|Diaries, Letters, and Bible Records are among the most valuable
additions we can hope to have for the site. First, they are one of a kind.
Only one copy exits, usually in private hands, unavailable to the public
or to other descendants. Many even end up on the auction block where they
are valued for very different reasons than we genealogists value them.
Second, they cover events, relationships, births, marriage, deaths for
a period when public records were not kept in our area, Pennsylvania and
New York. They may well be the ONLY record of a person's vital dates, or
even existence. Third, they are VERY vulnerable. If a person has the only
copy of certain information in existence and it is damaged, it is GONE
FOREVER. Getting these records transcribed and available is the only way
to preserve this information about the people who took the pains to record
their existence. We owe it to them and to our fellow researchers who have
willingly shared their own resources.
I am certain that many of you have in your possession Diaries, Letters,
or Bible Records or Transcriptions thereof that can add to the body of knowledge
we make available to the researcher. I too am guilty as I have many Bible
transcriptions I have collected for my Sullivan-Rutland Genealogy Project
that I have not yet had typed up for the site. I will do it, if you will.
Get those records in. At the same time you can register as a descendant
for that following the format I have established below. If you descend
from families whose Bible records are already on site, just give me the
path to them from you. Use only real names and not marrried names, to show
our female ancestors the same respect and individual recognition we give
our male ancestors. Separate the generations with commas only, no number
or any other indicator. Simple is best and causes me the least amount of
editing. If the Bible represents multiple generations, as the one in my
example does, present it as I have in the example.
The Bible record transcriptions may be done in your word processor
and sent as a file attachment or may be typed into your email. Please proofread
FIRST. I do not want to have a submission followed by several corrections.
Check your work and then send it. Do NOT use tabs in your work. If
you are using columns, either use Excel or insert a table into your document.
Tabs collapse when converted to HTML and all your formatting will be lost.
If you have Bible records from other areas that are not already published,
please include those also, as we need to get these out to the people who
Before sending your submissions., please read the directions a second
time to ensure you have followed them.
Joyce's Search Tip - January 2008
||Do You Know that you can search just the
Bible Records on the site by using the Bibles button in the Partitioned
search engine at the bottom of the Current
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