Historic Wood County, TX Post Office Locations

The following map is from a publication from the office of former Texas Congressman Wright Patman. It shows present and former post office locations in the county.

Locations of Wood County, TC post offices

Copyright 1968 by Wright Patman

Permission to reprint provided credit is given to the author.

QPL Catalog To Be Available for Online Searching

Exciting news from Director Delene Allen is that very soon we will be able to search the Quitman Public Library catalog of holdings online from the library website from our home computers connected to the internet.

This means that we can find what is available and reserve books from home. Also, we will have access to the library’s ebooks collection. The new Apollo Biblionix circulation software should be up and running soon. Keep checking the library website.

All of our resources which we have added to the library catalog should also be available for home searching. For those items not yet in the catalog, we need some volunteers to get them entered by computer in the library database. If you have some time and typing skills, we can get you training to enter the items.

Ancestry.com Subscription Coming Soon

The Wood County Texas Genealogical Society’s $500 matching contribution to the Quitman Public Library along with the same amount contributed to the library by Uncle John’s Coffee House of Quitman will result in the library version of Ancestry.com being available to the general public (and society members) at the library in the very near future.

This will make many online databases available to researchers locally at no additional charge to each user.

We will probably be discussing fundraisers during the coming year so that we can renew the subscription in 2013 also. This is one of our major community service projects this year and , hopefully, in the future.

Ancestry Might Be Available at Library Soon

Prospects for Ancestry.com to be available soon at no charge for patrons at the Quitman Public Library are looking good with donations in the works to the library by the Uncle John’s Coffee House of Quitman and the Wood County Genealogical Society.

Uncle John’s Coffee House is an organization in Quitman which raises money for causes in Wood County with its second Saturday of the month meetings held at 7:00 p.m. in the Joy Hall at the First Methodist Church. Attendees contribute $7.00 a ticket each meeting to raise the funds which are awarded annually.

The $500 donation to the library will be matched by the genealogical society.

Join Us For Communication Ease on Facebook

Please go to Facebook.com and open an account. Then go to this page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/woocotx/ and subscribe or like. ( I forget what the button at the upper right of that pages says.) You don’t have to (repeat have to — all else is your choice or not) give Facbook much more information that your name and email address. Then you can let me know, and I’ll friend you.I’m no risk.

Also, you can post to that Facebook page just by sending an email to woocotx@groups.facebook.com. (Note: I left out the d in Wood when I set up the email address) without having to join Facebook. You just can’t read all of those great posts others can leave on our very own Facebook page.

Deason Hunt
Wood County Genealogical Society
Newsletter Editor

TechSoup.org – Technology by the Bowlful for Non-Profits 09/17 by mysociety | Blog Talk Radio

TechSoup.org – Technology by the Bowlful for Non-Profits 09/17 by mysociety | Blog Talk Radio.

Using Rootsweb

By Mary Harrell-Sesniak
“Genealogy is not just a pastime; it’s a passion.”

Genealogy Favorites and Freebies. Everyone has favorites, and I am no exception, especially when it comes to free genealogy websites. They don’t completely replace subscription sites but are a wonderful starting point for your research.

RootsWeb, of course, is my top pick, not because I am associated with it, but because it is rich with genealogical tools and has an extraordinary network of user-contributed content, mailing lists, and message boards.

There are too many features to cover them all, but my top picks include the Obituary Daily Times and family trees at WorldConnect, along with these additional resources.

Blank Charts and Forms
Index of All Search Engines and Databases
Message Boards
Newsletters —RootsWeb Review and Ancestry Weekly Discovery
RootsWeb MetaSearch —Searches multiple engines
RootsWeb Surname List (RSL)
Social Security Death Index (SSDI)
U.S. Town and County Database

When asked which sites are best outside of RootsWeb, I typically answer, “It depends what you are looking for.” Try to focus on locations, events, or specific topics. A nice site for surname and location links is Linkpendium , developed by Karen Isaacson and Brian (Wolf) Leverich, co-founders of RootsWeb. And these are some military links of interest.

Civil War Soldiers & Sailors
Daughters of the American Revolution Genealogical Research System (GRS)
National Archives and Records Administration—Genealogists Archival Research Catalog

A nice selection of vital record transcriptions and images can be found at FamilySearch , the website for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS).

And here are some more free sites, organized by categories.

Books:
WorldCat
Google Books

Cemetery Databases:
Find A Grave (burials, bios and photos)
Interment.net (burial data only)
Political Graveyard (politicians only)
U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs Gravesite Locator (includes many spouses)

Immigration & Passenger Lists:
Castle Garden
EllisIsland.org
Olive Tree
1-Step Webpages by Steve Morse (searches other sites)

Land Records:
Bureau of Land Management

Queries and Message Boards:
Cousin Connect
GenForum

Videos:
Who Do You Think You Are? —Learn search techniques followed in tracing the ancestry of celebrities

In addition to these suggestions, look to state archives and local genealogical and historical societies. Many will feature content specific to their area or direct you to related sites.

Finally, there is one more freebie, which may surprise you. Many subscription sites, such as Ancestry.com, offer free databases, which are located by entering the keyword free into the card catalog. Among the freebies you’ll find at Ancestry.com, are a variety of census records, New York Passenger Lists, 1820–1957 and the U.S. Naturalization Record Indexes, 1791–1992 (indexed by the World Archives Project).

A search of the Internet will uncover additional lists of favorites and freebie genealogy sites, including ProGenealogists list of the 50 Most Popular Genealogy Sites for 2011. Your lists of favorites may differ from these, so feel free to let us know what your favorites are at RootsWeb and around the Web!

Permission to reprint articles from RootsWeb Review is granted unless specifically stated otherwise, provided: the reprint is used for non-commercial, educational purposes; andthe following notice appears at the end of the article: Previously published in RootsWeb Review: 14 September 2011, Vol. 14, No. 9.

Immigration Records Free This Week

Ancestry.com is offering free until Sept. 5 it’s immigration collection records. You can see more about the offer and what you have to do to access these free records by taking a look at this post from Randy’s Seaver‘s Genea-Musings blog.

The Living Book of the Dead

You don’t have to write a book to publish your family history research for future generations, and you don’t have to wait until you have eliminated every brick wall to start publishing.

That’s what one of my favorite bloggers, Denise Barrett Olson, has to say in a recent blog post. You can get all the details spelled out much more spiffily than I can do it by reading her contribution to FamilySearch.org’s Techtips at this link: http://goo.gl/KVjbn. A brief quote got me to thinking:

And, who says your family history has to be a book? Why not a documentary? Or a multimedia scrapbook? Or a blog?

While there take a look at some of the other Tech Tips.
FamilySearch TechTips
Technology tips for genealogists and family historians.

You can take a look at Denise’s Moultrie Creek Gazetter at this link: http://moultriecreek.us/

1940 U.S. Census to be Free on Ancestry.com

PROVO, UTAH (August 17, 2011)- Ancestry.com, the world’s largest online family history resource, today announced that both the images and indexes to the 1940 U.S. Federal Census will be made free to search, browse, and explore in the United States when this important collection commences streaming onto the website in mid-April 2012.
When complete, more than 3.8 million original document images containing 130 million plus records will be available to search by more than 45 fields, including name, gender, race, street address, county and state, and parents’ places of birth. It will be Ancestry.com’s most comprehensively indexed set of historical records to date.
Ancestry.com is committing to make the 1940 Census free from release through to the end of 2013, and by doing so hopes to help more people get started exploring their family history. As this census will be the most recent to be made publicly available, it represents the best chance for those new to family history to make that all-important first discovery.

Part of a news release from Ancestry.com

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