The meeting was held October 11-13, 1996 at the Mount Jackson Best Western Motel and the Woodstock Ramada Inn which are conveniently located in the center of Virginia's Shenandoah Valley, and easy driving distance to all points of interest.
The main conference was October 12 from 9 am to 5 pm in a banquet room of the Woodstock Ramada Inn. There were close to 60 in attendance, the largest turnout we have had at one of these conferences.
The featured speakers included:
1. Barbara Dittig who gave an update on the Mock Family Historian and plans for the future.
2. Steve Lapp spoke on Macks and Mocks for God and Country. This talk featured the various religious groups that many early Mack/Mock pioneers belonged to, and pointed out that Macks and Mocks were leaders in several of the early churches.
3. Dorothy Boyd-Rush PhD, Dean of Postgraduate Education at James Madison University, spoke on how Early German Church Records may or may not be helpful to your family history research.
4. Ron Moore gave an update on genealogy on the World Wide Web and told about MOCK-GEN-L, the Internet discussion group and the Mock Archives which are accessible on the Web and which are now proving to be a treasure chest for Mock data which can now be accessed by anyone.
5. James P. Mock gave his talk on the current status of his Virginia Mauck Project and how his computer database has now grown to over 12,000 names. Some new members attended the meeting and contributed new information on their families. In addition, he was instrumental in helping some who even lived in Virginia to find their roots. He also operates a Web Site of Virginia Maucks.
Barbara Dittig presented a plaque of special recognition from the MOCK FAMILY HISTORIANto Ron Moore "For His Contributions in Launching Mock Family Research into the Cyberspace of the Internet's World Wide Web, Woodstock, Shenandoah County, Virginia, October 12, 1996."
For some, this meeting gave an excuse to return to their ancestral home. As usual for this time of year, the beautiful Shenandoah Valley was beginning to show its Fall colors with the changing foliage.
One of the featured events was an interdenominational church service on Sunday in the old Mauck Meeting House. As part of the program, Jake Mauck, a direct descendant of Daniel Mauck, who once owned the land upon which the church was built, gave a history of the old church which had been thoroughly researched.
The speaker of the morning was Pastor James Everly, a Church of the Brethren Minister, whose topic was No Creed but Christ He spoke briefly on the early years of Alexander Mack and his followers, and the reasons certain other religious groups came to America, including the Mennonites and Quakers.
Those who attended came away with greater empathy for the trials and tribulations of some of the early pioneers. The offering that was taken amounted to $173 and was donated to the Page County Heritage Society who is in charge of the maintenance of the Mock Meeting House. It is one of their museum sites and is sometimes used for special community events.
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