Friday, June 10, 2011

Finney Genealogy Book

It's very slow going on the latest American Genealogy Book. I'm using Rosamary High Finney's 1992 Finney Family History as the core of my book. The problem is that I need to edit quite a bit of it. So, I had to print out a PDF of that book. Then with my super Fujitsu ScanSnap scanner, I had to scan each page of the printout.

Because Rosamary typed the original manuscript on different typewriters, I need to go line by line and change the font style so that it is all one type. Then I have to fix each numbering and indent. It's almost like re-typing the book, but not quite.

At the same time, I am getting photos and stories from the Finneys. I'm trying to work as fast as I can so I hope everyone understands that I'm doing my best to preserve the family history.

At the same time, I was contacted by someone who is running the Finney DNA database project. Hopefully when one of my branch of the Finneys participates, we can put an issue to the test. Another Finney researcher claims that we are not direct descendants of Robert Finney as described in Rosamary's book. If the DNA test is proof positive, then we can put that idea to rest!

Here is a scan of a photo - taken in 3 parts - of a 3 foot long photo from 1920. It was taken in Indiana. I don't know if it is a Finney reunion, or if it's a mix of Finneys and Hinshaws and Stuarts, or if it's a mix of Finneys and some Copelands, or if it's a random mix of people at a Chataqua - a cultural tent revival affair held in Indiana. Maybe you can help me identify some of the people.

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