National Family History Month Ideas, Resources

From the newsletter of the National Genealogical Society comes these tips and ideas. You can subscribe to this newsletter at this link: http://upfront.ngsgenealogy.org/. When you arrive at the linked page, scroll down near the bottom of the page to the narrow left hand column for chances to subscribe by email or by RSS reader.

UPFRONT WITH NGS
The Blog of the National Genealogical Society
10 OCTOBER 2011
October is Family History Month! Let’s Celebrate …
Special events and activities abound. Do check out if your local society, library, archive, etc have any special events planned!

Some of what has crossed our desk includes:
o Kimberly Powell, About.com talks about how you might celebrate Family History Month
o Family Tree Magazine is offering some Free Webinars:
o Start Writing Your Life Stories with Sunny Jane Morton, author of the book My Life & Times: A Guided Journal For Collecting Your Stories, takes place Thursday, Oct. 13 at 1 pm Eastern Time (noon CT, 11 am MT, 10 am PT). Click here to sign up for this webinar.
o Be a Family History Detective: Secrets to Starting Your Genealogy, with Desmond Walls Allen, author of the book Family History Detective, is scheduled for Oct. 26 at1 pm Eastern Time (noon CT, 11 am MT, 10 am PT). Click here to sign up.
o The State Library of North Carolina has created a page with many tips and great resources for either starting or pursuing your Family History

What is happening in your community or state? Please let us know!
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Ancestries in Quitman, Texas

Ancestries in Quitman City, Texas

United States Or American: 23.4%
Other Groups: 20.8%
Irish: 15.0%
English: 13.7%
German: 8.7%
French (except Basque): 3.4%
Scottish: 2.5%
Scotch-irish: 2.3%
Italian: 2.1%
Dutch: 2.0%

Source: http://www.citymelt.com/city/Texas/Quitman+City-TX.html
Submitted by: Delene H. Allen, Director, Quitman Public Library

Logo?

The following idea for a society logo was created by Delene Allen, member and also director of the Quitman Public Library as an idea for a possible logo for us. What do you think? Comment here or send an email to wcgstx@gmail.com.

logo idea Shape of Wood County filled with part of Texas flag

Sissy Spacek in the Genealogy Research Room

You just never know who will show up when you are in the Wood County (Tx) Genealogical Society genealogy research room at the Quitman public Library. Last Friday it was Quitman and Wood County native Sissy Spacek who was visiting in the area that day.

Delene Allen, Sissy Spacek, Maryanne Vollers

Sissy Spacek, Library Director Delene Allen (left), and author and journalist Maryanne Vollers

Allen Brings Back Song Memories

Pat Allen of Mineola entertained and took members of the society and guests back many years in our memories with banjo and fiddle songs which would have been familiar to our parents and grandparents and other early settlers.

Pat Allen fiddling tunes at the April meeting

Pat Allen shared "old timey" music


Members of the audience could be seen tapping their toes in rhythm to the old familiar tunes as Pat explained the role that “making their own” entertainment played in the lives of folks before we had all the electronic gadgets of the 20th and 21st centuries.

A survey of members was taken at the meeting to see who would be interested in computer lessons starting at the regular meeting times in June, July, and August as well as an interest survey of which jobs members might like to do in helping the society meet its goals in the 2011-2012 society year. Payment for room use in the summer months was also approved at the meeting. Details concerning both the surveys will be compiled and shared in the coming months.

It was also announced that to accommodate the meeting plans of the Retired Teachers Association on our meeting night in May, the fun meeting at Peralta’s would be moved that one time only to 5:30 at Peralta’s. The 6 p.m. research help session at the library will be cancelled that day, and the regular meeting will begin at 7 p.m. as usual.

Allen to Perform “Old Time” Music April 18

Pat Allen playing the fiddle

Pat Allen


A program of old time music will be brought to the next Monday’s Wood County, TX. Genealogical Society April meeting by Eugene “Pat” Allen of Mineola. The meeting is at 7 p.m. at the Shamburger Room of the Quitman Public Library. The public is invited.

Free help is available with getting started on a family tree and for genealogy brick walls for members and the general public starting at 6 p.m. at the Shamburger Room and will also be available after the program if time permits.

Members and guests are also welcome to the pre-meeting gathering for dinner and conversation at Peralta’s Mexican Restaurant in Quitman.

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