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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
Member Mark REID shared the following information in a recent email. This sounds like a good opportunity for members and those who you know who might be ready to get started in genealogy.
“A Family History Workshop will begin Thursday 17 June, 10am to 12am at the Mineola Memorial Library. Free as far as I know. Sessions will probably be weekly during the summer and then might go monthly
after school begins in the fall. We can most likely find out all particulars at the first meeting.
“The leader/coordinator/teacher will be Vickie PETERSEN, librarian at Mineola Middle School. You can reach her at 903-569-6506 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.”
A total of 197 users have signed in on the register at the Genealogy Research Center at the Quitman Library during the last 12 months. This is one measure of how much our center is used, but it does not include all those users who do not sign the register. Almost 60 percent of the users are current members of the society. Here’s the breakdown on usage:
We averaged 16 sign-in users a month during the year with 10 of those being members.On average three Wood County resident non-members used the center each month as did two users from Texas outside of Wood County, and one user from out of state.
The lowest number of users came in December and the winter months but including March and April. Numbers were up from May through November with the highest month October.
Three new pages have been posted with indexes of microfilm and cd-rom disks in the library for research. Access the pages by clicking on the Libraries tab at the top of the home page at the WCGS Bulletin (or see above). They include Wood County Democrat back issues on microfilm, U. S. Federal censuses for Wood County and a few other counties, and cd-rom disks of research data. All these resources are for in-library use and require use of either a microfilm reader or computer which are available at the library.