Thinking about Texas Genealogy Conference Next Fall

The Texas State Genealogical Society 2013 Conference, Oct. 31-Nov. 2, 2013 in Round Rock, Texas (http://www.txsgs.org/Conference/2013ConfSavetheDate.html) is “something to think about. We are partner society members.  Need some time off from family?  It would be fun sharing rooms w/our local members, for a few days.  Of course, men/men and ladies/ladies.  And, we could learn a lot.  Pass this on.”   Thanks to member Dorothy Harbin for sharing this.

TSGS fall Flyer 1

Texas Historical Commission – Marker Research Workshop

Join the Texas Historical Commission (THC) and learn to research and apply for an Official Texas Historical Marker for your community. This free workshop will provide an overview of important historical research fundamentals, as participants walk through a sample historical marker application and a sample narrative. The presentation encourages consideration of the elements which comprise successful marker applications. Topics include historical significance and integrity, conducting research, primary vs. secondary sources, research tools, writing the narrative, and the roles of the THC and county historical commissions (CHCs) in the application process.
This FREE Official Texas Historical Marker research workshop will be conducted by: Sarah McCleskey, Historian, Historical Markers Program, History Programs Division, Texas Historical Commission, P.O. Box 12276, Austin, Texas 78711-2276, (512) 463-4149, http://www.thc.state.tx.us,
When: Sat Jun 8, 2013 1pm – 3:30pm Central Time
Where: Quitman Public Library, Quitman TX

Thanks to members Delene Allen and Dorothy Harbin for sharing this information with us.

Re: Willingham Query

Ann Mary Warren Hearon Willingham obituary located in our (Obituary) Book W # 2, request was on February 26, 2013. It was located by myself, Dorothy Harbin and copy forwarded to Elaine Shelton for her personal use. This request was done prior to March 10, 2013 at no cost to her. Ms. Shelton was very appreciative for having received this copy by mail.

Thanks to Dorothy  for helping this researcher and sharing the results for the Bulletin.

Do You Read The Comments?

Do you come back here and read the comments posted later on this page? If not, you are missing some good follow-up information.

Here are some recent comments pulled from their posted positions and presented here to show how people are responding to requests:

Comment on Query: Hood by Dorothy Harbin
from Comments for Wood County, Texas Genealogical Society by Dorothy Harbin
Hello: I will try to check on this on a Tuesday, whenever the library opens, I have been out of town.

Comment on Query: Sams by Dorothy Harbin
from Comments for Wood County, Texas Genealogical Society by Dorothy Harbin
We have OBITS starting 1983 in the Quitman Public Library, and will look for it on a Tuesday and also check micro film for the other date.

Comment on Query: Sams by Kathy Richey
from Comments for Wood County, Texas Genealogical Society by Kathy Richey
There are old copies of the Wood County Democrat online. Go to news.google.com. Look at the February 2, 1978 and it has C.O. Sams obit. Hope this helps.

Comment on Query (2nd Request): Stout by Francie Stout Easley
from Comments for Wood County, Texas Genealogical Society by Francie Stout Easley
I, too, am a descendant of Capt. Henry Stout! My father, Forrest Hilton Stout (passed last November) went to the cemetery in Quitman with my cousin, Edward Stout (also deceased) several years ago. I have not been there myself, but it is on my bucket list!
Francie Stout Easley

Hooton,Rouse
from Comments for Wood County, Texas Genealogical Society by Sandy Hooton (Rouse)
Will notes or a tape (CD) be available from this Oct 2012 meeting? I am out of state (CA) and unable to attend and very interested. I have a brickwall from this County and still hoping to break

Online Obituary Links

Here are websites for our two local funeral homes with Obituaries page:

    I have a page on other funeral homes located within 25 miles of Quitman, TX. with their addresses and telephone numbers.  If any questions, please contact me or write a query on the WCGSTX website.
Dorothy Harbin (Reddot77@aol.com)

Recognition of Service, Plans for 2012-13

Three goals for the 2012-13 year and the unveiling of plaques to honor lifetime members and distinguished members of the Wood County Texas Genealogical Society were announced at a special June meeting this week.

Goals announced by President Ronnie Vance are  (1) more programs on county history including but not limited to community histories and member presentations on their families from those areas, (2) more service to researchers using resources of the Genealogical Research Room at the Quitman Public Library and to help community members with their genealogical research, and (3) involving more members in those help activities including how to help researchers and resources available in the local library including some staffing possibilities with volunteer members.

Three members present receiving awards for service at the June meeting were Dorothy Harbin, Deason Hunt, and Mark Reid

President Vance displayed plaques to members and recognized new honorees. The award for Lifetime Member was made to Mark Reid, past president and vice-president as well as webmaster, researcher, and author of articles for society publications. Other lifetime members previously announced are Miriam Dougherty and Shirley Bates.

President Ronnie Vance unveiled the permanent plaques honoring members for service. They will be displayed in the Genealogy Research Room at the Quitman Public Library.

Distinguished Service honorees among current membership recognized were Dorothy Harbin, past president and vice-president and currently Requisitions and Acquisitions Co-chairperson; Deason Hunt, past treasurer and currently newsletter editor and webmaster and Editorial Committee Chairperson, and Nita Munoz, past vice-president and secretary. Former members receiving the Distinguished Service recognition are Lyrline Avery, Faye Boucher, Lahoma Clanton, Edith Tedder, Ida Marie Turner, and Adele Vickery.

Shirley Bates, Dorothy Harbin, Wayne McCluney, Kathy Lutonsky, and Sally Allcorn go through the line for refreshments at the June meeting.

Members in attendance at the meeting enjoyed a light, finger foods meal, social and visiting time, and an informal discussion of items of interest and importance to the society.

 

Wood County Courthouse Contact Information

Information on how to order documents from the Wood County, Texas courthouse is contained in a page link shared by Requisitions and Acquisitions Co-chair, Dorothy Harbin, in an email submission to the bulletin.

Dorothy wrote:  “found this website while lookin’ for the election returns.  Rather than having to type the whole thing, you may pass this on to our members and any one looking for this info from out of town.  Here it is: http://www.mywoodcounty.com/default.aspx?name=countyclerk. This is from the county clerk’s office.  Very valuable info, especially if anyone is traveling or wishes to come to courthouse to research. It gives individuals working on certain subjects.”

Any member can submit link or other research ideas or information or genealogy related matters they think of interest or importance to others by emailing it to wcgstx@gmail.com or by postal mail to Bulletin Editor, 402 Evening Shadows Trail, Hawkins, Texas 75765.

Some Vital Stats from Court House Now in Research Room

Information just received from Requisitions and Acquisitions co-chair Dorothy Harbin is that we now have a new research and lookup resource from the Wood County Courthouse in the Wood County Genealogical Society research room.
Vital statistics lists now housed there:
1. Marriage Records – Husband – 1878 – 2009
2. Marriage Records – Wife – 1878 – 2009
3. Birth Records – 1879 – 1934
4. Death Records – 1879 – 1984.

They will be in binders on the Wood County shelves.

Query: Sellers

Requisitions and Acquisitions Co-chair Dorothy Harbin shared the following email and gave us permission to post it here as a query. You can contact Dorothy for Sharon’s email address or post a response as a comment below to this.

Sharon, I just received this today. Will try to help ASAP. We have mutual ancestors – Sellers family.
My mother was a Sellers before she married my dad, Leonard Hays. I was not raised by her after he died in 1941, too many kids, pre-war days. My cousin and wife took me to raise. My name is Dorothy Hays Harbin, and I believe, we are distant cousins. We have several cousins in common.

Also, your Smithwick family was neighbors to my husband’s family (Harbin) in 1920, Wood Co. Weird, huh?

Do you work? I will try to call you on Thursday, sometime. Where is Highland, TX. around Houston? I am still recovering from wrist and hand surgery, got to get off the computer and exercise it. TTYL Dorothy

P.S. Deason, you can list it in the newsletter, maybe someone else, can help with the Smithwick family.

Query: Cave

The following is from an email from Acquisitions Co-chair Dorothy Harbin:

Person inquiring: Patrick Cave = Minnesota

Needs WILL AND/ OR Death Records to join the Sons of Confederate, also, sister to join DAR.

WILL of John (Jack) H. Cave, dod (@( 1908-1910-) Married to Mary Callie ? Death Record for JH- JackCave

Death Certificate for Percy Marion Cave- dod 29 May(Mar)? 1911, wife Daisy Eliza Ramey, note- DOD -
Burial – see below but not wife

Birth Certificate for Marion Edward ( or Alexander) Cave – dob 6 Feb. 1903, note” DOB- birth
DON’T need wives info

Book #3 Wood County cemetery= QUITMAN CITY – graves not found

#253 P.M. Cave- WOW Cedar Hill Camp #2325, 10 Jan 1879, 29 Mar?1911
#254-255 Tonie & Esty Mea= son & daughter of P.M. Cave ( date 1905 and 1911 & 1912)

#252 Robert B Caves (brother to John or Jack Cave) No Dates
#251 Mrs. R.B.Cave – ( Daisy E (A)? Cave ( date 1843 and 1887)

I knew of some Cave or Caves from Golden/Alba area.

If you have some information which might help, you can post a comment here, send an email to Dorothy, or to wcgstx@gmail.com.

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