Quitman Speaker For 3rd East Texas African-American Historical Conference

Patricia Russell-Durst of Quitman will be one of the featured speakers at the East Texas Area 3rd Annual African-American Historical Conference Saturday, May 11 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Topics will include genealogy, economics, family education, religion, culture, and other related topics.
The conference which will be held at the Texas College William Lee Glass Auditorium at 2404 Grand Avenue in Tyler, has a theme of “Rediscovering Our African-American Heritage, 150 Years After Emancipation.”
Registration is $10 for adults and $5.00 for children 17-years old and younger. For more information, call 903-216-7538.


Burnam Reunion

Anyone interested in the Burnam family reunion in June at Holman, Texas can contact kenburnam@yahoo.com for details.

2012 Society Christmas Party

Members and guests celebrated the 2012 Christmas season with a party in the Shamburger Room at the Quitman Public Library on the third Monday evening of December. Special Christmas season quizzes, lots of great finger foods, a Chinese Gift Exchange, and lots of visiting and fun were shared by all attending.

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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.

October Meeting Features Local Attorney Talking About Pine Mills Community

October 15 (Monday) 2012 — Regular Monthly Meeting

Quitman Attorney James Wheeler will visit with members about the history of families  and the area of the Pine Mills community in eastern Wood County . We will also talk about plans for upcoming activities at the meeting

Our Schedule next Monday:
5:00 p.m. — Social time at Peralta’s Mexican Restaurant, Quitman
6:00 p.m. — Time to offer or seek help with genealogy for members  and the general public and/or to use the laptops to go online and search databases. We meet at the Quitman Public Library.
7:00 p.m. — Regular monthly meeting at the Quitman Public Library.

Meetings, Workshop Plans for October, November

A guest speaker for the October meeting and a workshop in November were announced at the September 17 business meeting and kick-off dinner for the Wood County (Texas) Genealogical Society.

Quitman Attorney James Wheeler will visit with members about history of families  and history of the Pine Mills community in eastern Wood County at the  October 15 meeting.

Plans were announced for a November evening workshop which will be held on a different night than the regular November meeting. Details will be shared here on the Bulletin when exact dates are determined. The emphasis will be on using local and online resources to help people with their family research.

Fourteen people attended the  covered-dish dinner including four guests who shared their research and family history with those present. Also, minutes for meetings in April, May, and June as well as an up-to-date financial report were presented by Secretary Shirley Patrick and Treasurer Wayne McCluney. The meeting was conducted by President Ronnie Vance. All of these documents are available for viewing on the member only page which one can access from the link at the top right of this page.

New books to the society’s research room at the Quitman Public Library featuring early Wood County Probate proceedings and survey notes were presented. Planning is also underway for training for using research room resources to help researchers and for a scanning workshop.


Members Fees Due & September Meeting Next Monday

Brief Reminder: There are only three more days until our September 2012-13 Kick-off Meeting Monday, Sept. 17 at 6 p.m. at the Quitman Public Library.

It’s a covered dish meal greeting meeting, and we would like to have a large turnout and see you all. It seems ages since our last get-together in June. This is also one of our two yearly business meetings.

Also, if you haven’t mailed in your 2012-13 membership fee ($25 a member no matter how many in a household), you can pay at the meeting Monday or still drop in the mail if you live too far away to attend Monday. The address is Treasurer, Wood County Genealogical Society, P. O. Box 832, Quitman, Texas 75783.