Access NewspaperARCHIVE at the Quitman Public Library

Great news was released this week of the availability of the NewspaperArchive at Quitman Public Library. This is a gigantic database allows searching of  past newspapers around the country. Two papers of local interest are the Wood County Democrat  (1916-2012) and the Winnsboro News from 1955 to 1977. Special thanks to Librarian Delene Allen for adding this valuable resource to the library.

Additional information about the new service is available from the post on the library blog at this link: Access NewspaperARCHIVE at the Quitman Public Library.

Re: LDS Lending Agreement with Quitman Public Library

The following was posted on our Facebook Wood County genealogy page recently. We would like to add our thanks to member and Obituary Chair Person, Mary Ann Niswanger and to member and Quitman Public Library Librarian, Delene Allen.

Thank you, Mary Ann Koerth Niswanger, for your...
Delene H Allen 2:32pm Sep 19
Thank you, Mary Ann Koerth Niswanger, for your interest in this service. The contracts are being signed, and the full service should be available by the first of October.

The Quitman Public Library has a lending agreement with the LDS Family History Library in Salt Lake …

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

Dallas Public Library Genealogy Field Trip Tuesday, June 5

The June 5 Wood County Genealogical Society field trip to the Genealogical Collection of the Dallas Public Library is next Tuesday.

We will meet at the Quitman Public Library parking lot shortly before 8:00 a.m. and leave by 8 a.m. Please be prompt.  We will car pool for those who do not wish to drive. Just be there before 8 a.m. We will  leave the Dallas Library about 3: 15 p.m. to return to Quitman. We will visit the library collection and have time for doing research so come prepared to work on one of your brick walls or to look for more data on some ancestors or ancestral locations. Pencils and paper to write on will be useful.

You should bring a sack lunch and drink. A cooler will be available to keep drinks or any lunch items needing it for use on the trip. Also, this is an appropriate trip for wearing the WCGS shirts.

QPL Catalog To Be Available for Online Searching

Exciting news from Director Delene Allen is that very soon we will be able to search the Quitman Public Library catalog of holdings online from the library website from our home computers connected to the internet.

This means that we can find what is available and reserve books from home. Also, we will have access to the library’s ebooks collection. The new Apollo Biblionix circulation software should be up and running soon. Keep checking the library website.

All of our resources which we have added to the library catalog should also be available for home searching. For those items not yet in the catalog, we need some volunteers to get them entered by computer in the library database. If you have some time and typing skills, we can get you training to enter the items.

Ancestry.com Subscription Coming Soon

The Wood County Texas Genealogical Society’s $500 matching contribution to the Quitman Public Library along with the same amount contributed to the library by Uncle John’s Coffee House of Quitman will result in the library version of Ancestry.com being available to the general public (and society members) at the library in the very near future.

This will make many online databases available to researchers locally at no additional charge to each user.

We will probably be discussing fundraisers during the coming year so that we can renew the subscription in 2013 also. This is one of our major community service projects this year and , hopefully, in the future.

Some Subscription Services Available Free at Longview Library

The subscription services Ancestry.com and Footnote.com are available to use at no charge for in-library use for Longview, Texas Library patrons who have a Longview Public Library borrower’s card.

According to the library website, “You may get a borrower’s card at no cost if the following is true:
You live in Texas.
You are 18 years of age or older.
You can provide proof of Texas residency.
You have a valid state ID or driver’s license.”

You can see other digital databases available on the library website at http://www.longview.lib.tx.us/drupal/databases. These include Archive of Americana and the TexShare databases among many others.

This information was shared this week at a meeting featuring Longview Public Library’s genealogy librarian Linda Laminack.

Printer-Copier Doing Great Work Again

Regarding our discussion at the November meeting: the Genealogical Research Center sheet-feed printer-copier is once again churning out good black and white copies. Thanks to member Shirley Bates for getting that taken care of for us.

Member-Use Equipment in Genealogy Center

Wood County Genealogical Society members and other researchers have access to this equipment in the genealogy research center at the Quitman Public Library to help with their research needs there:

  • a computer with high-speed internet access
  • a printer attached to the computer with a sheet-feed copy option
  • a scanner to copy material from books and related materials
  • a microfilm/microfiche reader/printer for use with microfilm housed in the center and at the front desk at the library
  • a separate reader-only microfiche machine

    There is also a bank of computers in the library which can be used by those holding a card from the Quitman Public Library. Wood County residents who do not have a library card there can have one on request with proper identification.

    The library also has a wifi internet signal and those with laptop computers can use them in the library if they are wifi enabled. There are electrical connections at the research table in the genealogy area (and elsewhere in the library) for those needing to plug-in their laptops.

  • Genealogy Research Center’s New Look

    The rearrangement and reorganization of shelving, equipment, and research materials which was begun in October was finished in November just before Thanksgiving week with the labeling of collection areas on the shelves.

    Research Table

    Research Table


    The project was completed by WCGS member volunteers, members of the Quitman Public Library staff, and City of Quitman employees who helped with come of the heavy lifting and moving.
    The research table was moved out in front of the genealogy center to create more room for extra shelving inside. Also, the microfilm scanner and printer were moved inside and located by the computer and other equipment.
    Wood Count Collection

    Wood County Collection


    This opened up the room for easier foot traffic flow and air circulation.
    The Wood County collection is now on the front shelf in the middle of the center and is the first resources visitors to the center see. Newsletters were moved to the back shelves and labeled for easy access by researchers.
    The chairs at the research table were temporarily replaced, and plans are to look into finding new seating for the table in the near future.
    Also, a scanner has been added to the room and is attached to the computer. Users may scan documents or pages from books for personal use and then print them out using the copier/printer attached to the computer.
    Thanks Slide

    Thanks to these folks and all the others who contributed time, effort, and cooperation.

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