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Unknown Ancestry Edition of 25 2007


Unknown Ancestry tells the story of a family mystery through antique photographs and text as image. The only text that appears in the book is in the form of original documents from the late 1800s through the mid 1900s and personal correspondence from the early 1900s up until a month before the book was constructed in March of 2007.

The book begins with a photograph from the 1880s of the couple who give life to our story, Robert Charles LeePard and Carrie Liz Carle. Through letters, pages of a family Bible, Western Union telegrams and many other documents, the pieces of a puzzle are put together. In a family’s attempt to uncover their roots which are buried beneath a runaway orphan, this family history memory book shares marriages, births, deaths and resurrections as the LeePard descendants dig up answers to their questions. The book ends with a collage of excerpts from e-mails between two women who have never met but are united by their search. The book carries the reader on a 150 year journey beginning with the birth of Robert Charles LeePard on Christmas day in 1857 to unknown parents in an unknown place. In 2007, his descendants collaborate to solve the mystery of their unknown ancestry. Edition of 25.

Unknown Ancestry Edition of 25 2007

Unknown Ancestry Edition of 25 2007