About Help With Research

Here at the Wood County Texas Genealogical Society we really don’t any hard and fast rules or procedures for helping those who query or visit the genealogy research room at the Quitman Public Library. Mostly as members become aware of such requests they voluntarily take such queries and provide short answers or ideas for sources like in comments on queries here at WoodTxGene or on our Facebook page. Sometimes a member will do more research and perhaps get into correspondence with a researcher. At this point in time, most do not charge for their research time, but will ask for reimbursement for copy machine expenses and postage. We will, perhaps, set up standard guidelines for researching in the future.

Included here (and below) are examples of one member’s extra steps in helping with research requests. This was supplied for our monthly member newsletter by President Shirley Bates, but the newsletter editor (yours truly) forgot to include in the November issue.

“The latest about Dubose was an email I sent her telling her that since she was looking for her ancestor whose dates were in the 1800’s the last of which was 1846, Wood County was not in the Republic and the censuses did not include Texas or the Republic. I advised her to see if she could find censuses of the Republic or of the Mexican government which owned Texas before the Republic. I told her to check with the Texas State Archives. I told her the phone numbers 512-463-5460 or 512-463-5480 and their email address of archinfo@tsl.state.tx.us. Their address is Box 12927 Capitol Station, Austin, T X 78711-2927.
“I also suggested the Steen Library which is on the campus of the Steven F. Austin College in Nacogdoches. I didn’t have the email address or phone numbers but they are easy to find.
While I was doing that research a young man by the name of George Waddleton called me and wanted to know about the Waddletons in Wood County. That name immediately perked up my ears because there is a Doctor Waddleton here and a Reverend Waddleton (I think) here. Dr. Waddleton may be dead. I sent him a lot of info about Waddletons that I found and he wants me to continue researching those names which I will start again next week. He also wants research done in Winnsboro which I’ll do. ” — Shirley Bates

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3 Responses

  1. Deason, are you telling me that I should not offer suggestions to those who are inquiring about genealogical matters that are posted on Facebook? If so, I did not know that I was stepping out-of-line when I answered. I think I paid my dues and am a member, if not, please advise and will send it. Where I offer help is where I have definite information on the family or subject. If you all would work with those of us in the Historical Commission as myself who have researched and and written the necessary information to Texas Historical Commission for that cemetery such as Gentry Cemetery which with my help was awarded Historical Designation. Some of the families are long time residents who we know and have read about in our history books . I have never charged anyone a penny for what I do, even when I spend 30 or more hours researching and writing the narrative for a Texas Historical Marker. You mention DuBose in your letter. Mr. W. C. DuBose was a mayor of Mineola, had a furniture and undertaking business here and originally came from Florida. I will not in the future answer any query unless requested by you or some member of the Society.

  2. No, Lou. I was just doing a little essay telling people how we respond to their queries so they would know that members do respond. Shirley had given me that data to share in the newsletter, and, as I said, I forgot to include it. I also thought this might stimulate us as a group to get some discussion going that might get other members than those who now do so to also pitch in and help. There are about three or four people who give valuable responses, and you are one of those. I was trying to let people know that we have not in the past asked for any compensation for helping. It is done out of the goodness of the members’ hearts. Please continue to do what you have been doing. You have played a valuable part on our Woodtxgene page in comments and information and also on the Facebook page. To everyone, if there was a tone there, I did not mean it to be.

  3. To Whom It May Concern: I am researching the family of Gary Kitchens 1866-1956; father William, mother Sarah Elizabeth Willeford kitchens. He married Louisa Hathcox after his first wife ( I guess) died giving childbirth in a log cabin. Her name was Parthenia Coker. I can’t find anything on her. The baby died also. Then Gary married my grandmother and they lived in Ada, OK most of their life where he was involved in politics and well known. Excuse me if I have not followed the correct prorocol. Any help appreciated.

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