Amanuensis: A person employed to write what another dictates or to copy what has been written by another.
I continue my project to transcribe family letters, journals, newspaper articles, audiotapes, and other historical artifacts. Not only do the documents contain genealogical information, the words breathe life into kin - some I never met - others I see a time in their life before I knew them.
Last week I transcribed a newspaper article mentioning the gambling loss of Harry Feinstein, my great grandfather's brother, in a gambling raid in 1911. My parents suggested I look for some newspaper articles on Sid Wyman, a first cousin of my paternal grandmother's. So I did. I knew Sid had been a 'professional gambler' in Las Vegas, but I didn't know that he had been part owner of at least four hotels, and had made it into the Poker Hall of Fame. If I had conducted even the most basic search, I would have known this. It's on his Wikipedia page.
My parents suggested finding some news stories from his younger days in St. Louis. Those are difficult to find. He was born a generation later than Harry Feinstein, and the St. Louis Post Dispatch archives from his youth aren't online.
However, I did find a column from a California newspaper I wanted to share. And I did share it. However, in November of 2011 I learned that it was a reprint of a column from another newspaper, so I 'gambled' and requested permission from that newspaper. And was told I would need to pay $150 to keep the column on my site, which I decided was a bit hefty of a price, so I 'folded.' The article below has been deleted.