The following idea for a society logo was created by Delene Allen, member and also director of the Quitman Public Library as an idea for a possible logo for us. What do you think? Comment here or send an email to wcgstx@gmail.com.

logo idea Shape of Wood County filled with part of Texas flag

Mini-review of George Morgan Genealogy Workshop

I had an opportunity to attend the first session of the George Morgan genealogy workshop today at Pittsburg (TX). Get ready for when he comes to visit us at the Quitman Public Library in August. You will be delighted and well-informed. For those just getting started in genealogy, you will hear the types of things lots of us long-termers wish we had heard when we started. For experienced researchers or those stuck at brick walls, you will get lots of ideas to stimulate you renewed research. Be sure and bring pen or pencil and writing paper. You will hear and see lots of ideas. George Morgan (and his workshop) is the real deal!

White Oak School and Church

Lester Coker celebrated his 100th birthday in February of this year. He attended White Oak school. On his birthday he and I drove to the area where the school was located and took photographs of him at the site of his first school, walking the road that he had traveled in his youth to attend the school etc. He related many stories of the school and the church to me at that time. He asked me to try to find a photograph of the school and church for him. Do you know if there is one in existence?

He is very mentally acute and would love to discuss this history with anyone who would like to document it. He lives in the Alba area.

Jeri McAree Humphrey

Correction on Surname: Ratliff not Ratcliff

Member Beverley Caddell Ferrell is researching Ratliff not Ratcliff as posted in her new member notice here recently. (When the fingers do the walking, sometimes they make a misstep. :-) …the ed.)

Genealogy Workshop During Old Settlers Reunion Offers Exceptional Opportunity

George G. Morgan

George G. Morgan

Internationally recognized genealogy expert, author, and lecturer, George G. Morgan will present a genealogy workshop free to the public at the Quitman Public Library during Old Settlers Reunion Week on Friday, August 5.

The workshop, sponsored by the Quitman Public Library and the Northeast Texas Regional Library System and hosted by the Wood County Texas Genealogical Society begins at 10:30 a.m. in the Shamburger Room at the library and concludes at 5:15 p.m.

Genealogists, those interested in getting started in genealogy, and the general public are urged to take this opportunity to hear strategies, tips, and inspiration from this talented speaker who with Drew Smith produces The Genealogy GuysSM Podcast on the Internet at genealogyguys.com, the longest running genealogical podcast in the world, with thousands of listeners around the globe.

George is the president of Aha! Seminars, Inc., and an internationally recognized genealogy expert who presents at local, state, national, and international genealogical conferences.

George is the prolific author of literally hundreds of articles for magazines, journals, newsletters, in genealogical publications, and at online sites in the U.S., Canada, the U.K, Singapore, and elsewhere. He has written nine books and is at work on the third edition of his How to Do Everything Genealogy for McGraw-Hill.

He is Vice President of Membership for the Federation of Genealogical Societies and publicity director of the Florida Genealogical Society of Tampa. He is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, the New England historic Genealogical Society, and more than a dozen societies in the U.S. and the U.K.

10:30-11:30 How to Do Everything with Your Genealogy
Based on the second edition of the best-selling book, How to Do Everything: Genealogy by award-winning author George G. Morgan, this seminar provides an overview of genealogy research practices and document types that can be used to locate and study your ancestors.

11:45-12:45 Genealogy Orienteering: Using Maps to Find the Right Place
Maps are an essential part of our everyday life. As we use them in our genealogical research, it is essential to understand the geographical history of an area and how boundaries and jurisdictions have changed. These changes are important for determining who created what documents and where these materials can now be found. This seminar presents and discusses a simple yet efficient methodology and some resources to help you use maps to quickly and effectively locate the right place to conduct your research.

1:30-2:30 Bring ‘Em Back to Life: Developing an Ancestor Profile
In the course of our genealogical research, we often become engrossed in the collection of information snippets, failing to put them into a logical perspective. We lose sight of the fact that the people we’re tracing participated in the life of their historical times, led complex lives, and interacted with one another. 
Organizing the information we collect into a biographical profile can help you begin to recognize character traits and decision patterns. And the profile also provides an invaluable, portable research tool that avoids your taking voluminous amounts of notes with you on research trips. This seminar presents a methodology and a structured model for taking the details you collect about your ancestor and creating a biographical profile.

3:00-4:00 Using the HeritageQuest Databases
HeritageQuest Online is one of the premiere ProQuest databases for genealogical researchers. It contains six excellent databases of interest to genealogists: U.S. Federal Census: 1790-1930; the Periodical Source Index (PERSI); more than 28,000 digitized, indexed, and full-text searchable local and family histories; the Freedman’s Bureau Bank records; Revolutionary War records; and the American Serial Set. This seminar addresses the contents of HeritageQuest Online, and also introduces embedded online tools that can really help your research.

4:15-5:15 New Ways to Research Our Roots 
We’ve come a long, long way in the last several decades in our genealogical research work. We started with writing letters and sending away for individual records, and now we are using the Internet, DNA, and social networking applications to collaborate with other researchers.
This session takes the attendees from our beginnings to the future of genealogical research, and it concentrates on the products, services, technology, and initiatives that are advancing our research each day. Learn about new research resources available today and trends into the future with books, records, digitization, DNA, and more.

Welcome to New Member

Welcome to new member Beverley Caddell Ferrell of Harlingen, Texas. She is researching Anderson, Mann, Ratliff, Hartsfield, Blackburn, Preddy, & Adams in the Wood County area. If you have any information on these surnames, you can contact her by email at jf1991@rgv.rr.com. Her mailing address is posted on the membership contact list on the members-only page which can be accessed at the link at the top right of this page.

Query: Dison, Dyson

Addie Stasny of College Station, TX is looking for death/burial information for her great grandfather Thomas N. Dison (Dyson) who moved to “Rains County, Texas and moved around in that area…Wood County, Alba, Commerce…He went where the work was.” The last record she has found for him was the 1900 census where he is enumerated as “Dixon, but the “J” in the person’s name above his came down into the “S” of his last name and made it look like an “X”. “He was born In Alabama June 1850 and came to Texas in the late 1890′s…his 2 last children by his 1st wife were born in Texas. Apparently she died, cause in 1897 he married a younger woman, he was 46 and she was 20…they had 3 more children together.
They lived in Rains County, Hopkins county, Hunt County…and all areas north east Texas…he went where the work was.
His last child by 2nd wife was born in 1901…so between 1901-1905 he disappeared with is wife…cause they were raised by their Grandparents…on one of the girls obit…it says they were orphaned at an early age.
Just wanted to visit a grave site or close to it. I can’t seem to find an death index on him…and Texas started theirs in 1902.”

Addie would be thankful for any help and also wonders if there is anyone in the area who does family research work for hire. She can be contacted by email at addie1948@wildblue.net.

Query: Sanders, Reed

A Texas Wood County Rootsweb Mailing list post is looking for ancestors/siblings of Nancy Catherine Sanders Reed (wife of Richard Green Reed of Pine Mills locating to Texas late 1840′s or 1850. You can see the posting at http://boards.rootsweb.com/localities.northam.usa.states.texas.counties.wood/614/mb.ashx.

WCGS Calendar July-August 2011

This is the calendar for the next two months — so far. Other items will probably be added and posted here and on our Facebook page. Check your email often.

July 18 (Monday)
>>>> 5 p.m. — Pre-training meeting at Peralta’s. (This is open to all members and guests even if you aren’t going to the training.)

>>>> 6:30-8:00 p.m. — Computer training at the Quitman Public Library. This week: Mousing, Mailing, and General Connecting (If you signed up and don’t plan to attend, let us know as early as possible. Also, if you have a wifi enabled laptop, don’t forget to bring it.)

August 3 (Wednesday)
>>>> 8 a.m. — Setup tables, chairs, Canopy

>>>> 6 – 7:30 p.m. — First shift manning the booth (Be ready at 6:00)

>>>> 7:30-9 p.m. — Second shift manning the booth

August 4 (Thursday)
>>>> 6 – 7:30 p.m. — First shift manning the booth (Be ready at 6:00)

>>>> 7:30-9 p.m. — Second shift manning the booth

August 5 (Friday)
>>>> 8 a.m.- 4 p.m. Genealogy Workshop (open to members and the public) at the Shamburger Room of the Quitman Public Library by national genealogy expert and speaker George G. Morgan.

>>>> 6 – 7:30 p.m. — First shift manning the booth (Be ready at 6:00)

>>>> 7:30-9 p.m. — Second shift manning the booth

August 6 (Saturday)
>>>> 6 – 7:30 p.m. — First shift manning the booth (Be ready at 6:00)

>>>> 7:30-9 p.m. — Second shift manning the booth (and close down booth)

This is one of our biggest and busiest weeks of the year. Please plan to volunteer to help if at all possible. More details on the Friday workshop will be out soon.

You can volunteer for times and tasks with an email to wcgstx@gmail.com. We will put a sign-up sheet in the library soon, and bring one to the July 18 meetings.

Query: Brown

Request for information (and Wood County birth records 1907-1917) of relative who lived in Quitman or Oak Grove Tex. in late 1800s & early 1900s

I would appreciate any help in finding birth records of my mother and her siblings. I went to Quitman in 1983 and again in 1985. Was told the court house had burned and the records lost. I have since learned the court house burned much earlier that that.

How can I go about getting copies of birth records and more information that may be available?
They were sent to Buckner’s orphanage at an early age. Their father was Burwell James Brown and their mother, Mary Jane Riley Brown.
Any other information would be appreciated. I imagine their is a charge for copies of documents.

My grandmother was Mary Jane Riley Brown married to Burwell James Brown
great grandparents John Wesley Riley and Jane Elizabeth Forbis Riley

Thank you, Nan Maedgen

Note: This is a combination of two emails sent by Nancy on June 30, 2011


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