Library of Congress Site Free Newspaper Views

One of the places you can do free research online is the Library of Congress Chronicling America site at http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/. The Search Pages option at that location will search all of the papers now available. For a state-specific search, click on the View Newspaper Pages link. You can search by a person’s name or a location or by any words that might have appeared in the newspapers scanned.

The results will let you see images of the newspaper pages with your search terms highlighted. Use the magnify button to make the type large enough to read. Then you can print out the pages or save a .pdf file to your computer.

The story below is an example of one story I found after searching on the word “Quitman.”

SHOT FROM AMBUSH.
—————-
TWO MEN SUPPOSED TO HAVE
COMMITTED THE DEED.
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Jim Hale a Young Farmer Loses His
Life as He was Returning Home — Dogs
Were placed on the Track of the
Murders at Once.
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Mineola, Tex., Jan 9. — Jim Hale a young farmer living near Quitman was shot and killed about 6 o’clock Thursday evening.

Hale had been in Quitman Thursday and had a difficulty with a man who lives there. About 6 o’clock he left for his home on horseback

The horse reached home and was found at the lot gate about 10 o’clock with the bridle rein securely tied around the pommel of the saddle. This excited Young Hale’s father who immediately started for Quitman to look for his son. On the road he called on some of his neighbors who went with him. When about two miles east of Quitman they found Young Hale lying in the road shot through the head.

The ball entered the temple passing through the brain and came out on the opposite side of the head. He was taken home and died about 8 o’clock yesterday morning. A telephone message from Quitman just received stated that two men on horseback were seen riding hurriedly away from the place where Hale was found immediately after the pistol shot was heard and one of the horses had been identified. Also that an arrest would be made in a few minutes. Hound s were placed on the trail of the horses and tracked them by a circuitous route into the town of Quitman.

Shiner gazette. (Shiner, Tex.) 1893-current, January 13, 1897, Image 2. Image and text provided by University of North Texas, Denton
http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn86090270/1897-01-13/ed-1/seq-2/

Native American Lifestyles

Kathy Lynn Copeland and husband Joe brought and explained artifacts which gave us insight into the lifestyles of members of the Cherokee nations in the 18th and 19th Century at the November society meeting. Mixed in was history of the Cherokees from arrival in the Americas to their southeastern United States lives and then their forced removal to the Indian Territory.


Especially interesting were the stories passed down from their ancestors including how the coyote, blue birds, and red birds got their colors. Also, Kathy related the tale of how the poor old rabbit lost its long, beautiful tail.

Minutes and the Treasurer’s Report of the November 16, 2009 meeting are posted in the File Archive in the right column.

Correction on Peralta’s Time Monday

In case anyone missed the comment on the Monday schedule posting, we have moved the time for the informal gathering at Peralta’s on Monday, November 16 up to 5 p.m. for this date only. This is so our speakers for the program can join us at the restaurant and still have time to get ready for the 7 p.m. program. If anyone can’t make it right at 5:00 because you are just getting off of work, just come on when you can. Some of us will be hanging around there for a while anyway.

Reminder: Cherokee Program at Monday Meeting

Just a reminder about events for our regular meeting day on Monday, November 16 at the meeting room of the Quitman Public Library:

3:00 – 5:00 p.m. at the library — A jewelry party at the meeting room serving as a society fund raiser and provided by Kathy Lynn and Joe Copeland who are presenting our Cherokee Culture program Monday evening. Some of the jewelry will feature turquoise and other natural stones. You and your guests and the public are all invited.

5:30 p.m. — Our monthly pre-meeting dutch-treat gathering at Peralta’s on Highway 37 in Quitman. This is for those who wish to come, but everyone is invited. It’s just a chance to visit.

7:00 p.m. — Our regular monthly meeting at the Quitman Public Library meeting room at 202 E. Goode Street (Highway 154) in downtown Quitman will feature Kathy Lynn and Joe Copeland presenting a second program on “Cherokee Culture, Artifacts and Traditional Stories.”

They will be bringing their Pyramid Tent, the artifact exhibit, as well as the living history exhibit for life in the 1750’s-1800’s for the Cherokee. The latter does include household items, foods, medicinal herbs, etc, such as clothing, toys and games and more. Kathy will be telling Traditional Cherokee Stories with her Story Table. She will have books she has written on the Cherokee Indians and will have Native American and Custom made Jewelry for sale after the meeting. We encourage you to bring a guest. The public is always invited to our programs.

This is our last regular meeting until January, and we hope all in traveling distance will make a special effort to attend.

Ancestry Magazine Free Online

Back issues of Ancestry Magazine from 2004 to 2009 are now free to read online. Google Books is providing this and a number of other magazines’ back issues online for free.

An example of what you can find (in theMar-Apr 2004 issue on Page 25) is “Your Guide to Rootsweb” by Myra Vanderpool Gormley (also known as Dear Myrtle).

Also an option in the left hand column near the top is to view all magazines available through Google Books search.

You can find Ancestry Magazine’s entry page at http://books.google.com/books?id=IjgEAAAAMBAJ&rview=1&source=gbs_navlinks_s#all_issues_anchor

Wood County, 1900

Map of Wood County, 1900

Wood County Places 1900

Rand McNally and Company, Chicago, 1900, Library of Congress, Geography and Map Division. LC Railroad maps, 304, DIGITAL ID
(recto) g4031p rr003040 http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.gmd/g4031p.rr003040

The Library of Congress is providing access to these materials for educational and research purposes and is not aware of any U.S. copyright protection (see Title 17 of the United States Code) or any other restrictions in the Map Collection materials.

Subscribe to Email Notice of New Posts

At this time, 17 members and interested individuals have signed up for email notice of new posts and comments on the Bulletin Newsletter.

If you are a member and have not done so, please consider doing so. If we get most computer-using members to subscribe (It’s free), we have a way of quick communication within the society. If you have, thanks. If you know of someone who hasn’t please suggest they help themselves and others to be better informed by signing up.

You can sign up by clicking the link in the upper left hand corner of the page which says: “Click here to receive email updates to this page.” (To make it easier, you can click the “click here” link in this posting to sign up.)

Dallas Public Library New Hours

For those planning a research trip to the Dallas Public Library Genealogy Section, you should note that the library has new hours.

Monday the library is closed.
Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Wednesday & Thursday hours are noon to 6 p.m.
Sunday hours are 1 to 5 p.m.

The Dallas Public Library’s website is at http://dallaslibrary.org. The Genealogy Section telephone number is 214-670-1433.

Martin Varner Book by Don Raney

A recent posting at genqueries.com was for Don Raney’s book on his ancestor and the first settler in Wood County, Martin Varner.

Don is a friend of the society and has presented programs here for us. He is a genealogist who teaches genealogy classes at a local college where he lives in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex.

His book is available for $25.00 plus $5.00 shipping and handling by mail to Don Raney, 1506 Comanche Trail, Garland, TX 75043. Make checks to Don Raney.

Varner was an early settler of Indian Territory, Spanish Texas, a member of Austin Colony’s “Old 300,” a soldier at the Battle of San Jacinto, and, as noted, the first settler in the area that is now Wood County. He died a tragic death after an altercation in an argument over debt with Simon Gonzales of Wood County. Gonzales shot Varner and Varner’s son Stephen Austin Varner. The son died instantly and Varner, the elder, a few days later. Varner, with the help of a slave managed to kill Gonzales.

Don Raney’s book, 432 hard-bound pages with 27 pages of maps and photographs, is titled: “Martin Varner, Texas Pioneer: 1785-1844 (Brazoria, Lamar, and Wood Co., Texas).

Query: Browning

A recent TXWOOD Mailing list post inquired about the family of Wylie Jackson Browning, 1891-1964, died Wood County, Texas. Names mentioned included children Lula Reeves Browning, Arless Browning, E. Aubrey “Dick” Browning, T. C. Browning, Wylie Jackson Browning, Jr. Contact email: ellenATairmail.net (Note: substitute the “@” symbol for the “AT” in the email address.)

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