Status of John W. Prather, Jr.'s Vol III and Other Works - As of 19 June 2007
John has decided that because of health issues, he can no longer continue his work on the manuscript for Volume III. He will be 91 this year. As of 18 June 2007, he is gathering his remaining manuscripts and data to send to the Special Collections section of the Maryland State Archives. He estimates that Volume III is about 60% complete. The ID of the collection follows below and in the future will include all his work to date. The "MSA" number is the key to identifying his works. I haven't tried acquiring any of the information yet, so if someone learns more details about procedures and costs, please let me know so I can alert others.
April of 2007 John decided to distribute this Volume I and II Addendum and asked
me to help. The Addendum is 40+ pages that identify selected paragraphs
and lines in Volumes I & II for changes, deletions, and additions, so it
only has meaning for those who have these volumes. John wanted the
information distributed in a form for electronic distribution to interested
researchers. Since he is not able to
provide me with a computer file, this is done by scanning Johnís hardcopy
pages using OCR (optical character recognition) to make editable and secure
pages, creating and inserting an index, and making the document available as
read-only. The last thing we need is
edited, home-brew versions wandering the internet. I will post a link to
the file, once I complete it.
Maryland State Archives
MSA SC 5097
Research notes relating to John W. Prather, Praters in
Wiltshire 1480-1670 and Prater, Prather, Prator, Praytor in America
web address is http://speccol.mdarchives.state.md.us/msa/speccol/catalog/cfm/dsp_number.cfm?speccol=5097
If you are connected to the internet, you should be able to click on this link above and go to the Maryland State Archives to browse.
H. Martin Prather, Jr