Wednesday, November 26, 2014

New GIST Cousin Connection

Ol' Myrt here thought she was being interviewed on internet radio by Tina Sansone about how to get started with genealogy research. Conversations between Tina and her co-host Sheri McNeil Savory, before I was introduced, made it abundantly clear I'm related to Sheri on the GIST line.

During the live interview, Sheri told me about another cousin Rex Bertram, who just happens to have a copy of the out-of-print Christopher Gist of Maryland 1679-1957 and Some of his Descendants by Jean Muir Dorsey and Maxwell Jay Dorsey. This is the 1958 version. Another edition published about ten years later has some corrections and additional younger generation data.

Subsequent conversations with Rex mean this long-hoped-for book will be in my possession probably Friday or Saturday, depending on holiday workloads.

So who is Rex Bertram? I heard he does research at the world-famous Allen County Public Library Genealogy Center. Naturally, I wrote directly to one of my contacts there, Dawne Slater-Putt, who explained "He's a professional researcher locally. I know him very well, and have a great deal of respect for him and his abilities." That's a pretty awesome recommendation.

Rex Bertram is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, where we find more info about his research specialties as follows:

Utilizing the World's second largest genealogy library; The Allen Co., Library, in Ft. Wayne, IN; I have been researching professionally for over 10 years. I specialize in KY, NC, TN and VA; but can research records in most any state and county.

Research Specialty:
Land Records

Geographic Specialty:
IN ; KY ; NC ; TN ; VA ; South

Accepts Clients:

If you need research assistance at the Allen County Public Library, hopefully Ol' Myrt's new-found GIST cousin can assist. Remember, the ACPL has arguably the largest genealogy and history publications, indexing them in PERSI. Since most volumes are not online, it might help to contract Rex as follows:

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt :)
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  1. Hi, Did you know that National Society Daughters of the American Revolutino Honorary President General Linda Calvin (2007-2010) is a Gist by birth?

    1. That's pretty cool, Linda. Once I get my DNA worked out, I'll be able to confirm the paper trail at NSDAR is accurate and submit my application.

  2. Love your Mondays with Myrt. I often listen in. Happy Thanksgiving.

    1. Thank-you, Linda. May you and your family enjoy a happy and peaceful Thanksgiving. :)

  3. Talk about connections! I know Rex but didn't know he had a blog so I went looking for it. What did I find but that he is working on some descendants of my 5G grandfather for a client! Also possibly a link to an old friend of mine! We really are just one great big family

    1. Dear Shirley, it certainly IS a small world. Rex is a good researcher, and furthermore, a kind man. Hope you do find that "old" friend through Rex's connections. :)

  4. You can find my A Face To My Name Collection at the NSDAR library in Washington, D.C as the 3 book collection was donated by the John Edgar Howard Chapter in 2012. Because of this I am very excited to know that a Gist cousin of Myrt and I is the President...