Sunday, June 24, 2007

Catching up

Well, it's been a long time since I blogged, but I haven't been utterly idle. Lots going on!
Mostly I've been working on my Donner Party bibliography, which now numbers over 4700 citations. (There are hundreds more piled up that I haven't entered into my bibiliographic management program yet -- I use EndNote X.) The bibliography includes just about anything Donner Party: primary documents, secondary histories, newspaper and magazine articles, obituaries, novels about the Donner Party, novels inspired by the Donner Party, graphic novels, children's books, movies, TV shows, radio programs, t-shirts, ephemera, and lots more.
What I haven't done is edit the New Light on the Donner Party website. Frustrating, because I have all sorts of things to add to or edit. Unfortunately my ISP no longer supports the extensions Microsoft requires to run FrontPage, so I have to find new software and figure out how to use it. It could take a while, but hopefully by the end of the summer...


Anonymous said...

My name is Dan Danner. I've been researching my family history and found a link to the Donner Party on one of the Danner websites. Can you offer any advice into how I can learn if there's a genuine connection or not?

Kristin Johnson said...

Hi, Dan. Early Donner genealogy is tricky. The name is spelled in a lot of different ways in early records -- Donner, Danner, and even Tanner. George and Jacob's father, George Sr., was born in Donegal Township, Lancaster Co., Pennsylvania in 1752, and his father was apparently named Jacob. There's a family of Donners/Danners that may be George and Jacob's cousins, but the connection hasn't been proven. I'm afraid it would take a lot of research to demonstrate the relationship. Have you contacted the creator of the Danner website? Sorry I can't tell you anything definite, but good luck with your research!

marvanhogan said...

I linked to your wonderful factual goldmine on Keseberg on your Donner Party Bulletin on my website.

I deal with discussing the influence of departed Californians.

I discovered that the Lady Adams building, which Keseberg owned after his rescue, is still standing and located a block away from my own office in Old Sacramento.

Feel free to use any of the pictures or anything else you find, with attribution to my site.

Your extensive body of quality work in this area is most appreciated.

Yours truly,

Marvan Hogan