When we were in Kentucky for my husband’s grandmother’s 100th Birthday, my mother-in-law gave me her scroll of genealogy.
This is a six foot long handwritten document with the names, dates and some of the places of the living family members and ancestors she knew about in 1973. She asked me to get it reproduced, but I have yet to find a place that can scan this 2 foot by 6 foot scroll on a flat surface, and it is too delicate to feed through a sheet feeder.
It should be noted that she does not have the documentation to go with it. It comes from some interviews with people living at the time, some information from printed genealogies, some personal knowledge (e. g. she was at some of the funerals, so she remembers those dates), and a little bit of hands-on, 1970′s style research in libraries and courthouses. I don’t know how much of this data is provable, in other words. Maybe all, maybe some, maybe just from the people she and I know or knew personally. It’s all right with me if she doesn’t need any more evidence, but I’d like to find some just for myself.
The solution I have come up with is to try to type all this data into Ancestry.com, and then find a way to output it. As I type, I am looking for the little leaf hint that says some form of documentation may exist for that person, hoping to fill in the gaps with census records and so on. I am also searching the Web for the names of the 19th, 18th and 17th century people on the scroll. I hope to come up with something!
Then, Russ Worthington suggested for output I try GenealogyPrinters.co.uk . They offer a variety of styles and as much or as little details as you like, from about $50US and up. He has had one project completed by this company and was very pleased with it.
So that’s what I’m doing this summer!