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  • One woman left to tell story of town
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NATCHEZ CONFERENCE EXPLORES FREE BLACKS IN THE ANTEBELLUM SOUTH
http://www.whnt19.com/Global/story.asp?S=2976992 JACKSON, Miss. "Natchez, a virtual epicenter of free blacks in Mississippi before the Civil War, this week is hosting a five-day seminar exploring the topic. "Between Two Worlds: Free Blacks in the Antebellum South" begins Wednesday with speakers, movies and musical performances. The conference marks the 16th year the Natchez Literary and Cinema Celebration has hosted a convention of this caliber. Carolyn Vance Smith, NLCC founder and co-chairman, said this year's theme was selected to coincide with the opening of the renovated William Johnson house in Natchez. Johnson, considered by historians as Mississippi's best known free black during slavery times, owned a barber shop and bath house in Natchez during the early to mid 1800s."

ANCESTORS' DEATHS STUMP RESEARCHER http://www.ldnews.com/Stories/0,1413,139~10142~2724118,00.html "Ancestors who just seem to disappear are always the most frustrating people. Edwin R. Sessamen of the Corning, N.Y., area knows what this is all about. Edwin R. Sessamen of the Corning, N.Y., area knows what this is all about. He knows that his ancestor Thomas Sessamen, born Oct. 13, 1805, and his wife, Susan Ream, born July 7, 1807, lived in Annville Township in 1830. According to information in a family Bible, the couple were alive in 1848, but he speculates that they died shortly thereafter since their children seem to scatter."

ONE WOMAN LEFT TO TELL STORY OF TOWN
http://www.steamboatpilot.com/section/frontpage_lead/story/28612 "History stays around as long as there is someone to tell it. Today, there is only one woman left to tell a piece of Routt County history, and she lives in Craig. Maxine Turner, whose maiden name is Maxine Trull, holds the history of the town of Trull in a pile of family photographs, a few stories she heard from her parents and a couple newspaper clippings full of conflicting information. The site of a small town that once was a bustling stagecoach stop now is nothing more than pasture. Long ago, grass and the elements took what was left of Trull's saloon, post office, boarding house and livery stable."

SECURITY OF YOUR MOTHER'S MAIDEN NAME
http://eogn.typepad.com/eastmans_online_genealogy/2005/02/the_security_of.html

Dick Eastman - Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter [Warning: This article contains personal opinions of the author.] I was driving down the road today, listening to a local news station on the car radio. The newscaster was interviewing a so-called security "expert" about proposed legislation supposedly designed to prevent identity theft and credit card abuse. This "expert" claimed that we needed legislation to prevent access to birth records by "unauthorized" individuals. Sound familiar? Yes, we have heard and seen this song-and-dance act before. This guy wants to lock genealogists out of the records that we have used for the past century or so. The so-called "expert" claimed that the Internet makes it too easy for someone to find your mothers maiden name, and that, of course, is the foundation of all security systems, right? Let me press the button for that obnoxious sounding buzzer. BZZZZZ! Wrong answer!"

AOL HELP FROM DICK EASTMAN
From his most recent newsletter Vol. 10 No. 8 February 21, 2005
AOL 9.0 users: If the hotlinks in [Eastman's] newsletter do not work for you, add the newsletter's e-mail address to your "Persons I Know" buddy list. AOL members may want to read more about AOL's other e-mail problems at: http://eogn.typepad.com/eastmans_online_genealogy/2004/08/aol_mail_proble.html

MUCH ADO ABOUT MAILING LISTS & NEWSGROUPS
From: Teresa Elliott

DearMYRTLE,
[...] as those of use trying to administer rootsweb lists can attests, most bounces come from AOL. I was thankful for your information as I am sure 99.99% of your readers are. .01% nuts on a tree aren't too bad. LOL.

From: B M SPAGUE
DearMYRTLE,
You tell em'! I used AOL for about 2 weeks before I cancelled and they tried to give me 3 months of free service and I still said no. You are so right, if they don't like it, leave it. Thanks for being the honest person you are and letting us "talk it out" like adults and not like children fighting over the same toy.

From: Tom Herson
DearMYRTLE,
Time-Warner's Road Runner ISP doesn't deliver the Ancestry Daily News. It did intermittently, for a short time, but nothing has come through in months. Both Ancestry and Time-Warner are aware of the problem but neither company cares enough to do anything about it. Purely, out of the kindness of her heart, Juliana Smith, editor of Ancestry Daily News does send quite a few of us the newsletter everyday directly from her. However, it shouldn't have to work that way. I continue to get porn mail, ads for Viagra and offers of mortgages (none of which I want) but I can't seem to get Time-Warner to allow the things that I want to be delivered to me.

 


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