A week of "life happening." Dinna get the posts completed that I was working on and will have to hold for completion. Miss M helped me organize pictures for the Uncle Ralph Letters book. We also started on reworking the overall look of my blog, which we will finish when she returns in a couple of weeks. Oh, and in my obsessive way, I managed to keep on transcribing the Diary and now up to 1858. Also in response to Roots'n'Leaves posts, I have heard from a Cairncross relative as well as Civil War researcher looking for information regarding William Burns McPherson. In contact with both of these individuals which is quite exciting for me. Someone out there is really reading my blog -- WaaHoo!
Now talking about the Diary reminds me of a question for all my genealogy and writer friends out there. I am working on a piece related to J.P.s position as Superintendent of the County Poor Farm. At one point he mentions the "crazy girl," and transporting her to a hospital for the insane. I dinna have much problem writing about that incident, however, later he actually names the girl, as well as another young woman as patients of the hospital for the insane. I thought it a rather interesting incident, and for myself, I would want the writer of the stories of the Diary to use names and places --- I search diligently for that kind of information. On the other hand, my critique group was of a mind that using names in this instance was inappropriate, and that I should just use first name or an initial. Note: this is a private diary written over 160 years ago.
Let me know your thoughts on this issue.
Now I am asking you, my geneablogger friends to weigh in on this question: Should I use real names and places when writing about an historical event such as this one noted in the Diary? Or should I use just first name or initial?