Booth Volunteers for Old Settlers Reunion

The following people have volunteered to man the Wood County Genealogical Society booth at the Old Settlers Reunion August 4-7.
Any and all other members and friends are invited to stop by and help or just visit. (It would be nice to demonstrate to the public what a good time we all have together.) Since we are supplying only four chairs for the booth, if you plan to stay a while, you might want to bring your own lawn chair.

Wed. 6-8 pm
Ronnie Vance
John McCall

Wed. 8-10 pm
Dorothy Harbin
Shirley Bates

Thur. 6-8 pm
Ronnie Vance
Gene & Karen Pilgrim

Thur. 8-10 pm
Dorothy Harbin
Shirley Bates

Fri. 6-8 pm
Ronnie Vance
Barbara Coleman

Fri. 8-10 pm
Dorothy Harbin
M. Ramage

Sat. 6-8 pm
Ronnie Vance
Gene & Karen Pilgrim

Sat. 8-10 pm
Barbara Coleman
S. Allcorn

Note: We might need some tearing down and carting off help at the end Saturday night.

Plans for Old Settlers Reunion

Plans for the Wood County Genealogical Society participation in the Old Settlers Reunion August 4-7 in Quitman were finalized over dinner July 19.

Members are invited to drop by and look at our exhibits and visit from 6-10 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday of that week.

Here’s a summary of some of our volunteer helpers/items for the reunion exhibits:
Shirley Patrick
• 10×10 Canopy
• Personal Family Books
• Marriage Books
• Alba Books
Nita Munoz
• Her Display Books
Ronnie Vance
• Tables & Chairs
• His Cemetery & family books
Dorothy Harbin
• Banner
• T-shirts
• Help with First Day setup
Shirley Bates
• Exhibit Poster
• Table Covers
• Library Family History Scrapbooks
• Beginning Research Paper
• Help with first day setup
Deason Hunt
• 2 library easels
• library wire rack
• Big Maps from Library
• Sign with hours for Hist. Museum
• Pictures for Digital picture Frame
• Papers for Please take 1 rack
• Membership Applications
• Water
• Pens-Pencils
Sally Allcorn
• Digital Picture Frame
• Index to Pictorial History
John McCall
• Help with First Day setup
• Period dress
Who? I forgot
• Big Fan
Need a Volunteer
• Extension Cords
• Tarp in case of big blowing rain
If I forgot you or something
• Email me, bring it, or do it!

Free Workshop Opportunity in August

Our friends and fellow genealogists at the East Texas Genealogical Society in Tyler are having a series of free genealogy classes on Saturdays in August. These are open to the public and ETGS’s June Everhart who sent the first email added in a followup answering a question that “We would certainly welcome Wood County genealogists.” While these are “beginner sessions” a look at the course projections make me think these would be a good review and refresher course. Here’s the email from ETGS:

The East Texas Genealogical Society and the Tyler Library will sponsor a four week series of classes for beginner genealogist during the month of August. The classes will meet four consecutive Saturday afternoons from 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. in the Taylor Auditorium at the Tyler Public Library, 201 S. College St., Tyler, TX. Classes will be free and open to the public. Preregistration is required. Contact Janet Cottle at or 903-849-5779. to register.

Larry Oliver of theETGS also emailed with this link for more information:

Whose DNA Should You Trace?

Used with permission from Rootsweb Review

When analyzing DNA for genealogical purposes, it’s important to look at all of your ancestral names.


As discussed a few months ago by columnist Joan Young, in DNA and Genealogy – Beyond the Paper Trail (RootsWeb Review 9 Dec. 2009, Vol. 12, No. 12), DNA tests reports on direct pedigree lines, e.g., from father to son to son, or from mother to daughter to daughter, etc.

There is no cross-over between mtDNA and Y-DNA, so your immediate family members can only be tested for these two lines.

If you are looking for other ancestry – say, for example, your deceased father’s father’s mother’s markers, you can still determine them. Find someone who meets a direct descendancy criteria; this would be through a mother to son (grandfather) or mother to daughter to daughter(great aunt’s daughter) relationship.

Female Research
Known as mitochondrial or mtDNA, women inherit markers from their mothers, but not from fathers. The mitochrondion occurs in the cytoplasm of the cell, as opposed to the nucleus, and typically changes slowly from generation to generation. This is why researchers have determined that there is a “Mitochondrial Eve”, a common matrilineal (female) ancestor, from whom we all descend.

Male Research
Through the direct patrilineal lineage, we theoretically descend from “Y Chromosome Adam”, although the measurements for time periods are eons apart.

The reason for this is that men test their direct male lineage through Y-DNA, as they share a Y chromosome with their fathers (contained in the nucleus of the cell, as opposed to the egg that supplies the mtDNA). In the case of the paternal test, a haplotype is determined, based upon Y chromosome patterns which are distinctive and easily identifiable. Men also inherit mtDNA from their mothers, which is why they are logical test subjects for extended DNA testing.

Another advantage for testing men, is that unless there were an adoption or legal name change, a son would share a surname with his father, unlike women, who unless they had not married (or coincidentally a father-son combination had married women with the same surname), the family name would change at every generation.

Who should get tested?
To solve brick walls, consider testing,

1. Elderly male relatives, and a male at each living generation, to take an extended maternal and paternal test of at least the basic markers.
2. Any female from a unique and direct mitochondrial line to take a basic maternal test.

In my family, the mitochondrial line traces 7-generations to immigrants from Ireland. Several 32 marker tests have been submitted, and two matches of interest have surfaced. One is a 3rd generation American female of Irish descent, and the other is a male, confident of 5-generations of research on his mother’s side. So far, we have not determined the common thread, but we do know that, in all likelihood
The female match indicates the common ancestor is probably at the 8th generation or earlier.
The male match may (and most probably does) share ancestry with the immigrant family, although the common link could be earlier.
Few changes in mtDNA (known as mutations) have occurred from generation to generation.
Without DNA testing, we would not have the opportunity to collaborate.

Another ancestral family line came from Holland. We know the immigrant arrived in America in the mid to late 1700s, but little else. I am urging my male cousins, who share this surname, to take the paternal test, with the hope that a European match will surface.

Follow these charts to see whose DNA test would be the most beneficial for your purposes.

Follow along the colored lines to see the direct mtDNA connections. (Other mtDNA connections are noted by different colored lines and circles.) The Y DNA connections are noted by the color of the male’s box.

Whose DNA do you want? Who can be tested?

Your own…………You, a son or a daughter
Your father………Your father, your paternal grandfather (father’s father only), your brother or your brother’s sons (nephews)
Your mother………You, your brother, your sister, your mother, your mother’s brother (uncle), your maternal grandmother (mother’s mother only), your mother’s sister (aunt), your 1st cousins who are children of your mother’s sister or 2nd cousins via your mother’s sister (assuming they are her daughter’s daughters)
Your mother and father (at same time)…..Yourself, if you are male, or any of your full biological brothers
Paternal grandmother (father’s mother)…..Your father, his brother (paternal uncle), his sister (paternal aunt), the female children of his sister or the female grandchildren of his sister (assuming they are daughter’s daughters)
Paternal grandfather (father’s father)…..Your son, your father, paternal grandfather (himself), your father’s brother (paternal uncle), your brother’s son (nephew) or any male descendant that traces through the male line only.
Paternal grandmother and grandfather (at same time)…..Your father or his brother (paternal uncle)
Maternal grandmother (mother’s mother)…..You, your mother, maternal grandmother or your mother’s brother (maternal uncle)
Maternal grandfather (mother’s father)…..Your uncle, your uncle’s sons (nephews) or paternal grandfather (mother’s father)

Services which test and gather DNA results for genealogical purposes are:

RootsWeb articles of interest:

FamilyHart DNA Projects (Pennsylvania Dutch Families) by Don & Jeanine Hartman
Lost Colony Research Group (Successfully Using Autosomal Testing in Conjunction with Mitochondrial and Y-Line) by Roberta Estes
Mayflower DNA Projects (Canadian Society of Mayflower Descendants) by Susan E. Roser

Previously published in RootsWeb Review: 14 July 2010, Vol. 13, No. 7

Eating Meeting and Museum July 19

Our unofficial “eating meeting” where we visit and talk about what we want to (including but not restricted to genealogy) is going to happen at 6:00 p.m. at Peralta’s Restaurant in Quitman across from the Governor Hogg Park on Highway 37.

This is the last meeting to discuss what we’re doing at the Old Settlers’ Reunion celebration the first week of August. If you have forgotten what you volunteered to do, show up and we’ll get out the list. If you would still like to help, show up (or contact Deason Hunt) and we’ll put you on the list. We are still looking for ideas.

Also, as a special treat, after we finish visiting and eating, member Barbara Coleman has arranged for those who are interested to tour the Wood County Historical Commission Museum on the courthouse square in Quitman. Pretty good for an unofficial meeting, huh?

All members, guests, and visitors are welcome to come to either or both. There’s no charge unless you eat or drink something. We have arranged to use a room near the back of the dining areas so we won’t disturb others at the restaurant — too much. Some people there might not like hearing laughing and fun. You never know.

Brigham Young University Genealogy Resources

It’s hard to avoid getting excited in the weekly workshops taught by new member Vickie Petersen at the public library in Mineola.

Sharing that excitement usually starts with someone making a “Eureka, look what I’ve found” noise like “wow” or a similar noise. Sometimes, however, it’s just finding a new resource.

One such experience last Thursday (note: meeting Thursdays 10-noon at the library near the genealogy room) was when Vickie shared the Brigham Young University genealogy resources pages. You can get there by going to We started out on the page where you can print free blank forms to use in research at, but starting anywhere will give you lots of links and pages to explore.

If you want to take a look, set aside some time. There are links all over the first page (and subsequent pages) which can take you to interesting and helpful information and resources.

This is not the FamilySearch or New FamilySearch site, but there are links that will take you there and to lots of other trustworthy and interesting genealogy sources. Some are pay and some are free, but even the pay ones will let you look around at some things without any charges.

The Problem with the web is…

Vinton CERF, a Google vice president and computer scientist, recently pointed out what those of us experienced in genealogy have known for a while: We don’t know if the information we find is accurate.

He added that knowing whether information is accurate didn’t start with the world wide web. ” The problem is,” he said, “this is true of books and every other medium” in an article in the July/August 2010 issue of the Smithsonian Magazine.

What we’ve got to do is what he suggested. We must learn to evaluate information. In genealogy, we talk about that in terms of the evidence we find usually evaluating the relative reliability of the source of the information. It’s something our hobby (addiction?) requires that we do.

It is also the use of such critical thinking, problem-solving skills which can keep our minds sharp as we grow more experienced (a nicer label for the aging process).

It’s the good life!


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