Allen Brings Back Song Memories

Pat Allen of Mineola entertained and took members of the society and guests back many years in our memories with banjo and fiddle songs which would have been familiar to our parents and grandparents and other early settlers.

Pat Allen fiddling tunes at the April meeting

Pat Allen shared "old timey" music


Members of the audience could be seen tapping their toes in rhythm to the old familiar tunes as Pat explained the role that “making their own” entertainment played in the lives of folks before we had all the electronic gadgets of the 20th and 21st centuries.

A survey of members was taken at the meeting to see who would be interested in computer lessons starting at the regular meeting times in June, July, and August as well as an interest survey of which jobs members might like to do in helping the society meet its goals in the 2011-2012 society year. Payment for room use in the summer months was also approved at the meeting. Details concerning both the surveys will be compiled and shared in the coming months.

It was also announced that to accommodate the meeting plans of the Retired Teachers Association on our meeting night in May, the fun meeting at Peralta’s would be moved that one time only to 5:30 at Peralta’s. The 6 p.m. research help session at the library will be cancelled that day, and the regular meeting will begin at 7 p.m. as usual.

Allen to Perform “Old Time” Music April 18

Pat Allen playing the fiddle

Pat Allen


A program of old time music will be brought to the next Monday’s Wood County, TX. Genealogical Society April meeting by Eugene “Pat” Allen of Mineola. The meeting is at 7 p.m. at the Shamburger Room of the Quitman Public Library. The public is invited.

Free help is available with getting started on a family tree and for genealogy brick walls for members and the general public starting at 6 p.m. at the Shamburger Room and will also be available after the program if time permits.

Members and guests are also welcome to the pre-meeting gathering for dinner and conversation at Peralta’s Mexican Restaurant in Quitman.

January Meeting Notes

Notes from the January 17, 2011 regular monthly meeting of the society:

1. Prior to the meeting, 15 members met at Peralta’s Mexican Restaurant in Quitman to eat and talk. We had a great time.

2. During the pre-meeting help time from 6 to 7 p.m. at the library and later during the workshop portion of the regular meeting we were able to help one guest and two members with their research and one with getting some computer problems worked out.

3. Various reports were received in the business meeting. Some highlights:

a) About two-thirds of members have renewed from last year. Two members are deceased and four others have not decided to renew. Current bylaws give members until January 31 to renew. Others are expected before the end of the month. Also several new members have joined this year. A more detailed report will come in later meetings after the January 31 deadline.

b) The Constitution and bylaws revision committee appointed in November has met and come up with a preliminary document. It will be finalized and presented at the February meeting with plans to vote on any changes at the March meeting. Members will receive notification of any changes following the February meeting.

c) Treasurer Wayne McCluneyreported on several items. Chairs will not need to be purchased, and he reported some prices on book carts and got further details on our needs there. He will follow up on that. A method to more efficiently keep records of membership fees is under discussion and will be reported on at a later meeting. He is still looking into tax and non-profit status information. Also, it was proposed and adopted that we would go to a purchase order system to handle expenditures. That would be included in an bylaw revisions.

d) Membership’s Deason Hunt proposed a Focus of the Collection statement and Acquisitions policy for the society materials in our research center and archive at the library. It was adopted. Details will be published here in a later posting.

e) Treasurer McCluney also reported that it is in the works for us to solicit a statement from the City of Quitman that while our archives are housed at the library that they are in fact owned by the society and not the library or city. This would protect us in case of changes in librarians or city officials over the years.

f) The new society sign which hangs on the library sign pole at the edge of the street in front of the library is not displayed. Thanks to Vice-president Dorothy Harbin who came up with the idea and presented the design and secured someone to make the sign. Also Treasurer McCluney helped with the finalization of getting the sign. Librarian Delene Delarosa secured help from city workers to have the sign placed on the pole.

g) Members worked on processing latest obituaries for inclusion in our obituary books.

More details will be available when the minutes of the January meeting are submitted for approval.

The new society street sign

Vice-president Dorothy Harbin with our new sign outside the library

Society Meeting Schedule Tomorrow (Jan. 17)

Wood County (Tx) Genealogical Society Calendar
Monday, January 17

5:00pm — Eating meeting at Peralta’s Mexican Restaurant in Quitman
6:00pm — Pre-meeting helping with genealogy research at the Quitman Public Library
7:00pm — Regular monthly meeting at the Quitman Public Library

October 2010 Meeting Minutes

WOOD COUNTY GENEALOGY SOCIETY
Monthly Meeting
Quitman Public Library
October 19, 2010

The meeting was called to order by President Shirley Patrick at 7:00 pm with 10 members present. President Shirley Patrick welcomed everyone and thanked them for coming.

The minutes stood approved as presented.

The financial report was passed. Treasurer Wayne McCluney reported he have just received the financial information and would have two reports at next month’s meeting. He did report the September 30, 2010 bank statement showed a balance of $1,703.50.

OLD BUSINESS:

Deason Hunt reported the genealogy room had been rearranged and everything for the most part has been put back. The machines are on the far wall and everything is up and running. The fax machine that is also a printer for the computer is not working. Wayne McCluney, Nita Munoz and Deason Hunt all reported they had printers there were willing to donate to the society.

The Hwy 80 garage sale made $90.00 dollars and made 3 contacts. Everyone who worked had a good time.

NEW BUSINESS:

Deason Hunt gave a report on an email he received from Delene DelaRosa about Michael Aday, HeirLoom Archivist from Texas A&M University – Commerce regarding digitization of historical and genealogical records, photographs, etc. There is an IMLS grant that covers the software to digitize as well as Mr. Aday’s time to train anyone interested how to use the digitization program and how it links to a central website location at A&M University. After discussion it was decided to have a called meeting for this presentation at 5:30 on a Monday with subway for supper. Deason will contact Delene about setting up a meeting with Mr. Aday to speak with the society.

There was a discussion about having a Christmas party on the 3rd Monday of December which is the 20th at 6 pm at President Shirley Patrick’s house.

Deason Hunt went over a hand out he passed out to everyone present. The hand out was ideas from several members who have been talking about them off and on. The hand out was an attempt to get them on the table so the society could start thinking about them.

Deason Hunt reported he would like to society to find ways to be of more help for the members that don’t live in Wood County. He asked everyone to think of ideas and ways to help them more.

After discussion a motion was made by Babara Coleman seconded by Nita Munoz to donate a book in memory of Dorothy Harbin’s husband Bud Harbin.

November meeting: anyone wishing to meet at 5 pm at Peralta’s for supper is welcome. The group will then return to the library to be available to help anyone with research from 6-7 and the regular society meeting will begin at 7pm

The meeting adjourned at 9:15 pm.
Minutes were taken by recording/corresponding secretary Kathy Lutonsky

November Meeting Next Monday: See Times; Pat Mapes Speaker

The regular monthly meeting for November for the Wood County Genealogical Society is at 7 p.m. Monday, November 15 at the Shamburer Room at the Quitman Public Library. Pat MAPES is scheduled to talk about her trip to England for family history research

The pre-meeting “eating meeting” at Peralta’s will start at 5 p.m. We are usually in one of the back rooms. Just ask the attendant at Peralta’s. Some (most?, all?) will go over to the library at 6 p.m. to be available to meet with members/guests or the general public wishing consultation on getting started with their research or ideas to help with their brick walls.

We will also discuss some business items and plans for future meetings such as the Christmas party in December. We hope to see you there if you live in the area and can make it.

October Meeting Tomorrow (Oct. 18) at Library

wcgs sign

The regular November meeting of the Wood County Genealogical Society will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, October 18, at the Quitman Public Library.

The meeting will feature reports of recent activities and plans for upcoming activities in a setting that will allow all members there to have input on future plans. Included will be information on the program for November and the Christmas season party we are beginning to plan.

As usual, members who wish to do so, will meet at Peralta’s Restaurant in Quitman starting at 5:30 p.m. to visit and share some Dutch-treat Mexican food.

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