Journal Jottings, May 2019

By Diane L. Richard, NCGS Journal Editor, journaleditor@ncgenealogy.org

NCGS Journal Supplements

We hope you enjoyed and found value in the January-February-March 2019 edition of the NCGS Journal, which was subtitled “Celebrating Late 19th and Early 20th Century Women.” There was more material created for this edition of the Journal than could be accommodated in the physical print version (and identical digital version). This material can be found on the website under Publications>NCGS Journal>NCGS Journal Supplements. Members who are logged into the website will find four supplementary documents that continue from the published articles.

We are currently working on the April-May-June 2019 edition, which focuses on epidemics, physicians, nurses, and more as related to understanding eighteenth through twentieth century health and health care. Supplementary material will also be created for this issue and will be available as described above.

Ginger Mann (1943-2019)

I am saddened to report the death of Ginger Mann. Last fall Ginger received an award from NCGS for her invaluable contributions to the Journal. She was a volunteer extraordinaire in that if I asked her to work on something, even if she didn’t like that type of document or record, she would always do it. The first couple of years of the Journal owe their timeliness and success to her efforts. I will miss working with Ginger. She had an infectious humor and loved doing what she could to help other genealogists. You can read her obituary here: https://www.legacy.com/obituaries/heraldsun/obituary.aspx?pid=191442942.

Planned Special Edition (October-November-December 2019) on Tolls, Toll Roads, and Related Topics

Piedmont Toll Bridge photo

The 2019 fall edition of the Journal will focus on tolls. This has proven to be a particularly tricky subject with regards to finding documentation. We know from the records of the General Assembly that there were toll roads, plank roads, toll bridges, toll ferries, and much more. Yet, only a few records of these companies and the tolls they collected have been identified. Wouldn’t it be neat to learn how your ancestor got from point A to point B and whether tolls were involved? With some perseverance, we have identified, located, and abstracted a few records documenting some tolls collected in North Carolina

Stories about North Carolinians who operated toll roads, ferries, etc., are welcome. Or, if you have seventeenth- through nineteenth-century ancestors who regularly paid tolls as they traveled, tell us their tale. All submissions will be considered

As always, if you have materials relevant to this planned issue, or are interested in helping transcribe materials collected in anticipation of this special issue, please email Diane at journaleditor@ncgenealogy.org.

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Thanks again to all who have helped and to those who will volunteer in the future. It does take a village to create a journal. As always, I can be reached at journaleditor@ncgenealogy.org to answer your questions, and to receive your submissions and suggestions.

Go Journal Team!

You may also view a printer-friendly pdf version of the May 2019 Journal Jottings.

(Image source: “Piedmont Toll Bridge, near Salisbury, N.C.” in Durwood Barbour Collection of North Carolina Postcards (P077), North Carolina Collection Photographic Archives, Wilson Library, UNC-Chapel Hill, licensed under Creative Commons CC0 1.0, Public Domain.)