Friday, July 3, 2015

Regimental History Series, background and motivation

Context: See "Contents of this Issue" plus list of articles from the Regimental History Series (RHS) taken from issues of The Massachusetts Magazine, an effort by Dr. Frank and some of his friends.
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While collecting links to all of the issues (digitized copy) of The Massachusetts Magazine, several things came to mind including a whole list of future topics for research. For one thing, these eleven volumes of a quarterly publication can be thought of as a snapshot in time of the period from 1908 to 1918 of New England and the U.S. As such, they can offer a lot of insight. For instance, toward the time of the last issues, we start to see discussion of the upcoming 300th of the 1620 arrival; and, that is timely for our look ahead efforts for the 400th (Please note, New Englanders, that Kansas had its 400th in the 1941 timeframe).  

But, while itemizing the items in the RHS that occupied a lot of Dr. Frank's time, one had to consider his motivation. We know that he was an officer in a Salem unit. Too, his persistence in following through with so much detail is more than one would expect for a hobby. 

We find this page in the first issue of The Massachusetts Magazine (also, see first of the series, Department of the American Revolution). Dr. Frank published twenty-five items in his RHS series whose themes were taken from the list (see Reg't column). Not all of the Regiments were covered, however, for the one that he did research, he was thorough.  

TMM, Vol I, No 1, Pg 13
The timeframe was during the Seige of Boston (see Wikipedia). One task will be to look at how we can introduce Dr. Frank's monograms into the discussion and, thereby, generate citations of his work. 

Remarks:  Modified: 07/03/2015

07/03/2015 -- Added links to the series "Department of the American Revolution" (see Motivation) in those issues with the an item from the series.


Wednesday, July 1, 2015

TMM, Vols. IX, X, and XI

The Massachusetts Magazine, of Dr. Frank and friends.

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TMM, Vol IX, 1916

List of Titles, (Vol.IX, No. 2)
Regimental History Series

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TMM, Vol X, 1917
TMM, Vol XI 1918
    1917/8, Vols X, XI (F.A. Gardner, M.D.)

    No 1
      Pg 32 Colonel David Brewer's Regiment
    No 2, 3
      Pg
    No 4
      Pg 167 Colonel David Brewer's Regiment
    No 1
      Pg 12 Colonel Edmund Phinney's Regiment
Prior: TMM, Vols VII and VIIINext up: TMM, Vols I and II.

Remarks:  Modified: 07/02/2015

07/02/2015 --

TMM, Vols. VII and VIII

The Massachusetts Magazine, of Dr. Frank and friends.

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TMM, Vol. VII, 1914
    1914, Vol VII (F.A. Gardner, M.D.)

    No 1
      Pg  32, Colonel John Mansfield's Regiment
    No 2
      Pg  51, Colonel Asa Whitcomb's Regiment
    No 3
      Pg 99, Colonel John Nixon's Regiment
    No 4
      Pg 158, General John Thomas' and Colonel John Bailey's Regiment
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TMM, Vol VIII, 1915

    1915, Vol VIII (F.A. Gardner, M.D.)

    No 1
      Pg 27, Colonel John Paterson's Regiment
    No 2
      Pg 75, Colonel John Paterson's Regiment
    No 3
      Pg 123, General Artemas Ward's and Colonel Jonathan Ward's Regiments
    No 4
      Pg 185, General Artemas Ward's and Colonel Jonathan Ward's Regiments

Prior: TMM, Vols V and VINext up: TMM, Vols IX and X/XI.

Remarks:  Modified: 07/01/2015

07/01/2015 --

TMM, Vols. V and VI

The Massachusetts Magazine, of Dr. Frank and friends.

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TMM, Vol V, 1912

    1912, Vol V
     (F.A. Gardner, M.D.)

    No 1
      Pg 15, Colonel Wm. Heath's and Colonel John Greaton's Regiment
      Pg 36, Department of the American Revolution
    No 2, 3, 4
      Pg 55, Colonel Wm. Heath's and Colonel John Greaton's Regiment
      Pg 71, Colonel Ebenezer Learned's Regiment
      Pg 105, Department of the American Revolution

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TMM, Vol VI, 1913


    1913, Vol VI
     (F.A. Gardner, M.D.)

    No 1
      Pg 
    No 2
      Pg 82, Col. Paul Dudley Sargent's Regiment
    No 3
      Pg 125, Colonel Paul Dudley Sargent's Regiment
    No 4
      Pg 147, Colonel John Mansfield's Regiment

Appeared in TMM, Vol VI, 1913


Prior: TMM, Vols III and IVNext up: TMM, Vols VII and VIII.

Remarks:  Modified: 07/03/2015

07/03/2015 -- Add links to the series "Department of the American Revolution" (see Motivation).

TMM, Vols. III and IV

The Massachusetts Magazine, of Dr. Frank and friends.

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TMM, Vol. III, 1910

    1910, Vol III (F.A. Gardner, M.D.)

    No 1
      Pg 25, Colonel Timothy Walker's Regiment
      Pg 40, Department of the American Revolution
    No 2
      Pg 99, Colonel Theophilus Cotton's Regiment
      Pg 133, Department of the American Revolution
    No 3
      Pg 187, Colonel James Frye's Regiment
      Pg 181, Department of the American Revolution
    No 4
      Pg 246, Colonel James Frye's Regiment
      Pg 260, Department of the American Revolution

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TMM, Vol. IV, 1911


    1911, Vol IV (F.A. Gardner, M.D.)

    No 1
      Pg 29, Colonel Ruggles Woodbridge's Regiment
      Pg 43, Department of American Revolution
    No 2
      Pg 82, Colonel Ruggles Woodgridge's Regiment
      Pg 110, Department of American Revolution
    No 3
      Pg 153, Colonel Thomas Gardner's Regiment
      Pg 179, Department of American Revolution
    No 4
      Pg 221, Colonel Samuel Gerrish's Regiment
      Pg 244, Department of American Revolution

Prior: TMM, Vols I and II. Next up: TMM, Vols V and VI.

Remarks:  Modified: 07/03/2015

07/03/2015 -- Add links to the series "Department of the American Revolution" (see Motivation).

TMM, Vols. I and II

Earlier, we mentioned that we would elevate The Massachusetts Magazine, of Dr. Frank and friends, into general awareness. Notice, too, that there had been an earlier periodical (same Wiki page), of the same name, for which we see major contributors, such as Benjamin Franklin.

Given that we are now into July, we will use the month in which American Independence is celebrated to make some progress. For each Volume, we will present the Contents page for each issue. Too, Dr. Frank wrote twenty-five monograms about military organizations from the revolutionary period. For each of these, we will provide a link to the on-line publication, list the title and the issue, and then link to modern information that can be found on Wikipedia.

After we have completed the initial look at all of the Volumes, we will discuss future research.

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TMM, Vol. I, 1908

    1908, Vol I (F. A. Gardner, M.D.)

    No 1
      Pg 14 Col. John Glover's Marblehead Regiment
      Pg 51 Department of the American Revolution
    No 2
      Pg 85 Col. John Glover's Marblehead Regiment
      Pg 103 Department of the American Revolution
    No 3
      Pg 149 Colonel William Prescott's Regiment
      Pg 195 Department of the American Revolution
    No 4
      Pg 235 Colonel William Prescott's Regiment
      Pg 278 Department of the American Revolution 

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TMM, Vol. II, 1909

Prior: TMM, Vols IX and X/XINext up: TMM, Vols III and IV.

Remarks:  Modified: 07/03/2015

07/03/2015 -- Add links to the series "Department of the American Revolution" (see Motivation).

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Auras, genealogical and otherwise

Please, please get off of my cloud. Or something like that was ranted by the strutting graduate of the London School of Economics and Political Science.

In genealogy, it seems that things can be strict if you are dealing with someone else's lineage. For one's own, there is (can be) an aura.

And, that is as it ought to be (how one responds to that will depend upon the belief and views). People existed; those better documented are not of any better worth (do not read "worth" in the usual money-valued sense).

And, irrespective of the nature and characteristics of that aura, there is a lot more to it than has been considered. Trying to excel in their operational imperatives (they think) via the western mindset, genealogists seem to have descended to numbers (and DNA, think of it, would this analysis even be possible without computational assistance?).

Before casting aspersions my way, just consider, if you would, Dawkins' "meme." It's delicious that he used the term, as one can easily step to me..me (where me[ta]..me and a whole lot more ensues).

However, let's pause a minute and note that memes are all the rage in the Internet's milieu (just like many of the notions related to some advanced computational approaches have a flavor close to Lamarck's ideas - ah, so wonderful). We could talk this issue thus (as in, memes) and keep from that which might be uncomfortable to many. What use is there for this concept in genealogy? Anyone want to propose memes to discuss?

I propose "aura" but am willing to change the term as it gets better understood.

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However, that genealogy is Exodus 20:12 in action, without transitive limits, seems to not get much recognition or respect - to wit, all of these people/companies (oh yes, ancestry.com) running after big bucks.

In short, genealogy is only one of several modern disciplines that could use a few, good gentleman/lady scholars/scientists (and, they are extant). It is where the domains of these disciplines of interest intersect that we need to have some attention placed. ... To be discussed, further.

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There was an earlier comment in regard to this subject: Endless genealogies.

Remarks:  Modified: 06/28/2015

06/25/2015 -- Throwback Thursday, a social media meme. Leary's influence (also, his iconoclastic self's rewards - albeit, late - let's hear it for Berkeley as that which allowed his salvage). Referenced this from that (on auras).

06/25/2015 -- Was this tongue in cheek? No, only suggestive.

06/28/2015 -- Corrected Larmarck's name. On auras, all sorts of operational aspects need to be brought to the fore so that we can have a proper discussion leading to experiments, etc. Put link to London School of Economics.