Genealogy Road Show Help at Quitman Tuesday, April 2

The final session of the 2013 spring genealogy Road Show by the Wood County Genealogical Society (WCGSTX) is Tuesday, April 2 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Quitman Public Library. This free session to help those new to family tree searching or those stuck on family tree brick walls has previously been held at the Mineola, Winnsboro, Hawkins, and Alba libraries.

WCGSTX members help with research tips, local book resources, and online researching of free and for pay sites and services such as, HeritageQuest, and

Below are some pictures of members helping researchers from the Winnsboro road show earlier in March.

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Seated left table: Bob Maushardt, Mary Kae Maushardt,
Seated middle table: Lewis Lamb, (WCGS) Shirley Patrick
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(WCGS) Deason Hunt, (WCGS) Ronnie Vance, (WCGS) Shirley Bates, Michael Alford, Bill Jones, Vickie Friday Martin
Seated left table: Bob Maushardt, Mary Kae Maushardt,
Seated middle table: Lewis Lamb, (WCGS) Shirley Patrick
Seated right table: Sherry Gibson, Alethea Philips

WCGSTX February 2013 Calendar-of-Events

>18 (Monday)
5:00 p.m. — Social time at Peralta’s Mexican Restaurant, Quitman
6:00 p.m. — Time to offer or seek help with genealogy for members and the general public and/or to use the laptops to go online and search databases. We meet at the Quitman Public Library.
7:00 p.m. — Regular monthly meeting at the Quitman Public Library featuring another Wood County community.
>21 (Thursday)
10 a.m. – noonFREE genealogical research workshop at the Mineola Memorial Library at Mineola, Texas from 10 a.m. until noon. The workshop will provide an opportunity to use computers to aid in genealogical research. Researchers will be able to access Heritage Quest and Included in the workshop will be a short session on getting started with one’s research.

WCGS to Host FREE Genealogy Help County-wide Workshops

The Wood County Texas Genealogical Society will be hosting free workshops at the libraries throughout Wood County this spring. The workshops will provide an opportunity to use available computers to aid in genealogical research. Researchers will be able to access Heritage Quest and Included in the workshop will be a short session on getting started with one’s research.

The first workshop will be on Thursday, February 21 at the Mineola Library from 10 a.m. until noon. The second workshop will be on Tuesday, March 5 at the Winnsboro Library from 2 until 4 p.m. The next workshop will be on March 26 at the Hawkins Library beginning at 2 p.m. and ending at 4 p.m. The fourth workshop will be on March 28 at the Alba Library from 10 a.m. until noon. The final session will be a night meeting at the Quitman Library on April 2. This workshop will be in the Shamburger Room beginning at 6 p.m. There is no pre-registration. Just show up and be ready to work.

If you have any pictures of old Wood County families, buildings, or events, the Society would love to be able to scan these into our collection.

 The society meets every third Monday in the Quitman Library and help is always available at 6 p.m. and the meeting begins at 7 p.m.

Genealogy Jamboree 2013, Cumberland Gap, Tennessee

We would like to invite everyone to the Genealogy Jamboree in Cumberland Gap, Tn June 6, 7, 8, 2013. With an estimated 50 million Americans that has ties to the area. Just about every state and county has ancestors that pass through the Gap. In June of this year history will come alive in the streets of Cumberland Gap, Tennessee. This FREE one-of-a-kind 3-day event combines genealogy with period re-enactors and craftsmen in a historic setting. Lectures by nationally renowned speakers.

Since genealogy is the primary focus of this event attendees will be able to research their family trees through pedigree charts, family surname tables and the many genealogical/historical societies, which will be represented. You will learn how to start researching your family tree by attending some of the lectures and talking with other interested parties at the event.

This event is open and free to the public. Come and enjoy all 3 days of the event! For further information about this event go to our web site at, or

We ask to send in pedigree charts as over 1000 have been and is a hit at the Jamboree. Mail to Genealogy Jamboree dept Gap p.o. box 705 Tazewell, Tn 37879.  Any comments can be emailed to

Thanks to Secretary Shirley Patrick for sharing this email.


Meetings, Workshop Plans for October, November

A guest speaker for the October meeting and a workshop in November were announced at the September 17 business meeting and kick-off dinner for the Wood County (Texas) Genealogical Society.

Quitman Attorney James Wheeler will visit with members about history of families  and history of the Pine Mills community in eastern Wood County at the  October 15 meeting.

Plans were announced for a November evening workshop which will be held on a different night than the regular November meeting. Details will be shared here on the Bulletin when exact dates are determined. The emphasis will be on using local and online resources to help people with their family research.

Fourteen people attended the  covered-dish dinner including four guests who shared their research and family history with those present. Also, minutes for meetings in April, May, and June as well as an up-to-date financial report were presented by Secretary Shirley Patrick and Treasurer Wayne McCluney. The meeting was conducted by President Ronnie Vance. All of these documents are available for viewing on the member only page which one can access from the link at the top right of this page.

New books to the society’s research room at the Quitman Public Library featuring early Wood County Probate proceedings and survey notes were presented. Planning is also underway for training for using research room resources to help researchers and for a scanning workshop.


Interested in Dallas Workshop March 24th?

Secretary Shirley Patrick shared the following email with us. If you are interested get in touch with Shirley. Her email address and phone number are on the roster in the member-only page which you can link to from the address at the top right column of this page. You also can post a comment to this topic below.

Anyone want to go?

“In this work shop, we will explore using resources to help find ancestors before 1830 as well as new tools and ideas in research, and ways to put it together. … Learn how to employ probate, land census, tax and other compiled records to help bridge the gap. Learn technological developments (including gadgets and gizmos); newly discovered resources for genealogical research , and more. …Learn how to go beyond the basic “political map” for genealogical research. Explore maps tracing boundary changes, religious groups, political districts, migration routes, and more. Last session is PUTTING IT TOGETHER: A case study. Watch as records from the home (family bibles and letters) are combined with newspapers, tax records, census records, cemetery records, and other records to compile the family story. “

For more information: Dallas Workshop Information

Organizing Your Family History into a Journal Worshop

“Organizing Your Family History into a Journal” will be the program presented at OPHGR’s workshop to be held
Saturday, September 24, 2011 at the Tri-County Library on Market Street (Downtown), Mabank, Texas 75147.

We will be explaining how to organize what you have gathered for years on your family history, help you set up
a family timeline, sort & date photos to use in journal, interviewing family members, show examples of some
histories and have time for questions and discussion.

Time: 10:00 a.m to 2:00 p.m.

Cost: $20.00 (includes lunch, snacks, and drinks)

The room will hold about 25-30 persons. Please let us know if you plan to attend.

Contact: Patsy Vinson 903 887 2892 or email to: or
Contact: Dorothy Williamson 903 340 1954

We are looking forward to seeing you there and hope by then the hot temperatures will be gone.

Patsy Vinson, Pres.

“Pursuing and Preserving the Past”
Organization for the Preservation of Historical & Genealogical Records

P.O. Box 1551, Canton, TX 75103

Signups Increasing for Morgan Workshops

Fifty people from Wood County and all over East Texas have signed up for the Genealogy Workshop to be conducted by George Morgan of AHA Seminars (aka one of the Genealogy Guys from the podcast of that name) next Friday. While walk-ins will be welcomed, there is a room size limit. To be sure of a spot, you can pre-register by calling the library at (903) 763-4191, Deason Hunt, or by email to My prediction is that you will learn a lot and have a great time.

Our FREE Genealogy Workshop Is Only 3 Weeks Away

Mini-review of George Morgan Genealogy Workshop

I had an opportunity to attend the first session of the George Morgan genealogy workshop today at Pittsburg (TX). Get ready for when he comes to visit us at the Quitman Public Library in August. You will be delighted and well-informed. For those just getting started in genealogy, you will hear the types of things lots of us long-termers wish we had heard when we started. For experienced researchers or those stuck at brick walls, you will get lots of ideas to stimulate you renewed research. Be sure and bring pen or pencil and writing paper. You will hear and see lots of ideas. George Morgan (and his workshop) is the real deal!


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