WCGSTX February 2013 Calendar-of-Events

>18 (Monday)
5:00 p.m. — Social time at Peralta’s Mexican Restaurant, Quitman
6:00 p.m. — Time to offer or seek help with genealogy for members and the general public and/or to use the laptops to go online and search databases. We meet at the Quitman Public Library.
7:00 p.m. — Regular monthly meeting at the Quitman Public Library featuring another Wood County community.
>21 (Thursday)
10 a.m. – noonFREE genealogical research workshop at the Mineola Memorial Library at Mineola, Texas from 10 a.m. until noon. The workshop will provide an opportunity to use computers to aid in genealogical research. Researchers will be able to access Heritage Quest and Ancestry.com. Included in the workshop will be a short session on getting started with one’s research.

Access NewspaperARCHIVE at the Quitman Public Library

Great news was released this week of the availability of the NewspaperArchive at Quitman Public Library. This is a gigantic database allows searching of  past newspapers around the country. Two papers of local interest are the Wood County Democrat  (1916-2012) and the Winnsboro News from 1955 to 1977. Special thanks to Librarian Delene Allen for adding this valuable resource to the library.

Additional information about the new service is available from the post on the library blog at this link: Access NewspaperARCHIVE at the Quitman Public Library.

Quitman Library Agreement to Order Family History Library Films

This was posted today on the Quitman Public Library (QPL) Facebook page. Editor’s Note: Fantastic news. The services at QPL should be available by October 1.
The Quitman Public Library has a lending agreement with the LDS Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah, to borrow microfiche, microfilm and publications listed in the LDS Family History Library Catalog at www.familysearch.org

Here’s what you will find:

• The collection includes over 2.4 million rolls of microfilmed genealogical records; 727,000 microfiche; 356,000 books, serials, and other formats; over 4,500 periodicals and 3,725 electronic resources.
• Records available are from the United States, Canada, the British Isles, Europe, Latin America, Asia, and Africa.
• A majority of the records contain information about persons who lived before 1930.
• Approximately 200 cameras are currently digitizing records in over 45 countries. Records have been filmed in over 110 countries, territories, and possessions.

For more information about this service, call Delene H. Allen, Director – Quitman Public Library at 903-763-4191

WCGS May Field Trip: Area Museums

Several members took a field trip in May to visit the Alba Library and Museum, Alba, Texas, and the Parrott Park and Museum at Lindale. We were impressed with the collections of late 19th  and early 2oth Century artifacts housed by both locations. It was a type of trip back in time with some of the tools and household furnishing our ancestors had and experienced from home to farm to local businesses and professions.

Of special interest at the Alba museum were exhibits of family information, pictures, and belongings. As well, items such as store sales logs, doctors records including an old birth log by one doctor, and exhibits of soldiers from the Alba and Wood County area serving in war and peacetime during the early to late 20th Century and including up to more recent military conflicts.

On the trip were members Ronnie Vance, Shirley Patrick, Dorothy Harbin, Shirley Bates, and Deason Hunt. In addition to the museums, the group held an outdoor picnic where they were alarmed (briefly) by the noon whistles at Parrott Park. In all, it was an enjoyable and informative field trip.

Museum start at Alba

After meeting at the Quitman Public Library, we all carpooled. Here we are out at the parking lot at the Alba Library and Museum getting ready to start our tour.

Here we did our thing and had our first group pose for posterity. We were all here at the Alba Library and Museum. For the record, from left, Deason Hunt, Ronnie Vance, Shirley Bates, Shirley Patrick, and Dorothy Harbin. The “Good Guys” wore white.

Ronnie reads old papers

Ronnie Vance looks at some preserved copies of old Alba newspapers.

Group welcomed at Alba Museum

We were welcomed by library and Museum staff at Alba and spent time visiting with them as well as touring the many exhibits in the museum.

Fram Impliment

From a farm in the area, this equipment was donated to the Alba Museum

Parrott Park Sign

We posed once again at the sign to show we were indeed at Parrott Park at Lindale.

Parrott Park Scenery

Parrott Park has beautiful outdoor scenes as well as museum and outbuilding exhibits.

P.Park mill wheel

Ronnie Vance examines the water wheel at Parrott Park. In the distance, the park has a windmill typical of that time period.

Belts and Gears Run by Water Wheel

Inside the museum, the outdoor water wheel powered gears and belts which could operate machinery with water power.

Calendar of Society Events Coming Up

May 10WCGSTX field trip to the Alba Public Library and Historical Museum and to Parrott’s Park and Museum in Lindale. We will meet at the library prior to 9:45 a.m. when we will car pool away to Alba on this trip. The trip will continue from there to Parrott’s Park. Bring a sack lunch and drink, and we will picnic at Parrott’s Park while touring the museum and grounds.

May 21Regular monthly meeting at 7 p.m. at the Quitman Public Library. Doors open at 6 p.m., and we will spend the time helping people with research questions or surfing the internet (including access to Ancestry.com) doing individual research. Bring you wifi-enable laptop (but we will have the six we used in our classes last year if you can’t bring yours.) DON’T FORGET that those interested can meet at 5 p.m. for socializing at Peralta’s Mexican Food in Quitman. Program for this meeting is election of officers for the 2012-13 society year and research tips, ideas, or questions and time online researching.

June 5WCGSTX field trip to genealogical collection of the Dallas Public library. We’ll car pool in case you don’t want to drive in Dallas traffic. Time details will be announced later this spring.

June 15-16 – Society’s Highway 37 Garage and Bake Sale at the Quitman Public Library. Be saving items to sale and deciding what bake goods to bring also.

Help For A Non-resident of Texas

Requisitions and Acquisitions Co-chair Shirley Bates recently demonstrated the helpfulness of society members on a help request from an Illinois resident which was called into the Quitman Public Library. It turns out that the information was actually needed from Ector County, Texas. Here’s Shirley’s description of what she was able to do for the long-distance researcher:

Rose Miltimore from Illinois called asking help in finding information about her daughter, Linda Styden, who  had died March 24, 2012.  She and the daughter were not on speaking terms but she wanted to get an obit or a death record or something.  The daughter died in Odessa and Rose said it was probably her heart and she was probably cremated. …I called the long distance operator and was told that Midland was the county seat of Ector County and I was given the phone number of the County Clerk’s office.  The lady I talked to said Ms. Miltimore needed to send a letter stating the full name of the deceased, the full name of the mother with maiden name, the full name of the father, the date of death, a picture identification of the person requesting this (Ms. Miltimore) and a money order for $21.00 to Vitals, P.O. Box 707, Odessa, Texas 79760.I think a lot of people would like to know that contacting the county clerk’s office might get more info than they know…”.  

1940 Census Tips, Help Set for April 16 Meeting

Wood County Genealogical Society members and all others interested can learn the who-what-where-when-why-and-how of the 1940 census April 16 at 7 p.m. at the free public meeting of the society at the Shamburger Room of the Quitman Public Library.
The program will be presented by a distinguished veteran genealogist and member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, Lisa McKinney, of Edgewood.

In numerous speaking engagements this spring, McKinney has explained what information is available for family researchers in the 1940 census and methods and sources to most effectively find that information.
She is a former newspaper reporter and business editor who currently does freelance writing and editing and genealogical research for clients. She is an award-winning writer in the field of genealogy and as a fiction writer. She is a member of the Van Zandt County Genealogical Society where she works in the library, writes for society publications, and is the society’s public relations officer.

As for all the regular monthly meetings of the Wood County
Genealogical Society, members will be available at the library from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. to help the public and other members with getting starting research of their ancestors and family tree or with research problems. A limited number of work stations will be available on a first-come, first-served basis to use the free library version of Ancestry.com. Personal wifi-enabled laptops may also be used.

A social Dutch-treat gathering of society members and guests is open to anyone interested in genealogy on each third Monday meeting day at 5 p.m. at Peralta’s Mexican Food Restaurant in Quitman.

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