Sunday, May 06, 2012

Sundays are good for revival, right?!

Ok, it's been over a year since my last post. I made a new year's resolution to revive the Long neglected blog, but that didn't happen. I can list a bunch of reasons why, but ye socks would just roll your eyes. Anyway, getting ready to attend the next NGS convention and figured this would be a good point to get the Sock in the Dryer rolling again. My last posts concentrated on the efforts to build an online archive for the town of Pine Castle (just south of Orlando, Florida). That effort continued despite the lack of posts! You can check out what I've done by visiting the archives index page: You'll see a bunch of new census info, including the recently-released 1940 federal enumeration. I'm working on military records now, particularly focusing on World War I as the centennial is just around the corner. I'm also trying to figure out how to create a podcast library for all the oral history interviews we have been collecting over the last year. Haven't figured that out yet, and would welcome any input, tutoring, etc.

Monday, April 11, 2011

1921 Pine Castle Directory

In the ongoing effort to transcribe all the Pine Castle records on file in this little corner of heaven, I am pleased to report the completion of the 1921 directory:

CLICK HERE to access the new page.

Note, this was actually excerpted from the much larger directory compiled for Orlando.

It is not perfectly alphabetical. Apparently, the original compiler(s) didn't have access to one of those handy-dandy "SORT" tabs that we have on our modern spreadsheets!

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Sunday, April 10, 2011

Pine Castle voter registration index, 1919-21

Picking up on the Pine Castle records transcription project, I have posted an index to the local voter registration book covering the period from 1919 to 1921.

This is an important time frame, because it was the first time that women were allowed to register to vote in federal elections.

To check out the index, click on this link:

1919-21 Pine Castle Voter Registration Index

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Saturday, April 09, 2011

Pine Castle history hike

Thanks to intrepid local historian and hiking enthusiast Steve Rajtar for combining those passions as he led this morning's tour of historic Pine Castle!

If not for the frustrating inability of the new iPad2 to accommodate Flash, yours truly would post some of the great shots snapped with said new toy.

In their absence, ye socks shall be left to your own imaginations!

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Friday, April 08, 2011

2 more articles posted

Keeping up with the posting of articles from the 1974 edition of the Pine Castle Pioneer Days magazine. First one is on the Council Oak, which will serve as the iconic image of the 2012 festival. (Plays well into the theme of "roots."). Second one is on the Holden Heights area.

Like most of the articles in the magazine, neither of these gives the author. I can only assume they were penned by the late Ruth Barber Linton . . .

The growing index of the 1974 articles may be found here:

Pioneer Days Magazine Articles

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Thursday, April 07, 2011

New magazine article posted

Picking up on the Pine Castle digirecords project in this little corner of heaven, I have posted an article about the Conway neighborhood written by Mrs. Eulene Mizell Smith that was originally published in the 1974 edition of the Pioneer Days magazine:

More to come, as time permits!

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Wednesday, April 06, 2011

Pioneer Days Annual Board Meeting

The executive committee of Pine Castle Pioneer Days, Inc., held it's annual meeting in Orlando this afternoon.

Mostly, this involved the typical year-end "housekeeping," like reviewing/amending bylaws.

But, we also voted in a slate of new board members to help direct the 2012 festival. The new members will be formally installed later this month.

In the mean time, we are still looking for folks who are interested in serving (or chairing) one of the several committees who help to make this important community event happen.

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