I thought I would start re-analyzing for myself where some of my articles came from. When I first got re-interested in genealogy post college, one my first tasks was to determine the ancestry of my great-great-grandmother Olive Ann (Hurd) Pinkham. I saw advertised a genealogy on the Heard-Hurd family from Picton Press in 1988 but it cost $100. Still expensive today, it was astronomical for me back then [according to Measuring Worth it would the same as $188 in 2009 dollars]. So I called and made them look to see if an Olive Hurd was in the book. There was and I bought it. Not her.
So over the years I did figure her and her ancestors out. Olive's great-grandfather was in that genealogy, but misplaced in his parentage and with no children. In any case, I did a bunch of research on the Heards who remained in Strafford County, N.H. I was always toying around with doing an article, but didn't know how to approach it. However, I discovered that my ancestor Reuben Heard was the owner of an extant family Bible that had been transcribed in more than one place. It is a rare early 18th century Bible. So this was perfect for me. I didn't have to do "the Heards" as massive group, which would take a lifetime to do completely in all lines. So I did an annotated version of the Bible records which weaved in all the research on the Heards I had done and straightened out my line:
Heard-Hayes Family Bible: An Annotated Guide, New Hampshire Genealogical Record 23 (2006):15-26.
Once this was done, I then tackled the wife of Reuben Heard. It was very frustrating that this man owned this Bible and didn't do one crucial thing. Enter his marriage date and his wife's full name. I've often thought that he must have received more than one Bible at his marriage, because this Bible ended up in his mother's hands and she recorded all of her family in it and then passed it down to Reuben's half-brother, Benjamin Hayes (Jr.). So that brought me to my next article which discusses her identity. It is actually that article I'm concerned with now and will discuss that in my next posting.