Posted on June 3, 2012 by woodgensoc
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.
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Posted on January 4, 2012 by woodgensoc
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.
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Posted on January 4, 2012 by woodgensoc
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.
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Posted on April 21, 2011 by woodgensoc
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.
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Posted on December 11, 2010 by woodgensoc
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.
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Posted on December 8, 2010 by woodgensoc
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.
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Posted on November 29, 2010 by woodgensoc
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.
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 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 to these folks and all the others who contributed time, effort, and cooperation.
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