Database of Wood County Names

Member Mark Reid shared with us his response to an email from another member, Vi Shirey, asking if her John T. Potter was on the CD of 17,000 Wood County, Texas surnames.

No. John T. Potter does not exist on this database. I see a John L Potter b. 1843 from GA.
The CD has been given to both the Quitman and Mineola libraries. I have up-dated the database somewhat since the creation of those CDs but I have not updated the CDs. You are welcome to the database just by asking. You must use Personal Ancestry File (PAF) to read it. That program is free from the LDS web site.

Mark’s reference to the database of names being free for the asking is a repeat of an offer he made in October 2009 and which is still available.

Mark wrote this in a comment (in part) on the Wood County Genealogical Society Coffee Klatch at Genealogywise:

For several years, I have been compiling a database of Wood County people.
A couple of years (maybe more) ago I put a CD in the Quitman and Mineola libraries containing this database, at that time a bit over 17000 people.
The Society also offered the CD for sale, but with zero response.
I keep putting people in the database and I am now up to a bit over 18,700 people. I want other people to have access to this material although I must
retain the ability to keep plugging away at additions, etc.
One possible thing to do: I would be willing to email a compacted data file to any member/researcher. Just ask at woodco@suddenlink.net.

This is a valuable resource for any researcher of Wood County. If you are interested, please contact Mark at woodco@suddenlink.net.

Query: Whittiker

Need some help. Looking for grave of Mary Jane WEIR WHITTIKER. She was living in Quitman with granddaughter Sarah Jenetta LUMAN in 1920. She doesn’t show up again in any census, so I expect she died (she was 84 and getting a check from the county for being a poor).
Working full time and can’t get to the court house or list of cemeteries. Any help would be appreciated. You can respond to this query by posting a comment or by clicking this link at Genealogywise.
Jammie barker

Genealogy Networking Near and Far

While some people are reluctant to join Facebook because they think (erroneously it turns out) it’s just for teeny boppers, for dating, or makes them vulnerable to loss of privacy (again in actuality, these are not true), there is a social networking site where we can talk with and explore the ideas, etc. of other genealogists.

It is Genealogywise, a free site, which some of our own society members have frequented from time to time.

On top of that, there is a page there set up for members of the Wood County Genealogical society called the Wood County (TX) Genealogy Coffee Klatch. While it has been quiet all this past spring and summer, discussion topics, etc. which are not really appropriate for the society newsletter (that is ideas in the formation stage or those just being floated to test the waters of member opinion) will be posted there starting in October and into the future.

You are urged to go there and post your own ideas, suggestions, etc. and comment on the ones others post there.

Genealogywise, of course, is much broader than just our society and includes a variety of topics about genealogy. This month’s Genwise Newsletter, in fact, features a group started by a member of the Wood County Genealogical Society called Save Our (Local Genealogy) Societies. It was started by your newsletter editor, Deason Hunt. (Yes, it seems very strange to talk about myself in the third person.) If interested, you can check it out by clicking the link above.

SOS(Local Genealogy)sites

The Genwise September 29, 2010 Newsletter has this to say about the SOS group: Genealogy societies are important partners in our genealogy research. Local genealogy societies can be a place to learn and network and those societies in our ancestor’s locality can be a place to ask for research help. This group started by Deason Hunt is for “Discussion, Tips, and Innovations to strengthen and help local genealogical societies with growth and ideas for activities.”

Genealogywise is a website worth checking out. Most likely we all have something to add to the discussions there as well as enjoying getting to network with other genealogists online.

Some thoughts about genealogical societies

In July of 2009, I set up a page called Save Our (Local Genealogical) Societies at Genealogywise. If you might be interested in such a topic, you can read some recent comments about that subject at this link: http://www.genealogywise.com/group/sos?commentId=3463583:Comment:286142&xg_source=msg_com_group

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