MICHAEL MATTHEWS WILL BE OCTOBER SPEAKER: Michael Mathews, Editor & Publisher of The Family Historian and Host of The Family History Show will be the guest speaker at the combined Milam County & Lee County Genealogical Societies annual dinner/meeting at the Patterson Civil Center in Rockdale. He is a 5th generation native Texan, born and raised in Dallas and self-employed as a professional advertising photographer. The title of Mr. Matthews’ presentation will be “Out of the Blue into Thin Air.” He will also have a questions- answer session much like the radio show so please write down any questions you have and be ready!
The date is Oct. 3rd at 6 p.m. This will be a covered dish dinner with favorite dishes provided by each society member. Guests are invited to attend and tickets may be purchased for $5 each at the Lucy Hill Patterson Library in Rockdale; Gloria Martin in Cameron; Nancy Perry in Lexington; Lucille Towery in Thorndale and Sue Placke in Giddings.
SEPTEMBER MEETING: Our next meeting will be Sept. 5th. Program Chairman, Jon Cook, has arranged for Ken Fette, Microfilm Coordinator from the Family History Library in Salt Lake City to be our speaker. We will meet at our new location, the NBC Bank Community Room and we will have light refreshments after the meeting. Since this will be the last meeting before the October dinner, we will finalize plans for this event at that time. It is important for all to attend.
NEW MEMBER: Beverly Kilpatrick, 912 Lombardy Dr., Plano, Texas 75023-7106. She is also a member of the Collin County Genealogical Society.
WEBPAGE FOR MCGS: This is a possibility! Rusty Thomas, Vice President, showed our group a possible webpage on the Internet for our Society. Everyone expressed interest in this endeavor and several offered some financial assistance to get it started. Rusty will do some further research and report back on this at a later meeting.
SPEAKING OF THE INTERNET: Our local computer store in Rockdale, Majik Computers, was almost “mobbed” a couple of weeks ago when they offered the Internet for Rockdale (as a distributor only for RTI Communications). Total cost for 1-year of unlimited access is only $57.75 with no long distance charges. There has been some serious problems with reaching the various numbers assigned but according to the latest information, everything should be working. Now if I could just get the courage to install it, I’ll be “ONLINE.”
MISSISSIPPI ANCESTORS: Anyone searching for Mississippi Ancestors may be interested in a new quarterly magazine, The Magnolia Connection. It will feature queries, unlimited to all subscribers and county library information. Also stories from subscribers and genealogy organizations news will be printed. Anyone who is interested may subscribe for $16 per year with a free issue if you submit a query at the time of subscribing.The Magnolia Connection
MEMBER OF THE MONTH: Rusty Thomas, Vice President of the MCGS is our featured member for September. Rusty Allen Thomas was born on Dec. 7, 1954 in Mt. Pleasant, Texas. He graduated as Valedictorian of Mt. Pleasant High School in 1973 and received his B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering from Texas A&M University in 1977. In 1980, he married Gloria Evans in Elkhart, Texas. He has a step-daughter, Teri, age 21, and three sons: Cody, age 14; Brad, age 12; and, Ryan, age 9. Rusty has been employed with Alcoa for 18-years and is now a Staff Information Technology Analyst. He has lived in Rockdale for 8-years. He was one of the organizing officers of the MCGS and has served 2-terms each as President and as Vice President. He is a sixth generation Texan, a member of the Sons of the Republic of Texas (2 paternal ancestors) and Sons of Confederate Veterans (1 paternal & 1 maternal). Most notable ancestors: Sir Lewis Latham who served as Lord Falconer to King Charles I in 1625 and advanced to Sergeant of the Hawks in 1627 and Rev. Thomas Dungan (Irish) who was the first Baptist preacher of Pennsylvania. At this time, Rusty is actively researching Thomas and McClellan and other surnames include: Andrews, Clower, Crowder, Faircloth, Gilliland, Hardin, Hutchins, Long, Tinker and Wear. Most lines are Irish and most came to Texas by way of Tennessee.
QUERY: Christine Price, 5738 Mallard Lake Dr., Hoover, AL 35244 - She inquired on July 23rd about joining our society, our publications and prices. She is interested in researching the Jessie Little and William Ervin (Buck) Westbrook families. If any of you have information, please contact her.
QUERY: Beverly Kilpatrick, new member, 912 Lombardy Dr., Plano, Texas 75023-7106 - She sent a pedigree chart for William H. Kilpatrick. His grandfather, William Lee Kilpatrick (b. 23 Jul 1886, Cameron, Milam Co.). His father was James Monore Kilpatrick (b. 1864, Texas - d. 1921, Rockdale). James was married on 22 Oct 1885 to Louetta Cone (b. 1868, TX). James’ father was George Washington Kilpatrick (b. 1825) and Louetta’s parents were Robert Cone & Melissa Wheeler.
SAVE TEXAS CEMETERIES, INC. - When Charles and I (Marie Hubert) did the program on cemeteries in June 1996, we expressed some concern about the above organization as I had sent two letters wit no response. I received a telephone call one evening last month at 9:30 p.m., and it was Karen R. Thompson, President of Save Texas Cemeteries, Inc. Somehow my letters had been put into her “handled” file and she had just found them while doing her filing. She offered her apology and said she would be sending some literature to distribute. There is no government entity in Texas responsible for the protection and restoration of Texas cemeteries. If cemeteries are in a populated area and still in use, they may be protected and maintained by the cities or counties but small cemeteries all over Texas, those that have not had burials in years are being lost to vines, weeds and trees. Even anxious developers have bull dozed small cemeteries and it could be months or years before, if ever, they are missed. Others are being destroyed by vandalism. This organization needs our help and support. Also, while reading the material concerning speakers, I noticed Karen had addressed the MCGS in December 1993.
The MCGS voted at the August meeting to order the 22 microfiche containing 133 issues (1960-1994) of Stirpes, the quarterly magazine of the Texas State Genealogical Society. This will be placed in the Lucy Hill Patterson Library. The complete index is included. This will be another good resource for us to use in our genealogical work.
NON-POPULATION CENSUS RECORDS
Rusty Thomas downloaded from the SOCCGS home Page (South Orange County California Genealogy Society) on the Internet some of the following interesting information. I believe it was from their Sept. 1995 newsletter.
Agricultural Schedules of 1850, 1860 & 1870 - They provide the following information for each farm: name of owner or manager, number if improved and unimproved acres, cash value of the farm, machinery, livestock, animals slaughtered during the past year and homemade manufactures. They also indicate the number of horses, mules, milk cows, working oxen, other cattle, sheep and swine owned by the farmer. Also noted are amounts of crops produced during the preceding year. The 1880 Schedules provide additional details such as the amount of acreage used for each crop, number of poultry and number of eggs produced. However, in 1850, small farms that produced lass than $100 worth of products were not included. By 1870, farms of less than 3-acres which produced less than $500 worth of products were not included on the Schedules.
Mortality Schedules - They record deaths in the year preceding the taking of the census. For example, the 1860 Mortality Schedule includes person who died between June 1, 1859 and May 31, 1860. For each person, the following information is listed: name, age, sex, marital status, state or country of birth, month of death, occupation, cause of death, and length of final illness.
Manufacturing Schedule and Social Statistics Schedule - These contain much information and statistics but no information about specific individuals.
These schedules are in the National Archives or the appropriate state archives. The microfilm can be rented through private vendors or the Family History Center.
VOTER REGISTRATION CARDS: from Victoria-Crossroads of South Texas - Voter registration cards are available for the 19th & 20th Centuries in many courthouses. If you cannot find the birth place or date of birth for an ancestor, this might be helpful to you. The election commissioners wanted to be sure the person was 21 and born in this country. Or, if not born in this country, when and where he became naturalized. The immigrant had to give the date and location of that event and the name of the court that authorized his citizenship. The card will also show signatures. Remember that women could not vote until 1920!
THE FAMILY HISTORY SHOW: The Family History Show can be heard in Temple Killeen on KTEM 1400, Bryan/College Station on WTAW 1150 and Dallas/Ft. Worth on KRLD 1080. In the Rockdale area, with an antenna, you can receive KRLD. Sometimes local stations cut down their power in the evenings therefore some of us cannot receive the nearer stations. Try to listen this next Sunday evening, Sept. 8th at 10 p.m. to midnight and become acquainted with Michael Matthews and his guest, Elizabeth “Beth” Gay, Editor, The Family Tree, Ellen Payne Odom Library, Moultrie, GA, who is an authority on Scottish research and Jane Routt Power, Parliamentarian, Garland (TX) Genealogical Society. Sept. 15th, the guest will be Peggy Barnes Fox, Assistant Director, Confederate Research Center at Hill College and Carol Grisham Byrom of the Ft. Wroth Genealogical Society and Mic Barnette, Genealogy Columnist, Houston Chronicle. The toll-free number to call-in for questions or comments is: 1-800-765-1080.
LEE COUNTY GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY - They will have their regular monthly meeting on Sept. 16th at the Rufus King Library at 9 a.m. in Giddings. The program is unannounced.
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