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.

Recognition of Service, Plans for 2012-13

Three goals for the 2012-13 year and the unveiling of plaques to honor lifetime members and distinguished members of the Wood County Texas Genealogical Society were announced at a special June meeting this week.

Goals announced by President Ronnie Vance are  (1) more programs on county history including but not limited to community histories and member presentations on their families from those areas, (2) more service to researchers using resources of the Genealogical Research Room at the Quitman Public Library and to help community members with their genealogical research, and (3) involving more members in those help activities including how to help researchers and resources available in the local library including some staffing possibilities with volunteer members.

Three members present receiving awards for service at the June meeting were Dorothy Harbin, Deason Hunt, and Mark Reid

President Vance displayed plaques to members and recognized new honorees. The award for Lifetime Member was made to Mark Reid, past president and vice-president as well as webmaster, researcher, and author of articles for society publications. Other lifetime members previously announced are Miriam Dougherty and Shirley Bates.

President Ronnie Vance unveiled the permanent plaques honoring members for service. They will be displayed in the Genealogy Research Room at the Quitman Public Library.

Distinguished Service honorees among current membership recognized were Dorothy Harbin, past president and vice-president and currently Requisitions and Acquisitions Co-chairperson; Deason Hunt, past treasurer and currently newsletter editor and webmaster and Editorial Committee Chairperson, and Nita Munoz, past vice-president and secretary. Former members receiving the Distinguished Service recognition are Lyrline Avery, Faye Boucher, Lahoma Clanton, Edith Tedder, Ida Marie Turner, and Adele Vickery.

Shirley Bates, Dorothy Harbin, Wayne McCluney, Kathy Lutonsky, and Sally Allcorn go through the line for refreshments at the June meeting.

Members in attendance at the meeting enjoyed a light, finger foods meal, social and visiting time, and an informal discussion of items of interest and importance to the society.

 

Lots of Important WCGS Activities in the Next 7 Days

June is “bustin’ out all over” for area members of the Wood County, Texas Genealogical Society (WCGS) in the four-day period of this next weekend and Monday. Your participation is requested and needed at both MAJOR events.

1. A fundraiser garage sale to gather money for activities such as the next year’s subscription (at the Quitman Public Library) for Ancestry.com is Friday and Saturday, June 15-16 on the sidewalk in front of the library for the Highway 37 Garage Sale. We need (a) volunteers to set up starting at 8 a.m. and to work, visit, and have fun during the day (all or some of the time), (b) donations for the sale which you can bring with you or drop off or call a local member to pickup prior to Friday. (You can call Deason at 903-769-0792, email to wcgstx@gmail.com starting as soon as you see this if you need a donation pickup. He will call on others to help with the pickup).

2. A very special Everyone-Needs-ToAttend meeting of the Wood County Genealogical Society Monday evening, June 18, at the library starting at 6 p.m. with a social time with refreshments and a special To-Be-Revealed program (Don’t you just love a mystery?) which needs the attendance of all area members possible. Please make a special effort to attend. Also, no Peralta’s gathering before the meeting this time only.

You can expect multiple and more reminders this week. This is a special event! We need a  big turnout. 

Special things are happening for the WCGS this week. Please help make it even more special by your attendance.

 

1940 Census Helps From April Meeting

Genealogy award-winning writer, professional researcher and experienced lecturer, Lisa McKinney, of Edgewood enlightened members of the Wood County Genealogical Society with background, hints, and tips about the 1940 census at the April society meeting.

The census gives us a look at conditions resulting from the Great Depression of the 20th Century by providing more data on American life ever collected before that time. One of the most useful features is the question of where the family was living in 1935 indicating migrations of the 1930s, the dark years of the world’s economy. Another unique feature was that of Hobo Night in which transients were censused in places like hotels, hospitals, etc.

Also unique was the fact that this is the first census which will be all digital and not searched on long rolls of microfilm.

The biggest downside is that the census was released without an index. Numerous online outlets are working to index the all the states and data, but estimates are that it could take at least until the end of the year 2012. In the meantime, people will have to search page by page to find their relatives unless they use finding aids such as those at stevemorse.org.

Once in the census, researchers are urged to look at all data which includes such items as street and house numbers, residence, and occupation. Sometimes margin notes also give additional information. Also, skip pages at the end of an enumeration district include those missed on the main walks up and own streets and the transient individuals.

1940 Census Tips, Help Set for April 16 Meeting

Wood County Genealogical Society members and all others interested can learn the who-what-where-when-why-and-how of the 1940 census April 16 at 7 p.m. at the free public meeting of the society at the Shamburger Room of the Quitman Public Library.
The program will be presented by a distinguished veteran genealogist and member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, Lisa McKinney, of Edgewood.

In numerous speaking engagements this spring, McKinney has explained what information is available for family researchers in the 1940 census and methods and sources to most effectively find that information.
She is a former newspaper reporter and business editor who currently does freelance writing and editing and genealogical research for clients. She is an award-winning writer in the field of genealogy and as a fiction writer. She is a member of the Van Zandt County Genealogical Society where she works in the library, writes for society publications, and is the society’s public relations officer.

As for all the regular monthly meetings of the Wood County
Genealogical Society, members will be available at the library from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. to help the public and other members with getting starting research of their ancestors and family tree or with research problems. A limited number of work stations will be available on a first-come, first-served basis to use the free library version of Ancestry.com. Personal wifi-enabled laptops may also be used.

A social Dutch-treat gathering of society members and guests is open to anyone interested in genealogy on each third Monday meeting day at 5 p.m. at Peralta’s Mexican Food Restaurant in Quitman.

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