Mack Shorthand

Hello. I am a granddaughter of the author of Mack Shorthand, John Barry Mack of Kentville, Nova Scotia. I have Mack Shorthand Book 1 and 2 (Ideal Edition) and Book 3 (Fifth Edition). I don’t know how to describe this method but if I can be of any help, I will. Actually, I am trying to find someone who is proficient in Mack Shorthand to help me transcribe my mother’s journals (she is deceased and left them to me). Can anyone help?

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  1. I've heard of Mack Shorthand but sadly I have no knowledge of it. It sounds like there's an immense trove of family history just waiting to be set free for you! Somebody in the group is bound to have some knowledge and might be able to help. If you're interested I'd be delighted to run a news item on shorthand world and see whether that generates any responses. If that is of interest, please drop me a line at [email protected]   I'd love to see some pictures of the shorthand in the journals.   best wishes and good luck   Laurence

  2. I am trying again after almost a year to get some responses to my need!

    I am a granddaughter of the creator of Mack Shorthand, John Barry Mack of Kentville, Nova Scotia. I have Mack Shorthand Book 1 and 2 (Ideal Edition) and Book 3 (Fifth Edition).Mack Shorthand was the Gregg/Pitman of Canada in the 1920s-1970s.

    I am desperately trying to find someone who is proficient in Mack Shorthand to help me transcribe my mother's journals (she is deceased and left them to me). Can anyone help?

  3. Dare I suggest you learn the system yourself from the textbooks. It would take only a few months to get a basic transcription ability.

    I only say this because the likelihood of finding someone these days who knows this system is very small, and if you do, they'd probably have forgotten the system like most nearly everyone who has learned a shorthand system. They would be of less help in translating a diary than yourself after a few weeks or months of studying.

    Learning shorthand is fun and would be a good way to spend the holidays. Of course you might be one of those people that's ALWAYS busy with work. Then, tell work that you have family problems [well its sort of family problems.] As the other poster said, there could be an immense trove of family history there.

  4. Hi Kate   If you know of any schools that taught Mack Shorthand, you might want to try to get in touch with their alumni association — they might have records of people who learned it and could help you.   I learned Gregg in the late 60's early 70's in Montreal, and I know there was another class that taught Pitman, but I've never heard of Mack.   Do you know where it was taught in Canada?   sidhe Vancouver BC

  5. The suggestion that the person who launched the query learn Mack seems the most sensible solution as the only books listed on ebay and amazon have pub. dates of 1906 and 1912 and do not seem to be available for purchase. Perhaps the system was more regionalized than the originator of thi Mack thread believes. Best of luck in unlocking the family history!

  6. Hi Kate — this might help.   The books were, apparently, published by your grandfather's own publishing company in Moose Jaw, SK.  You might be able to get info from the Moose Jaw public library or the Moose Jaw school board:   http://www.moosejawlibrary.ca/   Moose Jaw Public School Board Of Education 1075 9th Avenue NW, MOOSE JAW, SK S6H 1V7 Telephone : 306-693-4631   Good luck.   sidhe

  7. Yes, it was taught by my grandfather, John Alexander Barry Mack and my grandmother, Christina Mack, at Mack Business College in Kentville, Nova Scotia. They both died in the mid-1960s and I don't know how long the school continued after that. Probably they quit teaching many years prior as he lived to 95 years and she, 88. My mother, who as I said used Mack Shorthand, died four years ago. I don't know of anyone else in the family who knew it and I am trying to contact alumni of the school through Classmates.com, but so far no luck. Thanks for your message.

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    > Hi Kate If you know of any schools that taught Mack Shorthand, you might want
    > to try to get in touch with their alumni association — they might have records
    > of people who learned it and could help you. I learned Gregg in the late 60's
    > early 70's in Montreal, and I know there was another class that taught Pitman,
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  8. Thank you I'll try that.

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  9. Kate   Just found this interesting info:   http://www.paddyspub.ca/investment/CEDIF_Offering_Document.pdf   There's a woman, listed as a director, who studies at your grandfather's college:   2. Name: Marion Evans
    Business street address: 1090 Highbury Rd., New Minas, NS
    Business telephone number: (902) 681-3708
    Business fax number: (902) 681-0477
    Names of employers, titles and dates of positions held during the last 5 years
    with an indication of job responsibilities:
    Date: 2002-Present
    Employer: Self Employed
    Business: Owner, Valley Cab
    Responsibilities: Owner/Operator
    Education (degrees, schools, dates): Stenography, Mack Business College, 1961   Good luck!

  10. Thank you! I will follow up with Marion Evans.

    Kate

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    > Name: Marion Evans
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