From the Editor: Membership Musings

Those of you who have known me for very long know that I am dedicated to the idea of improving and growing membership in local genealogical societies. In that vein, I am strongly suggesting that anyone who has such interest take a look at Amy Coffin’s latest blog post The We Tree Genealogy Blog. This entry is titled “Genealogy Society Memberships: What Makes You Join?”

She tells why she rejoined some and did not rejoin some others. Her reasons and the comments others have posted to her blog make for some thought-provoking reading. Of course, Amy always makes for thought-provoking reading.

2010 in review

The stats helper monkeys at mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

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A helper monkey made this abstract painting, inspired by your stats.

A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 11,000 times in 2010. That’s about 26 full 747s.

In 2010, there were 164 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 207 posts. There were 55 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 5mb. That’s about 1 pictures per week.

The busiest day of the year was March 8th with 139 views. The most popular post that day was Quitman – Local History and Genealogy.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were,,,, and

Some visitors came searching, mostly for wood county democrat newspaper, wood county genealogical society, wood county texas genealogy, wood county texas, and wood county texas historical society.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.


Quitman – Local History and Genealogy June 2009


Quitman – Democrat Newspaper Microfilm January 2010


Wood County Links August 2009
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Libraries September 2009


Queries September 2009

2010-11 Membership Fee Deadline January 30

The yearly membership fees were due and payable in September of this year (2010). If you have overlooked this please mail a check or money order to: Treasurer, Wood County Genealogical Society, P.O. Box 832, Quitman, Texas 75783 to arrive no later than January 30, 2011.

Article II of the bylaws reads: Section 2 — Term of Membership. Dues are for the fiscal year September 1 to August 31 of any calendar year.

  • a. The dues of members shall become payable from the beginning of September for the fiscal year beginning September 1. A member who fails to pay his dues by January 30 of the following fiscal year shall be dropped for non-payment of dues.
  • Current members who are receiving newsletters will receive the December newsletter, but those who have not paid membership fees by January 30, 2011 will receive no additional newsletters. The password to the members-only page where newsletters and other information is posted for members will be changed February 1, 2011 and shared only with members who have paid 2010-2011 members fees by that date.


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