Wood County Genealogy News Digest

Several events of this and next week concerning genealogy in Wood County, Texas:
(1) The regular monthly meeting of the Wood County, Texas Genealogical Society next Monday (March 21) at 7 p.m. at the Quitman Public Library will feature voting on revisions of the Constitution and Bylaws. Those who might not have seen the previous notices of the voting may view the proposed revisions at this link: http://wcgs.posterous.com.
Prior to the 7 p.m. meetings our regular schedule is

  • 5 p.m. — Optional “eating-meeting” at Peralta’s Mexican Restaurant in Quitman.
  • 6 p.m. — Members and guests may come to the Quitman Public Library for assistance with beginning their genealogy research or with working on brick walls or research resources.

    (2) Our society played host to a group organizing a local historical organization this week at the library. Wood County residents including Busker Fannin and Rosalind Russell and others met with Larry Wade of Tyler who is organizing a Quitman/Wood County chapter of the African-American Historical Society. This group will be meeting every third Tuesday of the month at 6 p.m. at a location to be announced. A portion of what they do in raising awareness of their cultural history in Wood County will include getting information from and about family members here and making that available to the public.

    (3) The Holly Lake Genealogy Club is collecting five-generation pedigree charts and will be sharing them with the public in our Genealogy Research Room at the Quitman Public Library and at the Hawkins and Holly Lake public libraries. A resource pointed out at their meeting this week was FREE downloadable genealogy forms from the Midwest Genealogy Center at this link: http://www.mymcpl.org/genealogy/resources-genealogy-family-history.
    (4) A new internet search engine that just looks at genealogy related sites came online this week at http://www.mocavo.com. You might want to give it a try. Member Ron Schell tried it and shared this remark: “I did a few quick searches and results looked impressive. I’m looking forward to checking this out a little more.”

    Our $$$ Donors

    Thanks to all members and non-members who have made monetary donations to the society since July or 2009. They are
    Wayne Childers
    Dorothy Harbin
    K. N. Humphreys
    Fred Kramer
    David Pedry
    Dianne Pierce
    Ron Schell
    Ronnie & Nan Vance.

    Some of these donated in gratitude for research work we did for them, and some members donated for various reasons many adding an additional amount to their renewal of dues for the year. Their generosity helps us fund parts of our program by helping meet our budget goals for the year.

    Comments…We Get Comments

    1. Responses (2) to “Mae Etta Johnson:”
    First, Charles L.Bookman, on February 2nd, 2010 said: “Thanks for sharing this important part of history.”

    Second, Melba Gordon Jones, on February 6th, 2010 said: “I really appreciate you publishing my mothers presentation as part of your newsletter. Thank you so much for sharing our story of our hero who knew that God does have the whole wide world in His hands.”

    2. Response to “Member Contact List:”
    Sharon Gallatin Phillips, on February 1st, 2010 Said: Dear Members,
    I am not as yet a paid member. I have not found family in your area,however, I appreciate your website as I have learned much and the links are helping me also. I am what one might call a newbie. My husband’s family is mostly in Rusk Co., and mine is in Brazos, Madison, and Limestone. To my knowledge they do not have websites near as nice as yours. I do read ETGS also. I am on an extremely set budget, and I appreciate the access to your website.”

    3. Comment on “Vertical Files A-B:”
    June Powers on November 1, 2009 said: ” Interested in vertical files on Benton and Banks. If significant and not too much, could send $ for copies, or can you send copies via email? Let me know what is appropriate, please. Thanks.

    4. Comment on “Help a distant researcher:”
    June Powers 0n October 31, 2009 said: “Re the vertical file: Is it possible to receive copies of articles of certain files? I do not expect to be in Quitman again in the near future.”

    5. Comment on “WCGS Bulletin Goes Live Sept.15:”
    Dorothy Harbin on October 7, 2009 said: “You have done an outstanding job on this project. I can’t wait each day to see what new articles will be listed next. I’ve lost a lot of sleep exploring all that you have done, Keep Up The Great Job.

    6. Email received from Linda Winterhoff: “Got the newsletter, glanced at it. It looks great as usual. Saw on the website there are Quitman Family Histories. What is the procedure to get my family info in there, or is there one?? My line is Grogan, basically….

    7. Email received from Ron Schell: “That’s a great looking Newsletter! I like the layout and generous use of links for further research. I’m looking forward to reading it carefully. Thanks for your work in putting it together.

    8. Comment received from Terri O’Connell on Genealogywise: “I love the set up. You have all the information there and it is easy to find. Which I find is the biggest problem with some of the local societies.
    The only thing I would look into changing, is nothing related to the site. If it is possible for the society to set up the ability to join the society on line. Sometimes, it is just easier for those of us at home to do it that way. For instance, NEHGS had an add on Facebook and I was able to click through it and join. Keep in mind it was something I had wanted to do, it was just easier for me to do it this way.
    Otherwise, I love the crisp feel to it. Great job!

    9. Email received from Kathy Gunter Sullivan, CG: “Certainly you may re-post the item if you think it will be useful to your readers. I visited your site, and your bulletin is extremely well-done and informative.

    10. Email received from Geneabloggers webmaster at http://www.geneabloggers.com: You’ve got a great genealogy blog, and I’ve added it to the blog list at GeneaBloggers.”

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