Saturday, June 13, 2009

Giving back

When I was a newbie, raw newbie, a lot of nice volunteers guided me. Since then, many more volunteers across the world have assisted me, with gravestone photos, obituary look ups, sharing their talents and time to help little ole Moi.

I probably had been researching for ohhhhhh, 6 months, when I found books on 4 of my families, I was even included in a couple of them. I was overwhelmed then, still am. Right then and there, I decided I needed to give back, as an attempt to pay back.

“For of those to whom much is given, much is required” From the Bible (Luke 12:48)

I think that says it all. I have been the recipient of MUCH, so, it is required that I give back, MUCH.

Several years ago, I discovered Bibles in the Archives room of the Lenawee County Historical Society Museum in Adrian. Old Bibles, family Bibles, Bibles with family records. Just sitting there, fading away. I started transcribing.

Then I discovered Bible records, already transcribed, some handwritten, some typed, in a corner of the Archives. Lots of them.

With permission of the Historical Society these records were placed on the Internet, friends Diane & Chuck uploaded and housed and maintained the records for me for several years. At some point we feared we would lose control of the records, something I had promised the Society would NOT happen, so, we yanked them. I re-posted many of them on a geocities web page.

Sadly, now geocities is closing down and I am forced to find another new home for the Bibles, so we can keep them out there for researchers to discover.

So, the Lenawee Bibles and Bible Records (and a few marriage records as well) are now home at the blog, Lenawee Bibles and Bible Records. I have listed the Blog on "My Blog List" here on Reflections From the Fence. Click on the link and it will take you there.

I have about 25 records on the Blog at this moment, there are many more to add.

Humbly presented, good luck to Lenawee family researchers, may you find your Bible here.


TennLady said...

Cool idea

Judith Richards Shubert said...

Wonderful work, Carol. You are commended for your dedication and help to all family researchers out there!