Joan Brunwasser, editor and interviewer

Joan Brunwasser, editor and interviewer

See Joan’s interview with me here: Digging Up Family History

“Hey, Linda! What have you been up to, lately?” Joan, a fellow-swimmer at our local YMCA asked me recently. So unfolded my tale of discovery and obsession of the last decade: getting to know dead people in ways I never had in life. 

Of course, I’m talking about the vast trove of family history that feeds this blog.

A couple weeks later, dressing in the Y locker room, she said,  “Linda, I  I’m hooked on your blog!” She asked to interview me about the backstory to how Family Archaeologist came about. Thanks, Joan! 

Like all of us cruising through Y water, Joan Brunwasser has a life on land revealed to me only when we stopped splashing and started conversing

Joan has been Election Integrity Editor since 2005 for Op-Ed, a source of wide-ranging news stories and opinions with a progressive bent. She co-founded Citizens for Election reform in 2005. The goal, stated on her OpEd News profile page is “to restore fair, accurate, transparent, secure elections where votes are cast in private and counted in public.”

Joan has conducted more than 560 interviews for, with artists, politicians, environmental activists, film-makers, writers––you get the idea, all sorts of people who work in every facet of human endeavor. 

Her articles also appear at Huffington Post, RepublicMedia.TV and

Here’s Joan’s interview about how this blog came to be: Digging up Family History