Disrespect for Borders
By Nancy Frey
Civil Registration began in the 3rd Qtr (Sep) of 1837, all
baptism, marriage & burial records are recorded by Parish. When asked “Where are you from” the answer most often
given was the Parish, not a town or village.
the UK for many years the boundary that a family respected was that of
their Parish. Even the
government of the day didn’t worry about County borders.
Many Parishes were in more than one County and often there were
pieces of the Parish which did not abut.
It is very important to a genealogist to have an accurate map of
the boundaries of the Parish in which they are searching.
you are researching families who lived near County borders, the usual
rule of searching within a 10 mile radius of a known parish becomes more
difficult. Often children were baptised or people married ‘across the
you are doing research in the UK I highly recommend the use of the maps
at Family Search (http://maps.familysearch.org/).
You can see, download and print maps of every Parish in England.
An added benefit is being able to overlay this map onto an
Ordinance Survey map which is a very detailed picture of towns and
villages within the Parish.
site has enabled me to sort out many families who lived near County
Jennifer Sheppard Accepts Awards at Historians'
North Carolina Society of Historians 2011 Awards Banquet was held in
Mooresville, NC on October 22, 2011.
For the second year in a row, Jennifer Sheppard attended the
Awards Banquet and accepted several awards on behalf of the Lost Colony
Research Group and our members.
two awards personally as well as awards on behalf of The Lost Colony
Research Group and The Martin County Historical Society. In addition,
she accepted awards for Roberta Estes, Administrator of
the Lost Colony Group; for Nelda Percival, Web Mistress of the
Group; Patsy Miller, Oral History Interviewer and Andrew Thomas Powell
(of North Devon, England) for his book entitled Granville
& The Lost Colony of Roanoke.
Jennifer was named as a new member of the Board of Directors and the
Newsletter Editor for the Society of Historians.
provided an Honor Guard for the banquet again this year. All veterans
were introduced to the audience and Elizabeth Bray Sherrill, President
of the Society of Historians, presented each veteran with a pin in honor
of their service; a million dollar bill that notes all of the wars and
dates of each from the Revolutionary War to the Iraqi War. A poem,
written especially for the Veterans by the very talented President
Sherrill, was read and a copy provided to each Veteran. The poem
entitled Freedom Isn’t Free follows:
you fight on foreign soil? Dodge bullets left and right?
you grow physically weary whether it be day or night?
emotions wear you out as each sight changed very quick
a beautiful green pasture to a battle charge so thick?
dead and dying comrades, the cries from weak and bold
side by side, one common goal, you did as you were told.
jolly banter with a soldier on a long and arduous march
seeing lifeless faces staring back from 'neath the larch.
dead and dying humans, unknowns, some you knew well
from different backgrounds but share in the same
fought for someone's freedom, fought for a common goal
matter what the task at hand, you still did as you were told.
you cross the ocean or do battle on the waves?
you soar through the skies up high
take cover in deep, dark caves?
you lead a group of troopers through the land, sea or air?
your fight take place behind a desk, in a kitchen, or a secret mission
matter what you did nor where, one thing it still rings true
gave your time, your very life in a situation not so new.
many wars have taken place over so much space and time
count would be too great, I fear, if all we would combine.
the ones that you took part in are the emphasis today
for your service accept our thanks, you're an honorable display.
never set their feet upon this red clay soil,
became our heartache and of war became its spoil.
recognize those here and now, in body or in soul
fold you tenderly in our arms
battle's won, you met your goal.
ah, sweet freedom, a gift from you to me
be measured lightly because freedom isn't free.
Bray Sherrill, October 2011