I Got An Article Published In a Genealogical Society Journal!!

This morning I received an email from Ginger R. Smith, editor of The Trading Path, the journal of the Durham-Orange Genealogical Society, with the link to their latest issue. But I’m getting ahead of myself.

On February 25, 2015, I wrote the first of three blogposts about the slaves of my ancestor James Sims. Ginger, who blogs at Genealogy by Ginger, was the first to comment:

Hi Cathy, This was a great post about how you can learn the names of slaves held by our ancestors, which can be valuable information for the descendants of those slaves. I was wondering if you would be interested in submitting this post (and part 2?) as an article in our local genealogical society journal called The Trading Path? I am doing a special section on African American Research and I would like to include your post because it illustrates the various resources used in learning the names of slaves….If you are interested, please email me…. I would love to hear from you. Ginger R. Smith

And oh what a comment! It came as quite a surprise. She’d only read the first part and did not even know how many parts I had planned.

Black History Month: The Slaves of James SIMS, Part 1

Black History Month: The Slaves of James SIMS, Part 2

Black History Month: The Slaves of James SIMS, Part 3

I waited until after the last post to email Ginger. I thought it might be too much for a newsletter and left the decision to her. She wrote back:

Your blog posts are exactly what we are looking for to publish in the Durham-Orange Genealogical journal, The Trading Path. You use a great combination of your own personal family history and primary documentation to tell a story about both your own family members and about the lives of the slaves who lived with your family.

By the time that she got back to me Schalene Jennings Dugatis had already started the Slave Name Roll Project. The resonance of my blogposts and Schalene’s project was unbelievable. True A. Lewis of NoTe’s To MySelf and several other bloggers who descend from slaves were very encouraging about everyone who was getting involved. What could I do but allow my article to be published in The Trading Path?

Thank you so much Ginger R. Smith!

This morning I saw “The Slaves of James Sims” in print. What a fantastic feeling! Imagine my amazement as I skimmed through The Trading Path and saw Schalene and Slave Name Roll Project mentioned. And, after a closer look, I was thrilled to see my blog sister True A. Lewis also had an article published in the same issue about her paternal great-grandmother, a daughter of a slave. Please take a moment to visit her blog and read about her Grandma Eddie.

This is a first for me and I had to write about it! I got an article published in a genealogical society journal!!

© 2015 Cathy Meder-Dempsey

Author: Cathy Meder-Dempsey

When I’m not doing genealogy and blogging, I spend time riding my racing bike with my husband through the wonderful Luxembourg countryside.

28 thoughts on “I Got An Article Published In a Genealogical Society Journal!!”

  1. Congratulations and great job!!!! As always, I love reading your blogs and following you. You have inspired me over and over and over again…and I know I am not alone!! Always looking forward to your next addition…a great way to start 2015!!!

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  2. Yea Cathy! Well deserved! is this Durham, Orange County, NC? If so, that is right next door to where I live near Raleigh! There is a large population of African Americans there, as well as the famed Duke University and Medical Center. That is wonderful! Helen

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    1. Thank you Julie. I’ve been thinking of you as I share the old photographs. If you’ve been following the posts they are mostly about families of Pope County, IL. I never imagined that a photo collection could be so helpful in genealogy research.


  3. Feels good doesn’t it? Congrats. I am sure there will be people years from now that will read it and be thankful you did.

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    1. Yes it does Teresa! Thanks. I’m going to keep adding one slaveholding ancestor each month. I may run out soon as only my paternal side is American and most ancestors were not that well off. I can always look to the collateral lines when I run out of ancestors.


  4. Cathy, I’m a little late to the party, but I want to add my congratulations on your being published! You deserve it! Your write-ups are clear, concise, thoroughly documented, and informative. The blog posts on the Sims slaves were especially good. I’ve discussed the wonderful document, “A PETITION FROM NICHOLAS COUNTY, VIRGINIA TO GRANT PERMANENT RESIDENCE TO ISAAC SIMS – 1836,” that you included in your second post, with friends – I think it is such an incredible piece of history! Members of the community – white, and no doubt many of them slave-holders themselves – petitioned the Virginia Legislature to make an exception to their laws requiring freed slaves to leave the state, and to allow the aging Isaac to remain in Nicholas Co. to live out his days near his children and family. What a testament that was to the community and to Isaac himself. I was happy to see not only my Sims ancestors but Huddleston ancestors as signatories to that great document.

    The series of posts were beautifully written, and you deserved to have them published and made available in printed form to the genealogical community. Again, congratulations!
    Tim Hughes

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    1. Thank you for the congratulations Tim! I truly appreciate your taking the time to write such a wonderful comment.
      I wish I had a digital copy of the Nicholas County Petition with all the signatures and not only a transcription. It is so rare to find documents with our ancestors’ signatures.
      You are right about the petition being a testament to the community and to Isaac. The feedback on my slave posts has shown me what a wonderful community our ancestors of Nicholas County lived in.


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