Here is some background information and a few instructions for using the interactive mind map below:
1. Below is a mind map that shows the documents and information collected regarding Ron’s great-grandfather, Isaac Spier. Isaac was quite a scoundrel. He served time in Sing Sing Prison for bigamy, was arrested on charges of larceny/forgery in 1916, and made New York Times headlines in 1925 after he was charged with attempted extortion.
2. To move the mind maps up/down/right/left, press and hold the left mouse button on your PC mouse and drag the map in the direction you want. Mac users: press and hold down the mouse button and then drag the mouse in the direction you want the map to move. Alternatively you can use the up/down/right/left arrows on your keyboard.
3. At the very top of the mind map on this page there are some icons that will allow you to increase or decrease the size of the mind map. If you are using a Windows PC, you can increase/decrease the size of the mind map by moving the rocker wheel on your PC mouse.
4. Mind maps fold up or unfold, allowing you to selectively view only certain parts of the mind map or the entire mind map. In this mind map, click on the branch (node) “1900 U.S. Federal Census” just to the right of the center of the Mind Maps (the oval which is labeled “Isaac Spier 1″. The information at the next level of detail should fold up, i.e. disappear. If you click on the same node again, this extra level of detail will unfold, i.e. reappear.
5. The mind map is color coded. The nodes/information colored in red represent a few documents that were found most recently. They suggest a couple of things: a) Isaac, a.k.a. Joseph N. Spier married yet another woman in 1921 while he was still married to his first wife and b) that he was registered in the 1925 New York State census twice, once to this new wife and another time with his first wife, Ida. Could this be really the same guy? Compare the information in these nodes with the nodes colored in blue. Isaac/Joseph was a consummate liar, but at least he was a consistent liar. Comparing the information on the red and blue colored nodes, one might easily conclude that Isaac/Joseph N. Spier did marry again in 1921 and was listed twice in the 1925 New York State census. Oh, yes, one of the other recently found documents for Isaac/Joseph N. Spier is a second WWI draft registration card.
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