Wood County Officers 1900

From the free Google Books Search: Biennial report of the Secretary of State of the State of Texas (Google eBook) Texas, Secretary of State, 1900, Page 256

Link to original image in Google Books: http://books.google.com/books?id=9L1KAAAAMAAJ&pg=PA256&img=1&zoom=3&hl=en&sig=ACfU3U17WKrvUVXdm0g6aSr5EvgkUQYCww&ci=155%2C203%2C815%2C639&edge=0

Camp County Obituaries

Here’s the link for Camp County obituaries in the Northeast Texas Digital Collections: http://dmc.tamu-commerce.edu/cdm4/results.php?CISOOP1=any&CISOBOX1=Camp+County+Obituary&CISOFIELD1=CISOSEARCHALL&CISOROOT=all

Wood County in NE Texas Digital Collections

Wood County Genealogical Society through our association with the Quitman Public Library has entered into an agreement which makes it possible to preserve many genealogical and historical documents in our care and solves the problem of how to make such items available to the public at large. As participants with the Northeast Texas Digital Collection of the Texas A&M at Commerce Libraries, we are able to scan and upload public domain documents at no charge to the society. Once online, they are available for researchers who have a family or historical interest in Wood County.

Texas A&M-Commerce Heirloom Archivist, Michael Aday, met with society members this fall and outlined how the program worked. He has returned and started scanning items for our area. We will later set up a workshop where he will teach society members how to do our own scanning and uploading.

A visit to this address link: http://dmc.tamu-commerce.edu/cdm4/browse.php?CISOROOT=/quitman will let members (and the public) see how the work is progressing.

As a special note to members who have been discussing what to do about our obituary collection, I suggest that while there, you also search for Camp County, Texas obituaries to see how they have approached that issue.

Brigham Young University Genealogy Resources

It’s hard to avoid getting excited in the weekly workshops taught by new member Vickie Petersen at the public library in Mineola.

Sharing that excitement usually starts with someone making a “Eureka, look what I’ve found” noise like “wow” or a similar noise. Sometimes, however, it’s just finding a new resource.

One such experience last Thursday (note: meeting Thursdays 10-noon at the library near the genealogy room) was when Vickie shared the Brigham Young University genealogy resources pages. You can get there by going to familyhistory.byu.edu. We started out on the page where you can print free blank forms to use in research at http://lib.byu.edu/sites/familyhistory/print-forms-research-helps/, but starting anywhere will give you lots of links and pages to explore.

If you want to take a look, set aside some time. There are links all over the first page (and subsequent pages) which can take you to interesting and helpful information and resources.

This is not the FamilySearch or New FamilySearch site, but there are links that will take you there and to lots of other trustworthy and interesting genealogy sources. Some are pay and some are free, but even the pay ones will let you look around at some things without any charges.

Heritage Quest at Home

Wood County Genealogical Society members who have a membership in the Quitman Public Library can access the Heritage Quest genealogical site (and other TexShare Databases for research) from their home computers at www.texshare.edu/quitmanlibrary/. To sign in however, you’ll need a login ID and password.

  • You can get these from the librarian at the Quitman Public Library.
  • Members in other towns may also find that their home libraries where they have memberships will have a slightly different link and different login ID and password. Again, if your library participates in the TexShare Databases, they will share this information with members of their library.

    Topics Users Searched in Genealogy Center

    One of the measures of what is being researched in our genealogical collection at the Quitman library is topics of books left (at our request) for re-shelving. A Tally is kept of each book placed back on the shelves. The following information is from member’s tally from November 2008 to early May 2010. We realize that sometimes people do re-shelve books and they do not appear in this report, but this is a good look at where most research is being done.

    Chart 1 is a summary of the tally of materials by topic. Charts 2 and 3 are showing relative use by percentage of materials in that topic area.

    Chart 1

    Chart 2

    Chart 3

    Free Getting Started – or Refresher – Lessons

    Just starting out in your family history search or wanting to to refresh your memory on researching how to and techniques is often available from classes or one-on-one tutoring. There are some online sources, however, which you can access at home (or library) on your own computer and at any time convenient to you.

    Among the various choices, four seem to stand out in terms of organization, simplicity of use, and overall value.

    Researching Your Family Tree at learnwebskills.com meets all of these criteria and offers exercises to practice what it teaches. It is easy to follow, and you can do one exercise, go off and do other life things for an extended time, and pop right into the next step with little difficulty. The lessons offer a LearnGen Group at Yahoo groups.com which does not seem to be too active, but you could always share you results and questions with us here with an email to the bulletin. (Our email address is netexas@gmail.com). You can access the Researching Your Family Tree lessons at http://www.learnwebskills.com/family/intro.html.

    A long time standard of the genealogical community online is Kimberly Powell of genealogy.about.com. She has posted information and tips on a regular basis for many years. Her Introduction to Genealogy series takes a slightly different approach to the beginning or refresher lessons, but they are rich in content and easily understood. Either by themselves are in conjunction with the Researching Your Family Tree lessons above, they are going to give lots of information, tips, and ideas. You can access Kimberly’s lesson series starting at http://genealogy.about.com/library/lessons/blintro.htm.

    The Rootsweb Guide to Tracing Family Trees has also been around for a while and proved it’s worth. Like the others, it offers lots of basic information and is easy to follow. Rootsweb is a premier free website devoted to genealogy and is the source of all kinds of resources which help beginning and advanced researchers. You can access the Rootsweb Guide to Tracing Family Trees at http://rwguide.rootsweb.ancestry.com/.

    Also, if you have high speed internet at home (or can go to a library computer) you can access the RootswTV video series Research Process Overview. It’s a movie (and a talkie) which covers the basic getting started concepts and interviews various genealogists to illustrate the topic points of every lesson. It is also graphics-rich so that you can see examples of topics and techniques. You can access this RootsTV series at http://www.rootstelevision.com/players/player_howto3.php?bctid=232.

    Developing a Research Plan for the New Year

    A Genealogy Tip By Joan Young

    Genealogists have been commenting as long as I’ve been online that activity always drops off dramatically near the end of the year as the holiday season approaches. Each new year brings with it renewed interest in posting on mailing lists and message boards and updating family trees. Families traditionally gather over the holidays. This instills renewed interest for many family historians. Researchers receive holiday gifts of new computers and software and become eager to make use of it. This year will, undoubtedly, be no different. We can all benefit by approaching this new year with a plan of action rather than diving in unprepared.

    Developing a Plan
    First, take inventory. Make an outline of what you know and have learned over the past year (or decade) and what you hope to learn this year. Make a list of all documents you have obtained (wills, vital records, deeds, for example).

    Next, make a list of your goals for the new year. What are you looking for and what do you hope to accomplish? Be specific when writing down your plans. Make note of the online resources at your disposal to help you reach your goals. Web sites such as Cyndi’s List and Linkpendium can prove invaluable for locating online resources.

    Finally, do a search for your previous archived mailing list and message board posts as well as any family trees and data you have placed online. You may use a site such as Google or search the specific archives or board systems. If you have a genealogy Web site, review your pages and pinpoint corrections and additions you need to incorporate. Review posts and existing trees. Is your e-mail contact information still valid and is your online data still accurate and complete in view of what you learned over the past year? Make a list of necessary updates and corrections.

    Getting Started
    For posts and submissions that are still current but have outdated contact information, edit your e-mail address where possible. Even the most complete and well-written list or board post or family tree will serve no purpose to help you connect with your cousins if your e-mail address is invalid. You can update your e-mail address for the RootsWeb/Ancestry message boards and WorldConnect trees at: (http://email.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin13/DM/y/nBEN80WKNnf0HQR0zHg0GQ ) or by following the masthead links at the top of the main Ancestry page . Click on COLLABORATE, then PUBLIC PROFILE, and then MY SITE PREFERENCES. You will see a link for changing your e-mail address on the MY SITE PREFERENCES page as well as options for its display.

    For mailing list archives where editing your address isn’t possible, post a new message with your current contact information. Remember that mailing list archives such as those at RootsWeb are merely a record of what took place on a given date. You can provide updated information and queries as well as a current e-mail address in your new posts.

    If an online tree needs attention, download a GEDCOM file of the old tree and import it into your genealogy program on your computer. After you have made all necessary additions and corrections, create a new GEDCOM and upload it to replace your outdated tree.

    If you have gathered public documents, perhaps a pension file or deed, over the past year consider transcribing them and placing the data online. RootsWeb/Ancestry message boards are a perfect place to post your finds. Choose the appropriate data classification when posting so that others may easily find the documents.

    Get the new year off on the right foot by making a resolution to establish a plan. Follow through with your plan and your efforts will surely be rewarded.

    Reprints
    Permission to reprint articles from RootsWeb Review is granted unless specifically stated otherwise, provided:
    the reprint is used for non-commercial, educational purposes; and
    the following notice appears at the end of the article:

    Previously published in RootsWeb Review: 13 January 2010, Vol. 13, No. 1

    Caution About Census Records

    Kathy Gunter Sullivan of the Rootsweb North Carolina Lincoln County Mailing List in describing errors she found in listing in an online census database provided a caution we all should think about in our census research.

    Unfortunately, the original Lincoln County 1810 census returns were
    recopied into an “official” version. So what we have today is a
    third-hand derivative source for Lincoln County’s 1810 census. The first
    version was in original order by household visitation. The second
    version was rewritten into semi-alphabetical order by the census
    enumerator. The third version was rewritten by the Lincoln County Clerk
    of Court as a final “official” record. Obviously, the final version,
    having passed through many reincarnations, reflects human error. The
    result today is at least a third-hand derivative source for Lincoln
    County’s 1810 census. The bottom line is that we are long way removed from the original 1810 census information.

    We should all question whether such things might have happened in our own counties of research interest.

    There were other concerns she found in her research concerning the census of that county. The full posting is available for reading at the Rootsweb Archives at http://news.rootsweb.com/th/read/NCLINCOL/2009-12/1261365253.

    Family Histories In Genealogy Research Room

    The listing of Family Histories available in the Genealogy Research Center at the Quitman Public Library has been uploaded. They are found on the Quitman – Family Histories page. Follow the link there from this post or in the pages listing in the left hand column of this Bulletin page.

    Thanks to many who have donated family histories over the years and those who have made lists of our holdings. Member Sally Allcorn provided the latest and up-to-date list which she worked on last year while volunteering in the Genealogy Research Center.

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