Bernard M. Maggret

Vice-president Dorothy HARBIN sent the following to the TX-Wood Mailing List at Rootsweb in response to the Maggret query reference here. If you have any additional information, you can go to the Rootsweb page and share it at this link:

I have the info on Bernard MAGGRET from his Obit, June 5, 1996, his wife was Doris MAGGRET, Mineola, TX. and son – Bernard M. MAGGRET, JR.– San Diego, Calif: also listed 5 grandchildren, 3 great grandchildren, one niece and one nephew. Only had towns for the wife and the son Bernard M. MAGGRET, SR. was born 7-15-1919, in Kenton, Ohio.
It listed the funeral home as English Funeral Home (which has been sold to Beaty Funeral Home in Mineola, Tx.) Burial was in Roselawn Memorial Gardens, Mineola, TX.

Also, I have Obit for Bernard M. MAGGRET, JR. – 57, Mineola, TX. died on
Aug. 27, 2002. He was born on Oct. 28, 1944, in Fort Worth, TX. He lived in San Diego, Ca, prior to moving to Mineola, in 1996. (I presumed that he moved here after his father’s death in 1996, to be near his mother .) Bernard Jr.’s.
survivors included a son, Michael MAGGRET, Celeste, TX?, four daughters = Cynthia GANT – Seligman, Mo., Merry PRATHER, Frisco, TX?, Cheryl MAGGRET, San
Antonio, TX., and Becca MAGGRET, Austin, TX. and mother, Doris MAGGRET, Mineola,
and four grandchildren.

Query: Maggret

A mailing list post at this address: asks for a lookup of an obituary in the surname MAGGRET. You can get all the details by clicking the link above.

I’m My Own Ancestor

Following up on a discussion while sitting at the booth at the Old Settlers Reunion and specifically an idea by member Shirley BATES, research revealed an old library article about Family History Month ideas.

One article by George G. Morgan in his “Along Family Lines” column was for an “I’m My Own Grandpa” party. It fit in with Shirley’s idea for a costume party dressing like an ancestor. I wasn’t sure if I could duplicate an authentic 19th Century farmer outfit, but I could perhaps do one of the following ideas:

Bring an artifact or object an ancestor used or might have used if not an original.
Prepare and serve a recipe (and maybe give out a copy of the recipe?) handed down from an ancestor [nothing heavy just something that could be dessert, appetizer, or other finger food or drink — excluding moonshine, etc.🙂 ].
Tell a story about an ancestor or ancestors.
Share a favorite story or song or music handed down from an ancestor.
Bring and display and/or tell about ancestors, ancestral places, etc.
Dress in period clothing, etc appropriate to an ancestor.
Or other ideas along these lines.

Planning for Family History Month (October)

(Reprinted with permission from Ancestry Daily News Archive. Originally posted 6/18/2001 © 1997-2010

Since the weather here in the Midwest is just now starting to feel like summer, it is strange to be writing about Family History Month in October, but now is the time to begin planning.

Last year, the editorial staff did a little digging to learn about the origins of Family History Month. From Curt Witcher, manager of the Historical Genealogy Department of the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, Indiana and president of the National Genealogical Society (NGS), we learned:
“The concept of designating October as ‘Family History Month’ began several years ago. It originated with the Monmouth County Genealogical Society, whose aspiration was that during this month, societies would do something special to draw attention to and promote family history. Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Illinois, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Virginia all passed ‘proclamations’ in the last few years declaring October as Family History Month. At the last NGS board meeting, the NGS board officially endorsed the concept and will use the NGS Newsmagazine to promote the idea.”

This year, as Dick Eastman mentioned in his newsletter last week (, more societies are joining in and are helping to make Family History Month an official nationwide event.

With official recognition of Family History Month, we can get a media spotlight shining on genealogy. This extra attention brings in more researchers using the libraries, archives, and courthouses seeking the records of their ancestors. This added use helps these facilities justify increased budgets to add to existing collections, aid in records retention, expansion of facilities, extended hours, digitization of records, new projects, etc. As Dr. John Daly, Director of the Illinois State Archives says in his article, “Genealogy Power,”
“Family historians and genealogists have replaced academic researchers as the principal users of public archives in the United States. The combined memberships of the American Historical Association and the Organization of American Historians today are twenty-eight thousand. A study published in American Demographics in December 1995 cited that 113 million Americans have some interest in genealogy, and that 19 million have a strong working interest in the field . . . If the administrators of public archives in the United States had to rely upon the use of archives by academic researchers alone to justify the existence of archives, they would find it extremely difficult to do so.”

More researchers also means more members for the genealogical societies that help us to preserve the records we rely on, and help keep us informed in regards to issues and resources that affect the genealogical community. More members mean more funding and more volunteers for the important projects they are currently working on, or dream of starting.

In addition, as mentioned before, it can bring more researchers into the game, and more researchers means more potential cousins to exchange information with. Who knows what this new wave of genealogists will bring to the table? The key to your brick wall? A family bible passed down through another line? A fresh look at attacking a shared research problem?

Making It Happen
So how do we make it happen? A great place to start is with your local society. Attend the next meeting and ask what they have planned for this auspicious occasion. The “FGS Delegate Digest,” Summer 2000 (Vol. 7, No. 2) offered the following suggestions to its member societies:
• Conduct a one-day “Introduction to Genealogy” workshop in your area.

• Contact editors of area publications (community and genealogical) to request a feature article on family history.

• Request that local libraries display family history material during October.

• Sponsor a writing contest for children, “Family History Begins with Me: Writing My Own Life Story.”

• Ask our museums, historical, ethnic, business, and religious organizations to highlight the role families have held in their respective history.

• Provide volunteer speakers to local service clubs and organizations for October meetings about family history.

• Convince local and state officials to deem October as Family History Month.

As anyone who tried to access the Ellis Island database in its early days can attest, there are a whole lot of us out here. The trick is for us to be noticed by the rest of the world. As Dr. Daly says in his article, we need to “Point out that persons with family history interest represent 113 million American citizens, 113 million consumers, 113 million letter writers, and 113 million votes.”

Another thing to remember is that when you are a member of a society, you are counted as a family historian. As our collective voice is heard, we in essence become masters of our own destiny.

NOTE: Feel free to pass this article around on your favorite lists. The more people we get involved, the better our chances for success. Look for more updates and announcements on the project in future issues of the Ancestry Daily News.

Don’t Do as “They” Did, Do as I Wish

I can’t tell you the number of times I wish I could ask a long deceased ancestor a burning question about family or life. Of course, that’s not possible.

Sometimes I run across a letter or journal of thoughts or events, an old newspaper clipping, etc. (usually from someone else’s family and not mine), and wish they had written such things or had saved them and passed them down through the generations to me today. Of course, if they didn’t, that’s just wishful thinking.

Then it hits me. Am I writing journals, notes, letters and saving clippings and pictures, etc. Nope is usually the answer. The reason is likely the same as my ancestors: I don’t see the things I see, do, and have as having much importance.

But, oh the importance I would attach to anything my great grandparents had saved, written, or done.

Then it hits me again. Some day, I will possibly be the great grandfather and the things my far distant descendant ordinary daily things would treasure knowing will have also been lost to time and history. Oh, they’ll probably be able to find official records with names and dates and a little more information from some online database. We know, however, how little that actually says about the person.

So, as I try to answer the question of what I’m going to do (and in some cases continue to do), I share the question with you. What are YOU doing to leave bits and pieces of your life and those around you for your possible descendants?

Journaling? Clipping and saving? Storing? Writing letters or emails (and keeping copies)? Making plans to put these some place that future generations might find them?

We will be gone some day just like our ancestors. What daily things about our lives might our great grandchildren treasure knowing?

Charting Technique from Ancestry Newsletter

Yet another free newsletter which arrives by email and to which you can subscribe at the my communication preferences link at is the Weekly Discovery Newsletter.
The following article is from the August 16, 2010 edition and is part of a larger article written by Juliana Smith titled RE-ENERGIZING YOUR RESEARCH.

Charting It “Old School”
Nowadays we can use technology to manipulate data into various charts and forms with the click of a mouse. In a matter of minutes, you can use your genealogy software to print family group sheets, pedigree charts, ahnentafels, and any number of other reports. However, sometimes this one-click type of formatting robs us of the perks that come with the manual manipulation of data.
Spreadsheets and word processors are basic and flexible tools that can help you to take a closer look at the facts you’ve discovered about your ancestors through chronologies that can help place your ancestor in a particular place at a certain point in time, and other charts. I created census grids for families to see where I’m missing them in census records.

I also used a spreadsheet to organize the many city directory listings for Kellys in New York City. This allowed me to sort by street name and other fields and follow individuals through the years.

Inventories of records you’ve collected can remind you of the records you still need to seek out.
When I’m in a rut, I like to take my laptop off the dock and move into my favorite comfy chair in the living room or out to the back porch. For some reason, not being confined to my desk really does wonders and I feel much more energetic. If you don’t have a laptop, turn to that old standby-a pad of paper and pencil. Jot down notes for follow-up and reorganize data and see what you can come up with.

Read a Book or Article
I have found that the more I read about family history, the more inspired I am to do it. In addition to this newsletter, the Ancestry Monthly Update is another free way to get a family history fix. (If you don’t already receive it you can sign up here.)
Reading books about the times and places where your ancestors lived can give you insights into their lives. Biographies of their contemporaries are particularly helpful.

Build Up Some Karma
Nothing is more inspiring and uplifting than helping someone else. Look around for queries posted on message boards or mailing lists in areas where you have expertise. Or join us on our Facebook page where we often find newcomers to family history seeking advice from more seasoned veterans like you. Once you’ve put your skill to work helping someone else out, you’ll be itching to turn that talent back to your own research.
Ups and Downs
We all go through ups and downs in our family history research, and if you’ve been in a bit of a rut and feeling uninspired, why not give some of these ideas a try. What inspires you? Share your tips with us in the comments below.
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Old Settlers Booth a Success

Thanks to all those members who made contribution of time and resources and hard labor and sweat to pull off our booth at the 105th Old Settlers Reunion earlier this month. Your newsletter editor took a week off afterwards to recover, but just couldn’t stay away any longer, and that’s why you are being bombarded with posts now.

The booth was a success from many viewpoints including lots of folks saw we were active and many stopped in to talk or inquire about research or relatives or just to look at our exhibits. We didn’t get all visitors logged, but we had between 60 and 70 people sign up for our free drawing and others who signed the registration tablet.

A good number of our members showed up to work and also stayed to visit. Thanks again to all of you for braving the heat, sand, and humidity.

We learned a few things which will help us in future endeavors of this nature. My personal opinion is that we had an “A number 1 booth” and were an asset for the Old Settlers Reunion.


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