Minutes of April Society Meeting

Here are the minutes of the April Wood County Genealogical Society meeting which will be presented at the May meeting tomorrow, May 17, at 7 p.m. at the Quitman Public Library meeting room.

WOOD COUNTY GENEALOGY SOCIETY
Monthly Meeting
Quitman Public Library
April 19, 2010

The meeting was called to order by President Shirley Patrick at 7:00 pm with 16 members and 10 guests. President Shirley Patrick welcomed everyone and thanked them for coming.

Our guest speaker for the evening was Don Raney. Mr. Raney is a sixth generation Texan who has been an active genealogist for over 30 years. He published a book, “Marin Varner, Texas Pioneer; 1785-1844 in September 2009. This book describes the life and adventures of his Great, Great, Great, Grandfather, Martin Varner, in Colonial Texas. He also had copies of this book for sale.

After the program the business meeting began at 8:35 pm. The minutes stood approved as presented.

Treasurer Sally Allcorn presented the following financial report:
Last Bank Statement Dated: March 1, 2010
Starting Balance Shown (03/01/10): $1,243.19
Deposits:
2 Single Memberships 30.00
Money from copier 5.00
Total Deposits: $ 35.00

Expenses:
Hometown Trophy (award for Shirley Bates) 32.16
Total Expenses: 32.16

Ending Balance Shown (03/31/10): $1,246.03

Outstanding checks: None

Total Deposits not shown: None

Current Balance: $1,246.03

The financial report stood approved as read.

Old Business:
A motion was made by Dorothy Harbin, seconded by Shirley Bates to pay Don Raney $50.00 for speaking to the society. Motion passed.

President Shirley Patrick reported next month will be elections of new officers. She appointed Mary Beth Ramage, Sally Allcorn, and herself to the budget committee. She also told those present to think about volunteering to serve on committees or in an officer position. Anyone who is interested in serving should call Deason Hunt or Shirley Patrick and let them know.

Mark Reid would like for someone to take over doing the name tags for the new members. Willie Kay Paredez suggested getting permanent name tags that the members purchase and keep up with. She showed two different examples of name tags from clubs that she is a member of.

New Business:
John McCall reported he is working on a project that helps to get markers for Confederate Graves that do not have one. Let him know if anyone needs one or finds a grave that might need one.

Mary Beth Ramage suggested two fund raising ideas one would be publishing an obit book for the society to sell with some of the information that we have in the genealogy room and the other was a 1st Families certificate which we could sell. The first families would have to fill out a form and the society would have to verify information that is on the form before giving out the certificate. Tyler does this and sells them for $25.00 each.

Mr. Raney left a case of ten books to sell with the society receiving a commission. Anyone who wants to purchase one needs to contact Dorothy Harbin.

The meeting adjourned at 9:00 pm.

Minutes were taken by recording/corresponding secretary Kathy Lutonsky.

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

Good Turnout For Expo

A big turnout at the Winnsboro Business Expo on the first weekend of Autumn Trails Days resulted in lots of visitors to the Wood County Genealogical Society booth/table. Fifty-one people signed the booth register and many more stopped to inquire about our genealogy and to visit. Surname some of the visitors are researching include Wilcox, Davis, Newsome, Johnson, Dodgen, Porter, Lindsey, Bearden, Cox, Sutton, Michael, Ray, Mills, Robison, Sansom, Jones, McElyea, Coe, Gaines, Kennedy, Bumgardner, and Williams.
WCGS members meet guests at Expo
Working at the booth were (above) members Vice-president Dorothy Harbin (who set up the display on Friday and was there from start to finish on Saturday) and Deason Hunt, and (below) Mary Beth Ramage, Martha Hunt, and Harbin.

WCGS members work at booth at Winnsboro expo

The society received lots of publicity, and a number of booth visitors expressed an interest in getting started on their own family lines and some an interest in coming to our regular monthly meetings. Followups to try to take advantage of the interest were discussed during the day.

WCGS Bulletin Goes “Live” Sept. 15

The Bulletin is officially up and running. Anyone who visited this site in the last 10 days probably found us in some state of tear down and rebuild. We’re not through yet, but we’ve started. Notice: The first post (which is below. Latest posts appear at the top of the page.) is about the September meeting next Monday, September 21 which, I will not be able to attend because we are taking a week off in the Ozarks. I’ll see you all in October at the meeting if not sooner. — Deason Hunt

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