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Volume 6, Number 20
Mountain Press, P.O. Box 400, Signal Mountain, Tennessee 37377, 1-423-886-6369
September 24, 2014


Publisher's Notes

In this article we celebrate the 100th edition of our newsletter. I have enjoyed writing these articles and hearing the comments after each one. I hope you have found some helpful tidbits to help you in your genealogy research in these newsletters. If you have missed a few, you can always view them at our Archived Newsletters Page

To celebrate this 100th article, we are offering a 20% discount on all items our website through Sunday. Just enter 100Article to receive the discount in the Coupons and Special Offers box on the checkout. The code must be entered for the discount to calculate.

If you have any comments or suggestions, please email me at jimd@mountainpress.com.

Thank you,
James L. Douthat
Mountain Press



Strike up the band, roll out the drums, and ring the bells, we have reached a milestone with our genealogy “Road Block” articles. This is the one-hundredth article that we have published.

When I set out to help genealogist via this media, I had one thing in mind - help others get over, around or under their road blocks in their own research. I have attempted to keep these articles short, simple, and hopefully helpful in scope. Most of the time, I have written based on many of the mistakes I have personally made through the years. You may have noticed that frequently I have filled the articles with personal experiences. Since I have been doing genealogical research for over 60 years on my family as well as helping others in their quest, I have made most of the mistakes that everyone else has made. As I continue to help others, we are making some of the same mistakes all over again, but we are moving forward in the efforts.

Working in the genealogy field everyday, I have learned more of what concerns other researchers. I have tried to incorporate these needs into my writing of books and articles. For years I have preached that you need to check with the original materials to verify just what the original had to say. I have encouraged you to take printed books and materials strictly as a guide and in most cases as a great index. These materials do help to establish locations and presences of our ancestors. However, to be a good researcher, double check the original.

With our emphasis on verification, Mountain Press has started to make both the transcription as well as the original, when available, of many of our records on CDs. With the help of a computer, you can view both the transcription and original in order to double check the accuracy of the transcription. We still all have the same set of eyes and it is still very difficult to determine if that is an “e” or is it an “i”. On one of our most recent transcriptions there were names with a double “r” in the middle and in many of the cases, it looked like an “n”. In cases like this, you have to be familiar with the names of the area. For example, I knew that the name locally was “Carrico” and not “Canico”. It saved a lot of time in the transcription to understand the local names.

When we start a new piece to transcribe, it is good to have a large library of published and unpublished materials on the surrounding areas. I pull down everything in that area as well as two or three adjoining counties to double check names and attempt to get it right the first time. If you have ever transcribed a census, then you know that it is best to do the entire census and not just a page or so. In so doing, you get the feel of the writer and the way they make their letters. I have one name in my family where having a feeling for the writer was so important. The marriage record of one man, “Jonathan Richard Douthat” is all too frequently transcribed as “Jonathan B. Douthat”. He was an uncle to my Grandmother and I have several of his photographs. The court clerk had a bad habit of making the “R” to look like a “B”. His name was “Rickard” and not “Bickard”. He was recorded in many other records and so it is understandable that many will misread the name.

If you have comments about the articles, we welcome them and enjoy reading them. It is always good to hear from our readers and speak to you in person at various workshops. We also welcome any suggestions for future articles that you would find helpful, just email these to me at jimd@mountainpress.com.

Looking forward to the next 100 articles! Thank you for your support and suggestions in the past and for the future.


20% Discount on All Items



In celebration of our 100th Article, we are offering 20% off all items through Sunday, September 28th. To receive the discount, just type 100Article in the coupons and special offers section on the checkout page.

The discount will apply to all our Books, CD Collection, New Books, and Maps.






North Carolina Military Records - Revolutionary War - CD


Montgomery County, VA Records - CD


Bledsoe County, TN - A History - CD


Sequatchie Valley Tennessee Records - CD


TVA Complete Grave Removal Records - CD


Washington County, TN Records - CD


All CDs


If you have any questions or suggestions for future editions, please email us at jimd@mountainpress.com.