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When Your Ox Is in the Ditch. Genealogical How-To Letters Vera McDowell

When Your Ox Is in the Ditch. Genealogical How-To Letters

Vera McDowell

Published December 8th 2009
ISBN : 9780806314846
Paperback
168 pages
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 About the Book 

Vera McDowells letters containing practical advice to genealogists first appeared in the Augusta Genealogical Societys newsletter, Southern Echoes, in July 1982, and since then she has become something of a Dear Abby in genealogical circles. Mrs.MoreVera McDowells letters containing practical advice to genealogists first appeared in the Augusta Genealogical Societys newsletter, Southern Echoes, in July 1982, and since then she has become something of a Dear Abby in genealogical circles. Mrs. McDowells emphasis is on problem-solving- thus all her letters bear the unstated refrain: when your ox is in the ditch (i.e. when youre stuck), heres what you do! The other thing that sets her apart is her enthusiasm for genealogy, and here her focus is on fun, personal fulfillment, and pure joy, and her letters resonate with the excitement of the chase. Ten years after they first began to appear in Southern Echoes, Vera McDowells letters were assembled in the form of a how-to manual and grouped into chapters covering topics ranging from record-keeping and numbering systems to courthouses and cemeteries--traditional fare with a special McDowell twist! Under the title When Your Ox is in the Ditch, the compiled letters were published to universal acclaim in l992. With the Societys permission, it is now being released to an even wider audience by the Genealogical Publishing Company.