Microfiche/film Reader/Printer

Christmas came early to the Wood County Genealogical Society Research Center at the Quitman Public Library with the placement of a microfiche/microfilm reader with printer.

This gift to the Wood County Genealogical Society Research Center at the Quitman Public Library (QPL) was secured by QPL Director Delene DelaRosa of a Konica Minolta MS6000 MKII reader/printer system which had been donated by The Wood County Appraisal District to the City of Quitman which in turn was secured by Delarosa for the society to use in reading microfilm with the ability to print out desired microfilm pages. Thanks go to her and all those at the appraisal district and the City of Quitman.

The system also has the capability to be connected to the computer in the genealogy research center to save digital copy files of the pages. While searching for a carrier to facilitate the use of microfilm reels, numerous sites list the value of the system at between $4,000 and $8,000.

Its use will mean that the rolls of microfilm at the library can be searched and printed and/or saved as well as microfilm and microfiche available for local use secured in interlibrary loan. It is hoped that the roll film mechanism will be available in January.

While some of these things such as census are more and more available online, many will not be for years and many more never. This is a tool we can all use to help us with our distance researching.

Membership Fees Now Due

Membership fees for the 2009-2010 society year are now due. If you have not yet done so, you can mail them to Wood County Genealogical Society, P.O. Box 832, Quitman, Texas 75783. Make checks to the society. Current membership dues are $15 per individual or $20 per family. Dues may also may be paid at the October meeting Oct. 19 at the Quitman Public Library.

Rock Hill and Holly Tree Cemeteries

The Rock Hill (Quitman) and Holly Tree (Holly Lake Ranch) cemeteries have been recently surveyed and booklets placed on the shelf in the cemetery area of the Wood County research resources in the genealogy library. Member Ronnie Vance performed the surveys and prepared the booklets and gave them to the library.

Rock Hill Cemetery is in Central Wood County near Quitman and on County Road 1477 about 6/10ths of a mile east of the intersection of FM 515 and FM 2966. Death dates on tombstones indicated by the survey range from 1867 to 2009.

Holly Tree Cemetery is next to Holly Tree Chapel in the Holly Lake community in eastern Wood County on FM 2869 about 1/2 mile south of FM 14. Death dates on tembstones in the survey range from 1979 to 2009.

Meeting Year to Kickoff on Sept. 21

The first meeting of the 2009-2010 society year will be September 21 at 7 p.m. at the Quitman Public Library at 202 E. Goode in Quitman. A few members gather before the meeting to visit and eat at 5:30 p.m. at Peralta’s Mexican Restaurant at 607 S. Main in Quitman. Members and guests are invited to join us.

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