Sharing our Knowledge
Part 6: Preliminary Information Program
Sharing our Knowledge is a series of articles about the Historian Archives Project and how you can become involved.
So… how do we accomplish this “simple” task? How do we create the “Preliminary Information” program?
I’m hoping that we can find one or more people interested in being the editors/compilers. We have a large collection of manuscripts and manuscript fragments organized into folders, but no real information as to the intent of each folder. Some are the original Update volume, some are a rewrite in progress, some are new updates, some are newly-submitted information.
We can organize these manuscripts and fragments into coherent book sections. Microsoft Word has tools for creating tables of contents, and for publishing books as PDF files on CD. We don’t need to (yet) take on the exhausting tasks of collecting new information, resolving conflicting evidence, meeting proper genealogical standards of proof, and so on.
Our editors/compilers would most likely focus on a specific line of descent – the Thomas line, the Jedediah line, the Mary line, etc. – just as we did with the original Strong Updates program. The big difference is that the writing has already been done. Our purpose is to simply take what we already have, and organize it into a reasonably coherent and usable set of volumes.
Please share your ideas!