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Brief History On The Use Of The Digital Files
How the UPCHURCH BULLETIN, referred to as "UB", got started is told as a part of the history of The Upchurch Collection. Due to the outstanding expertise and financial support of cousin David Thomas Upchurch, M.D., his grandson Thomas Ariano and other kin we now present the UB and ENGLANDIA in a new and powerful format. Cousin Jean Lasater Law used her mother's copies and scanned all of the UB issues. Thomas made the breakthrough of treating them to the optical scanning recognition (OCR) process with the result that all are now available on this website and searchable. It is worthwhile to describe the historic content and methods of using the UB and of offering hints on how to use the digital versions.
Historic Content and Logic of the UB and ENGLANDIA
These days individuals just getting started on understanding their family history will encounter genealogical programs in the Internet which assign unique numbers to each individual in a "Tree". When preparations were being made by Phil Upchurch in the 1970's to start a family history publication, no such Internet programs existed. Thus he created his own system using the prefix "XID". The "ID" part stood for "Identity" and "X" was added just to make the prefix unique. For over 35 years, Phil has kept handy the sheet with the last XID assigned so that new people could be added and given an XID. Over the years each UB issue typically contained 40 pages, the even numbered pages each containing 30 individuals with assigned XID's. This typically introduced 600 new family members in each issue.
In the beginning it was visualized that a set format for the narrative content in the UB issues would be helpful. A quick look at the table of contents for a few issues will reveal the topics that were usually covered. The first item was to give a brief report on what the editor had been doing giving priority to family history activities. Many readers reported that this was like getting a letter from home. Second in line was a family history photo. Some of these were of poor quality and also did not translate well in the scanning/OCR process. We will now try to electronically upgrade our original photos and replace the online versions as time and resources allow. Often a section was devoted to our Upchurch roots in England. This led to the creation of the publication ENGLANDIA, about which more will be explained later.
Let us skip to the last section of the typical UB issue where one finds a list of those who contributed financially to help with costs. In many cases, contributions were as a memorial to a loved one. Each year contributors gifted about $1,000 on the average and Phil provided an equal amount out-of-pocket. Subscribers provided about $1,000 per year. So, about $3,000 have been spent per year for 30+ years totaling about $100,000 overall. This does not count for a one-time contribution Phil made to N.C. State University to jump-start the Upchurch Collection Endowment. We are all indebted to over a thousand people who have supported our Upchurch family history endeavor. We have now reached the Internet stage which means we could use substantially increased donations (see Why and How to Help).
Most of the other sections of the UB need no particular explanation. However, those interested in grasping how the UB tells their unique story will soon realize that the UB in broad concept is based on the decision of the editor to create "CLANS". This arbitrary invention decrees that each member of the 5th generation of the Upchurch family in America headed a "CLAN". This convention has been extremely useful. It allows an individual member of our very large family to focus on a smaller portion of the massive body of information that has been accumulated. So far, 22 Clans have been established. We have amplified the concept by referring to SubClans each headed by a child of a Clan Head. Further, we refer to Lines in SubClans, each headed by a child of a SubClan Head. As an example, your editor's Clan is the Nathan Upchurch, I Clan headed by Revolutionary War soldier Nathan U. I (1759-1835). My SubClan is the Nathan U. I/Gilbert U. SubClan. My Line is headed by my Grandfather Bartley Jefferson U. (1841-1929), a Civil War soldier. So, if you want to get into the swing of things in the Upchurch Family, get to know and use your Clan, SubClan, and Line.
Once a person knows their Clan/SubClan certain sections of the UB take on added meaning. A quick online search will reveal where in each UB issue your Clan/SubClan is given special treatment. To take the commentary back to the UB one can note that each person assigned an XID and entered in the UB Register of American Ancestors (ROAA) or "The Registry" has their Clan/SubClan revealed. With our online search capacity the 60,000+ individuals assigned an XID can easily find their number, the Clan/SubClan to which they belong and easily grasp that they can climb the Upchurch Family Tree back to Michael U. I.
ENGLANDIA was created to accommodate large amounts of detail produced in the latter part of the 1990's on our Upchurch family in England by Professor David R. Ransome. The name of the publication is a play on words starting with the well known composition "Finlandia" by Jean Sibelius. Two issues we reproduced each year for the four years 1996-1999. Similar information appeared in the UB issues 1980-1995 and 2000-Present. Much of the research on Upchurches in England involved an effort to show how our ancestors who lived at Brington in Huntingdonshire, England may have been related to other Upchurch enclaves in England. It is likely that Upchurches in these various enclaves were indeed blood relatives of our Michael U. I, but just how, we are not sure. The data we have published so far provides a wonderful starting point for anyone who wishes to do more on Upchurch relationships in England.
How to Search the Online Versions of the UPCHURCH BULLETIN and ENGLANDIA
The online versions involve several files each of which stand on its own. The content of the UB issues has been placed in separate files, several containing the narrative and several containing the XID listings otherwise known as "The Registry". The last file contains the eight issues of ENGLANDIA. Once you have obtained your password, entered it, and loaded the "Upchurch Digital Files" page, LEFT click on the square green "U" icon to view each file or RIGHT click on it to download and save. Some of these searchable PDF files are quite large and may take several minutes to load. Please wait until each file has completely loaded before you begin your search.
Once you have gone to one of the files, your search can be facilitated by pressing simultaneously the "Control" and "F" keys or "Control and Shift" and "F" keys. This will bring up a search option where you can use the drop down arrow to select "Full Reader Search". A new search block will appear where you can enter the word(s) you seek. Remember, when searching the Registry, names are recorded Last Name First, so you must search that way. For Upchurch entries, note that they were most often listed using only "U" rather than the full word "Upchurch".