We’re Still Here!

Due to reasons not worth going into, we have not been posting here for quite some time, and several potential members have contacted us to ask whether we're "still in business." Quite understandable, and we'll be making an effort to keep posting here with more up-to-date information.

But yes, the Parke Society is very much alive and well, and we look forward to hearing from anyone interested in joining, so stay tuned for more...

Parke Society 2014 Convocation

Parke Society 2014 Convocation

Arrangements are set for the Parke Society’s 2014 Convocation! More detail can be found in your Parke Society newsletter.

Parke Society 2014 Convocation

Thursday through Saturday, August 21—23, 2014

Here’s what you need to do to register for the 50th Anniversary Convocation of the Parke Society, to be held at the Lancaster Historical Society, Lancaster, Pennsylvania:

A. Make your hotel room reservation.

Call the Comfort Inn, Lancaster at 1-717-285-9100 and ask for “The Parke Society block of rooms.” Room rate should be $111.99 plus tax per night. Early check-in and later check-out is optional at the guaranteed block rate, provided rooms are available at time of booking. You may have to spell it out for the reservation clerk, as they may not think of looking under the PARKE spelling. As noted in our newsletter, though the cut-off date for reservations is July 21st, early booking is essential!

B. Complete and mail in your Convocation registration.

Use the reservation request form included in your newsletter, or copy and print the “form” below, along with your check or money order payable to “The Parke Society,” to Ken Parks at the address below.

You will receive a confirmation notice of your registration and a registration packet with directions to the hotel, the Lancaster Historical Society, the banquet location, area attractions, and more Convocation information.

For non-member spouses or friends wishing to attend the Saturday reception and banquet, the cost is $55 per person.


Parke Society 50th Anniversary Convocation, August 21—23, 2014

Yes, we will be attending the 2014 Convocation*

Enclosed is my check for ______ people at $80 per member/$55 per non-member (banquet fee.) (Please make the check or money order payable to The Parke Society).

Name: __________________________________________ PS# __________

Address:  ______________________________________________________

City: __________________________________________________________

State, ZIP:   ____________________________________________________

email address:  _________________________________________________

Mail the completed form, together with your check or money order, to:

Ken Parks

27 Jackson Street #128

Lowell, MA  01852

* Remember: hotel reservations should be made directly with the hotel.     

Down the Rabbit Hole

Wow! Kinda fell down the genealogy rabbit hole today. Downloading Google books, mostly county histories, with Parks references in them, I stumbled on an account of one Xingo Parks, tried and convicted for leading a miner's strike in Pennsylvania in 1875. With a name like that, I had to go there. Turns out he was the son of an Indiana doctor I've been researching for an upcoming Parke Society newsletter article. Xingo Parks served as a 13 year old drummer boy in the CW, seeing action in the battle of Murfreesboro. His father was a CW surgeon, and his stepmother, Dr. Marie J. Parks, was the first female doctor in Indiana. Fascinating family, with several other doctors and others who served in the state legislature. What I envisioned as a two-part article just grew longer!

Join Us in Lancaster!

Join Us in Lancaster!

The dates for our 2014 Parke Society Convocation have been set! We’ll be meeting in Lancaster, Pennsylvania August 21—23 (Thursday through Saturday) at the Lancaster Historical Society.

Full details will be announced formally in the next issue of the Parke Society newsletter, but as soon as arrangements about the convocation hotel location and rates, along with planned events, are finalized, they will appear here and on the Parke Society’s Facebook page.

Mark your calendars, make your vacation arrangements, and plan on joining us in Lancaster for a wonderful, informative meeting with fellow Parke Society members!

End of Year Sale on DNA testing from FTDNA!

End of Year Sale on DNA testing from FTDNA!

As is their custom, the DNA testing firm we use in the Park/e/s DNA project is running a sale with reduced test prices, good until December 31, 2013. If you’ve been considering ordering a DNA test, this would be an ideal time to do so!

To join the Park/e/s DNA project and order a test at the even lower year end prices, go to: http://www.familytreedna.com/group-join.aspx?&group=Parke&vGroup=park-e-s

Any questions or if you need more information about DNA testing, feel free to contact me directly at: kenparks@earthlink.net

Ken Parks PS#1406

President, The Parke Society

Group Administrator, Park/e/s DNA Surname Project

Research Tip O’ the Day

Research Tip O’ the Day

We’re still finding spelling variants for our surname!

A fellow researcher recently referenced a 1790 census listing for James Parx in New Jersey, which was clearly a phonetic spelling by the enumerator of the Parks surname. This led me to wonder how often this spelling might have been used in other censuses and documents used for genealogical research purposes.

A search for the exact spelling “Parx” in Ancestry.com results in about 140 hits. I’ve yet to explore them, but a broader Google search may turn up even more. Next time you’re doing a surname search for a Park/e/s ancestor, try plugging in this variant spelling. Though the Soundex search will look for this spelling, other types of searches might miss it.

More Park/e/s Surname Variants Found!

More Park/e/s Surname Variants Found!

Recent DNA tests have resulted in the discovery (at least to us) of some new variants to our common surname.

One set of variants is: PERSHOUSE, PERSEHOUSE, PURSHOUSE, PARKESHOUSE and has connected genetically to a descendant of Lt. Richard Parks (b. ca. 1667 Mass.-d. 1725 Mass.). The Pershouse variants arose from a corruption of “Parkes' house” and go back to the 1500s in England. More research is being done by one of our Parke Society members, and when he has a sufficient amount of material, an article will appear in an upcoming issue of the Parke Society Newsletter. Watch for it!

The other variant is PÁIRCÉIR, PÁRCAR and has connected genetically to a Parks family which came to New York state from Ireland around 1850. The matching Pairceir DNA participant lives in County Meath, Ireland. We have this explanation of the surname from Library Ireland online:

From Irish Names and Surnames 1923:

PÁIRCÉIR—XII—Parker; Norman 'le Parkere,' i.e., the parker, custodian of a park. Also Párcar.

Exciting to learn about these new variants—look for more detail in upcoming posts and newsletter articles!



Chuckle of the Day

Sometimes when I’m knee-deep in Park/e/s research, I come across something too good not to share.

Dr. Edward Luther Parks (1849 MA-1917 MA) [08R3240] Descendant of Richard Parke LK=R

From Revelations of a Grave-Robber: A Tale of Two Cities by Edward L. Parks, author of “Dr. Parks and His Book.” Boston: Press of Geo. H. Ellis Co., 1915.

“In the class of 1843 at Harvard College was a man who became a Doctor and was in the Civil War. He had two dogs, named, respectively, God Almighty and Jesus Christ. The writer knows his son, a Boston doctor, but has never ventured to ask if he knew about his father’s dogs."

New Parke Society Facebook Page!

New Parke Society Facebook Page!

We recently created a new and improved Facebook page for the Parke Society, replacing the old group page which was archived by Facebook and had become inactive.

We're gradually transferring lots of old Park/e/s family photos to the new page, along with news and comments from those who are following the page, so if you're on Facebook, check us out and give us a "Like"!