Re: Conrad "Coonrod" Keck
I think the gathering of information is such a long and time consuming process that we don't feel we have enough to do a book and in waiting until we might find a little more keep on gatherine.I am glad you decided to stop gathering and do something with what you have.In my early research days twenty years ago, it was hard to find the information but I did have an excellent genealogy section in the nearby library and good, volunteers to help me.Plus, my mother-in-law was a Keck, sister of Isaac Harrison "Ike" Keck and Dan Keck. I asked my husband's cousin, Leota Keck, a lot of questions and having retired from teaching school she was as interested as I was in finding all we could about the Keck's.Our first farm was an inherited farm from the old Isaac Keck (the original settler from Tenn) through his son Simon Redmond Keck and his son Isaac Harrison "Ike" Keck. We bought Uncle Ike's farm.Uncle Ike had a good memory and liked to talk and we thought the world of him and Aunt Martha. I liked to ask questions and listen too.Leota was raised on the farm next to Uncle Ike's.Her father was Uncle Dan, Uncle Ike's brother.
We need to literally beg those inheriting any genealogy, obituaries, photos, old letters, etc. even if they aren't identified or books, not to burn or throw them away-take them to the nearest library that has a genealogy department or a historical society so that they will be preserved. The Y-DNA can identify families but they don't tell the stories.