Gen Societies in the 21st Century

I spent a meaningful and thought-provoking hour last Saturday at 1 p.m. Central Time listening to the first of a series of programs on genealogical society strategies for the 21st century. (…and I intend to spend that same time each coming Saturday that I can manage.)

The series is sponsored by the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS)(which I highly recommend that we join) and is hosted by Thomas MacEntee of Chicago who is one of those people who get it that new methods can help us be more successful in the coming years.

For those times I can’t hear the program live, the programs are archived so that one can listen later as I am doing this Monday morning. Don’t worry about not being near Chicago, the series is broadcast over the internet. If you can devote an hour (or some portion thereof), you can click on the link below. When the new page comes up, you should have the program start up automatically. Need to pause, just press that same button again to pause and, once again, when ready to restart.

Deason (a from-the-editor posting including my personal opinion)

Query: Gilbreath

I am looking for relatives of my grandfather Ernest Gilbreath who probably lived around Wood County, TX. I believe he met my grandmother, Alma Holliday, either through relatives or she may have been working around the Como area in 1932-1933.

They had a daughter together which he may have not know about. I believe he was married around the Como, TX area and had several more children. Ernest may have died from an accident or murder about 1957 or 1958.

I would like to have contact with members of the family to get to know my grandfather’s life and what happened to him.

Thank you.

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Note:This was reposted here with the permission of the person who sent it to the Rootsweb TX Wood mailing list.

New Microfilm in Genealogy Research Room

The recent donation of Helen Arnold of Yantis included the following rolls of microfilm:
List of New Microfilm in genealogy research room
These are available in the genealogy research room for in-library use at the Quitman Public Library.

FREE Internet Archive Search Guides

Over at DonsLIst there are some really good finding guides to the FREE Internet Archives. Here’s a screen of some of Don’s aids.

Here’s the clickable link to the page above:

Some Subscription Services Available Free at Longview Library

The subscription services and are available to use at no charge for in-library use for Longview, Texas Library patrons who have a Longview Public Library borrower’s card.

According to the library website, “You may get a borrower’s card at no cost if the following is true:
You live in Texas.
You are 18 years of age or older.
You can provide proof of Texas residency.
You have a valid state ID or driver’s license.”

You can see other digital databases available on the library website at These include Archive of Americana and the TexShare databases among many others.

This information was shared this week at a meeting featuring Longview Public Library’s genealogy librarian Linda Laminack.

My Society Online Radio by mysociety | Blog Talk Radio

My Society Online Radio by mysociety | Blog Talk Radio.

Donation of Microfiche/microfilm Reader

The society has received a donation of a microfiche/microfilm reader and census microfilm from Helen Arnold of Yantis. The reader is the advanced model of the 770A and has manual reels for reading regular 35mm microfilm as well as fiche. Included was 19 rolls of census film from the states of Mississippi, Tennessee, and North Carolina.

We would like to express our sincere thanks to Mrs. Arnold for the donation of these resources. They are available to use in the Genealogy Research Room for members and the general public.

Some Handy Research Links

New FREE research links were brought to the group at the April meeting by Vice-president Dorothy Harbin.

At the GLO link, land records and homesteading grants are displayed with information about location and individual for those in land grant states.

Dorothy also shared a link in which she was able to download a copy of separation papers for an individual. While unable to find that exact link at, you can find others such as enlistment papers whose search page is at this link:,sl

March Minutes & March/April Treasurer’s Report Posted

Minutes of the March 2011 meeting and the March/April Treasurer’s Report have been posted on the member-only page.

Allen Brings Back Song Memories

Pat Allen of Mineola entertained and took members of the society and guests back many years in our memories with banjo and fiddle songs which would have been familiar to our parents and grandparents and other early settlers.

Pat Allen fiddling tunes at the April meeting

Pat Allen shared "old timey" music

Members of the audience could be seen tapping their toes in rhythm to the old familiar tunes as Pat explained the role that “making their own” entertainment played in the lives of folks before we had all the electronic gadgets of the 20th and 21st centuries.

A survey of members was taken at the meeting to see who would be interested in computer lessons starting at the regular meeting times in June, July, and August as well as an interest survey of which jobs members might like to do in helping the society meet its goals in the 2011-2012 society year. Payment for room use in the summer months was also approved at the meeting. Details concerning both the surveys will be compiled and shared in the coming months.

It was also announced that to accommodate the meeting plans of the Retired Teachers Association on our meeting night in May, the fun meeting at Peralta’s would be moved that one time only to 5:30 at Peralta’s. The 6 p.m. research help session at the library will be cancelled that day, and the regular meeting will begin at 7 p.m. as usual.


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