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.
News from the Wood County Democrat newspaper from the last Wood County Commissioners Court meeting is that the county is planning to soon place online about 150,000 courthouse documents dating from 1919. They will be indexed and can be ordered online for a fee of $5.00 per document. This is in cooperation with the office of Count Clerk Kelley Price. The news report of the meeting with details is at this link: http://goo.gl/QYzVR.
I am several chapters into writing a book about the 22nd Texas Infantry (aka Hubbard’s Regiment). Since Wood County provided many soldiers to the regiment, it is important to accurately document the families and the towns they called home.
If you have any suggestions regarding contacts or information to research Hubbard’s Regiment in your area, please let me know. If there is specific info you would like included, please let me know.
It is my intention to include information about all its soldiers AND direct descendants of such soldiers.
You may reach me at email@example.com for additional information, text contributions, and photo contributions. Your help will be acknowledged in the book. The book should be ready by the end of this year.
Trevor P. Wardlaw
I can’t say it often enough. Document, Document, Document!!!!!!!!!
Ask yourself the question: “How do I find this again?”
Website that will write citations:
I found these by goggling citation, book citation, and How to cite a photograph.
Types of Citations: MLA (Modern Lang. Assn), APA (Ame. Psy. Assn), Chicago/Turabian (Dissertation and Thesis). MLA is what is used in public schools.
Definition of Terms:
Medium: Print, website, online, e-book: online, URL or key words to search for the website and type of source found in database (there
What do I need to write a Citation? The citations you will use most often are as follows”
URL: this is the address line. Usually starts with www. or http:// you can high light it and copy to a word processing document.
BIBLE: The full correct title. Medium; chose entire source or specific book. I would choose entire source since I am interested in the data pages. Vol. &/or Edition. Place of Publication , [New York, Boston, Winnsboro, Texas]. If private printing by author [I personally put in mailing address of which I already have the city. Someone you run across may want to try to buy a copy of the book copyright date © [obtained by typing ( c ) without the spaces, this is different from @], Publisher. If private printing by author [I personally put in mailing address of which I already have the city. Someone you run across may want to try to buy a copy of the book]. When I am working with a Bible or Book I always copy the Title page and the reverse. To eliminate handling the Bible any more than possible I copy or scan the pages containing the data. If handwriting in hard to read I type the information.
You need to be sure to indicate where the book is kept (Repository).
BOOK: Full correct title, Medium, Place of Publication, Copyright Date, Publisher, Author or Authors [If someone just gathers information they are a compiler an identified by COMP.]. Be sure to get the page number of each bit of information. [I use a spiral notebook to record information verbatim. I have also photographed the page or copy the pages.] I always record the repository and call number of the book. If you have to pay someone to go back and look for information this will save time.
Newspapers and Journals (print): (are similar) Title of Source, Title of article, Section, Volume, Issue, Series, Pages [3-5 is inclusive; 3,5 means page 3 & page 5], Publisher, place or city of publication, year (day and date if newspaper), Author or Authors.
[If it is on the website of the newspaper or journal include the URL also include the day you copied the information. Keywords would also help] I tend to make copies of everything to scan in to may computer, Family Tree program and my Ancestry.com Tree. If I find the newspaper or journal in a database I use the online Database citation.
Online Database: [Check, most databases will print citation at the end of the article. If the article will not print you may still be able to get a citation at the end of the article] Title, type of source, Contributors (authors), Database, Publisher/ service provider, date published electronically, and date accessed, URL:.
Website: Web address (URL) or Keyword search, Medium, Source type,
Article title, Author or Authors, Online Publication info, Website title, Publisher/source, URL, electronically published, date Accessed. [I personally save the website to a word processing document.]
I do not have to cite the website because I just summarized what was needed for each type of citation. Facts do not have to be cited, but you want to cite where you located you information, so someone else may want to recheck because they have different information that you can recheck or someone may want to check themselves.
Shirley Patrick firstname.lastname@example.org
Do you sometimes have trouble reading census records? Census records are invaluable for genealogy research but sometimes they can be difficult to read, especially we the census taker had bad hand writing. But we should remember the difficulties met by census takers. I ran across the following and thought I’d share:
Census takers have a lot of trouble obtaining information – The Texas 1850 Federal Census schedule, Volume 3, written by H. Swaringen, Asst. Marshall, 23 October 1850 contains this note written by the census taker.
“I certify these to be sixty-four pages and a piece of the inhabitants and done as near in accordance with my oath as I could do it. The people was hard to get along with!”
Ever wonder why the census never makes sense??
Ocupayshun, cencus taker:
” I am a cencus taker for the city of Bufflow. our city has groan very fast in recent yeers & now in 1865, it has become a hard & time consuming job to count all the peephill. There are not many that con do this werk, as it is nesessaree to have an ejucation, wich a lot of pursons don not hav. Anuther atribeart needed for this job is gud speling, for meny of the peephill to be counted can hardle speek Inglish, let alon spel there names!”
Submitted by member Mark Reid
Jeannie Waggoner called on Jan 8, 2013, asking for information for a friend she had known about 8 years. The friend’s name is Sandra Lee Mcdowell, a retired school teacher who doesn’t know when or where she was born. Her sister, Vicki Lynn Mcdowell, was born in Finley, Ohio and never married. “Sandy” thinks she may have been born in Michigan, but she doesn’t have a birth certificate. Also, Sandy doesn’t do computers. She apparently was married before, I don’t know if he died or they divorced, but she has 3 children, two daughters and one son. Sandra’s current husband was Michael Taylor and they married in Midland-Odessa. Jeannie never knew that Sandra had the son until Michael’s funeral in early December. One daughter used to live in Longview. The son’s name is David and lives on Oregon, Sandra went to college in Oregon. Sandra’s father was John Mcdowell and her mother was Mariam Gertrude Bennett. Someone was born Nov 4, 1941. With this information, I will attempt to find everything I can for Jeannie to help her friend. I asked if it was possible since Sandra was a retired schoolteacher that there should have been some kind of documents when she got her teacher’s degree. Jeannie (my friend) and I thought that not knowing any more about your early life is very unusual. I asked could it have been possible that she had had a stroke. I went to Ancestry and found an obituary on Michael from the Midland newspaper but my computer wouldn’t bring it up. I thought if nothing else it might have some names of survivors. We’ll see what we can find.
At the library and on Ancestry I found the obituary for Michael Taylor. The only survivors named were his wife, Sandra Taylor of Mineola, his mother Cleo Rae Taylor of Odessa, a son Ryan Taylor of Denver City, daughter, Myia Dale Scott of Odessa and 4 grandchildren. He had died on Nov. 29 in Mineola and this obit was published in the Odessa American on December 1, 2012.
Also on Ancestry I found Sandra Mcdowell in U.S. School Yearbooks along with a picture of her. According to this report her estimated birth year was about 1939, and she was age 20 when this picture was made. The school was Northern Pontiac High School in Pontiac, Michigan, and the year was 1959. The title of the yearbook was “Avalanche”. It’s possible that this picture is the Sandra Mcdowell we’re looking for and the approximate birth date is 1939. With that information, assuming she was born in Michigan, we can write the Michigan state capital and (maybe) get a birth certificate.
I also found a 1930 U.S. Census placing John D. Mcdowell in Michigan. He was single then, living with his father Thomas G. Mcdowell, who was born in Michigan, and his mother Katherine A. Mcdowell, who was born in Pennsylvania. His siblings named were Thomas M., Lucile , John D. (Sandra’s father), Donald M. , Dorothy M., and 2 others who may have been boarders or relatives living with the family. Their names were Helen J. Hamilton and Miles D. Hamilton.
I called Jeannie on Jan. 16 and told her what I had found. She said several people agreed that Sandra might have had a stroke but she didn’t want to do anything. I suggested she have it checked because it might just be the first and doctors can use blood thinners and other drugs to prevent them. I am sending Jeannie the information that I have found along with the picture and if this lady is the one in the picture she or one of us could contact the school or the state records department in Lansing, Michigan to get more information.
If this information is not correct, we can use any of these names to further our search.
Jeannie Waggoner’s email is email@example.com.
Submitted by Shirley Bates, Genealogy Research