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My friends -
I want to stop by on this New Year's Eve and pass along my wishes for
all of our subscribers to enjoy a healthy, safe and prosperous New
Year. This past year has been a rough one in many ways with natural
disasters as well as personal ones for many people. We can hope that
2006 will be a better experience.
I also will give an update on the numbers associated with a possible
JP genealogical conference in the summer of 2006. As of now, 44
individuals have responded as being interested in attending such an
event, if it should occur. Our goal is at least 100, since a number
under that plateau would not be sufficient to warrant all of the
planning and preparatory work necessary. We have, I am sure, a number
of our subscribers who are away on holiday, or necessarily tied up
with family gatherings at this time. We'll extend the time frame for
interested parties to let me know of their interest to January 10th.
Should the conference "make", planning and preparation will have to
start immediately thereafter.
I also have received a number of questions, which I have answered in
each case by private response to the inquirer, but I will repeat them
here, as others may be interested in the answers to the questions:
Q: Is there any speculated time in the summer when the event might be held?
A: The time most frequently mentioned in the 2000 questionnaires was
late July or very early August, so that is a possibility.
Q: Are the only people who can attend subscribers to the maill lists you host?
A: No. Anyone with an interest in Jackson Purchase
genealogy/history(including those with an interest in the TN portion
of the JP region)are welcome to attend.
Q: Can family members of subscribers also attend?
A: Absolutely, and, in the 2000 conference, they were wonderful links
to an earlier generation and were delightful to have with us.
Q: What sort of fees do the nationally known speakers charge?
A: It varies considerably, but generally, between $300 and $500, plus
transportation, lodging and meals.
Q: Could someone from each county's genealogical/historical society
give a short presentation of what resources they have available in
their counties and where to find and access them?
A: We would try to put this sort of presentation together. It was
mentioned in the 2000 questionnaires as a possibility for the next conference.
Q: Will there be genealogical book vendors present again?
A: Probably a few.
Q: Can a family have a surname table at the conference, as was done
in the 2000 event?
A: We would expect to be able to do the same thing this next time.
Q: Will there be a Planning Committee as we had in 2000?
A: Yes, if the conference reaches the needed attendee plateau, I will
be calling for volunteers for this purpose.
Those are the questions I have received so far, and I will continue
to post and answer others as they come in. I will keep the lists
posted on a daily basis in this subject area.
And now, as we usher in the New Year, let us look back to the 19th
century, and a group known as Father Kemp & His Old Folks, who
presented songs of that era and earlier. A descendant brought this
material to light recently. The program always closed with Father
Kemp's slightly altered version of Auld Lang Syne, which seems very
appropriate for those us who spend our mental energy peering through
the mists of time, to know and honor our forbears.
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And never brought to mind;
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And songs of auld lang syne?
To sing the songs our fathers sang
In days of auld lang syne
We've passed through many varied scenes,
Since youths' unclouded day;
And Friends and hopes and happy dreams
Time's hand hath swept away.
And voices that once joined with ours,
Are silent now and blend no more
In songs of auld lang syne.
Yet ever has the light of song
Illumed our darkest hours,
And cheered us on life's toilsome way,
And gemmed our path with flowers;
The sacred songs our fathers sang,
Dear songs of auld lang syne;
The hallowed songs our fathers sang
In days of auld lang syne.
Here we have met, here we may part,
To meet on earth no more;
And we may never sign again
The cherished songs of yore;
'The sacred songs our fathers sang
In days of auld lang syne;
We may not meet to sing again
The songs of auld lang syne.
But when we've crossed the sea of life,
And reached the heavenly shore,
We'll sing the songs our fathers sang,
Transcending those of yore;
We'll meet to sing diviner strains
Than those of auld lang syne;
Immortal songs of praise, unknown
In days of auld lang syne.
My friends -
I hope everyone is enjoying these few days of the Holiday season
which we have remaining.
Last week, I mentioned a couple of terms which were more common in
the 19th century than in the 20th, and said I would be back to define
them this week, so here I am. I had a number of private replies to
one of the terms("keeping batch") and one to the other term.
"Keeping batch" referred to a single man, or perhaps two or
three(sometimes brothers)who were living in the same household
without women present(perhaps away at school together if they were
older) - no wives, sisters, etc. They were keeping their
bachelorhood, and were, therefore, "keeping batch".
The quantity involved with a "turn" of corn was about a bushel and a
half. One of our astute subscribers mentioned to me that it was often
the miller's "cut" of the crop he was milling - one turn of the
milling wheel's worth of the crop.
Just as an FYI, those who use the Bureau of Land Management website
may have noticed last week, after it was reopened, that it became
difficult or impossible to reach. Apparently, as the word rapidly
spread among former users, the site was overrun with hits and just
stopped working under the load. It seems to be back in operation again now.
Most of our tenured subscribers will recall that in 2000, we had a
genealogical conference in Murray which we dubbed, "The 2000 Jackson
Purchase Homecoming Genealogical Conference". We had an attendance of
about 150 individuals, which was outstanding. It was the first such
endeavor to be undertaken by the subscribers of a larger mail list,
as far as I could determine at the time. I think most of the
attendees felt it was a success, given the fact that it was a first
effort. At the time, there was also a general consensus that we would
explore again the possibility of another conference in about 5 years.
Those 5 years have now passed, and I am wondering if there is
sufficient interest among the subscribership to look toward holding
another such conference, perhaps next summer, headquartered in
Paducah at one of the hotels there, which would allow conference
facilities and lodging in the same building, if one wished to avail
themselves of that convenience.
We asked for written, anonymous feedback at the close of the
conference from the attendees of the 2000 event, and found that the
most often mentioned ideas for changes, should we do it again in the
future, were to hold it in the summer(children out of school,
vacation time available, etc.), have a central point offering lodging
and the conference facilities together, and to obtain some lecturers
who could cover a broad range of KY research. In this latter case, we
could very likely have someone from the KY Land Office come to
present particulars about the land office and the overall land grant
system in KY, in the JP and elsewhere for those working with other
parts of KY. In addition, we could also very likely obtain one or two
nationally known speakers, although those would be fee based. Without
any research having been done at all as yet, I could only speculate
at this point as to what the conference registration fee would be in
order to cover the expenses of the event, but, as a ballpark figure,
and perhaps a little on the liberal side, I would look at $65 or so
per attendee. That is, as I said, only speculation and research would
have to be done to determine the exact figure, which could be
somewhat more or less.
So, my question to our subscribers is this: would you be interested
in attending an event such as this in the summer of 2006? We would
probably have to have an attendance figure of at least 100 people to
justify moving forward. Our current subscribership to this JP List in
752. The other JP county lists which I host have a total
subscribership of 322, but many of the subscribers to those lists
also subscribe to this JP regional List.
Please send a *private* message(not to the lists, please, so we won't
fill up everyone's inbox) to me indicating if you have an interest in
doing this sort of thing. A lot has changed since 2000, especially in
the world of technology(which could be a topic for a speaker to
address), so the time may be ripe to get together again and refresh
our knowledge, as well as our contacts and networking, which is done
so well by subscribers to the JP List.
I will keep the lists posted on the results of this informal poll.
My friends -
It is that time of the year again when families are gathering for the
holiday season. I want to take this opportunity to wish all of our
subscribers, on all of my lists, a very happy holiday experience and
to encourage all to be safe if traveling is in your plans. If we
revisit the 19th century, travel of any distance for Christmas, or
any other holiday, was virtually impossible if long distances(which
were perhaps 100 miles or more then)were involved. After the arrival
of train travel, those with money enough could move to other places
by that route, if the route passed to, or close by their destination.
Recently, I have had a few inquiries about law dictionaries. Every
dedicated genealogist should have a law dictionary in his/her
resources. One resource that is online is the 1856 Bouvier's Law
Dictionary (http://www.constitution.org/bouv/bouvier.htm), which is
valuable for *some* of the ancient terms(as they are known)which do
not appear in current law dictionaries, and there are others, such as
Nolo's. The gold standard, however, is Black's Law Dictionary,
published by West Law. It is now in its 8th edition. I would suggest,
though, that if you are in the market for a law dictionary, that you
peruse the used book dealer sites(www.alibris.com , www.abebooks.com
, and others)to see if a 4th edition of Black's can be found. After
the 4th edition, Black's abandoned the listings of ancient law terms,
which we, as genealogists see very often in our work in deeds, wills
and other documents, especially as we go further back into the
colonial period. I have a very well thumbed 4th edition of Black's
that I use very often in my own in-house resources.
Shortly after the first of the year, I will have a poll question for
our JP List subscribers, so stay tuned.
Here are a couple of little puzzlers to think about over the coming
weekend, if time permits. Is anyone familiar with the 19th century
term "keeping batch"? And what quantity is a "turn" of corn? I'll be
back next week with the definitions of the two terms.