Charlotte Observer stories with the phrase “last seen” about missing people, deaths and criminals in the 1890s. Idea from NPRs All Things Considered story about newspaper ads after Civil War looking for members of slave families.
Maria David is the Observer's archivist and research librarian. When she's not helping reporters connect the dots she's doing what she really loves: unearthing forgotten gems from microfilm and the paper's photo files.
Maria grew up in a small colonial town in New Jersey, which sparked her love of history.