New Wood County Research Resources

Three books of abstracts of Wood County records have been at to the society’s Genealogy Research Room at the Quitman Public Library.

Wood County Unclaimed Marriages 1890 to 1960s is a listing of marriage certificates at the Wood County Courthouse in Quitman which have never been picked up. The data of names and dates duplicates some in our bound books of county marriages also in the research room, but these are actual certificates housed at the courthouse in the basement (at the time of the research for the book published in 2008). The certificates are “gradually fading away due to age and climate conditions” according to Patsy Vinson, president of the Organization for the Preservation of Historical and Genealogical Records (OPHGR) which published all three of these new books.Proof of relationship to the persons on the certificate is required to pickup a copy at the courthouse.

Mechanic’s Liens of Wood County, Texas Volume A names individuals and businesses involved in buying and selling of items such as building materials for houses and equipment and the terms of loans to secure the transactions. The book is indexed. The information was compiled by Laverne Howard Wyatt and pubished in 2009.

Misdemeanor Guilty Pleas of Wood County, Texas -1892-1946 Volumes 1 to 4 lists names of those who so plead, fines, jail times, and the nature of the criminal offense. Jail times ranged from none to minutes to multiple days. Some of the crimes included assaults, gaming, abusive language, killing quail out of season, and killing fish. The book is also indexed. The author is Patsy Vinson, and the book was published in 2008.

Organizing Your Family History into a Journal Worshop

“Organizing Your Family History into a Journal” will be the program presented at OPHGR’s workshop to be held
Saturday, September 24, 2011 at the Tri-County Library on Market Street (Downtown), Mabank, Texas 75147.

We will be explaining how to organize what you have gathered for years on your family history, help you set up
a family timeline, sort & date photos to use in journal, interviewing family members, show examples of some
histories and have time for questions and discussion.

Time: 10:00 a.m to 2:00 p.m.

Cost: $20.00 (includes lunch, snacks, and drinks)

The room will hold about 25-30 persons. Please let us know if you plan to attend.

Contact: Patsy Vinson 903 887 2892 or email to: or
Contact: Dorothy Williamson 903 340 1954

We are looking forward to seeing you there and hope by then the hot temperatures will be gone.

Patsy Vinson, Pres.

“Pursuing and Preserving the Past”
Organization for the Preservation of Historical & Genealogical Records
P.O. Box 1551, Canton, TX 75103


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