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REPORT OF SEVENTH ANNUAL MOCK FAMILY HISTORIAN CONFERENCE

Salt Lake City, Utah

October 22-24, 1997

The host hotel and meeting site was the Best Western Salt Plaza Hotel which was formerly the Howard Johnson's Hotel. This is where our group has met in the past and adjoins the Family History Library.

Friday evening the group met in the Heritage Room of the hotel for a social hour. Sherman Brown and wife Darlis were our local resource persons this year and helped with arrangements and prepared a delicious buffet.

Following this we were treated to a talk by Wade Hone who is with Heritage Quest. He has recently published a new book titled Land and Property Research in the United States, and this was the bulk of his talk, How Land Records Can Help in your Family History Research.

The speaker was very knowledgeable and this opened up new avenues for further investigation for many in attendance. Some planned to purchase his book.

We were pleased to have several new members present this year, and all together we had about 15-20 person's at the meeting.

Most individuals spent all day Saturday in the Family History Library and that evening, the group gathered at the Best Western Olympus Hotel and had a nice dinner at Mullboons Restaurant which is located on the 13th floor which is the very top of the hotel and with spectacular views of Salt Lake City in all directions. It was nice to visit with both old and new friends.

Sunday Morning we met back in a conference room of the hotel for our yearly meeting. The first speaker was Sherman Brown who told us a little bit about the Mocks in Bedford County, PA. This is an important key County since many lines of Mocks were there at different times. It is especially difficult to research because of the repeating German first names which makes it difficult to separate one family from another. A great deal of progress, though, has been made in the last few years.

The second speaker of the morning was Steve Lapp, whose talk was on the migration pattern of Mocks, Macks, and Mauks and the emphasis was on the Great Northwest Territory, but especially, Ohio, Indiana and Illinois. Steve has a project where he has been identifying the origin of the early families who settled in these areas, and has been pinpointing where these people came from. His research will no doubt be published in the Mock Family Historian in the near future. We also plan to bring it here to the Mock Family Historian Home Page.

Barbara Dittig brought us up to date on the progress of the Mock Family Historian. She also had her working charts with her. Barbara keeps records on all families of the various members who have subscribed to the Mock Family Historian, and these have become a valuable resource, especially for new members. She is continuously documenting events to keep everything as accurate as possible.

Ron Moore was the fourth speaker of the morning and gave a brief update on the MOCK Family Home Page and our List and Discussion Group, MOCK-GEN-L.

The afternoon session was open for discussion and the biggest news of the meeting, was that next year, the group voted to hold the meeting in Bedford County, PA where it all started for many branches of the various Mock families.

We don't have the exact date yet, but it will probably be in the latter part of September or the early part of October, 1998. As soon as we have the information as far as the exact date and place, we will let everyone know, so watch the Mock Family Home Page, MOCK-GEN-L, or the Mock Family Historian for an announcement about the meeting which will be the Eighth Annual Mock Family History Conference and we hope the largest one we have had. Several who have never attended before have already expressed an interest in coming.

Our thanks for a great conference again this year must go to Sherman and Darlis Brown, Steve Lapp and Barbara Dittig who were primarily responsible for this year's meeting.


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Gene Andert

2002 Mock Family Historian