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REPORT OF FIFTH ANNUAL MOCK FAMILY HISTORIAN CONFERENCE

Salt Lake City, Utah

Oct. 13-15, 1995

Howard Johnson's Hotel

There was a good attendance again this year and it was a profitable experience renewing old friendships and meeting distant cousins, all who have the same goal to research the surname of Mock or any of its many variant spellings. Some new members were present this year who have not attended before. Most participants had ample time for research in the Family History Library that adjoins the Hotel.

The featured meeting was held Sunday, October 15, 1995 in the Heritage Room of Howard Johnson's Hotel. Thanks to Barbara Dittig and James P. Mock who organized this year's event, many felt this to be the best conference yet. There were four featured speakers, and a summary of each talk will be given below:

1. Mock Origins in Germany and Switzerland

by Steve Lapp

Steve has studied the migration of early German families from the Palatinate, which includes areas drained by the Rhine and Nekar Rivers. He outlined the religious and political reasons for upheaval in this area. The primary reasons these people came to America in the early and mid-1700's, included 1. Desire for religious freedom. 2. Desire to get away from conditions of serfdom, where they would have freedom and the ability to own land. 3. Desire to avoid mandatory military conscription.

Steve has located 19 distinct lines of various surnames such as Mack, Maag, Mauck, Mock, etc. that were known to have migrated to America and where their germanic origin was established, and he has pinpointed them on a map to a relatively small area in the Palatinate of Germany and in Switzerland.

He observed that the name more frequently occurred in Switzerland as Maag, whereas in Germany it more commonly was noted to be Mack, although there are multiple variations of the name occurring in both regions.

For a more detailed account of Steve Lapp's research into the European Origin of Mack/Mock Immigrants, click here. Mack/Mock Immigrants.

2. Current Status of the MFH and Recent Visit to Virginia and Kentucky

by Barbara Dittig

Barbara gave a brief history of the origin of the Mock Family Historian and noted that we now have 149 subscribers. She urged that more members submit articles for publication.

Although we emphasize early Colonial and pre-Civil War records, we also print some later well documented research. She pointed out that with our current subscriptions, we can continue to support a quality quarterly newsletter for $10 per subscriber, even though the cost of postage has gone up. Some goals for the future were discussed by the group.

Barbara gave a brief description of her recent trip to Virginia and Kentucky. She visited Bourbon County, KY, at Paris, which is the County Seat. She also went to the town of Ruddell's Mills, which was established by some of her early pioneer relatives, Isaac and Sarah Ruddell. In the same cemetery, she located the grave of Lucy Mock, daughter of her ancestors, George and Dianne (Ruddell) Mock, son of Jacob and Mary (Payne) Mock, son of Rudolph, II, and Catherine Mock. She located the ancestral home of Rudolph Mock, II, which was standing but in dire need of restoration and repair. Rudolph died in about 1817, but the home was thought to have been built about 1790.

We want to apologize for the mistaken identity of the home thought to be that of Rudolph and Catherine Mock of Ruddells Mills, KY. The one we have had on this web site was taken in 1995 and was the wooden remains of a neighboring home. This error was discovered in October 2000 and the true site was located which is a stone house with two chimneys located on the adjoining property which is found between Stoner Creek and Lick Run in Bourbon County near Ruddells Mills. After the death of Rudolph Mock II in 1817, this home was owned by Rudolph and Catherine's son, Rudolph III and Margaret Mock. We are hoping to have a photograph of this old structure in the near future which we will post here. This old house is now thought to be over 200 years old, not occupied and covered with vines.

3. The Maucks of Virginia

by James P. Mock

JP gave a progress report on his project of identifying and classifying all of the Mauck families, including all variations of the name, in the Northern Neck of Virginia, starting in about the mid 1730's. He now has over 4000 names in his database and has identified multiple origins, but with some there is high suspicion of a relationship to other families, which is still being investigated. Numerous collateral lines have been identified and many descendants have been traced to other states, and some families have been searched to the early 1900's. He anticipates it may be at least a year before his project is ready for final publication.

We are looking into the possibility of bringing this database, or at least parts of it, to the World Wide Web. This is an extremely important study since many of the early families with this surname did migrate through the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. He is doing a very careful analysis where nothing is accepted unless it is documented with a deed, probate, will, marriage, or other primary type of record. His work will prove that it can be done. If you have a Mauck lost in Virginia, JP is the one you want to contact.

4. The Internet and World Wide Web and Mock Family Research

by Ron Moore

The development of the World Wide Web as the mecca that genealogists have been dreaming about for many years, is rapidly being fulfilled. There are multiple ways it can be accessed and at variable costs. We now have about 20 Mock researchers with an e-mail address on the Internet, and there no doubt will be more. It is anticipated that the WWW will become more attractive to family researchers as larger databases such as census, books, and other records can be searched directly on-line. Ron's talk was illustrated with color overhead transparencies of the current version of the Mock Family Historian Home Page. Credit for design of the graphics goes to James P. Mock.


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Gene Andert

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