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My friends -
I want to take a moment to remind our subscribers about the Jackson
Purchase Surnames Website, which is maintained by our good friend
Mary-Ann Vandaveer. I was told, in a message from one of our
subscribers yesterday, that, of eight e-mail addresses shown for one
surname, half of them were no longer valid..
This is a great tool for networking between descendants, and it is
important that we keep our current e-mail addresses on that site so
that contacts can be made. Some of our newer subscribers may not even
be familiar with this site. If you have registered your surname at
the site, and are unsure if your current e-mail address is shown, or
if you need to register there for the first time, please drop by the site at:
Please allow a little time for any changes or additions to be made,
since Mary-Ann handles these as they come in, and, often, after I
make one of these announcements, a flood of changes or new
registrations may come in, which take a few days to work through.
There is a link on the site to which to send the information.
In another area, in the months to come, I am going to begin
digitizing microfilm of unpublished records from the Jackson Purchase
region, and from other parts of the country, as well(such as the
"feeder states" for Kentucky. If you have particular records that you
would like to see digitized(for example, "Circuit Court Records for
Calloway County in the 1870's", etc.), please let me know, via
private e-mail, what your preferences would be. If enough of our
subscribers have needs in the same groups of records, I'll prioritize
them. And, by the way, the remainder of the Graves County Circuit
Court Order Books in the 1853 - 1891 time frame will be high on the
list for digitization. Many of you will recall that I digitized the
first of these books(Order Book G - 1853-1856))some years ago, and
made it available on CD-ROM. These are the only known complete
surviving county-based public records for Graves County, before the
horrendous fire in December of 1887, which destroyed 99% of
everything in that courthouse. They had been misfiled at the KY
Archives, where I discovered them in 2000, and had them all microfilmed.
Just as a bit of a personal update for our charter List subscribers
who may have been wondering if I had disappeared from the face of the
earth<g>, I am still very much alive. I have devoted a lot of my time
to teaching various genealogical subjects through our local college
here, and I am considering the possibility of seeing if it would be
feasible to do some online courses in county court and appellate
court research, and research in law libraries. The latter two areas
are tedious work, but can be gold mines of information if "pay dirt"
is found. I still host 12 mail lists, of which the JP List remains
the flagship list, with over 700 of the finest subscribers of any
list to which I have belonged. I also host all of the other JP county
lists, excepting only the Carlisle County List.