Genealogy Road Show Help at Quitman Tuesday, April 2

The final session of the 2013 spring genealogy Road Show by the Wood County Genealogical Society (WCGSTX) is Tuesday, April 2 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Quitman Public Library. This free session to help those new to family tree searching or those stuck on family tree brick walls has previously been held at the Mineola, Winnsboro, Hawkins, and Alba libraries.

WCGSTX members help with research tips, local book resources, and online researching of free and for pay sites and services such as Ancestry.com, HeritageQuest, and FamilySearch.com.

Below are some pictures of members helping researchers from the Winnsboro road show earlier in March.

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Back row (L-R)(WCGS) Deason Hunt,  (WCGS) Ronnie Vance,  (WCGS) Shirley Bates,  Michael Alford,  Bill Jones,  Vickie Friday Martin</p><p class=

Seated left table: Bob Maushardt, Mary Kae Maushardt,
Seated middle table: Lewis Lamb, (WCGS) Shirley Patrick
Seated right table: Sherry Gibson, Alethea Philips” src=”http://wdcotxgensoc.files.wordpress.com/2013/03/winnsboro-geneology_web.jpg&#8221; width=”468″ height=”312″ /> Back row (L-R)
(WCGS) Deason Hunt, (WCGS) Ronnie Vance, (WCGS) Shirley Bates, Michael Alford, Bill Jones, Vickie Friday Martin
Seated left table: Bob Maushardt, Mary Kae Maushardt,
Seated middle table: Lewis Lamb, (WCGS) Shirley Patrick
Seated right table: Sherry Gibson, Alethea Philips

Thanks for Road Show Help

Thanks for the help at the Mineola Memorial Library stop on the 2013 Wood County, Texas Genealogy Road Show to the following society members who braved the weather to be present: Mark Reid, Shirley Bates, Angela Low, Mary Ann Neiswanger, Shirley Patrick, and Deason Hunt.

Two Updates About Our September 2012 Meeting

1. A correction on the September meeting email:  Deason, my home phone # is 903-967-3142.   P.S.. I will keep a list of what people are bringing. —  Sally   

2. 2012-13 society year dues are payable by the September meeting. You can either pay at the meeting September 17 or mail to: Treasurer, Wood County Genealogical Society, P.O. Box 832, Quitman, Texas 75783. Reminder: dues for all members are $25 a year. There is no extra amount for a multiple-member household, but please let us know if you are registering just for yourself or multiple household members in your membership fee.

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.

 

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.

Join Us For Communication Ease on Facebook

Please go to Facebook.com and open an account. Then go to this page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/woocotx/ and subscribe or like. ( I forget what the button at the upper right of that pages says.) You don’t have to (repeat have to — all else is your choice or not) give Facbook much more information that your name and email address. Then you can let me know, and I’ll friend you.I’m no risk.

Also, you can post to that Facebook page just by sending an email to woocotx@groups.facebook.com. (Note: I left out the d in Wood when I set up the email address) without having to join Facebook. You just can’t read all of those great posts others can leave on our very own Facebook page.

Deason Hunt
Wood County Genealogical Society
Newsletter Editor

Ancestors and Halloween

On my soap box: I was kind of put off today by a story in the Dallas Morning News that they are preparing for the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President Kennedy. Somehow commemorating his assassination is unseemly to me. His birth, okay. His WWII exploit, okay. His election, okay. His role in civil rights, okay. His murder, nope.
That coincides with my idea that we need to stop commemorating the death of people we love, honor, or miss and commemorate something else in their lives: birth, some achievement, some remarkable good life event.
The link is Halloween. I have gone from seeing Halloween as a child as a dress-up, make believe, candy getting time to a time to remember those ancestors and friends who past on before that particular Halloween date.
I remember in my family my sister, LaNell, my Dad, Deason Sr., and my mother, Ozie Mae or Koko to her grandkids, who lived until age 96 and died last November. And, should I add the two grandparents I knew, the two who died before I was born, and generations of their ancestors known to me by names, places, and a few life events.
It seems that we in genealogy are missing something on this the scariest night of the year which I think we could make into one of the most poignant nights of the year.

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