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.
10 a.m. – noon — FREE 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.
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.
Here’s what you will find:
• 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
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.
May 10 — WCGSTX 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 21 — Regular 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 5 – WCGSTX 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.
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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:
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.
Wood County Genealogical Society members and the general public who wish to access Ancestry.com at no charge may now do so at the Quitman Public Library at Quitman, Texas.
As expected, you can go to one of the library internet-connected computers (in the area of the front desk) and log on and start searching. This also includes the computer in the genealogy research room.
To log on, type ancestrylibrary.com into the address url at the top of the browser page of any library computer. This should take you directly to a search page at Ancestry.com. If you first are taken to a page asking for password and user name, don’t fill in either. Just click the LOGON button.
Even more exciting news for WCGS members is that you can bring your own laptop computers and log onto the library wifi connection to access Ancestry.com, and use your own computer. The logon process uses the same ancestrylibrary.com as the address url.
This means that we can bring and use the library six laptop computers as well as personal computers on meeting nights in the Shamburger room. If we have a regular program at 7 p.m., then we can log on from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Reminder: This will not work from home or any other location. You must be on a library computer or at the library using the library wifi connection for your own computer.
Exciting news from Director Delene Allen is that very soon we will be able to search the Quitman Public Library catalog of holdings online from the library website from our home computers connected to the internet.
This means that we can find what is available and reserve books from home. Also, we will have access to the library’s ebooks collection. The new Apollo Biblionix circulation software should be up and running soon. Keep checking the library website.
All of our resources which we have added to the library catalog should also be available for home searching. For those items not yet in the catalog, we need some volunteers to get them entered by computer in the library database. If you have some time and typing skills, we can get you training to enter the items.
Prospects for Ancestry.com to be available soon at no charge for patrons at the Quitman Public Library are looking good with donations in the works to the library by the Uncle John’s Coffee House of Quitman and the Wood County Genealogical Society.
Uncle John’s Coffee House is an organization in Quitman which raises money for causes in Wood County with its second Saturday of the month meetings held at 7:00 p.m. in the Joy Hall at the First Methodist Church. Attendees contribute $7.00 a ticket each meeting to raise the funds which are awarded annually.
The $500 donation to the library will be matched by the genealogical society.