Book, CD Book, or CD family tree?

Over the last couple of weeks I have gotten some comments and questions about the book. We are still working on some of the families trying to get dates that actually make sense. As of this time the book is on hold until these dates can be found or at least estimated.

However, I have been thinking about how best to get the information to the people who would like it. I have three options. The first is a traditional book, the second is the book in CD format for viewing on the computer, the third is a Roots Magic family tree on CD. There are pros and cons to each way.

The pros for a book are you can read it anywhere and no need for a computer. The cons are the expense, probably over $100 for the book, and if things get changed then a new book or supplement will have to be produced.

For a book on CD, they are cheap, easy to search and updates can be made easier. The cons are that you need a computer and the files can be very large, sometimes so large that they do not open well.

The newest option is a family tree on CD. Roots Magic, my preferred program, can create a searchable tree on CD. The biggest pros to this method is cost, photos can be easily added, the same goes with stories or other items that people would like to include about individual people, and new updates can be made easily. The cons are that it will only run on PCs and it is possible that in a few years the program will no longer run, though I don’t think that will really be a problem.

At this time I’m leaning towards having printed books for those that really want them, though they would have to be paid for in advance, and for historical societies and libraries. Then create a Roots Magic CD for everyone else. My best guess for a CD would be in the $5-10 range.

Please contact me and let me know if you have any other ideas or suggestions.

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Main cemetery

I did a quick stop by the family cemetery today. While it is starting to become over grown again all of the stones are still standing, which is something I worried about since most of them had to be replaced. This spring I will need to get there and cut back some of the growth. This will be much easier since it was done last spring.

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New DAR admission

We have a new DAR admission in Carolyn Joyce McGuire (Mayne). She was able to get in through John Main, the fifth child of Johann Mehn. For those that maybe looking to get into DAR and are related to John let me know and I can let Carolyn know and she can give you the information you may need.

This makes at least two of Johann’s children that fought or helped out during the American Revolution.

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Still in search mode, the only William Mains found to have died in the 1960s in Montana, the place originally given, is a William L Mains who died in January of 1961. However, he seems to have been born in the 1870s and died in 61 and not 60.

The search continues.

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More on William Perkins Mains

In a search for William Perkins Mains on I have not been able to locate any deaths in 1960 in the state of Montana for William. I have been able to find the marriage record for William and Virginia so one piece of information has been corroborated. I have yet to find a marriage for William and Helen.

I believe the next step will be to search for Helen. Anyone who finds any information please let me know.

Today, the 13th, I called Bellefontaine Cemetery, where Mary Virginia is buried and they confirmed that he is not buried there.

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Looking for William Perkins Mains

I am looking for information on William Perkins Mains, he was born in 1846 and supposed to have died in 1960. That’s right 114. However things just don’t seem to work out and I’d like to find more information on him and if he did live that long there should be an obituary or something out there.

William first married Mary Virginia Toncray (1848-1909), of which I have seen the marriage license from Missouri for. They had 7 children.

Next William was supposed to have married Helen Banter in 1911. They were supposed to of had 9 children together, however, that doesn’t make a whole lot of sense.

If anyone has any proof on this second marriage, or when and where William died it would go a long way to fixing his information.

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Registration now up

The registration option to leave comments on the site are now up. You can either register or leave a comment without registering. You will need to leave your email address if you do not register, however that does not get displayed openly.

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Newest addition to family

We need to send out a congratulation to Glenn Main Jr, he is now a proud great-grandfather of Mac Brian on the 18th of August. Enjoy the new little one Glenn and pass on your family information to the new generation.

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Book is almost done

In my last post I said that I was close to having all of the information from Glenn’s work entered into a database. I have now finished that work. There are close to 31,000 names in the database.

Currently Glenn and I are working on fixing known errors, especially typos and misspellings. This will take some time as sometimes the information is just not easy to get. However, I feel that a well written book is getting much closer to reality.

The next step, which I am busy trying to do, is to find a publisher. I have contacted a couple of places and may have found one that will work. Because of the size of the database the book will be around 2200 pages which means multiple volumes. This also means that the cost of printing will be substantial.

For anyone interested in a hard copy please let me know. I will also like to know of places that might possibly like a copy. So far I will send a copy to the Historical Society of Frederick County and the Maryland Room at the C Burr Arts library in Frederick. I would like to only have one printing of the book if possible. IF you have any other suggestions please let me know.

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Johann descendants book

Glenn Main Jr, for those that do not know, has four notebooks full of the descendants of Johann Georg Mehn. He began putting them into a database years ago, and for those who have contacted him you have probably gotten something from this database.

For the last two years I have been helping him enter names into the database. We are almost finished with this work. Within the next couple of months the data entry will be finished and be ready for editing. This is the same information that is in the family tree on this site so if you see any problems please let me know so that it can be corrected.

After the editing stage a book will be published. This will be a very large book, over 2000 pages, and only a handful of copies will be made, most will go to libraries and historical societies in the area. I am still looking for a publisher so if you know of one please let me know.

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