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My friends -
I apologize for again adding to your mail load today. I have received
a number of inquiries about the difference between the digital CD
version of the JP KGS maps and the hard copy(paper) version. I should
have explained that in more detail in my original posting.
Several years ago, I bought a collection of original printings of the
KGS Series VI maps of KY counties. I had duplication masters created
for each of the JP counties. From those, I have made available
archival *paper* copies of individual counties which had a cost of
$13.00 for *each* county, and I still have those for folks who would
rather work with a paper map, than with a digital image of the map.
Some of these paper maps are as large as 36" x 48".
The CD version, now available, contains JPG images of *all* of the
KGS Series VI maps for all counties of the JP region. In other
words, there are 8 images on the CD, with each image holding a map of
a different county. These are all on the CD, which is also $13.00,
which is a boon, from a dollar cost standpoint, to those who can work
with the maps in a digital format, right on the computer. The images
can be enlarged via the software's zoom capabilities, to the point
that one can almost get right down to ground level, parts of each map
can be printed(or all of a county can be printed, if the zoom ratio
is such that the entire map will fit on a standard letter size sheet
- it will be very small though, since the originals are very large).
I hope the above helps to clarify the differences.
My friends -
It has been brought to my attention that I failed to include my Zip
Code in my address last night. The address should read; PO Box 51796,
Amarillo TX 79159-1796.
My apologies for the omission......
My friends -
I have spent most of this week putting the finishing touches on the
KGS Series VI JP Maps in the digital version. All of it seems now to
be ready, so they are now available.
As a recap, these are digital JPG files of maps of each of the JP
counties created in the 1920-1929 time frame by the Kentucky
Geological Service. The original maps vary in size from 24" x 24" up
to as large as 36" x 48". They show the landmarks(towns, rivers,
streams, etc.), as well as schools, churches, roads and other such
locations, a fair number of which have disappeared over the years.
One of the interesting aspects of these maps is that the KGS did not
attempt to update the little towns that had disappeared many years
before, and they still appear on the maps. In one case, I noticed a
town shown in one county that has been gone since about 1860. In
addition, for those in Marshall and Calloway County, they give us a
pre-Kentucky Dam view of the counties before the Dam changed the
landscape on the eastern sides of the counties so drastically. As
such, they are valuable to us. One area which is somewhat
disappointing is that few cemeteries are shown. Many churches appear,
but cemeteries were not often marked on these maps.
I have calculated the costs of the digitization work, plus the costs
associated with duplicating(the CD, the mini-jewel case, the
labeling, the CD mailer, the cost of First Class postage, etc.). It
appears that $13.00 will be the cost for the CD, which includes the
postage and mailer. Since the hard copies of these maps were
individually available by county for the same amount(and will
continue to be, for those who prefer working with hard copy), the CD,
for those who prefer digital or can use them in that format, will be
a cost saver. I am not attempting to profit from this offering, but I
do want to cover my costs, if possible.
For those who would like to obtain one of these CD's, remittance can
be sent to me at PO Box 51796, Amarillo, TX, or PayPal can be used
with my e-mail address above.
If this seems to be a popular item, I will continue to have the KGS
Series VI maps digitized, continuing the project first across the
Tennessee River to the counties just east of the JP region, and then
moving further eastward by regions. I have originals of almost all of
the KY county maps(which I luckily obtained in an estate sale several
years ago), so things can proceed if there is sufficient interest.
I hope everyone who celebrates Easter will have a pleasant one.
My friends -
I am glad to be able to report that all of our beta testers have
reported in with their findings concerning the KGS Series VI Digital
Maps of the JP region in CD format.
The results were uniformly good, including the tests performed with
Mac's, with all programs used found to be workable and able to open
the images, excepting only one, which is not a mainstream
photographic software item. Based on these results, I believe we can
proceed to the next step. I am preparing the necessary CD label
design, which I hope to have finished in the next few days, after
which the item will become available. Many thanks to our beta testers
who took the time to check this out for us.
Recently, I asked if we might have someone on any of the JP lists
which I host who might be willing to help one of our subscribers get
a workable website set up on which old photos and other memorabilia
could be displayed. I noted that I had obtained unlimited RootsWeb
space for this use. Quite a number of people sent messages to me,
pointing out that our good friend Don Howell had just such a site
over at Yahoo. No one has yet offered to assist in the site setup. I
had refrained from mentioning that it is Don who needs our help. He
has given permission for me to explain that his Yahoo space ran out
some months ago, and that he now needs to get the images at Yahoo
over to the RootsWeb site, plus adding more, as they become
available. Don has done, and continues to do, a great service in
making these early family photos and other items available for our
viewing. He has logged many miles going to antique dealers, estate
sales, and other places in the JP, and has freely made the results
available to all of us. So I am asking again if we might have someone
who could work with Don for a short period of time to get the site up
and running at the RootsWeb location. It will not be a full-time
situation, as Don will handle everything after the initial setup is
completed and the process for uploading is established. I would do it
myself but for the time constraints which I currently have,and will
continue to have for several more months. If we have some folks who
would be willing to help Don out, please contact me by private e-mail
and I will fill you in on the details and put you in touch with Don.
I have had several inquiries about when I might be posting the short
histories of the JP Masonic lodges, which I had indicated I would do
earlier in the year. I have completed about a third of them(in hard
copy), but my source for the information has gone away for the
moment. But don't give up on that subject. It is still coming. I
apologize for the delay.
On another note, our very good friend, Sandi Gorin, whom many of you
know as the host of the South-Central-KY List, as well as the State's
resident expert on her area of KY, will shortly be having surgery on
both of her eyes. I ask that we will all remember her during this
time, and keep the hope and prayer that all will be well after these
procedures are completed.
For anyone in the area researching Gibson/Gipson or related families ,please feel free to check out our Gibson Ancestors site below. Thank you and have a great week. Robin For anyone researching Gibson/Gipson genealogy check out:
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My friends -
A note to tell you that beta testing has been virtually completed(I
am still awaiting the results from one tester)on the KGS Series VI JP
Area Digital Maps beta CD. All of the results so far have been
consistently good, including those testers who use a MAC. In all
cases but one(a rather obscure program of which I have not seen or
heard about), the images could be opened, enlarged, reduced, and
otherwise manipulated as the testers saw fit. Unless the final tester
has problems, I will be ready to start offering these in a short
time. I will, of course, keep the lists posted in this. We have had a
much easier time with this testing than we did with the CD on which
the Graves County Circuit Court Order Book G page images were held,
since we had an index to consider, as well as links to each page in
which items in the index appeared. Those were overcome with the
invaluable assistance of two of our list subscribers.
As most of you are aware, western TN suffered a surge of tornadoes
yesterday, with an extremely severe one touching down and doing heavy
damage in Dyer Co., TN. Dyer County is just south of Obion County, TN
which lies adjacent to Fulton Co., KY. There was loss of life and
much property damage from this tornado(the news is saying that as
many as 60 funnels were spotted at various times and places in this
huge storm). We send our hopes and prayers to the people in that
area, and our sympathies to those who may have lost loved ones in this event.