Gen Societies in the 21st Century

I spent a meaningful and thought-provoking hour last Saturday at 1 p.m. Central Time listening to the first of a series of programs on genealogical society strategies for the 21st century. (…and I intend to spend that same time each coming Saturday that I can manage.)

The series is sponsored by the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS)(which I highly recommend that we join) and is hosted by Thomas MacEntee of Chicago who is one of those people who get it that new methods can help us be more successful in the coming years.

For those times I can’t hear the program live, the programs are archived so that one can listen later as I am doing this Monday morning. Don’t worry about not being near Chicago, the series is broadcast over the internet. If you can devote an hour (or some portion thereof), you can click on the link below. When the new page comes up, you should have the program start up automatically. Need to pause, just press that same button again to pause and, once again, when ready to restart.

Deason (a from-the-editor posting including my personal opinion)

Query: Gilbreath

I am looking for relatives of my grandfather Ernest Gilbreath who probably lived around Wood County, TX. I believe he met my grandmother, Alma Holliday, either through relatives or she may have been working around the Como area in 1932-1933.

They had a daughter together which he may have not know about. I believe he was married around the Como, TX area and had several more children. Ernest may have died from an accident or murder about 1957 or 1958.

I would like to have contact with members of the family to get to know my grandfather’s life and what happened to him.

Thank you.

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Note:This was reposted here with the permission of the person who sent it to the Rootsweb TX Wood mailing list.

New Microfilm in Genealogy Research Room

The recent donation of Helen Arnold of Yantis included the following rolls of microfilm:
List of New Microfilm in genealogy research room
These are available in the genealogy research room for in-library use at the Quitman Public Library.

FREE Internet Archive Search Guides

Over at DonsLIst there are some really good finding guides to the FREE Internet Archives. Here’s a screen of some of Don’s aids.

Here’s the clickable link to the page above:

Some Subscription Services Available Free at Longview Library

The subscription services and are available to use at no charge for in-library use for Longview, Texas Library patrons who have a Longview Public Library borrower’s card.

According to the library website, “You may get a borrower’s card at no cost if the following is true:
You live in Texas.
You are 18 years of age or older.
You can provide proof of Texas residency.
You have a valid state ID or driver’s license.”

You can see other digital databases available on the library website at These include Archive of Americana and the TexShare databases among many others.

This information was shared this week at a meeting featuring Longview Public Library’s genealogy librarian Linda Laminack.

My Society Online Radio by mysociety | Blog Talk Radio

My Society Online Radio by mysociety | Blog Talk Radio.

Donation of Microfiche/microfilm Reader

The society has received a donation of a microfiche/microfilm reader and census microfilm from Helen Arnold of Yantis. The reader is the advanced model of the 770A and has manual reels for reading regular 35mm microfilm as well as fiche. Included was 19 rolls of census film from the states of Mississippi, Tennessee, and North Carolina.

We would like to express our sincere thanks to Mrs. Arnold for the donation of these resources. They are available to use in the Genealogy Research Room for members and the general public.


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