Monday, March 30, 2015

Genealogy & "Finding Elizabeth's Soldiers" Documentary

Last week, my local PBS television station WQED aired an interesting documentary called Finding Elizabeth's Soldiers:

Genealogy and Documentaries"Elizabeth Black left a promising Pittsburgh art career to join American Red Cross efforts during World War II. She proposed a unique project to sketch hundreds of soldiers, sailors and airmen throughout Europe and send the treasured portraits to worried families back home - all across America."
"This sequel explores efforts to find homes for dozens of soldiers' sketches found among the Pittsburgh artist's memorabilia. Through detailed research, detective work and the kindness of volunteer genealogists, producer David Solomon tracks down soldiers or their survivors."

You can watch both the original documentary, Portraits for the Home Front: The Story of Elizabeth Black, and the sequel online, as well as view the gallery of these amazing sketches.

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