Changes to WCGS Bulletin Site

A new Members Only page link has been added to the right column of the Bulletin web page.

You will receive the password which will be requested when you click on the log-in link within 24 hours of this posting at your current on-file email address. If your computer allows cookies, you should not have to type it in after your first time on each following visit to the site from the same computer. If you have problems, email Newsletter Editor at netexas@gmail.com.

Please do not share this password with anyone but current members.

On the members only page you will find:

1. Copies of the most recent newsletters for reading or downloading to your computer. Right now the April 2009 and October 2009 issues are available but others will be as published as as we are able to get back issues scanned.
2. Minutes and treasurer’s reports of past meetings starting with the November 2009 meeting.
3. Membership roster (The next one posted will be the updated one we should have ready in January 2010.).
4. Other member content which we share but don’t wish to post to potential troublemakers out on the internet.
5. Special messages to the membership which, again, we wish to keep within the group.
6. Other special content of interest to members but which we might wish to share with others on a paid basis or at a later time.
7. And other items of value which we can bring to the membership. Suggestions for such items is appreciated at any time.

Opportunities for Volunteers

Kimberly Powell of About.com: Genealogy issued a challenge to her readers ito use this time of year to consider volunteering to the larger genealogy community in a number of different ways which you can read about on her blog at http://genealogy.about.com/b/2009/12/15/giving-back-to-the-genealogy-community.htm.

The holidays are always a very busy time of year, but in the spirit of giving I challenge each of you to find a little extra time this month to give something back to the genealogical community.

Local opportunities for volunteering at the Wood County Genealogical Society are also available. They include being available to help researchers on certain days and times or by phone call as needed at our society’s genealogy research center at the Quitman library, performing research center library’s tasks including re-shelving books to getting new books ready for use in the library and related tasks of library maintenance or working on lookup requests, society jobs such as record keeping and organization, and research projects extracting records and making them available for use, and others.

You can likely name the time and hours to fit your schedule. If you are interested, contact one of the officers (see list at http://woodtxgene.com/contact-us/) or send an email to woodco@suddenlink.net. All suggestions will be passed along to the society president.

Notable Genealogy Quotes #1

I write to tell my grandchildren where they come from, and what their grandparents were up to, and I hope they will in their own way continue. I invite anyone else to listen in. — Arthur Hertzberg

Hertzberg captures in one sentence why we research, compile, and publish our family trees and history.

Microfiche/film Reader/Printer

Christmas came early to the Wood County Genealogical Society Research Center at the Quitman Public Library with the placement of a microfiche/microfilm reader with printer.

This gift to the Wood County Genealogical Society Research Center at the Quitman Public Library (QPL) was secured by QPL Director Delene DelaRosa of a Konica Minolta MS6000 MKII reader/printer system which had been donated by The Wood County Appraisal District to the City of Quitman which in turn was secured by Delarosa for the society to use in reading microfilm with the ability to print out desired microfilm pages. Thanks go to her and all those at the appraisal district and the City of Quitman.

The system also has the capability to be connected to the computer in the genealogy research center to save digital copy files of the pages. While searching for a carrier to facilitate the use of microfilm reels, numerous sites list the value of the system at between $4,000 and $8,000.

Its use will mean that the rolls of microfilm at the library can be searched and printed and/or saved as well as microfilm and microfiche available for local use secured in interlibrary loan. It is hoped that the roll film mechanism will be available in January.

While some of these things such as census are more and more available online, many will not be for years and many more never. This is a tool we can all use to help us with our distance researching.

Greetings of the Season

Here’s hoping that you had a very Merry Christmas and that you are nearing the end of a year of happiness and fulfillment. As we prepare for a new year and a new decade, it’s an opportunity to put less happy times behind us and prepare for the happiness we all so richly deserve in the coming year.

Search The Wood County Democrat Online

Some years of the Wood County Democrat of Quitman (1950 to 1987 plus 1993 and 2005) are searchable online. The most complete decade is 1951-60. Only a few years/issues of the other decades are made available. Some searches require you to be a paid subscriber of a web service, and some are free.

FREE SEARCH

Google News Archives (http://news.google.com/archivesearch) has a free search of the 1951 to 1960 Democrat as well as the year of 2005. The easiest way to search Google’s News Archive contents is to go to the Small Town Papers site (http://www.smalltownpapers.com/newspapers/newspaper_pages.php?id=413). In the search box near the top of the page, type a surname, city name or other word which might have appeared in the newspapers. For example: typing the word funeral, turned up 603 results most of which were obituaries/funeral notices. While on that page, by clicking and dragging you can read other news items and on additional pages of that issue of the newspaper. Typing funeral and a year ( funeral 1956) yielded funeral notices of papers of that year.

PAY SEARCH

Footnote.com (http://footnote.com) has the Democrat for searching and the digital images for the years 1951-60, 1979, 1984, 1986, 1993, and 2005. A one-year membership is $79.95 paid in full at the time you subscribe, or you can pay $11.95 monthly. The yearly option is better if you will be keeping the service for a whole year. There is also a 7-day free trial. You have to give a credit card number, and if you don’t cancel before the seven days is up, your credit card will automatically be charged for a one-year membership. There is a convenient link on your account page to notify them to cancel before your card is charged.

While both Google and Footnote say they get their search data from smalltownpapers.com, if you subscribe to the latter site ($25.00 a year) you only get to access the 2005 Democrat newspapers.

Offline searching is available on the microfilm reader at the Quitman Public Library. Ask for the microfilm at the library desk. Although the microfilm collection at the library has some skipped issues, it starts in 1917.

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