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Re: Congratulations Ruth
In Response To: Congratulations Ruth ()
Thanks to those who posted kind words regarding the publication of my manuscript.
I am about to begin my fourth year as a member of an advanced genealogical research seminar. The facilitator of our group is a certified genealogist who has several publications to his credit.
My decision to prepare a manuscript for publication was prompted by the urgings of the seminar leader. As the title of the essay implies, it is about one aspect of the life of one of my ancestors. My interest in who he was lead to information about the identity of his probable slaveowner and father. The initial submission of my article for review by the seminar participants yielded positive results and the advise that it needed more meat.
My tendency is to state the facts and just the facts, which is an essential practice for people who are serious about their writing. However, my facts were a bit too bare. In order to provide a vivid context to my story, I commenced a search for resources that would provide information regarding the social climate that prevailed immediately following the Civil War in the county of residence of my ancestor. (Wheee, that was a long sentence!) A year later, after reading, analyzing and synthesizing the contents of books and microfilms that addressed that subject, I resubmitted by paper for review by my fellow students. After incorporating their suggestions and carefully editing my footnotes, I garnered the nerve to submit my article to the National Genealogical Society (NGS).
To my amazement, I was notified of its acceptance eight days after it was mailed. Sixteen days later, I began a three day late night editing process. (The NGS is one of the most prestigous genealogical journals in the county.) In short, my essayappeared in an issue of the NGS Quarterly in less than sixty days from the date of its submission.
I do not profess to be an expert writer. I credit my success with my essay as divine providence. I am thankful for being blessed with an opportunity to show case my ancestor's courage and trials.
I am expecting my article, Provenditial Discoveries, to appear soon in an issue of the Cape Girardeau (Missouri) Genealogical Society publication Collage of Cape County.