Monday, May 17, 2010

Amanuensis Monday: McPherson History, Letters from Uncle Ralph - New Blog

For the last several years, I have been fussing about what to do with my Uncle Ralph's letters so as to make them accessible to family and interested persons. When Amanuensis Monday started, I said to myself, "Hallelujah.' I had found the answer. However, as I counted up the letters, I realized that one letter a week would take three years or so. I was resigned. Then Heather at Nutfield Genealogy told us all about making a book from her blog, using blurb.com. At last, a way to get the letters out to family, without turning my life upside down while printing copies from my computer. Elated!

Quickly it became apparent that a new blog dedicated to the Letters would make the job easier. I am now posting a letter a day, at least with a goal of 30 letters posted a month. At that pace, the project will be done by the end of September --- plenty of time to get the letters "slurped" out of the blog, final edits, indexed and printed before the end of the year. The very thought of starting out the new year with a clean slate (for this project) makes me a happy blogger.

If you are interested in the letters, please stop by and visit at Roots'n'Leaves - Letters of Ralph Jabez McPherson. I love sharing this history, not only the family history that Ralph relates, but also the history of his life and times.


  1. Great project, Joan. I look forward to reading more of Uncle Ralph's letters. You're so lucky.

  2. This is a great idea! I have a stack of letters that I'm trying to figure out what to do with. Thanks for the tip. Very useful.

  3. Uncle Ralph's letter are a great read. Looking forward to it.