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Re: New Darter and Tarter Book
Posted by: rose williams (ID *****1916) Date: May 18, 2009 at 10:46:06
In Reply to: Re: New Darter and Tarter Book by Norman Tarter of 527

Hi Norman,

The third book I referred to was "The Kentucky Tarters" by Henrietta Elmeree Tarter Oakley. I have not seen a copy of this book, but I have seen references to it on several occasions.

I have not seen a copy of the Oscar Darter book published in 1965 either, and would love to be able to find a copy of it. Luckily, and with thanks to Oscar Darter, he allowed much of his work to be continued in the family book published in 1976.

I do have the book "The Darter-Tarter-Daughters Family" { mentioned above } and found it worthwhile, even tho it is out-dated. The book was published in 1976, copyrighted by the Darter Family Association. I don't know if the family association still exists and, if they do, if they are still actively researching the family.?? So ... needless to say, much has changed since publication of this book. There are many errors in the book and there was a lot of information which was sketchy at best at the time the book was sent to the publisher.

There are now hundreds -- perhaps thousands -- of new Darters and Tarters who were not living when the book was published in 1976. AND....many of those new family members are now married and have children of their own.

There is also the fact that death has taken hundreds of family members since the book was published. Much of this birth and death information is available only from descendants of those family members. I have been working on the family for many years and have collected a lot of information on the family, but there are many, many family members out there that I have not been able to contact for information on their branch of the family.

My dad's family was a prime example of information which did not make it into the book. He and his siblings were not even mentioned in the book ... and all of them have died since the book was written. There are thousands of family members out there just like my dad....they didn't make it into the book, yet are already gone from us. Our chance to talk to them is forever lost.

My dad had a steel-trap memory for names and places involving the family...and we spent many, many hours talking into the wee hours of the morning when his pain would not allow him to sleep. But, at the time I didn't know enough to either record our conversations or take copious notes.

I was not into genealogy at the time, so I was not aware that my chance to find out about his branch of the family was flying past me without my taking notice. I was missing something invaluable to my family....his knowledge of the family history. I had other things going on in my life at the I missed out on my last chance to record our family history.

I posted this message in the hope that someone might know of another, more definitive book in the works....or if perhaps there had already been another book published.


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