Query: Fitzgerald

My name is Beth Coats. I am researching the Coats family
in Rains Co. Julie A. Fitzgerald married Robert Coats about 1863. She was born about 1841 and according to some of our family was the daughter of Ambrose. I can find nothing
to confirm this. I do know Ambrose came from Missouri and
Julie was born in Missouri. My question is who were the
brothers of Ambrose Fitzgerald and did they reside in Wood
Co. now Rains?
Maybe she is one of their daughters. Any
help you can give me woud be appreciated. Beth

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Thanks to member Scott Fitzgerald in a posting to tx-etgs@rootsweb.com for this tip: a free downloadable .pdf copy of William Dollarhide’s “Getting Started in Genealogy Online.”

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There are a few ads on the first pages (three) one for a book by Scott Drew, one for the Genealogical.com website where you can — if you wish — sign up for a free genealogy newsletter by email, and one for WorldVitalRecords.com which is offering the Dollarhide book download for NOTHING. As a courtesy I looked at the ads and as a way of thanking them, I browsed those three ad pages, but it’s not required.

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Scott Fitzgerald is the editor of “East Texas Family Records, a quarterly publication of the East Texas Genealogical Society which covers the counties of Anderson, Gregg, Henderson, Panola, Rusk and Smith.” and the “Treasurer (2008-2011) of the Texas State Genealogical Society” among other things in the genealogical world of Texas. He has also presented programs at our Wood County society meetings.

Camp Ford turns back the clock this weekend

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Scenes above from Camp Ford Reenactment 2005  (photos by Deason & Martha Hunt)

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Thanks to Scott Fitzgerald who posted the following about the Camp Ford Reenactment this next weekend in Tyler to the Rootsweb East Texas Genealogical Society (ETGS) mailing list. It is reproduced here with his permission.

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You are invited to join us:

Camp Ford Reenactment Weekend

Located at the northeast corner of highway 271 (Memorial Camp Ford Parkway) and the Loop 323 extension; there is a Whataburger directly across the street from the entrance.

Saturday, March 27 and Sunday, March 28

This annual event is fun and educational for all ages that want to learn more about the Civil War in Texas.

Scheduled exhibits included are a period blacksmith, medical hospital, cavalry camp with horses, and a campaign camp with pup tents.   There are also displays of women’s and children’s clothing, toys, household items and period flags.  Floyd "Muddy" Waters will bring many different types of period armory for viewing as well. 

Over the weekend two cannons will be fired periodically and several infantry men will be walking around the grounds, but you want to keep your eyes peeled for any prisoners that might start a skirmish by trying to escape!  Anyone in the possession of a Confederacy of Texas flag that is due for retirement is welcome to
bring it for the ceremony held on Sunday.

Thank you so much for your continued support of Smith County Historical Society and we look forward to seeing you there!

Smith County Historical Society
125 South College
Tyler, Texas 75702
(903) 592-5993
http://www.smithcountyhistoricalsociety.org
info@smithcountyhistoricalsociety.org

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Many of the “soldiers” etc. sleep overnight at the camp and are up with camp fires early for this day-long event. It’s on a come and go basis with exhibits available all day and almost all events repeated during the day. — dh

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