Correction to: Our Christmas Party Dec. 20th Posted on December 6, 2010

The phone number to arrange a ride to the party is 903-967-7296. Thanks to Vice-president Dorothy Harbin for mentioning this. I hope no one had a problem using the incorrect number. dh

Member-Use Equipment in Genealogy Center

Wood County Genealogical Society members and other researchers have access to this equipment in the genealogy research center at the Quitman Public Library to help with their research needs there:

  • a computer with high-speed internet access
  • a printer attached to the computer with a sheet-feed copy option
  • a scanner to copy material from books and related materials
  • a microfilm/microfiche reader/printer for use with microfilm housed in the center and at the front desk at the library
  • a separate reader-only microfiche machine

    There is also a bank of computers in the library which can be used by those holding a card from the Quitman Public Library. Wood County residents who do not have a library card there can have one on request with proper identification.

    The library also has a wifi internet signal and those with laptop computers can use them in the library if they are wifi enabled. There are electrical connections at the research table in the genealogy area (and elsewhere in the library) for those needing to plug-in their laptops.

  • Our Christmas Party Dec. 20th

    The Wood County Genealogical Society Christmas party will be held starting at 6 p.m. on Monday, December 20 at President Shirley Patrick‘s Home. All members and their guests are invited. Holiday finger foods brought by members and other refreshments will be served. We look forward to seeing all of you there.

    Shirley lives at 323 CR 2377 which is the road that runs behind Alba-Golden schools. Those local and area members who don’t wish to drive (since the party will end after sunset) should contact member Shirley Bates at 903-976-7296 as soon as possible to arrange for transportation. She will match you up with a member near you who is driving that night. Maps to the Patrick home are available on the member-only site available by the link in the upper right corner of this page.

    If you know of local or area members who do not get email or have access to the internet, please give them a call and a reminder about the party.

    Daily Genealogy News, Tips, Ideas

    A good place to see general genealogy news for ideas, tips, and what other’s are doing is at this daily genealogy newspaper. The link is

    Another FREE Resource:

    Thanks to Wood County Genealogical society president Shirley Patrick for suggesting the website. It is one that is not listed everywhere in directories but which brings together many sources including user-contributed obituary data. If you are still searching for a certain ancestor’s data, etc., this should be among your search resources.

    The very important place of the local genealogical society in today’s webbed world

    (Originally posted by Deason Hunt on December 2, 2010 at 9:11am in Save Our (Local Genealogical) Societies)

    Let me start by saying that I can see three key roles (and hope that you will comment on these or add other key roles):
    1) To make available to any and all researchers local information which is not and might never be available electronically/online
    2) To help find and support those who want to get started searching for their own family history and/or those who are stuck at brick walls
    3) To support and share with those who have the common interests of the genealogical community at heart

    If you would like to add to this discussion or make comments on it, you can do so at this link:

    Good Review of FREE Genealogy Software

    There are lots of opinions of the best programs to use to get your family history data on to the computer, etc. One I ran across today from one of my RSS feeds is from Gizmo, a site which reviews FREE software in general.

    The posting today lists some of the most popular FREE genealogy programs. For most of us (and especially for those just starting to get your data on your computer) these programs will work just as well as the ones you have to buy. It would be possible to start here and never use any other program, or a person could start here and upgrade to a commercial program later.

    If you have been looking, you might want to give this Gizmo page a look-see:’s+Best-ever+Freeware)


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