Access NewspaperARCHIVE at the Quitman Public Library

Great news was released this week of the availability of the NewspaperArchive at Quitman Public Library. This is a gigantic database allows searching of  past newspapers around the country. Two papers of local interest are the Wood County Democrat  (1916-2012) and the Winnsboro News from 1955 to 1977. Special thanks to Librarian Delene Allen for adding this valuable resource to the library.

Additional information about the new service is available from the post on the library blog at this link: Access NewspaperARCHIVE at the Quitman Public Library.

Query: Evidence of Confederate Service by Blacks

A Stephen F. Austin University student and historian Noris White Jr., is searching for primary documents and related evidence of slaves and free black men or women who may have served in the Confederate armies as combat infantrymen, wagoneers, servants, and in other capacities either by choice or otherwise for a book he is researching. If you have old letters, official documents, pension applications, etc. which would identify anyone of this nature, White requests you contact him at

CartwrightCommunity Program for Nov. 19 Meeting

The history of the Cartwright Community of Wood County, Texas and families there will be shared by special guest Fred Morrow at the November meeting of the Wood County Genealogical Society at 7 p.m. next Monday at the Shamburger Room of the Quitman Public Library.
Refreshments will be served in the 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.time prior to the meeting program.
The optional 5 p.m. “eating meeting” at Peralta’s Mexican Food Restaurant in Quitman will also be held before the refreshment period at the library.
This meeting is open to all members and to the general public.

Do You Read The Comments?

Do you come back here and read the comments posted later on this page? If not, you are missing some good follow-up information.

Here are some recent comments pulled from their posted positions and presented here to show how people are responding to requests:

Comment on Query: Hood by Dorothy Harbin
from Comments for Wood County, Texas Genealogical Society by Dorothy Harbin
Hello: I will try to check on this on a Tuesday, whenever the library opens, I have been out of town.

Comment on Query: Sams by Dorothy Harbin
from Comments for Wood County, Texas Genealogical Society by Dorothy Harbin
We have OBITS starting 1983 in the Quitman Public Library, and will look for it on a Tuesday and also check micro film for the other date.

Comment on Query: Sams by Kathy Richey
from Comments for Wood County, Texas Genealogical Society by Kathy Richey
There are old copies of the Wood County Democrat online. Go to Look at the February 2, 1978 and it has C.O. Sams obit. Hope this helps.

Comment on Query (2nd Request): Stout by Francie Stout Easley
from Comments for Wood County, Texas Genealogical Society by Francie Stout Easley
I, too, am a descendant of Capt. Henry Stout! My father, Forrest Hilton Stout (passed last November) went to the cemetery in Quitman with my cousin, Edward Stout (also deceased) several years ago. I have not been there myself, but it is on my bucket list!
Francie Stout Easley

from Comments for Wood County, Texas Genealogical Society by Sandy Hooton (Rouse)
Will notes or a tape (CD) be available from this Oct 2012 meeting? I am out of state (CA) and unable to attend and very interested. I have a brickwall from this County and still hoping to break

Thought For The Day: 21st Century Record Searching

Thanks again to James Tanner of Genealogy’s Star blog. He’s a deep thinker who can get me (Deason Hunt, your editor ) thinking.

In his latest post on Genealogy’s Star

( titled Primary and Secondary Sources — Looking beyond the Census, he makes the following comment about finding records.

“What, you say, actually go somewhere to search for records? How Twentieth Century! Yes, I suppose, since genealogist(s) dwell in the past that we are still retro and searching paper records. But until I find local records being digitized wholesale online, I will still get in my car and drive to the libraries and other repositories.”

The thought I had was this: If we are truly non-profit or non-profit-spirited service organizations, shouldn’t we be working diligently to get as many of our local records available and online for free searching for those who can’t come to our physical collections because of distance, cost, or other inability to travel?

If such a spirit were to become common among local societies, then we would all be busy serving each other. Except for those genealogy businesses who have to turn a profit to stay in business, this is not out of reach. Charging for information and thus keeping it harder to come by is also so Twentieth Century.

Note: The above is a personal opinion of the editor of the Wood County Genealogical Society Bulletin.

Connections: We’re All About Connections

What is it that stokes our interest in our ancestors, that compels some of us to so eagerly pursue knowledge of our parental heritage?
Diane L. Richard of the UpFront With NGS blog brought this to our attention from a LiveScience article by Tia Ghose, LiveScience Staff Writer.
The conclusion is, simply put, connections.
Think about it. As we gather data about our parents, grandparents, etc. we strengthen the sense of being related. As we build our family trees, we not only extend generations into the past, we find (and seek) connections laterally of aunts and uncles and cousins. Indeed, we even find non-blood family connections with our in-law families.
The practice of genealogy is not done in isolation, either. we have connections with places our ancestors lived, with fellow family researchers within societies local and long distance, with researchers long since gone through their research documents and books.
Genealogists depended earlier on travel connections to ancestral lands, on letters of query and response, on electronic devices such as telephones, and now the electronic devices including the computer, tablets, and smart phones.
As earliest mankind began to build families and then communities of connections, we began to build the levels of society in which we live today. It has always been about connection.
That is the nature and strength of genealogy societies and our local, national, and international genealogy interest groups. When we seek to build more connections to our pasts and to those around us at present and to the future, we are true to our calling.
We are today in a period of transition in our genealogy networks, but we will endure. It’s likely we cannot yet envision what we will look like locally or electronically, but family history searching and sharing will emerge stronger and more effective than ever before.


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