Mark Calendars for Oct. 22 Veteran Ceremony

The dedication of the historical cemetery headstone for a Civil War veteran who is an ancestor of WCGSTX member Vi Shirey is scheduled for Oct. 22 this fall.

Vi sent us the following information to share with the membership and the public:

” Just wanted to bring you up-to-date on the dedication of the Civil War stone for John T. Potter, on Oct 22 (his 164th birthday), at Shady Grove Cemetery, Winnsboro, TX, at 10 a.m..”

“The program is set. Participating in the ceremony will be a g granddaughter, a gg granddaughter and a gg grandson, and two ggg grandsons. In addition, the names of the ten Civil War veterans buried in Shady Grove will be read with appropiate gun salute.”

“Probably five veterans’ units will be participating–furnishing honor guards, flag bearers, musketry, and bugler for “Taps.”
American flags will be placed on all veterans’ graves other than the ten Civil War veterans. A Confederate flag will be placed on their graves.”

“We feel this will be an impressive ceremony and would like to invite all of the members of the Wood County Genealogy Society and their relatives and friends to this ceremony. It is a time in history that will probably never be repeated.”

She added she would appreciate us spreading the word about the dedication.

It would be a generous gesture to one of our loyal members who lives away from East Texas for us to attend the ceremony and help honor her ancestor. Please mark your calendar and plan to attend.

Drawing Winners Announced

Winners of the prize drawings for the Old Settlers Reunion and for the reunion week workshop conducted by George Morgan of Aha Seminars, Inc. have been announced.

They are
David Hiett — Free Membership
Regina Gilbreath — 10% Off at HOG Computer
Busker Fannin III — 10% off at HOG Computer
Kay Cameron — the dressed and decorated toy Bear
S. Boswank — the Varner Book
Kellyn Swoape — $65 value Computer Cleaning at HOG Computer

Those who were not present at the drawing are being contacted. Thanks to all who participated, provided prizes, and helped conduct the drawing.

More August 5, 2011 Workshop Pictures

Go to the Genealogy Workshop by clicking this link. Be sure to remember to use your back button to return here when through viewing the album.

Workshop Features Basics, Strategies, A Look Ahead

Morgan presents Slide

Over 50 attendees were challenged, informed, and delighted at the genealogy workshop presented by George Morgan of Aha Seminars today at the Quitman, Texas Public Library. George presented basic research strategies for beginners and as a refresher for experienced researchers in such areas as evidence, documentation, use of maps in research, preparing research pictures of ancestors, the use of HeritageQuest, and innovations in genealogy research.

The day-long workshop was sponsored by the Northeast Texas Library System (NETLS) and the Quitman Public Library and co-hosted by the Wood County Genealogical Society and the library.

Signups Increasing for Morgan Workshops

Fifty people from Wood County and all over East Texas have signed up for the Genealogy Workshop to be conducted by George Morgan of AHA Seminars (aka one of the Genealogy Guys from the podcast of that name) next Friday. While walk-ins will be welcomed, there is a room size limit. To be sure of a spot, you can pre-register by calling the library at (903) 763-4191, Deason Hunt, or by email to wcgstx@gmail.com. My prediction is that you will learn a lot and have a great time.

Set Up Help Needed for Genealogy Workshop August 5

We are planning to leave two people to work the booth at Old Settlers Thursday at 6 p.m. and everyone else head over to the library to set up tables and exhibits for the Friday Genealogy Workshop featuring George Morgan. If you are not signed up for the booth work at 6 p.m., you can just meet us at the library. Any and all help will be greatly appreciated.

More Booth Help Needed for Old Settlers’ Reunion

To have at least two people working the Wood County Genealogical Society booth at the Old Settlers’ Reunion, we have filled all time spots with at least two workers EXCEPT FOR The following:
Wednesday – 6-7:30 p.m. (1 volunteered so far)
Friday – 6-7:30 p.m. (1 volunteered so far)
Saturday – 6-7:30 p.m. (1 volunteered so far)

Last year, we had more than two show up for many times, and we had a great time visiting with people at the Reunion and other members. Don’t be reluctant to volunteer to come at these or other times or to just show up, sit down (bring a chair) and visit.

Set up is Wednesday morning at 8 a.m. if you are awake, up, or not busy, and take down is at 9 p.m. Saturday night.

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