Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Kickin' it with Stewart Baldwin and Discodeine

"One final point: Reconstructing medieval family groups from scratch using primary records might seem like reinventing the wheel to some, but in addition to helping prevent errors (and identifying places where additional documentation is needed), it can also be an important learning experience. Any project director wants to pass judgement on the work of others ought to demonstrate first that they are capable of doing such research themselves."
--- Stewart Baldwin, 1 July 2016 "Re: Amateurs & "Professionals" In Genealogy" via soc.genealogy.medieval.

At some point, all of us are going to have to figure out Quaker dates (and their records) and the Draper collection. Those two merged with typically problematic Colonial American genealogy in Pennsylvania, North Carolina and the area that would eventually become states like Kentucky, Indiana and Tennessee, and you have yourself a learning opportunity. Even if you do not have ancestors that were Quakers or in these regions, you should study it because will be aware of the nuances duplicated other areas.

Dr. Stewart Baldwin authored the study, "The Family of Edward1 Morgan of Pennsylvania: Daniel Boone's Maternal Kin," which began in the Spring 2001 issue of The Genealogist and carried on until the Fall 2002 issue. Boone lineages have been problematic for years and he focuses on the maternal ancestry. One by one, he states what the lineage issue was and then the research performed to either corroborate or negate the hypothesis. Many problems are resolved in this study, but most interesting is his dissection and analysis of the Draper Collection and then how it is applied to the ancestry.

The dissection and analysis of a theory, hypothesis or claim is why I really like the quote from the Medieval Genealogy list serve by Dr. Baldwin. Colonial and Frontier American genealogy may be hard, but what about Medieval? What he suggests about Medieval genealogy can be done to other regions, time periods and cultures -- and the biggest hang-up will be the language (and we have translators and Google translate for that).

Discodeine is the appropriate music for the occasion because it is like a background hum you did not realize was there.

Dr. Stewart Baldwin, "The Family of Edward1 Morgan of Pennsylvania: Daniel Boone's Maternal Kin," The Genealogist, 15.1-16.2, available to purchase at the website.

Dr. Stewart Baldwin's website on the Morgan family.

Discodeine's self titled album.

Monday, July 4, 2016

Kickin' it with Lost Babes (Melinde Lutz Byrne) and Salt-n-Pepa

When I was a kiddo, my grandma told me that people did not have "relations" until after they were married. I was young and na├»ve and keen to believe her, and that sneaky bias stuck with me for years; even though my mother was blatantly 6 months preggers with me in her wedding photo. In fact, that same grandma was with child when she was married, but perpetuated a lie that I would carry into my genealogical strategies. I had not realized how much that discrimination had impacted me until I ran into issues with genealogy math (the child date of birth minus 9-10 month gestation period and presto they-must-have-been-married-at-this-point) and finding records to verify my hypotheses. This theme kept popping up and I decided to do something to break me of the mindset that people did not have "relations" until after they were married.

This is where Melinde Lutz Byrne's book Lost Babes: Fornication abstracts from court records, Essex County, Massachusetts, 1692-1745 comes into play. Besides minute book entries of depositions, implied births, fines (some contested), and fornication cases where couples did not intend to marry, using this book helped break me of the idea that couples waited. The abstracts provide you with sample women and/or couples in order to: 1.) study the record groups, 2.) do the genealogy math to see likelihoods, and 3.) challenge your preconceived notions that are hiding within. I do not have ancestors in this time period or region, but I have developed a smarter approach for it.

Match that up with Salt-n-Pepa and you have fancy plans. I suspect that many already have at least one of their songs on your music playing device. I went through a phase where I wanted to be Spinderella, with dope beats and fly clothes, doing the Roger Rabbit or Running Man. Personally, Black's Magic is my favorite album of theirs and my favorite album cover.

If Salt-n-Pepa is too much for you, then study Lost Babes with a little Herb Albert and the Tijuana Brass, specifically, !!!Going Places!!!

Melinde Lutz Byrne Lost Babes: Fornication abstracts from court records, Essex County, Massachusetts, 1692-1745 on Amazon, but also at a local library.

Salt-n-Pepa, The Best of Salt-n-Pepa.