Welcome to CARTAR

Welcome to CARTAR

Welcome to CARTARWelcome to CARTARWelcome to CARTAR

 Christie Ann Hill Russell


 Turner Alan Russell's


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This web site section is our attempt to share with and repay the many relatives and friends who have aided us in our pursuit of family history.

This web page has been assembled based on information obtained by original research of the web owners, our cousins, and by contributions of family members and other interested researchers located in the United States, Great Britain, Australia and New Zealand. We are indebted for their willingness to openly share family information, without which, this web page could not have been prepared. As is generally true of efforts of this type, the underlying information is in a "perpetual draft" stage. Genealogy is like putting together a jig saw puzzle, but the corners keep changing. 

Christie's mother and uncle both were genealogists.  Christie took classes from Dorothy Clark in Terre Haute.  Christie published a book entitled "The Civil War Period Journals of Paulena Stephens Janney",  her great grandmother. Alan started family history in self defense and along with a cousin, J. Elwood Armstong, published "Soldier Boy" the Journal of James Eusbious Armstrong beginning with the Civil War.

We sincerely request additions, comments or corrections. 


Sheryl, Alan, Scott, and Christie



 Alan started his photographic journey using a Kodak Brownie as an 8-year-old. After college, he purchased a Yashica his first 35mm single lens reflex. In the early eighties, he moved up to using a 2 ¼ x 2 ¼ Hasselblad SCM camera and then in 1986 began using a 4x5 Zone VI Classic Field Folding Camera followed by a 4x5 Linhof Technika IV Folding View Camera (John Sexton Model). Today he uses a Leica X-Vario digital camera and a Hasselblad X1D medium format digital camera; and prints on an Epson SureColor P5000. He has taught several classes and has been a member of the Photographic Society of America for over 50 years.

In 1996, he installed a darkroom in his house to process his images. In 2000, he started to use a digital camera for genealogical work. By 2006, he became completely digital and converted his darkroom into a lightroom.


· 1966 -- Jewish Community Center in Kansas City beginning photography class.

· 1986 -- Fred Pickers Zone IV Workshop

· 1987 -- Orville Stokes Workshop at Bicentennial Art Center & Museum

· 1996 -- John Sexton Expressive Print Workshop (John is one of Ansel Adams last assistants) and was elected the the International Photographers Hall of Fame in 2019.

· 2006 -- George DeWolfe, RMSP Fine Digital Print Workshop (George was on the Lightroom development team for Adobe. George picked the Lightroom name for the software).

· 2009 – John Sexton and Anne Larsen 10 Day Shooting Trip to Yosemite and Eastern Sierra Adventure


· 1982 -- Bicentennial Art Center & Museum

· 2008 – Bicentennial Art Center & Museum

1966 to present -- images entered numerous juried shows. 

Alan's images are in numerous businesses and homes. 

Silverman's Gas Station - Paris, IL



Alan became interested in woodworking after college and particularly after watching Norm Abrams on the New Yankee Workshop.

For many years we would go to the Home and Flower shows in Indianapolis and Louisville.  Christie and the kids would tour the show and I would spend most of my time at the Shopsmith demonstration. Finally I purchased a Shopsmith in 1992, which was the beginning of the slippery slope.

My woodworking has several dimensions (pun intended):  My own workshops - there have been three shops - and my 10 year involvement at the Hogar Rafael Ayau which became San Miguel del Lago, an orphanage in Guatemala under the care of Madre Ines Ayau.  I have provided educational opportunities at my own workshops, at the orphanage in Guatemala, and at Cornerstone Christian Academy in Bloomington, IL.      


Karina's table made out of Big Leaf Maple and Walnut with a hayrake support.


Christie's has been involved with art for most of her life.  After we married she spent time tole painting and gradually shifted to watercolors. She studied under Louis Hanson (Terre Haute),  Salty Seaman (Terre Haute), and Joe Fettingis. Her work has been exhibited in the region and resides in multiple locations.

Please enjoy this life time of work.   


Brant Point Lighthouse - Nantucket, MA