Thanks to member Lou Mallory who brought us up to date on the site for address for buying “Wood County 1850-1890″. It has been corrected on the Publications Page of this website. FYI: Lou Mallory, P. O. Box 255, Mineola, Texas 75773. Lou’s email is email@example.com. The book costs $15.00 plus $4.00 postage. Lou is Wood County Historical Commission chairman.
Mrs. Ona Wood, a Wood County family history researcher and historian, wrote a history of the county in the 1950’s through the story of some early pioneer families here. She is a descendant of Wood County pioneer Peter Gunstream among others.
We are beginning the serial printing of the book in installments for the Wood County Genealogical Society Bulletin starting in the March 2010 newsletter. Part one is the foreword to the book.
LIFE IN THE PINEY WOODS: A History through the story of some early settlers Of Wood County Texas
by Ona Wood
“A people which takes no pride in the noble achievements of remote ancestors will never achieve anything worthy to be remembered with pride by remote descendants.” – Lord McCauley
This book has been written in reverence and in profound respect to those people whose names appear upon its pages.
I have written of my own people , not because of selfish reasons, but because I know their joys and sorrows; their hardships and achievements.
My people, I think, are typical of most of the pioneers of any part of East Texas; they were not wealthy as wealth is valued in money; they had their good years and bad ones; they worked hard to keep – as they said – “body and soul together.”
I love and respect my people and give honor where honor lies; for what they were, I am.
The blood of our ancestry courses through the veins of their progenitors, and the ancestry was of many nationalities, English, French, Swede, Irish, Scotch, and probably pure American.
The same thst is true of my family holds true for their neighbors.
I like to walk along their paths, if not in reality, then in dreaming, and look for their tracks wherever they may wend, and stand along beside them into the dawn of a new era. Their tracks will never be obliterated, not by time or elements.
Their names have never been written into history books, and many of their names were never found in newspapers beyond the confines of their own county. They are not listed in the scrolls with the great, but they made history.
The pioneers seemed stern and severe, and so they were; but, beneath the veneer which the wilderness provoked, was to be found a compassionate spirit.
And, as most of them – your forefathers and mine – sleep in the age-old burying grounds, near and far, may we in humbleness, bless the day when they set foot on East Texas soil.
1. Responses (2) to “Mae Etta Johnson:”
First, Charles L.Bookman, on February 2nd, 2010 said: “Thanks for sharing this important part of history.”
Second, Melba Gordon Jones, on February 6th, 2010 said: “I really appreciate you publishing my mothers presentation as part of your newsletter. Thank you so much for sharing our story of our hero who knew that God does have the whole wide world in His hands.”
2. Response to “Member Contact List:”
Sharon Gallatin Phillips, on February 1st, 2010 Said: Dear Members,
I am not as yet a paid member. I have not found family in your area,however, I appreciate your website as I have learned much and the links are helping me also. I am what one might call a newbie. My husband’s family is mostly in Rusk Co., and mine is in Brazos, Madison, and Limestone. To my knowledge they do not have websites near as nice as yours. I do read ETGS also. I am on an extremely set budget, and I appreciate the access to your website.”
3. Comment on “Vertical Files A-B:”
June Powers on November 1, 2009 said: ” Interested in vertical files on Benton and Banks. If significant and not too much, could send $ for copies, or can you send copies via email? Let me know what is appropriate, please. Thanks.
4. Comment on “Help a distant researcher:”
June Powers 0n October 31, 2009 said: “Re the vertical file: Is it possible to receive copies of articles of certain files? I do not expect to be in Quitman again in the near future.”
5. Comment on “WCGS Bulletin Goes Live Sept.15:”
Dorothy Harbin on October 7, 2009 said: “You have done an outstanding job on this project. I can’t wait each day to see what new articles will be listed next. I’ve lost a lot of sleep exploring all that you have done, Keep Up The Great Job.
6. Email received from Linda Winterhoff: “Got the newsletter, glanced at it. It looks great as usual. Saw on the website there are Quitman Family Histories. What is the procedure to get my family info in there, or is there one?? My line is Grogan, basically….
7. Email received from Ron Schell: “That’s a great looking Newsletter! I like the layout and generous use of links for further research. I’m looking forward to reading it carefully. Thanks for your work in putting it together.
8. Comment received from Terri O’Connell on Genealogywise: “I love the set up. You have all the information there and it is easy to find. Which I find is the biggest problem with some of the local societies.
The only thing I would look into changing, is nothing related to the site. If it is possible for the society to set up the ability to join the society on line. Sometimes, it is just easier for those of us at home to do it that way. For instance, NEHGS had an add on Facebook and I was able to click through it and join. Keep in mind it was something I had wanted to do, it was just easier for me to do it this way.
Otherwise, I love the crisp feel to it. Great job!
9. Email received from Kathy Gunter Sullivan, CG: “Certainly you may re-post the item if you think it will be useful to your readers. I visited your site, and your bulletin is extremely well-done and informative.
10. Email received from Geneabloggers webmaster at http://www.geneabloggers.com: You’ve got a great genealogy blog, and I’ve added it to the blog list at GeneaBloggers.”
Some years of the Wood County Democrat of Quitman (1950 to 1987 plus 1993 and 2005) are searchable online. The most complete decade is 1951-60. Only a few years/issues of the other decades are made available. Some searches require you to be a paid subscriber of a web service, and some are free.
Google News Archives (http://news.google.com/archivesearch) has a free search of the 1951 to 1960 Democrat as well as the year of 2005. The easiest way to search Google’s News Archive contents is to go to the Small Town Papers site (http://www.smalltownpapers.com/newspapers/newspaper_pages.php?id=413). In the search box near the top of the page, type a surname, city name or other word which might have appeared in the newspapers. For example: typing the word funeral, turned up 603 results most of which were obituaries/funeral notices. While on that page, by clicking and dragging you can read other news items and on additional pages of that issue of the newspaper. Typing funeral and a year ( funeral 1956) yielded funeral notices of papers of that year.
Footnote.com (http://footnote.com) has the Democrat for searching and the digital images for the years 1951-60, 1979, 1984, 1986, 1993, and 2005. A one-year membership is $79.95 paid in full at the time you subscribe, or you can pay $11.95 monthly. The yearly option is better if you will be keeping the service for a whole year. There is also a 7-day free trial. You have to give a credit card number, and if you don’t cancel before the seven days is up, your credit card will automatically be charged for a one-year membership. There is a convenient link on your account page to notify them to cancel before your card is charged.
While both Google and Footnote say they get their search data from smalltownpapers.com, if you subscribe to the latter site ($25.00 a year) you only get to access the 2005 Democrat newspapers.
Offline searching is available on the microfilm reader at the Quitman Public Library. Ask for the microfilm at the library desk. Although the microfilm collection at the library has some skipped issues, it starts in 1917.
Back issues of Ancestry Magazine from 2004 to 2009 are now free to read online. Google Books is providing this and a number of other magazines’ back issues online for free.
An example of what you can find (in theMar-Apr 2004 issue on Page 25) is “Your Guide to Rootsweb” by Myra Vanderpool Gormley (also known as Dear Myrtle).
Also an option in the left hand column near the top is to view all magazines available through Google Books search.
You can find Ancestry Magazine’s entry page at http://books.google.com/books?id=IjgEAAAAMBAJ&rview=1&source=gbs_navlinks_s#all_issues_anchor
Mark Reid, Publications Fulfillment and Computer Database chairman and co-chairman and newsletter executive editor, has made an offer to members: a computer file copy of his almost 19,000 person Wood County database. The price is “FREE.” Details are in a comment over at the Wood County Coffee Klatch at Genealogywise. http://www.genealogywise.com/group/woodcotxgencoffeeklatch (a clickable link). If interested, you can email Mark at the society email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Member Lou Mallory‘s latest column, published regularly in the Hawkins-Holly Lake Gazette, features nine Wood County peace officers killed as the pursued their duties. You can read her column series new offerings in the Gazette every two weeks. Her previous columns are in the Gazette at its website: http://hlrgazette.com.
The Bulletin is officially up and running. Anyone who visited this site in the last 10 days probably found us in some state of tear down and rebuild. We’re not through yet, but we’ve started. Notice: The first post (which is below. Latest posts appear at the top of the page.) is about the September meeting next Monday, September 21 which, I will not be able to attend because we are taking a week off in the Ozarks. I’ll see you all in October at the meeting if not sooner. — Deason Hunt