Thursday, October 6, 2011

The Quilt Index

image from Antique Images

Last Saturday I attend a webinar called Remember the Ladies-Finding your Female Ancestors by Gena Philibert Ortega. One of the databases reviewed during the presentation was The Quilt Index.

The website states they are a "growing research and reference tool designed to provide unprecedented access to information and images about quilts held in private and public hands."

Many of the quilts are kept in repositories around the country. This website gives researchers access to amazing heirlooms. Whether you are a genealogist or quilting enthusiast, the database is a wonderful resource.

Entering several surnames I discovered six quilts created by Diantha Thompson Platt. Diantha was the wife of Luther Sylvester Platt, my husband's 5th cousin 5x removed.

The site provided information such as the quilter identification, overall quilt description and quilt makers personal information. From Diantha's record we verified her birth date, birth place, maiden name and death date.

Viewing the quilts I could visualize Diantha sitting in a Connecticut parlor creating her family treasures.

Many thanks to Gina for connecting us to this family history.

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