Useful Cheat Sheets


The following link is for cheat sheets for all kinds of computer use. Especially useful is the Google search cheat sheet.

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MakeUseOf Cheat Sheets

Not On The Census?

Yet another reason you might not find your ancestor on a specific census is pointed out by the Ancestry Insider in its latest blog article: Darned Missing Census Pages.

The Insider points out that NARA “missed the pages” when filming the census on which the census is based. Going back to the original microfilm (while it’s still available) is the only recourse.

You can get full details of the Insider’s observation at one of the links to that blog which are highlighted in the text above.

You might be from Quitman, Texas if you remember when

Another reason to be surfing on Facebook is the page: You might be from Quitman, Texas if you remember when (

It is rich with information about people and events which have happened in Quitman. I wish that someone would start separate pages like this for all the towns and communities in the county. Thanks to Jane Herring‘s work with this page and to all the others who have shared memories there.

Book Donation

Thanks to the Joe Barnhart Bee County Library of Beeville, Texas for the donation of a copy of A Pictorial History of Wood County to the society’s genealogy research room at the Quitman Public Library. This 1994 publication has pictures of families and sites sorted by county town or city.

Query: Smith

Seeking info./connections re: Green Russell Smith b. 1844 GA, and his wife, Mollie E. (Brown) and family. They were in Mineola and Golden, Wood County, TX beginning about 1870. Green was a County Commissioner and lived in the Bellefonte Community. His daughters married into the Davenport, Wood, Russell, & Bullard families.

This query was originally posted on the Wood County (TX) Genealogy research page on Facebook. You can reply there or here as a comment below.

Query: Butler

John Butler, age 77, born in NC was listed in the 1860 Wood Co. TX mortality census. My 5th great-grandfather was a John Butler, born in 1782 in Sampson Co. NC. He moved with his wife & children to Dooly Co., GA where I last found him in the 1850 census. I found three of “my” John Butler’s sons in Wood Co. on the 1860 census, Adam, Robert, and Phillip R. so I am pretty sure of the connection. I would like to know where John is buried and if his wife Lucy is buried there also. I did not find a listing for her in the 1860 census.
Thanks again for the help.

Kathy Cornett
2555 Stone Creek Circle
Zanesville, OH 43701

I do volunteer work at the Muskingum OH Genealogy Society so if anyone there needs research in OH, especially in eastern OH. I would be happy to return the favor.

Query: Sellers

Requisitions and Acquisitions Co-chair Dorothy Harbin shared the following email and gave us permission to post it here as a query. You can contact Dorothy for Sharon’s email address or post a response as a comment below to this.

Sharon, I just received this today. Will try to help ASAP. We have mutual ancestors – Sellers family.
My mother was a Sellers before she married my dad, Leonard Hays. I was not raised by her after he died in 1941, too many kids, pre-war days. My cousin and wife took me to raise. My name is Dorothy Hays Harbin, and I believe, we are distant cousins. We have several cousins in common.

Also, your Smithwick family was neighbors to my husband’s family (Harbin) in 1920, Wood Co. Weird, huh?

Do you work? I will try to call you on Thursday, sometime. Where is Highland, TX. around Houston? I am still recovering from wrist and hand surgery, got to get off the computer and exercise it. TTYL Dorothy

P.S. Deason, you can list it in the newsletter, maybe someone else, can help with the Smithwick family.

Wood County Cemetery Mailing List Up For Adoption

An email this week from the TX-WOOD-CEM mailing list from Rootsweb is that it is up for adoption to become “list mom. Anyone interested should contact current mom Diana (BigMomma ArkansasFamilies ). I assume it would be okay to become a “list pop” also. This is on a first come, first served basis if you are interested.

Query: Thomas

I am looking for any information on the Thomas Family of Wood County. My great grandmother was Maybelle Young and she was married to J. W. Thomas. J. W. ‘s father was William Edward Thomas and he was married to Louisa Dyess. I have a lot on the Dyess side but very little on the Thomas side. William Edward Thomas died in Wood County on November 14, 1917. His father was Joseph Thomas who was born in Tennessee, I think.

Chuck Brown
Educational Technology Services
The University of Texas at Tyler
3900 University Blvd., Tyler, TX 75799
P: (903) 566-5817 F: (903) 565-5997

Meeting Notes& Links — January 2012

Notes for Developing Innovations in Online Digital Research

It’s not all online and never will be.
Just like printed sources, you must take online information with a grain of salt until you check the quality of its sources.
Well-intentioned people sometimes make mistakes.
Sometimes life intervenes and the mistakes do not get corrected before you see the data.

Not Withstanding all of that …..
We live in a digital age in which more and more records including those which are
And are available online for pay or for free.
And we communicate
Less & less by these methods:

Face to face
By pokey old postal mail
By telephone (yes, by telephone)
More & more by these methods:

Email and texting
Online discussion and messaging
Skype (oops! That can be face to face, too)
And quicker than in the past!

Genealogy Tips & Resources

Search Engines

Blogs (electronic journals)
Personal genealogy research
Ethnic or area research
Genealogy activities

Wikis (collaborative web pages)
wikis for surnames or areas
wikis for research resources or tips
Sources:,_North_Carolina (also known as Encyclopedia of Genealogy)

Digital Books (online or download)
http://www.HeritageQuest Online book search (access through library or library access code
from home) (also known as the Internet Archive)

Podcasts (Recorded Audio)
Download or listen online at your convenience.

Talk Radio (Online)
Live but recorded and available for later download

Sources: (search on genealogy)

Live and online participation in a genealogy seminar (or just watching it happen) or later viewing an archived copy)

Social Media

Also some Oldies but Goodies!
Genealogy Email Mailing Lists
Genealogy Message Boards


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