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More good stuff from Mocavo.com with this FREE Security Death Index (SSDI) search. While others have taken down their SSDI search or hidden it behind a pay wall, Mocavo comes through with this for the rest of us at http://www.mocavo.com/records/ssdi.
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An Online (and FREE) Genealogy Searching Aid

Mocavo.com offers halp with your online searches while you are sleeping, reading, or just off having a good time. This picture

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Mocavo Search Results Example

is part of an email displaying results of a research request entered into mocavo (after the Free signup for a Mocavo account). The results are compiled while you are doing other things (on the computer or off) and sent to your email address. Clicking on the link takes you to a page where you can go to each item found and see if it helpful in your research. Since Mocavo adds new places to search on a regular basis, the search will be repeated in the future and sent to you. This is a great feature of this search engine/service.

Another Genealogy Series Begins Next Sunday

Finding Your Roots With Henry Louis Gates, Jr., cultural critic and Harvard scholar, premiers Sunday, March 25 at 7:00 p.m. (CDT) on the Public Broadcasting System (PBS). The 10-part series delves into the genealogy and genetics of famous Americans, combining history and science in a fascinating exploration of race, family, and identity in today’s America. Professor Gates shakes loose captivating stories and surprises in the family trees of Kevin Bacon, Robert Downey, Jr., Branford Marsalis, John Legend, Martha Stewart, Barbara Walters and Rick Warren, among many others. — from pbs.org news release

Dues Bylaw Changes Made at Semi-annual Business Meeting

An anticipation of increased general expenses as well as continuing of the Ancestrylibrary.com subscription for the Quitman Public Library were reasons offered leading to the adoption of a bylaws change of membership dues to $25 starting in September of the 2012-13 society year. Also, an additional charge for multiple family members was dropped from the dues structure. A single or multiple family members in the same home will be at the single rate of $25.

This took place at the March semi-annual business meeting, March 19. A report of a balance of $1,960.10 was made by Treasurer Wayne McCluney, and the minutes from the September business meeting were presented by Secretary Shirley Patrick and accepted. Both these reports are on the members’ only page which can be accessed from the link at the top right of this page.

In addition to the May trip to the Alba Public Library and Museum and to Parrott’s park in Lindale and the June trip to the Genealogy research room at the Dallas Public library (both of which are listed in more detail on previous posts to this page), the date of June 15 was named as the date for the society participation in the Highway 37 Garage Sale. The date will be confirmed and more on these events will be published here as available nearer to the time of the events.

It was also announced that the program for the April meeting of the society will be a presentation on the 1940 Census by Lisa McKinney of Edgewood.

March Meeting of WCGSTX is Today

It’s today. Don’t forget our monthly meeting at the library in Quitman.

March 19 — Regular monthly meeting at 7 p.m. at the Quitman Public Library. Doors open at 6 p.m., and we will spend the time helping people with research questions, discussing our individual plans for “What’s Next” in our genealogy, or surfing the internet (including access to Ancestry.com) doing individual research. Bring you wifi-enable laptop (but we will have the six we used in our classes last year if you can’t bring yours.)

The program is one of the society’s two yearly business meetings. Be prepared for old or new business part of the meeting. If we finish early, we will have some interesting and/or productive things for the rest of the meeting time. DON’T FORGET that those interested can meet at 5 p.m. for socializing at Peralta’s Mexican Food in Quitman.

1919 Tornado at Winnsboro, Texas

Members of the Calhoun, Alston, White, Little, and Morgan families were killed in the April 1919 tornado striking Wood County, Texas in and about the Winnsboro area. For details, click here –> 1919 Tornado.

Germans Top Ancestral Groups

What is the top self-described ancestral descendancy of Americans in the Census Bureau’s 2010 American Community Survey? It’s those Europeans from Germany according to compilation of data for a report today of Bloomberg News at http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-03-06/u-s-ethnic-mix-boasts-german-accent-amid-surge-of-hispanics.html.

Information from the report included these results:
German, 49.8 million
African-American, 37.7 million
Irish, 35.8 million
Mexican, 31.8 million
English, 27.4 million
Italian, 17.6 million
Asian, 14.7 million

The report did not have full results of all European ancestry (specifying only three other countries: England, Ireland, and Italy) nor for all Hispanic ancestry (listing only Mexico). There was also no breakdown of African-American or Asian ancestral groups.

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