Heritage Quest at Home

Wood County Genealogical Society members who have a membership in the Quitman Public Library can access the Heritage Quest genealogical site (and other TexShare Databases for research) from their home computers at www.texshare.edu/quitmanlibrary/. To sign in however, you’ll need a login ID and password.

  • You can get these from the librarian at the Quitman Public Library.
  • Members in other towns may also find that their home libraries where they have memberships will have a slightly different link and different login ID and password. Again, if your library participates in the TexShare Databases, they will share this information with members of their library.

    ‘Jet Set’ Book to Genealogical Research Center

    One of our new members presented the society for its genealogical research center the second record book/scrapbook of the Jet Set for safe keeping at the March 2010 meeting.

    Barbara COLEMAN said that the first book had been lost, and she was donating this one so the record would be preserved.

    The Jet Set was a group of Wood County ladies who came together for games and fellowship. The organization no longer meets.

    Thanks to Barbara and the Jet Setters for sharing this document which will prove valuable to some researchers some day.

    Cleman donates Jet Set book

    Barbara Coleman presents the record book of the Jet Set for safekeeping.

    Two Members Recognized for Contributions

    Two members were recognized for their contribution this spring.

    Shirley BATES, long-time newsletter editor, keeper of genealogical research center and acquisitions manager, membership chairman, and many other jobs was presented with an honorary lifetime membership by the society at the March society meeting.

    Treasurer Sally ALLCORN was recognized for her three-term service as treasurer at the May society meeting. She has also served on committees and has done research and organization work in the library among her many contributions.

    Thanks to both of these ladies and friends who have given “above and beyond” to the society and the cause of Wood County genealogy in general.

    Bates&Harbin lifetime award

    Shirley Bates, left, receives her Lifetime Member plaque from Vice-president Dorothy Harbin.

    Allcorn Service Award

    Sally Allcorn, right, receives copy of a Wood County history book in recognition of her service as a three-term treasurer.

    Officers Elected at May Meeting

    Officers were elected at the May meeting for the 2010-2011 society year beginning in September. They are Shirley PATRICK, president; Dorothy HARBIN, vice-president; Kathy LUTONSKY, recording and corresponding secretary; and Wayne MCCLUNEY, treasurer.

    From left, Dorothy Harbin, Kathy Lutonsky, Shirley Patrick, Wayne McCluney

    Family History Workshop in Mineola Starting In June

    Member Mark REID shared the following information in a recent email. This sounds like a good opportunity for members and those who you know who might be ready to get started in genealogy.

    “A Family History Workshop will begin Thursday 17 June, 10am to 12am at the Mineola Memorial Library. Free as far as I know. Sessions will probably be weekly during the summer and then might go monthly
    after school begins in the fall. We can most likely find out all particulars at the first meeting.

    “The leader/coordinator/teacher will be Vickie PETERSEN, librarian at Mineola Middle School. You can reach her at 903-569-6506 or email at petersen@mineolaisd.net.”

    Query: GARRETT and MCGEE

    Nina DAVIS writes that she is “looking for information on Catherine MCGEE (nee GARRETT), born abt 1858, died abt 1898.

    “The only thing I know for sure regarding her death date is that she died after 1893. Her last child, Granville MCGEE, was born that year. She’s in the 1880 Census in Quitman married to Gus MCGEE.

    “What I’m hoping to find/verify are her parents. They may have been Thomas and Hannah GARRETT but I’m not sure. Burial records (it’s early for standardized death records, but you never know), tax rolls, marriage certificates, etc. She had at least two siblings, Thomas and Caroline.

    “Any other information on the family would be great as well. Family history says her mother was white and father black, so any racial designation may be of interest.

    “More than willing to pay for any copies and postage, but if anyone can just point the way to records, I can schedule a trip down.”

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