Meetings, Workshop Plans for October, November

A guest speaker for the October meeting and a workshop in November were announced at the September 17 business meeting and kick-off dinner for the Wood County (Texas) Genealogical Society.

Quitman Attorney James Wheeler will visit with members about history of families  and history of the Pine Mills community in eastern Wood County at the  October 15 meeting.

Plans were announced for a November evening workshop which will be held on a different night than the regular November meeting. Details will be shared here on the Bulletin when exact dates are determined. The emphasis will be on using local and online resources to help people with their family research.

Fourteen people attended the  covered-dish dinner including four guests who shared their research and family history with those present. Also, minutes for meetings in April, May, and June as well as an up-to-date financial report were presented by Secretary Shirley Patrick and Treasurer Wayne McCluney. The meeting was conducted by President Ronnie Vance. All of these documents are available for viewing on the member only page which one can access from the link at the top right of this page.

New books to the society’s research room at the Quitman Public Library featuring early Wood County Probate proceedings and survey notes were presented. Planning is also underway for training for using research room resources to help researchers and for a scanning workshop.

 

Quitman Library Agreement to Order Family History Library Films

This was posted today on the Quitman Public Library (QPL) Facebook page. Editor’s Note: Fantastic news. The services at QPL should be available by October 1.
The Quitman Public Library has a lending agreement with the LDS Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah, to borrow microfiche, microfilm and publications listed in the LDS Family History Library Catalog at www.familysearch.org

Here’s what you will find:

• The collection includes over 2.4 million rolls of microfilmed genealogical records; 727,000 microfiche; 356,000 books, serials, and other formats; over 4,500 periodicals and 3,725 electronic resources.
• Records available are from the United States, Canada, the British Isles, Europe, Latin America, Asia, and Africa.
• A majority of the records contain information about persons who lived before 1930.
• Approximately 200 cameras are currently digitizing records in over 45 countries. Records have been filmed in over 110 countries, territories, and possessions.

For more information about this service, call Delene H. Allen, Director – Quitman Public Library at 903-763-4191

Replacement for Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness

Generousgenealogists.com

A new website has been activated that will follow where RAOGK(Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness) went. Working with Dale Schneider, husband of RAOGK’s late founder, Bridgett Schneider, the group was led by Mark Rabideau who did the organizing and programming, take a look at www.generousgenealogists.com. There are already some volunteers listed and many more are needed. For both accuracy and privacy reasons, the original RAOGK’s volunteer database was not used, so if you were listed before, you need to sign up on the new site. If you weren’t listed before and can do a lookup near where you live, your are invited to sign up. If you are in need of a lookup, check out the growing database of volunteers.
To access the volunteer database or to sign up, go the www.generousgenealogists.com and click on Volunteers.

Souce: Email from pkathy98 at genealogyresearchclub@yahoogroups.com.

Thanks to our society secretary, Shirley Patrick, for calling this to our attention to share here.

 

Members Fees Due & September Meeting Next Monday

Brief Reminder: There are only three more days until our September 2012-13 Kick-off Meeting Monday, Sept. 17 at 6 p.m. at the Quitman Public Library.

It’s a covered dish meal greeting meeting, and we would like to have a large turnout and see you all. It seems ages since our last get-together in June. This is also one of our two yearly business meetings.

Also, if you haven’t mailed in your 2012-13 membership fee ($25 a member no matter how many in a household), you can pay at the meeting Monday or still drop in the mail if you live too far away to attend Monday. The address is Treasurer, Wood County Genealogical Society, P. O. Box 832, Quitman, Texas 75783.

Two Updates About Our September 2012 Meeting

1. A correction on the September meeting email:  Deason, my home phone # is 903-967-3142.   P.S.. I will keep a list of what people are bringing. –  Sally   

2. 2012-13 society year dues are payable by the September meeting. You can either pay at the meeting September 17 or mail to: Treasurer, Wood County Genealogical Society, P.O. Box 832, Quitman, Texas 75783. Reminder: dues for all members are $25 a year. There is no extra amount for a multiple-member household, but please let us know if you are registering just for yourself or multiple household members in your membership fee.

September 17th Meeting First of WCGS Year

Our WCGS September kick-off-the-year-meeting is a pot luck dinner like last year beginning at 6 p.mMonday, Sept. 17 at the Shamburger Room at the Quitman Public Library. We will also hold one of our two yearly business meetings that evening.

If you would like to volunteer to provide drinks, plates, napkins, etc., please contact Hospitality Chairman Sally Allcorn, at rsalcrn@peoplescom.net or 903-763-4191.

101 Best Genealogy and Family History Websites for 2012

The following post links to Family Tree Magazine’s list of best websites. Thanks to Upfront from NGS for permission to share this here.

Sent to you by Deason via Google Reader:

101 Best Genealogy and Family History Websites for 2012

via noreply (Diane L Richard) on 9/6/12

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Every year, Family Tree Magazine publishes a list of 101 Best Genealogy Websites and I always take a look! With a steady plethora of new websites, websites disappearing, etc, it’s nice to have such an annual list to allow one to quickly see if some “juicy” new sites are now available to help us with our genealogy and family history research.

Do recognize that there are specific categories (which are not necessarily the same each year) and so all the “great” websites you use may not be listed and, you may meet a “new” best friend!

Now that you’ve checked out the list – who is your new “best friend?”

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