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THE EDITORS’ VIEW

Meldon "Mel" Wolfgang III, FGBS, passed away on Friday, 5 July 2013, at the age of 68. He will be profonndly missed by genealogists, historians, and archivists across the United States, but perhaps even more so by those of us who were honored-indeed blessed-to have had the opportunity to work with him. His accomplishments were many. His obituary recites some (but not all) of his jobs, positions, and projects.1 They share a common thread: Mel's great passion was the past-its records, books, people, and stories.

Mel shared his passion in every conceivable way. With sparkling eyes, keen sense of humor, and infectious smile, he delighted listeners with his stories. He taught thousands about obscure and not-so-obscure records, and what they really can tell us. He and his wife, Pat, carted boxes of rare and hard-to-find books from conference to conference, sharing them with an eager audience. Mel's blog, Mnemosyne's Magic Mirror,2 is a remarkably eclectic, often philosophic, collection of his "thoughts on the craft of family history and genealogy." As a member of the NYG&B Education Committee, he brought ideas for inspiring and motivating people--and those same ideas inspired and motivated the other committee members, including us, the editors of the Record. He challenged people to venture out of their comfort zones, study new subjects, explore new sources, experiment with new techniques, and break away from old mindsets.

In March 2011 Heather Wilkinson Rojo interviewed Mel. Her last question was prophetic: "If this were to be your last lecture at a genealogical conference, what would you say? What would you want to be remembered for?" How re­markable it is that we have Mel's answer to that question---a final lesson from an extraordinary teacher:

... I imagine that I'd be inclined to offer a few bits of advice gained from a half cen­tury of research. One of those bits would be a reminder that genealogy is not about looking stuff up on the Internet, then typing the information into some piece of soft­ware; it's about analyzing and connecting small slivers of information and, through those slivers, learning about your ancestors' lives and times. I'd also be inclined to suggest that the solutions to many of those "brick-wall problems" can often be found by standing a bit further back from that brick wall so that you can look at the bigger picture. History is a big place to explore and you should be learning something new every single day. And lastly, I'd encourage the audience to have great fun and bask in the joy of each new discovery.3

We will always remember Mel's words of wisdom. We will always remember Mel.

Laura Murphy DeGrazia, CG, FGBS

Karen Mauer Green, CG, FGBS

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1 Meldon John Wolfgang Ill obituary, New Comer-Cannon Funeral Home (http:/lwww.newcomeralbany .comlobitu ary.aspx>src=value&obitid =68974&fname=Meldon%20John&lname=Wolfgang%20III&city = Albany&st=New%20York:).

2 Mnemosyne's Magic Mirror (http:/Imnemosynesmagicmirror.blogspot.com).

3 Heather Wilkinson R jo, ''Meldon J. Wolfgang III and the New England Regional Genealogical Conference, April 6- 10, 2011," blog entry, 12 Mar. 2011, Nutfield Genealogy (http://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.coml2011103Imeldon-j-wolfgang-iii-and-...).

 

 

 

 

 

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THE NEW YORK
Genealogical and Biographical Record

VOLUME 144 JULY 2013 NUMBER 3

CONTENTS

 
WHEN DID ADAM HENDRICKSE VROOMAN DIE AND WHERE IS HE BURIED?
by Nancy Holder ................................................................... 165
 
SCHODACK LEASES, 1787-1816, AND RENTS OWED IN 1858
by Paul R. Huey, Ph.D. .......................................................... 177
 
GEORGE A. EBBETS REVISITED: A CASE OF MISIDENTIFICATION
by Edward E. Steele................................................................. 191
 
THE MILITARY JOURNAL AND EXPENSE ACCOUNTS OF CAPTAIN THOMAS BUTLER DURING THE SPRING 1756 OSWEGO CAMPAIGN (concluded)
contributed by Marianne N. Miles and Ken D. Johnson...... 197
 
WILLIAM J. PIGOT, CAPTAIN OF THE FORESTER (concluded)
by Edward E. Steele ................................................................... 211
 
CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN OF PRESERVED FISH7 DEUEL OF
CAMBRIDGE AND MASSENA, NEW YORK (concluded)
by George R. Nye ......................................................................... 216
 
 
 
Regular Features
 
THE EDITORS’ VIEW ................................................... 163
 
REVIEWS ........................................................................ 235
Ruddock.  Confiscated Properties of Philipse Highland Patent, Putnam County, New York, 1780-1784. By Anita Lustenberger, CG, FGBS
Grundset. New York in the American Revolution: A Source Guide for Genealogists and HistoriansBy Craig Roberts Scott, CG