Free Use of Ancestry Library Edition at Quitman Public Library

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.

Happy searching!

QPL Catalog To Be Available for Online Searching

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.

Ancestry Might Be Available at Library Soon

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.

Activities & Plans Discussed at First Meeting of Year

Introductions of officers, program plans for Fall 2011, an activity for Old Settler’s Reunion week, and a possible fundraiser project were among the activities at the Pot Luck dinner kicking off the 2011-2012 Wood County, Texas Genealogical Society year September 19 at the Shamburger room at the Quitman Public Library.

A luncheon honoring those who have volunteered time and effort in support of the society activities will be held Monday, October 3 at noon at the Texas Tea Room. We will treat our invited guests to lunch, but the luncheon will be Dutch treat for members attending. It is important that local members who do not have schedule conflicts attend to show support for these folks.

The October 17 regular meeting of the society will be an obituary workshop. All members who have clippings of obituaries or who have been working on our newspapers collected for obituary searching are asked to bring all their papers and clippings to the 7:00 p.m. regular meeting that night. The usual social gathering at Peralta’s Mexican Restaurant will be at 5 p.m., and the Shamburger room at the library will be open at 6 p.m. to help members or the general public with genealogy research questions. Materials also will be made available for beginners to family tree research at the same time.

The society will be responsible for the display case in the library lobby during October in recognition of National Family History month. If you have family history items to display, ideas for the display or would like to help, contact Requisitions and Acquisitions Co-chairs Shirley Bates and Dorothy Harbin next week before the end of September.

Plans were made to provide exhibits at the library during Old Settlers’ Reunion week next year which carry the theme of early families in Wood County. Also, planned was for the society to participate in a fund raiser during the Annual Highway 37 Garage Sale.

A committee consisting of President Ronnie Vance and Requisitions and Acquisitions Co-chair Shirley Bates will work on adoption of criteria for a Distinguished Service Award for deserving members of the society.

Funding a Quitman Public Library subscription to Ancestry.com for use of the general public and members was discussed at the meeting. The biggest question about such a project revolved around funding and how to accomplish that. No motions were made, and further investigation is expected.

Officers and committee chairs were introduced. They are President Ronnie Vance, Vice-President Deason Hunt, Secretary Shirley Patrick, Treasurer Wayne McCluney, and these chairpersons: Ways and Means Ronnie Vance, Editorial Deason Hunt, Membership Shirley Patrick, Budget and Finance Wayne McCluney, Requisition and Acquisition Shirley Bates (co) and Dorothy Harbin (co), Publicity Kathy Lutonsky, Obituary Mary Ann Niswanger, and Hospitality and Gift Sally Allcorn.

President Ronnie Vance thanked all members who helped with the George Morgan workshop and Old Settlers’ Reunion Display

Signups Increasing for Morgan Workshops

Fifty people from Wood County and all over East Texas have signed up for the Genealogy Workshop to be conducted by George Morgan of AHA Seminars (aka one of the Genealogy Guys from the podcast of that name) next Friday. While walk-ins will be welcomed, there is a room size limit. To be sure of a spot, you can pre-register by calling the library at (903) 763-4191, Deason Hunt, or by email to wcgstx@gmail.com. My prediction is that you will learn a lot and have a great time.

Mini-review of George Morgan Genealogy Workshop

I had an opportunity to attend the first session of the George Morgan genealogy workshop today at Pittsburg (TX). Get ready for when he comes to visit us at the Quitman Public Library in August. You will be delighted and well-informed. For those just getting started in genealogy, you will hear the types of things lots of us long-termers wish we had heard when we started. For experienced researchers or those stuck at brick walls, you will get lots of ideas to stimulate you renewed research. Be sure and bring pen or pencil and writing paper. You will hear and see lots of ideas. George Morgan (and his workshop) is the real deal!

Genealogy Workshop During Old Settlers Reunion Offers Exceptional Opportunity

George G. Morgan

George G. Morgan

Internationally recognized genealogy expert, author, and lecturer, George G. Morgan will present a genealogy workshop free to the public at the Quitman Public Library during Old Settlers Reunion Week on Friday, August 5.

The workshop, sponsored by the Quitman Public Library and the Northeast Texas Regional Library System and hosted by the Wood County Texas Genealogical Society begins at 10:30 a.m. in the Shamburger Room at the library and concludes at 5:15 p.m.

Genealogists, those interested in getting started in genealogy, and the general public are urged to take this opportunity to hear strategies, tips, and inspiration from this talented speaker who with Drew Smith produces The Genealogy GuysSM Podcast on the Internet at genealogyguys.com, the longest running genealogical podcast in the world, with thousands of listeners around the globe.

George is the president of Aha! Seminars, Inc., and an internationally recognized genealogy expert who presents at local, state, national, and international genealogical conferences.

George is the prolific author of literally hundreds of articles for magazines, journals, newsletters, in genealogical publications, and at online sites in the U.S., Canada, the U.K, Singapore, and elsewhere. He has written nine books and is at work on the third edition of his How to Do Everything Genealogy for McGraw-Hill.

He is Vice President of Membership for the Federation of Genealogical Societies and publicity director of the Florida Genealogical Society of Tampa. He is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, the New England historic Genealogical Society, and more than a dozen societies in the U.S. and the U.K.

TIME SESSION
10:30-11:30 How to Do Everything with Your Genealogy
Based on the second edition of the best-selling book, How to Do Everything: Genealogy by award-winning author George G. Morgan, this seminar provides an overview of genealogy research practices and document types that can be used to locate and study your ancestors.

11:45-12:45 Genealogy Orienteering: Using Maps to Find the Right Place
Maps are an essential part of our everyday life. As we use them in our genealogical research, it is essential to understand the geographical history of an area and how boundaries and jurisdictions have changed. These changes are important for determining who created what documents and where these materials can now be found. This seminar presents and discusses a simple yet efficient methodology and some resources to help you use maps to quickly and effectively locate the right place to conduct your research.

1:30-2:30 Bring ‘Em Back to Life: Developing an Ancestor Profile
In the course of our genealogical research, we often become engrossed in the collection of information snippets, failing to put them into a logical perspective. We lose sight of the fact that the people we’re tracing participated in the life of their historical times, led complex lives, and interacted with one another. 
 
Organizing the information we collect into a biographical profile can help you begin to recognize character traits and decision patterns. And the profile also provides an invaluable, portable research tool that avoids your taking voluminous amounts of notes with you on research trips. This seminar presents a methodology and a structured model for taking the details you collect about your ancestor and creating a biographical profile.

3:00-4:00 Using the HeritageQuest Databases
HeritageQuest Online is one of the premiere ProQuest databases for genealogical researchers. It contains six excellent databases of interest to genealogists: U.S. Federal Census: 1790-1930; the Periodical Source Index (PERSI); more than 28,000 digitized, indexed, and full-text searchable local and family histories; the Freedman’s Bureau Bank records; Revolutionary War records; and the American Serial Set. This seminar addresses the contents of HeritageQuest Online, and also introduces embedded online tools that can really help your research.

4:15-5:15 New Ways to Research Our Roots 
We’ve come a long, long way in the last several decades in our genealogical research work. We started with writing letters and sending away for individual records, and now we are using the Internet, DNA, and social networking applications to collaborate with other researchers.
This session takes the attendees from our beginnings to the future of genealogical research, and it concentrates on the products, services, technology, and initiatives that are advancing our research each day. Learn about new research resources available today and trends into the future with books, records, digitization, DNA, and more.

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