October 18, 2013
Katherine Howe, The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane (New York: Hyperion, 2009).
I try to read at least a little fiction every week, usually something light, entertaining, and escapist because, hey, my normal reading is non-fiction and not usually any of those things. This book was an assignment for a class I’m taking (long story, nothing to do with genealogy). I enjoyed reading it more than I expected, not only because of the subject matter (Colonial Massachusetts and the Salem witch trials), but also because the author explained the main character’s research process to a small degree. Probate records, church archives, court cases, and obscure 17th century books all have a role in the story. What more could a geneanerd ask for?
October 16, 2013
Yesterday, the mailman left a much anticipated surprise in my mailbox: the Fall 2013 issue of the Georgia Genealogical Society Quarterly, which contains an article I wrote, “Georgia’s Poor School and Academy Lists: An Upson County Case Study.”
The article is, loosely, a proof argument, the first one I’ve published. But it’s also a methodology. The key figure is Nettie (Alford) Jamerson, who was the daughter of Pierce Lewis Alford and Amanda (Jenkins) (Alford) Ansley. P. L. and Amanda lived in Talbot and Upson Counties, Georgia. Both died young and left no estates. Nettie’s death certificate listed two different people as her parents, and she was never located on a federal census prior to her marriage to Andrew McDonald Jamerson. So, what to do? The poor school lists were only part of the solution, but they were an important part.