WHEN YOUR OX IS IN THE DITCH
Genealogical How-to Letters
Lives there a genealogist who doesn't know first-hand
about STONE WALLS?
How does a book with 158 pages of problem-solving letters sound? These are not just problem-solvers, they're pure fun! This series of advice-giving letters to her cousin Bette was written by Vera McDowell; the letters deal with Abstracting, Agriculture Schedules, and Allied Lines to Zip Codes, Zip-loc Bags, and Zany Ideas...all related to genealogical research potholes and how to avoid them.
The letters appeared in the AGS newsletter, Southern Echoes, over a 10-year period. Because of the enduring worth of their content, the Society decided to publish 135 or so of the letters in book form in 1992 titled, When Your Ox is in the Ditch. They drew rave reviews nationwide. Genealogical Publishing Co.,(1001 North Calvert St., Baltimore, MD 21202) first reprinted "Ox" in August 1995 and recently placed it in a second printing.
"Ox" recently garnered a prized literary award, which was announced in mid-May.
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