Member-only Files Now Available

The long-awaited replacement for the WCGSTX member-only pages has arrived. The link which is at the top right of this page no longer works. Current and new members can access folders containing these resources on the Wood County Genealogical Society’s Google Drive folders using the link in the email sent to members. We will from time to time add to these folders, but some of the items available now include:

  • Meeting Minutes
  • Financial Reports
  • Constitution & Bylaws
  • Membership Lists with Contact Information
  • Back Issues of Society Newsletters (About half are available now. New issues will be placed here, and old back issues will be added as they are scanned.)
  • Surname Lists (Older ones are here now. Currently we are working on current surname lists.)

If you are a current 2014-15 paid member and have not received your email to access these pages, send an email to

Best Genealogy Websites Rated

If you missed this in July, you can still go to the Familytree Magazine site to browse their choices as the best genealogy websites of 2014.

They have divided them into these and other categories:

Best Genealogy News Websites
Best Tech Tools for Genealogy
Best Canadian Genealogy Websites
Best Historic Newspapers Websites
Best Websites for Vital Records
Best African-American Genealogy Websites
Best State Genealogy Websites
Best Websites for Immigrant Research
Best UK & Irish Websites
Best Continental European Genealogy Websites
Free Web Content
Best genealogy websites for beginners
Best state research websites
Improving your Google search.

You are sure to find sites you have missed or have not visited in a long time.

Just click on this url (or copy it into the address bar of your browser):

Eugene (Gene) Mallory — 1925-2014

May 2, 1925 – August 26, 2014

Gene Mallory, as he was known to his family and friends, a native of Mineola, Texas was born May 2, 1925 and died August 26, 2014.
Both of his parents died when he was a child and he was raised by his grandmother, Lula Little, and his Aunt Ruth.
Immediately after graduation from high school he enrolled at Southern Methodist University but World War Two interrupted his school studies and he enlisted in the Army Air Corps and served in the Central European Theatre.
When discharged, Gene again enrolled at SMU and in 1948 received his degree in business. He was a member of the Reserves and got called back to service during the Korean War. After this service, Gene returned to Mineola and took a job with Benham & Company where he became Secretary-Treasurer.

In 1958 he was appointed as the Mineola Postmaster where he served four years and then returned to Benham and Company where he remained until 1985 when he retired. Gene was the husband Lou Mallory a long-time member of the Wood County Texas Genealogical Society (WCGSTX).

After his return to Mineola Gene became very involved in community affairs and served as Secretary of the Mineola Memorial Library Board, president of the Tyler Camellia Society, secretary of the Mineola Heritage Association, member of the Mineola Historical Museum Board, secretary of the Mineola Rotary Club for many years, secretary of the Mineola Country Club, Republican County Chairman, and a member of the Mineola Zoning Board. He was one of the very early members of St. Dunstan’s Episcopal Church where he served as Junior Warden, and also taught a Sunday School class.

Gene was preceded in death by his son, Bill Mallory, and is survived by his wife, Lou Mallory, and their daughter, Mary Mallory. Burial was in Cedars Memorial Cemetery, Mineola.

He was well-known in his home community, greater Wood County, and the East Texas area. He and Lou have many friends in the WCGSTX and the area. 

Rudolph Marquis (Mark) Reid 1929-2014

Mark Reid, former president of the Wood County Texas Genealogical Society (WCGSTX), died August 29, 2014 at Mineola, Texas. He was born on November 24, 1929 in Birmingham, Alabama.

Mark Reid

Mark Reid

A long-time WCGSTX member, Mark was honored in 2012 with a Lifetime Member award. He had served the society as president, vice-president, webmaster of the TXGenWeb Wood County webpage  and was a frequent contributor of articles and answered queries in the WCGSTX newsletter. He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1950-1954 and was an active member of the American Legion. Mark received bachelor and master degress from Southern Methodist University. He retired from E-Systems in 1989 after working there for 28 years. He was also a member of the Lake Country Bible Church in Mineola.

He is survived by his wife, Lois; daughter, April Hadley and husband, Rick of Houston; daughter, Melanie Dorociak and husband, Barry of Garland; grandchildren, Erin Bush and husband, Brian, Sarah Hadley, Brittney White, and Andrew Hadley and wife, Annie.

Mark was a respected and beloved member of this society and will be missed by all who had the opportunity to know him.

Wow! This is September!  A Message From the WCTGS President

Isn’t it about time? As you probably know, our first meeting for this fiscal year is an early one, September 15th, not this Monday but the next one, and it will be our Pot-Luck dinner. So everyone please come so we can start the year off right. Yes, we have seen each other some this summer but that didn’t include work (that four-letter word). I still have napkins, forks and plastic cups left over from last year and I bought some large, divided plates. I haven’t decided what I’ll make (or buy) so I’ll mull over that for a while. We’ll meet at the library at 6:00. Be sure to bring serving spoons, etc. if you need them.

I guess by now you know that our first monthly newsletter has been sent. We just decided to start over and go in another direction as a trial to see how it works out, so it will be sent the 1st Monday of each month I asked several people if they’d take it over but nobody was brave enough until I asked Deason. We’ll try this and if we like the method we’ll amend the bylaws to that effect. We appreciate Deason stepping in and taking up the void. Also, be sure to fill out your surname list and bring it with your check to the September meeting. You don’t want to miss any of the goings-on, I may make a big idiot of myself and you’ll certainly want to see that. Oh, woe is me, what was I thinking?

If you haven’t decided on taking any of the books on the list I sent, the ones that we’re clearing out, you need to let me know. At this first meeting I’m planning on having the ones you’ve chosen in the meeting room so you can take them home. Hopefully, soon I can find out if any of the other libraries would like to have them and if not, we’ll work out what to do about the rest of them. I appreciate all the different suggestions I’ve been given as to what to do with them. My biggest problem is that we need to do it soon so we can rearrange the ones we’re keeping and put some of those on the back shelves in our current shelves. We don’t realize what we have back there.

I’m sure you know that Mark Reid died and it’s so sad. He was a good friend. His wife, Lois, is in a nursing home with altzheimers, so I’m suppose their children will move her to Dallas. He was instrumental in getting this Society started and had been in it for many years. When I first joined he had been president for 7 years and I inherited the newsletter from Miriam Dougherty and him. Luckily, he had brought all or most of his Society stuff to me and it’s in my shed. That’s where the copies of newsletters that I gave away came from. I hope I can find a place for all of it before I kick the bucket. Or they will be found in my burn barrel. I sent a sympathy card to his family from the Society, and Dorothy and I are going to the service tomorrow..

Be sure to mark your calendar for the 3rd Monday of every month through May, and except for this first meeting we’ll go to Peraltas before each meeting.  I’ll see you a week from Monday. Don’t forget to bring me something to eat.

See you then, Shirley Bates, President .

WCGS Year Kicks Off with Next Monday’s Covered Dish Dinner

     There are only five more days until our September 2013-14 Kick-off Meeting Monday, Sept. 16 at 6 p.m. at the Quitman Public Library in the Shamburger Room. We will also hold one of our two yearly business meetings that evening.

     It’s a covered dish meal greeting meeting like the last few years, and we would love to see you all. (Of course, we will not meet at Peralta’s before the meeting this month only.) If you would like to volunteer to provide drinks, plates, napkins, etc., please contact Hospitality Chairman Sally Allcorn, at or 903-967-3142. 

     Also, if you haven’t mailed in your 2013-14 membership dues ($25 a member no matter how many in a household), you can pay at the meeting Monday or still drop in the mail if you live too far away to attend Monday. The address is Treasurer, Wood County Genealogical Society, P. O. Box 832, Quitman, Texas 75783.

Query: Malone

I am trying to figure out some family history and my grandfather claimed to be born in Quitman, Texas. The date that he claims is Jan 5th, 1889, and his name is Charles Franklyn Malone. If you would be willing to look this information up and let me know any related information myself and my family would greatly appreciate it.
Jason Malone (


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