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.

Dues Bylaw Changes Made at Semi-annual Business Meeting

An anticipation of increased general expenses as well as continuing of the Ancestrylibrary.com subscription for the Quitman Public Library were reasons offered leading to the adoption of a bylaws change of membership dues to $25 starting in September of the 2012-13 society year. Also, an additional charge for multiple family members was dropped from the dues structure. A single or multiple family members in the same home will be at the single rate of $25.

This took place at the March semi-annual business meeting, March 19. A report of a balance of $1,960.10 was made by Treasurer Wayne McCluney, and the minutes from the September business meeting were presented by Secretary Shirley Patrick and accepted. Both these reports are on the members’ only page which can be accessed from the link at the top right of this page.

In addition to the May trip to the Alba Public Library and Museum and to Parrott’s park in Lindale and the June trip to the Genealogy research room at the Dallas Public library (both of which are listed in more detail on previous posts to this page), the date of June 15 was named as the date for the society participation in the Highway 37 Garage Sale. The date will be confirmed and more on these events will be published here as available nearer to the time of the events.

It was also announced that the program for the April meeting of the society will be a presentation on the 1940 Census by Lisa McKinney of Edgewood.

March Meeting of WCGSTX is Today

It’s today. Don’t forget our monthly meeting at the library in Quitman.

March 19 — Regular monthly meeting at 7 p.m. at the Quitman Public Library. Doors open at 6 p.m., and we will spend the time helping people with research questions, discussing our individual plans for “What’s Next” in our genealogy, or surfing the internet (including access to Ancestry.com) doing individual research. Bring you wifi-enable laptop (but we will have the six we used in our classes last year if you can’t bring yours.)

The program is one of the society’s two yearly business meetings. Be prepared for old or new business part of the meeting. If we finish early, we will have some interesting and/or productive things for the rest of the meeting time. DON’T FORGET that those interested can meet at 5 p.m. for socializing at Peralta’s Mexican Food in Quitman.

Upcoming WCGSTX Events

March 19 — Regular monthly meeting at 7 p.m. at the Quitman Public Library. Doors open at 6 p.m., and we will spend the time helping people with research questions, discussing our individual plans for “What’s Next” in our genealogy, or surfing the internet (including access to Ancestry.com) doing individual research. Bring you wifi-enable laptop (but we will have the six we used in our classes last year if you can’t bring yours.) The program is one of the society’s two yearly business meetings. Be prepared for old or new business part of the meeting. If we finish early, we will have some interesting and/or productive things for the rest of the meeting time. DON’T FORGET that those interested can meet at 5 p.m. for socializing at Peralta’s Mexican Food in Quitman.

April 16 — Regular monthly meeting at 7 p.m. at the Quitman Public Library. Doors open at 6 p.m., and we will spend the time helping people with research questions or surfing the internet (including access to Ancestry.com) doing individual research. Bring you wifi-enable laptop (but we will have the six we used in our classes last year if you can’t bring yours.) DON’T FORGET that those interested can meet at 5 p.m. for socializing at Peralta’s Mexican Food in Quitman. We are working on arranging a speaker for April. Hopefully, we will be able to announce this by the time of the March meeting.

May 10 — WCGSTX field trip to the Alba Public Library and Historical Museum and to Parrott’s Park and Museum in Lindale. We will meetr and car pool on this trip. Bring a sack lunch and drink, and we will picnic at Parrott’s Park while touring the museum and grounds. Times and car pool locations will be announced as we get closer to the trip.

May 21 — Regular monthly meeting at 7 p.m. at the Quitman Public Library. Doors open at 6 p.m., and we will spend the time helping people with research questions or surfing the internet (including access to Ancestry.com) doing individual research. Bring you wifi-enable laptop (but we will have the six we used in our classes last year if you can’t bring yours.) DON’T FORGET that those interested can meet at 5 p.m. for socializing at Peralta’s Mexican Food in Quitman. Program for this meeting is election of officers for the 2012-13 society year. If you are interested in any officer position or chairmanship or to work on any of the committees, be sure to let any officer know no later than April 16.

June 5 – WCGSTX field trip to genealogical collection of the Dallas Public library. We’ll car pool in case you don’t want to drive in Dallas traffic. Details will be announced later this spring.

February WCGSTX Meeting in Next Monday

February 2012 Meeting of the Wood County, Texas Genealogical Society
>February 20 (Monday)
5:00 p.m. — Social time at Peralta’s Mexican Restaurant, Quitman
6:00 p.m. — Time to offer or seek help with genealogy for members and the general public and/or to use the laptops to go online and search databases. If time permits, work on obituary database updates. We meet at the Quitman Public Library.
7:00 p.m. — Regular monthly meeting at the Quitman Public Library. Program: “What Do I do Next? Ideas for getting Un-stuck in your family history journey”

November Meetings Times and Changes

The special program for our regular November monthly meeting will be on THURSDAY, November 17, the week before the third Monday.
We will car pool to Sulphur Springs to tour the genealogy library of the Hopkins County Genealogical Society, then meet with them at their regular meeting that evening. The third Thursday (Sulphur Springs night) falls before the third Monday this month. We will gather at the Quitman Public Library parking lot at 5:00 p.m. and caravan to SS, dine, and visit. Anyone who does not want to drive over but to ride over with one of us just be at the parking lot no later than 5:00 p.m. We are looking for recommendations for a place to eat in Sulphur Springs before going to their library. Anyone with a suggestion, please contact President Ronnie Vance .
We hope you will plan to join us so that we can have a good representation when we meet with our Hopkins County friends.

We will still meet the next Monday (third Monday), November 21, at the Quitman Library at 6 p.m. to help people with genealogy or cut out obituaries, but we will not have the program part of the meeting (this time only) at 7 p.m. that night. Those who wish to can meet with us at Peralta’s at 5 p.m. Monday night, November 21 for our pre-meeting eating and visiting time. By the way, it’s not necessary to eat when meeting with us there. If you just want to visit pre-meeting feel free to come on.

If you know a local member who does not get email, would you please call them and tell them about our special program plans for November.

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