As we approach our 30th year celebration in 2013, we will, from time to time, look back at historical moments of the Wood County Genealogical Society. Because the earliest newsletter we have in the archives is Issue #2 published in April 1986, we have been looking for earlier documents and found a copy of a letter (written by the society president in 1983) which sheds some light on our very first months. Here is a part of that letter dated 29 October 1983:
Thank you for your recent inquiry of Wood County Genealogical Society and becoming a charter member. We have only recently formed. In September we had an organizational meeting and in October we had a beginner workshop. We are excited about our plans for the society’s growth. Since we will not have a quarterly to begin with, our membership fees are $5.00 per person each year or $7.50 per family each year. Our year begins September 1, 1983.
Included in your membership, our members volunteer their time to check all indexed records including Wood County cemeteries, marriages, and other area records. Other research will be done for $5.00 per hour. Our Quitman Library has the only collection of Wood County Democrat from the late 1800′s to the present. Until 1920 all issues of the newspaper for each year are not there. We would love to have you join our society.
Margaret West Franzen