August 21, 2022

Ordering Books and Contact Information

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July 7, 2022

Paperback Edition: Rabun County, Georgia, Newspapers, 1894 – 1899

The paperback edition of Rabun County, Georgia, Newspapers, 1894 – 1899 is now available at Amazon and other online retailers. No extensive changes were made to the content for this edition, other than updating some language in the front matter and preface.

This paperback is $22.50 at Amazon. It’s available through Ingram to libraries and bookstores for $25.00.

Some hardbound editions are left. The price for those is $30.00 plus shipping and handling. See this page for ordering information, or contact me directly at

I’m excited to get the paperback edition out to you and hope local and regional researchers have found it useful.

June 27, 2022


My email and physical addresses have changed. Please note these changes on the appropriate pages.

Currently, I’m working on three things:

  1. Converting the hardbound edition of Rabun County, Georgia, Newspapers 1894 – 1899 to a paperback edition. Only a few copies of this edition remain, so it’s time to make it available in other formats. The paperback edition may be available as early as July.
  2. Compiling the next newspaper book for Rabun County, which will cover all extant issues of The Clayton Tribune for 1902. I hope to publish this in July or August, depending on how long it takes to finish abstracting each remaining issue.
  3. Translating a tragic incident from my father’s childhood into fiction. No estimates on the length of time this will take to finish and publish. It’s a project I’ve been working on for a while now, but since this year marks my father’s 78th birthday, perhaps it’s time to start writing so that he can add his comments to the first draft.

A few years ago, I had every intention of blogging here again. My career as a fiction writer consumes entirely too much of my time at the moment, not to mention the time needed to pack and move four houses in the past two years. I miss blogging and interacting with other family historians, so hopefully this will change soon.

In the meantime, keep an eye out for publication notices of the above titles.

April 20, 2015

Ordering Slave Importation Affidavit Registers

I am no longer stocking the title Slave Importation Affidavit Registers for Nine Georgia Counties, 1818 – 1847. It’s still available for purchase through CreateSpace, Amazon, and Barnes & Noble. Please order copies through one of those sites. Thank you!

April 13, 2014

A Sunday Walk around the Blogs

Judy G. Russell puts a fine point on copyright with Courtesy, ethics and law.

On Rootsmithing: Genealogy, Methodology, and Technology, Drew Smith discusses the fact that expertise is neither dead nor sequestered. The short of his argument is that copyright does not keep anyone from using published research and genealogy experts are not to blame because newcomers to the field can’t be bothered to use offline resources, including libraries.

Along similar lines, Michael John Neill, on RootDig, discusses the twin myths of the Genealogy Elite and the Genealogy Police.

The American Historical Society recently published a blog post, Big Changes in Store for the Future Management of Government Records discussing the impact of President Obama’s recent memorandum on managing government records.

I discovered an interesting new blog this weekend written by Kari Roueche, who recently graduated from East Tennessee State University with a Master degree in Liberal Studies/Archival Studies. The blog is called Archiventures and explores various aspects of history in the eastern Tennessee area.

March 30, 2014

A Sunday Walk around the Blogs

Lee Carpenter writes about a new addition to Foxfire’s property over at Appalachian History, a German-style barn donated by Sam Beck, Warwoman Community, Rabun Co., GA.

In Looking around, Judy G. Russell offers a friendly reminder that not everything in a courthouse has been microfilmed and/or digitized in.

One of Elizabeth Shown Mills’ recent QuickTips covered sigillography. Can you guess what it means before checking her excellent discussion?

Sometimes, history can be downright bizarre. While rooting through a trunk inherited from his aunt Bonnie Revis, Frederick Cochran found a piece of cake left over from a 1924 wedding held at the Biltmore House in Asheville, NC, where Revis worked as a cook.

March 16, 2014

A Sunday Walk around the Blogs

Well, here’s what I’ll be doing this summer… (Hint: Not genealogy.)

Thomas MacEntee offers, Plagiarism: A Venereal Disease in the Genealogy Community, in which he discusses how a certain, known plagiarist is up to his old tricks again. Thomas also asks an important question: Why does the genealogy community continue to tolerate this person’s activities?

Elizabeth Shown Mills ask, Genealogy? In the Academic World? Seriously? in QuickLesson 18 on the Evidence Explained website.

March 11, 2014

Paw Martin and Daylight Savings Time

My father often tells tales about his maternal grandparents, Paw and Maw Martin, whom he adored. They lived right next door when he was growing up, so he saw them often and has many fond memories of them.

One story Dad tells is about Paw’s reaction to Daylight Savings Time, back when it was implemented in the US. Paw refused to go by the “new” time, so anyone who wanted him to be anywhere during the months affected by DST would have to convert that time to Standard Time.

I know, this makes Paw sound like a curmudgeon, but he wasn’t; he was actually a very good man. Possibly, his attitude toward a time switch had something to do with being a farmer. Animals have clocks in their heads, not on their mantels, and when a cow’s used to being milked at a certain time, that’s the time it needs to be milked. There’s a reason farmers work from day’s light to day’s end. It has little to do with the position of hands on a clock, and more to do with efficient use of light and other resources.

Every year when the clocks change, I think of Paw and wonder if I might have inherited a little bit of his practical nature where time’s concerned.

February 26, 2014

Mailing List for Publications

I’m trying to move my publication efforts into the 21st century, and that includes deep and serious thoughts about marketing. Right now, I have four titles out (three non-fiction and one novel), with more in the works. Figuring out how to let people know when new titles are available for purchase is one of the challenges self-published writers and compilers face.

To that end, I’ve started an e-mail list for my publishing company, Bone Diggers Press. Right now, I mail flyers through the U.S. Postal Service to past customers, which can get expensive and isn’t always effective. (I secretly believe some libraries are throwing the flyers away without opening them, even those that have expressed interest in purchasing future titles.) So, I’m hoping the e-mail list will be an easier, more cost-effective way for me to communicate with potential customers.

If you’ve purchased a title from me in the past, you’re on my USPS mailing list. If you’d rather receive an e-mail, just let me know and I’ll help you shift from physical to digital notices. To sign up for the e-mail list on your own, go here and submit your preferred e-mail list.

February 26, 2014

Wordwise Wednesday: etc. and et al.

Latin is still alive and well in the English language, contrary to what most people believe. Today’s examples are frequently used abbreviations taken directly from that language: et cetera (abbreviated etc. or &c., in older documents) and et alia (et al.). Both are Latin for “and others,” but they have different uses. “Etc.” is used to extend a list of things, whereas “et al.” continues a list of people. For example:

When writing, one should have plenty of supplies on hand, such as pens, paper, etc.

The Source: A Guidebook to American Genealogy contains articles written by Kory L. Meyerink, Loretto Dennis Szucs, et al.

Note that an acceptable interpretation of “et al.” is “among others.”

While these abbreviations are incidental, they are often confused. Knowing when to use which helps make one’s writing sharper and more easily understood.