Re: Willingham Query

Ann Mary Warren Hearon Willingham obituary located in our (Obituary) Book W # 2, request was on February 26, 2013. It was located by myself, Dorothy Harbin and copy forwarded to Elaine Shelton for her personal use. This request was done prior to March 10, 2013 at no cost to her. Ms. Shelton was very appreciative for having received this copy by mail.

Thanks to Dorothy  for helping this researcher and sharing the results for the Bulletin.

Query: Obituary and Other Lookups

Question: Does your society do research for folks who don’t live in your area? Do you look up obits? If yes, how do you want to be contacted and what is the rate? If no, does any other organization in the county look up obits?

Answer: We don’t charge for obituary lookups at this time. Members read this blog for query requests (which can be emailed to wcgstx@gmail.com) and, as time permits, a member volunteer does the lookup in our extensive collection of Wood County obituaries. We also have marriage, cemetery, and other vital record resources we can check if requested. We respond by email and also encourage members to share the obituary response here in case others inquire about that individual at a later date. More extensive research can also be performed if a member so volunteers, and any fees would need to be arranged with that member.

Index of 150,000 Plus Courthouse Documents To Be Online

News from the Wood County Democrat newspaper from the last Wood County Commissioners Court meeting is that the county is planning to soon place online about 150,000 courthouse documents dating from 1919. They will be indexed and can be ordered online for a fee of $5.00 per document. This is in cooperation with the office of Count Clerk Kelley Price. The news report of the meeting with details is at this link: http://goo.gl/QYzVR.

Websites For Genealogy

Websites for Genealogy

Blank Forms

http://www.wakefieldfhs.org.uk/Forms%20&%20Charts.htm

http://www.familytreemagazine.com/freeforms

https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Research_Forms

https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Research_Forms#Ancestry.com

 

Help Sites

            http://www.dearmyrtle.com       Great article “January 2009 Getting Organized”  Best article I have ever seen on the subject.

http://www.cyndislist.com/        This is the site recommended by everyone.

http://www.usgenweb.org/        Free can find state and county sites

http://www.txgenweb.org/

www.ancestry.com            Some things may be free.

http://www.findagrave.com/

http://www.census.gov/genealogy/www/

http://ssdi.rootsweb.ancestry.com/

http://www.familysearch.org/eng/default.asp          Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints (LDS) Closes LDS research library is in Gilmer.  Original records are added to this daily. They request help from you transcribing records.

www.ellisisland.org     Ellis Island offers Free Genealogy Search & tips for your Family Tree Know nothing about this site.

http://www.archives.gov/genealogy/               This is the National Archives, access to federal government records.  I spend hours look for and at things on this website.

Shirley Patrick

Documentation

Documentation

I can’t say it often enough.  Document, Document, Document!!!!!!!!!

Ask yourself the question:  “How do I find this again?”

Website that will write citations:

www.easybib.com

www.citationmachine.net

www.correctclick.com/biblio

I found these by goggling citation, book citation, and How to cite a photograph.

 

Types of Citations:  MLA (Modern Lang. Assn), APA (Ame. Psy. Assn), Chicago/Turabian (Dissertation and Thesis).  MLA is what is used in public schools.

 

Definition of Terms:

Medium:  Print, website, online, e-book: online, URL or key words to search for the website and type of source found in database (there

What do I need to write a Citation?  The citations you will use most often are as follows”

URL:  this is the address line. Usually starts with www. or http:// you can high light it and copy to a word processing document.

 

BIBLE:  The full correct titleMedium; chose entire source or specific book.  I would choose entire source since I am interested in the data pages.  Vol. &/or EditionPlace of Publication , [New York, Boston, Winnsboro, Texas].  If private printing by author [I personally put in mailing address of which I already have the city.  Someone you run across may want to try to buy a copy of the book copyright date © [obtained by typing ( c ) without the spaces, this is different from @], Publisher.  If private printing by author [I personally put in mailing address of which I already have the city.  Someone you run across may want to try to buy a copy of the book].  When I am working with a Bible or Book I always copy the Title page and the reverse.  To eliminate handling the Bible any more than possible I copy or scan the pages containing the data. If handwriting in hard to read I type the information. 

You need to be sure to indicate where the book is kept (Repository).

BOOKFull correct title, Medium, Place of Publication, Copyright Date, Publisher, Author or Authors [If someone just gathers information they are a compiler an identified by COMP.]. Be sure to get the page number of each bit of information.  [I use a spiral notebook to record information verbatim.  I have also photographed the page or copy the pages.] I always record the repository and call number of the book.  If you have to pay someone to go back and look for information this will save time.

 

Newspapers and Journals (print):  (are similar) Title of Source, Title of article, Section, Volume, Issue, Series, Pages [3-5 is inclusive; 3,5 means page 3 & page 5], Publisher, place or city of publication, year (day and date if newspaper), Author or Authors.

            [If it is on the website of the newspaper or journal include the URL also include the day you copied the information.  Keywords would also help]  I tend to make copies of everything to scan in to may computer, Family Tree program and my Ancestry.com Tree.  If I find the newspaper or journal in a database I use the online Database citation.

 

Online Database:  [Check, most databases will print citation at the end of the article.  If the article will not print you may still be able to get a citation at the end of the article]  Title, type of source, Contributors (authors), Database, Publisher/ service provider, date published electronically, and date accessed, URL:.

 

WebsiteWeb address (URL) or Keyword search, Medium, Source type,

Article title, Author or Authors, Online Publication info, Website title, Publisher/source, URL, electronically published, date Accessed. [I personally save the website to a word processing document.]

 

I do not have to cite the website because I just summarized what was needed for each type of citation.  Facts do not have to be cited, but you want to cite where you located you information, so someone else may want to recheck because they have different information that you can recheck or someone may want to check themselves.

Shirley Patrick                                  shp1945@gmail.com

Query: McDowell

Jeannie Waggoner called on Jan 8, 2013, asking for information for a friend she had known about 8 years.  The friend’s name is Sandra Lee Mcdowell, a retired school teacher who doesn’t know when or where she was born.  Her sister, Vicki Lynn Mcdowell, was born in Finley, Ohio and never married.  “Sandy” thinks she may have been born in Michigan, but she doesn’t have a birth certificate.  Also, Sandy doesn’t do computers.  She apparently was married before, I don’t know if he died or they divorced, but she has 3 children, two daughters and one son.  Sandra’s current husband was Michael Taylor and they married in Midland-Odessa.  Jeannie never knew that Sandra had the son until Michael’s funeral in early December.  One daughter used to live in Longview.  The son’s name is David and lives on Oregon, Sandra went to college in Oregon.  Sandra’s father was John Mcdowell and her mother was Mariam Gertrude Bennett.  Someone was born Nov 4, 1941. With this information, I will attempt to find everything I can for Jeannie to help her friend.  I asked if it was possible since Sandra was a retired schoolteacher that there should have been some kind of documents when she got her teacher’s degree.  Jeannie (my friend) and I thought that not knowing any more about your early life is very unusual.  I asked could it have been possible that she had had a stroke.  I went to Ancestry and found an obituary on Michael from the Midland newspaper but my computer wouldn’t bring it up. I thought if nothing else it might have some names of survivors. We’ll see what we can find.     

            At the library and on Ancestry I found the obituary for Michael Taylor. The only survivors named were his wife, Sandra Taylor of Mineola, his mother Cleo Rae Taylor of Odessa, a son Ryan Taylor of Denver City, daughter, Myia Dale Scott of Odessa and 4 grandchildren.  He had died on Nov. 29 in Mineola and this obit was published in the Odessa American on December 1, 2012.

            Also on Ancestry I found Sandra Mcdowell in U.S. School Yearbooks along with a picture of her.  According to this report her estimated birth year was about 1939, and she was age 20 when this picture was made.  The school was Northern Pontiac High School in Pontiac, Michigan, and the year was 1959.  The title of the yearbook was “Avalanche”.  It’s possible that this picture is the Sandra Mcdowell we’re looking for and the approximate birth date is 1939.  With that information, assuming she was born in Michigan, we can write the Michigan state capital and (maybe) get a birth certificate. 

            I also found a 1930 U.S. Census placing John D. Mcdowell in Michigan.  He was single then, living with his father Thomas G. Mcdowell, who was born in Michigan, and his mother Katherine A. Mcdowell, who was born in Pennsylvania.  His siblings named were Thomas M., Lucile , John D. (Sandra’s father), Donald M. , Dorothy M., and 2 others who may have been boarders or relatives living with the family.  Their names were Helen J. Hamilton and Miles D. Hamilton.

            I called Jeannie on Jan. 16 and told her what I had found.  She said several people agreed that Sandra might have had a stroke but she didn’t want to do anything.  I suggested she have it checked because it might just be the first and doctors can use blood thinners and other drugs to prevent them.  I am sending Jeannie the information that I have found along with the picture and if this lady is the one in the picture she or one of us could contact the school or the state records department in Lansing, Michigan to get more information.  

            If this information is not correct, we can use any of these names to further our search.

Jeannie Waggoner’s email is jwaggon10@aol.com.

Submitted by Shirley Bates, Genealogy Research

Y. M. B. L. Formed at Alba – 1922

Y. M. B. L. Formed at Alba.

Special to The News.

Alba, Texas, Aug. 10 – The young men of Alba have organized a Young Men’s Business League. The following officers were elected: Thurman Clayton, president; B. H. Wooten, first vice president; Roy Glazner, second vice president; Everette DeWitt, third vice president; T. M. Reavley, secretary; Ralph Hopkins, treasurer; L. W. Reavley, reporter; directors, F. R. McCollum, Wilbur Reneau, J. C. Patton, Troy Holmes, D. Brookshier and Payton McKnight. Dallas Morning News, Friday, August 11, 1922, Section: Two, Page: Twelve, GenealogyBank.com

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