New Scanner-Printer

The microfilm printer-scanner is now ready for use at the genealogy research center at the Quitman Public Library. Microfilm (mainly census and the Wood County Democrat back issues) can be checked out from the library main desk for in-library use. Inter-library loan is possible for microfilm from other sources.

microfilm scanner-printer

The new microfilm scanner-printer

An example scanner page

Indexes of Microfilm at Quitman Library

Three new pages have been posted with indexes of microfilm and cd-rom disks in the library for research. Access the pages by clicking on the Libraries tab at the top of the home page at the WCGS Bulletin (or see above). They include Wood County Democrat back issues on microfilm, U. S. Federal censuses for Wood County and a few other counties, and cd-rom disks of research data. All these resources are for in-library use and require use of either a microfilm reader or computer which are available at the library.

Search The Wood County Democrat Online

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 ( 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 ( 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.

PAY SEARCH ( 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, 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.

Library of Congress Site Free Newspaper Views

One of the places you can do free research online is the Library of Congress Chronicling America site at The Search Pages option at that location will search all of the papers now available. For a state-specific search, click on the View Newspaper Pages link. You can search by a person’s name or a location or by any words that might have appeared in the newspapers scanned.

The results will let you see images of the newspaper pages with your search terms highlighted. Use the magnify button to make the type large enough to read. Then you can print out the pages or save a .pdf file to your computer.

The story below is an example of one story I found after searching on the word “Quitman.”

Jim Hale a Young Farmer Loses His
Life as He was Returning Home — Dogs
Were placed on the Track of the
Murders at Once.
Mineola, Tex., Jan 9. — Jim Hale a young farmer living near Quitman was shot and killed about 6 o’clock Thursday evening.

Hale had been in Quitman Thursday and had a difficulty with a man who lives there. About 6 o’clock he left for his home on horseback

The horse reached home and was found at the lot gate about 10 o’clock with the bridle rein securely tied around the pommel of the saddle. This excited Young Hale’s father who immediately started for Quitman to look for his son. On the road he called on some of his neighbors who went with him. When about two miles east of Quitman they found Young Hale lying in the road shot through the head.

The ball entered the temple passing through the brain and came out on the opposite side of the head. He was taken home and died about 8 o’clock yesterday morning. A telephone message from Quitman just received stated that two men on horseback were seen riding hurriedly away from the place where Hale was found immediately after the pistol shot was heard and one of the horses had been identified. Also that an arrest would be made in a few minutes. Hound s were placed on the trail of the horses and tracked them by a circuitous route into the town of Quitman.

Shiner gazette. (Shiner, Tex.) 1893-current, January 13, 1897, Image 2. Image and text provided by University of North Texas, Denton

Ancestry Magazine Free Online

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

Dallas Public Library New Hours

For those planning a research trip to the Dallas Public Library Genealogy Section, you should note that the library has new hours.

Monday the library is closed.
Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Wednesday & Thursday hours are noon to 6 p.m.
Sunday hours are 1 to 5 p.m.

The Dallas Public Library’s website is at The Genealogy Section telephone number is 214-670-1433.

New Page of Links Added

As requested by several members of the society, a page of general research links has been added to the Bulletin website. Additional suggestions are solicited. When you have one, you can send it in an email to

Help a distant researcher

If you can help a distant researcher with a look-up in vertical files, be sure to scroll down to the bottom of the post below on vertical files and click on the comments (1 comment at the time of this writing).


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