Query: Harris, Johnston, Jones, Gunter

My name is Yvette Harris. I live in Wichita Ks. I am seeking help with any information on my family in Wood County. I have gotten pretty far back in my family tree. Who I am seeking is anything before 1860 census on Ned Jones (born 1829 in Georgia) and Indiana Johnston (born 1815/1816 in Indiana) or Loss/Lass Gunter (born 1859 in Georgia) if you guys can help in any type of way it would be great. Thanks.

(ed.) If you have any information, you can comment here, and I’ll pass it on to Yvette’s request on the Wood County, Texas Genealogical research Community at Facebook. If you have a Facebook account and want to post the information there, just click the highlighted link just before this sentence.

Index of 150,000 Plus Courthouse Documents To Be Online

News from the Wood County Democrat newspaper from the last Wood County Commissioners Court meeting is that the county is planning to soon place online about 150,000 courthouse documents dating from 1919. They will be indexed and can be ordered online for a fee of $5.00 per document. This is in cooperation with the office of Count Clerk Kelley Price. The news report of the meeting with details is at this link: http://goo.gl/QYzVR.

Query: Hubbard’s Regiment

I am several chapters into writing a book about the 22nd Texas Infantry (aka Hubbard’s Regiment). Since Wood County provided many soldiers to the regiment, it is important to accurately document the families and the towns they called home.
If you have any suggestions regarding contacts or information to research Hubbard’s Regiment in your area, please let me know. If there is specific info you would like included, please let me know.
It is my intention to include information about all its soldiers AND direct descendants of such soldiers.
You may reach me at tpwardlaw@aol.com for additional information, text contributions, and photo contributions. Your help will be acknowledged in the book. The book should be ready by the end of this year.
Thank you,
Trevor P. Wardlaw
Waco, TX
254.776.5310

Portal to Texas History Contains Wood County Resources

Wood County references are available online at the Portal to Texas History at http://texashistory.unt.edu/. Billing itself as “a gateway to Texas history,” the portal is a project of the University of North Texas. A search at the portal main page (link above) for Wood County, Mineola, Quitman,and Winnsboro yields many digital pages of documents, publications, maps, etc. concerning people and places in the county ranging from the mid-1800s to the late 1900s.

New Wood County Research Resources

Three books of abstracts of Wood County records have been at to the society’s Genealogy Research Room at the Quitman Public Library.

Wood County Unclaimed Marriages 1890 to 1960s is a listing of marriage certificates at the Wood County Courthouse in Quitman which have never been picked up. The data of names and dates duplicates some in our bound books of county marriages also in the research room, but these are actual certificates housed at the courthouse in the basement (at the time of the research for the book published in 2008). The certificates are “gradually fading away due to age and climate conditions” according to Patsy Vinson, president of the Organization for the Preservation of Historical and Genealogical Records (OPHGR) which published all three of these new books.Proof of relationship to the persons on the certificate is required to pickup a copy at the courthouse.

Mechanic’s Liens of Wood County, Texas Volume A names individuals and businesses involved in buying and selling of items such as building materials for houses and equipment and the terms of loans to secure the transactions. The book is indexed. The information was compiled by Laverne Howard Wyatt and pubished in 2009.

Misdemeanor Guilty Pleas of Wood County, Texas -1892-1946 Volumes 1 to 4 lists names of those who so plead, fines, jail times, and the nature of the criminal offense. Jail times ranged from none to minutes to multiple days. Some of the crimes included assaults, gaming, abusive language, killing quail out of season, and killing fish. The book is also indexed. The author is Patsy Vinson, and the book was published in 2008.

Welcome to New Member

Welcome to new member Beverley Caddell Ferrell of Harlingen, Texas. She is researching Anderson, Mann, Ratliff, Hartsfield, Blackburn, Preddy, & Adams in the Wood County area. If you have any information on these surnames, you can contact her by email at jf1991@rgv.rr.com. Her mailing address is posted on the membership contact list on the members-only page which can be accessed at the link at the top right of this page.

Membership Location May 2011

May 2011 Membership: 55 memberships, 60 members
Residence of Memberships: In County 26, Out of County 29
Residence of Memberships: Wood and nearby - 33, Other Texas - 10, Out of State - 12

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