Wednesday, May 14, 2008

The Tie That Binds

Today is a good day. After much research and many phone calls and no luck in getting Interlibrary Loan to send me genealogical materials, I finally found a copy of Casey W. Arnette's The Tie That Binds: A History of the Alpine Baptist Church for sale. It just came in the mail. The next closest copies of this book are in Macon, Georgia and Auburn, Alabama (over 500 miles away), and now I have the information at my fingertips! What a blessing.

So I would like to offer to do lookups for other people, because I realize how difficult it is to get a copy of this book. I am particularly interested in doing lookups for people who are doing research on African-American ancestors, but I will look up names in the index for anyone. My husband is also in the process of trying to contact the author/descendants to see if there is any way that this material can be digitized. (We would be happy to do it!)

So if you have stumbled on this blog in search of this book and would like a look-up, post a comment with your email address and I'll do what I can.


Anonymous said...

congratulations!!!! can't wait to see you!

Christina said...

Wow, I just found your blog site. You look like you are doing great! Do you like Hawaii? We are in Utah right now, Rob will probably graduate from his PhD from the U of M this Dec. We finally have a family blog at

Keep in touch! Love, Christina (and Rob) Franklin

Anonymous said...

Jon and Kristen, just found your 2008 post. My cousin will become, as of November 6, the first new pastor at Alpine Baptist Church in 40-odd years. I'd love to get a copy of The Ties That Bind--history of the church. You mentioned you got your copy in the mail. Where did you find it? Many thanks.

Kristen said...

Hi there,
I did an extensive search and could not find another copy of The Tie That Binds. I found mine online from a rare books seller who happened to have a copy. There weren't very many printed, and most of them are at libraries, but they won't let you check them out. If I were you, I would just keep searching online every few months in case a copy comes up. In the meantime, we received permission from the previous pastor, Larry Morris, to work on scanning the book and making it available for free in a digital format. So as soon as we have that we will post about it.

God bless you and your family for the service and sacrifice your cousin will make to serve the Lord in this capacity.