Billy Goat Hill

Does anyone associated with this website have information about a place called Billy Goat Hill near Quitman? I was told William G. Sawyer was buried there but cannot find any evidence of it. Any help is greatly appreciated.


Calendar of Society Events Coming Up

May 10WCGSTX field trip to the Alba Public Library and Historical Museum and to Parrott’s Park and Museum in Lindale. We will meet at the library prior to 9:45 a.m. when we will car pool away to Alba on this trip. The trip will continue from there to Parrott’s Park. Bring a sack lunch and drink, and we will picnic at Parrott’s Park while touring the museum and grounds.

May 21Regular monthly meeting at 7 p.m. at the Quitman Public Library. Doors open at 6 p.m., and we will spend the time helping people with research questions or surfing the internet (including access to doing individual research. Bring you wifi-enable laptop (but we will have the six we used in our classes last year if you can’t bring yours.) DON’T FORGET that those interested can meet at 5 p.m. for socializing at Peralta’s Mexican Food in Quitman. Program for this meeting is election of officers for the 2012-13 society year and research tips, ideas, or questions and time online researching.

June 5WCGSTX field trip to genealogical collection of the Dallas Public library. We’ll car pool in case you don’t want to drive in Dallas traffic. Time details will be announced later this spring.

June 15-16 – Society’s Highway 37 Garage and Bake Sale at the Quitman Public Library. Be saving items to sale and deciding what bake goods to bring also.

1940 Census Helps From April Meeting

Genealogy award-winning writer, professional researcher and experienced lecturer, Lisa McKinney, of Edgewood enlightened members of the Wood County Genealogical Society with background, hints, and tips about the 1940 census at the April society meeting.

The census gives us a look at conditions resulting from the Great Depression of the 20th Century by providing more data on American life ever collected before that time. One of the most useful features is the question of where the family was living in 1935 indicating migrations of the 1930s, the dark years of the world’s economy. Another unique feature was that of Hobo Night in which transients were censused in places like hotels, hospitals, etc.

Also unique was the fact that this is the first census which will be all digital and not searched on long rolls of microfilm.

The biggest downside is that the census was released without an index. Numerous online outlets are working to index the all the states and data, but estimates are that it could take at least until the end of the year 2012. In the meantime, people will have to search page by page to find their relatives unless they use finding aids such as those at

Once in the census, researchers are urged to look at all data which includes such items as street and house numbers, residence, and occupation. Sometimes margin notes also give additional information. Also, skip pages at the end of an enumeration district include those missed on the main walks up and own streets and the transient individuals.

Help For A Non-resident of Texas

Requisitions and Acquisitions Co-chair Shirley Bates recently demonstrated the helpfulness of society members on a help request from an Illinois resident which was called into the Quitman Public Library. It turns out that the information was actually needed from Ector County, Texas. Here’s Shirley’s description of what she was able to do for the long-distance researcher:

Rose Miltimore from Illinois called asking help in finding information about her daughter, Linda Styden, who  had died March 24, 2012.  She and the daughter were not on speaking terms but she wanted to get an obit or a death record or something.  The daughter died in Odessa and Rose said it was probably her heart and she was probably cremated. …I called the long distance operator and was told that Midland was the county seat of Ector County and I was given the phone number of the County Clerk’s office.  The lady I talked to said Ms. Miltimore needed to send a letter stating the full name of the deceased, the full name of the mother with maiden name, the full name of the father, the date of death, a picture identification of the person requesting this (Ms. Miltimore) and a money order for $21.00 to Vitals, P.O. Box 707, Odessa, Texas 79760.I think a lot of people would like to know that contacting the county clerk’s office might get more info than they know…”.  

Publicity for tonight’s WCGSTX Meeting

Status Update
By Wood County Democrat
McKinney to speak at WC Genealogical Society meeting Monday in Quitman

The Wood County Genealogical Society invites the public to hear guest speaker Lisa McKinney at the Quitman Public Library on Monday, April 16, at 7 p.m.
McKinney will explain what information is available for family researchers in the 1940 census and methods and sources to most effectively find that information.
As with all the regular monthly meetings of the Wood County Genealogical Society, members will be available at the library from 6-7 p.m. to help the public and other members with starting research of their ancestors and family tree or with research problems. A limited number of work stations will be available on a first-come, first serve basis to use the free library version of Personal Wi-Fi-enabled laptops may also be used.
Additionally, a social Dutch-treat gathering of society members and guests is open to anyone interested in genealogy on each third Monday meeting day at 5 p.m. at Peralta’s Mexican Food Restaurant in Quitman.

Some Vital Stats from Court House Now in Research Room

Information just received from Requisitions and Acquisitions co-chair Dorothy Harbin is that we now have a new research and lookup resource from the Wood County Courthouse in the Wood County Genealogical Society research room.
Vital statistics lists now housed there:
1. Marriage Records – Husband – 1878 – 2009
2. Marriage Records – Wife – 1878 – 2009
3. Birth Records – 1879 – 1934
4. Death Records – 1879 – 1984.

They will be in binders on the Wood County shelves.

TSGS Conference In Fort Worth In November

The next Texas State Genealogical Society (TSGS) State Conference is in Fort Worth Nov. 1-3, 2012. It will feature Curt Witcher as keynote speaker. Exhibitions, society management, and research sources and methods are among items on the agenda.


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