we hope that we can take the lessons that we’ve learned along the way to continue our mission of helping preserve our Appalachian experience and sharing the stories of our region.

In the future some of our stories will include “us” more. More about what we are doing and how we are doing it. I know that this format isn’t for everyone, but it’s part of the story of how these stories get here. I once heard a genealogist say, “Be a good ancestor. Don’t focus completely on your ancestors, but write your story as well because years from now you will be someone else’s ancestor and they will want to know about you.” So that’s where we are at right now, and hope all of you are well.

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