Clues in visual art can be used by family historians to learn about ancestors and their lives, their culture, their beliefs, and how they have chosen to represent themselves. Historian and genealogist David M. Kleiman goes beyond the paper records by looking at American portraiture (paintings, silhouettes, and early photography) and explores graphic symbols, subject research, artists biographies, creative medium, materials, provenance, and even framing that can document family stories and structures.
David Kleiman is curator of Touro Synagogue's Loeb Visitors Center, Newport, RI. He serves on the board of the Jewish Genealogical Society of New York and on the education committee of the NYG&B. His company, Heritage Muse, is a digital and print publisher in the humanities