I have been researching my Copeland ancestors for some time and have found that my gggrandfather , Colson Copeland (b. 1801) was a blacksmith/farmer and lived for some time in Wood Cty Texas. The family was last on the 1870 census. My widowed gggrandmother is listed on the 1880 census living with her son in Arkansas. Colson must have died sometime between 1870 and 1879 as he is not listed in the 1880 mortality index. Is there a way to find out his date/cause of death in Wood County at that time? Thank you in advance for any information. Debbie Sharrow firstname.lastname@example.org
My name is David Hull, and I am affiliated with the Kirkpatrick Family Archive in Oklahoma City and associated with the Oklahoma Historical Society. My benefactor has recently inquired about creating a historical narrative related to his great-great grandmother, Mary Julia Siceluff. Her father, Samuel Siceluff was born in North Carolina possibly in 1832, the son of Andrew Siceluff (March 1808, possibly Lexington – August 1868, likely Missouri) and Sarah Johnson (?) (b. May 1804, Virginia, d. Nov. 1872, Missouri). Our problem is the inability to find much to associate Samuel Siceluff and Quitman, Texas. It has been suggested—possibly via family lore more than anything else—that he is, in fact, buried in Quitman near his son, Lewis (Lous?) who died very early in his childhood. I am curious about your suggestions in regards to research. We have employed Ancestry.com, but it would be remarkable if there were any information or accounts on record. Samuel’s wife was Sarah Elizabeth Ritchie (Ritchy, Ritchey) who remarried a Colonel H. C. Hedrick. Sarah, it is believed, died in Sherman, Texas.
I appreciate your time and thoughtful response to our inquiries. Any leads, direction, or suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks, David Hull, Kirkpatrick Family Archive ( email@example.com)
A new membership list has been posted on the member-only site at this link: http://wcgs.posterous.com/membership-list-022213. You might need to enter the password.
NOTICE: I’ve just received word that Posterous will close down as a site host in March, so I will be moving our member-only pages. For that reason, I am NOT changing the password at this time as I had announced. I’ll wait until I have moved everything there to a new hosting site.
Question: Does your society do research for folks who don’t live in your area? Do you look up obits? If yes, how do you want to be contacted and what is the rate? If no, does any other organization in the county look up obits?
Answer: We don’t charge for obituary lookups at this time. Members read this blog for query requests (which can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org) and, as time permits, a member volunteer does the lookup in our extensive collection of Wood County obituaries. We also have marriage, cemetery, and other vital record resources we can check if requested. We respond by email and also encourage members to share the obituary response here in case others inquire about that individual at a later date. More extensive research can also be performed if a member so volunteers, and any fees would need to be arranged with that member.
Thanks for the help at the Mineola Memorial Library stop on the 2013 Wood County, Texas Genealogy Road Show to the following society members who braved the weather to be present: Mark Reid, Shirley Bates, Angela Low, Mary Ann Neiswanger, Shirley Patrick, and Deason Hunt.
On a cold and rainy February morning, the Wood County, Texas 2013 Genealogy Road Show got off to its start with eight people in attendance at the first stop, the Mineola, Texas Memorial Library. Following a short presentation about documentation and some resources and on-line links, guests were offered research tips and assistance including ideas for further research as a followup after the meeting. Computers brought by guests, member-helpers, and the society for guest use engaged those present in two hours of exploring on-line resources, webpages, and genealogy links. Thanks to the Mineola Memorial Library for providing the room and internet connections for the meeting.