*** NEXT SOCIETY MEETING ***
SATURDAY - DECEMBER 15th - 11:00 am
(Note Time Change for this Meeting Only)
HUNTSVILLE PUBLIC LIBRARY
Program: "Show & Tell"
Speakers: Society Members
Society Members are asked to make a short presentation
about a find or their writing challenge
(Bring Your Spouse and a Dish to Share)
*** SOCIETY EVENTS ***
*** DISCUSSION GROUPS ***
Led by: Janet Gardner
2nd Wednesday - 1:00 to 3:00 pm
Led by: Janet Miller
3rd Wednesday - 10:30 am to 1:30 pm
"HEALTH & GENEALOGY"
Led by: Emmy Bushman
4th Tuesday - 5:00 to 7:00 pm
GENEALOGY RESEARCH USING PROBATE & ESTATE RECORDS"
Led by: Connie Heiland
4th Wednesday - 1:30 to 3:30 pm
*** PLEASE NOTE ***
Each Discussion Group will meet once a month at the
Huntsville Public Library:
Johnnie Jo Sowell Dickenson Genealogy Room
To Register for Any Discussion Group Contact Mary at the Library
*** GENEALOGY RESEARCH ASSISTANCE AVAILABLE ***
HUNTSVILLE PUBLIC LIBRARY
3rd THURSDAY EACH MONTH - 5:30 p.m.
"How to use Ancestry.com"
Richard Lane discusses how to use Ancestry.com at the library or online
To Register: Contact Mary at the Library or at www.myhuntsvillelibrary.com
*** Genealogy Room - Huntsville Public Library ***
*** Donations ***
The Walker County
Genealogical Society encourages you to make donations to the Society for
genealogical publications and furnishings to be placed in the Johnnie Jo Sowell
Dickenson Genealogy Room. These can be general donations, or memorial donations.
Each book given, or purchased, will be plated with the name of the donor and the
name of the person for whom the memorial is made. Please download the Donor Form
when making a contribution. The Donor Form provides the necessary information
for the library to notify the appropriate persons.
Your donation will help to enhance this wonderful resource for
genealogical research. Donations are tax deductible.
The Johnnie Jo Sowell Dickenson Genealogy Room contains approximately 2,200 square feet of space. The genealogy room contains an archive room as well as 8 computers dedicated to genealogy researchers.
Mail the Donor Form and your donation to WCGS - P. O. Box 1295 - Huntsville, Texas 77342-1295.
PLEASE NOTE: Please designate your donation, "For Genealogy Collection".
! Click Here to Download Donor Form !
Walker County Genealogical Society Members in front of the Huntsville
Johnnie Jo Sowell Dickenson Genealogy Room
*** Walker County Genealogical Society Officers
President: Johnnie Jo Dickenson Treasurer: Kay Mitchell
1st Vice President: Clara Malak 2nd Vice President: Janet Miller
Recording Secretary: Suzanne Dawson Historian: Johnny Willis
1st Librarian: Toni Herrington 2nd Librarian: Janet Gardner
Registrar: Susan Tarpey Newsletter Editor: J. D. Dickenson
Parliamentary Advisor: Dixie Bennett
Ex-Officio Member: Linda Dodson - Library
For more information about the society or genealogical holdings email
The Walker County Genealogical Society works to further knowledge about genealogical research, assist others with their family lines, and exchange knowledge gleaned from experience in a variety of research areas. It was begun in 1965, and as of 2015, has 150 members. Meetings are held the third Saturday of each month, except during the summer and in December, and are held at 10:00 a.m. Annual dues are $10.00 for individuals or $15.00 for couples. We are able to keep our dues at this low rate due to the generosity of our members and friends. All correspondence to the society should be mailed to P. O. Box 1295 - Huntsville, Texas 77342-1295.
TO JOIN SOCIETY
AND DOWNLOAD SOCIETY BROCHURE
Society Member J. D. Dickenson is the Editor of the Walker County Genealogical Society Newsletter. It is published each month (except June, July and December). You should receive it just prior to each month's meeting date. Please read carefully for announcements and other pertinent information about the society. Our society is growing and this is an economical way to keep up with the membership and keep you informed.
Society Web Page
The society's web page is being constantly accessed and we have received a number of inquiries about local genealogical research opportunities through the web page. We have added several new links; some of which are websites of families with long time Walker County connections. If you know of other web sites that we might add to our links please let us know.
February - 3rd Sunday - 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. - Winter Library
Lock-In - Huntsville Public Library
May - 3rd Saturday - 11:00 a.m. - Annual Society Picnic
August - Summer Weekend (Friday & Saturday) - Summer Library Lock-In - Huntsville Public Library
Note Cards: The pen and ink drawings by Juanita Lynch have been made into Note Cards. These are for sale in packages of 8, with envelopes, for $5.00 per pack plus $1.00 postage if mailed. Several of these drawings are on the Pioneer Registry Certificates. These Note Cards are excellent for Thank You notes, etc.
*** Forrest Masonic Lodge Donates $3,500.00 to Society ***
On August 5, 2016, Forrest Masonic Lodge No. 19, of Huntsville, presented the Walker County Genealogical Society with a donation in the amount of $3,500.00. These funds have been designated for the purchase of books and research materials to enhance the collection of the Genealogy and Local History Room of the Huntsville Public Library.
Past President Helen Park receives $3,500.00 donation from
Forrest Masonic Lodge members:
L to R: Neill Hodges, Johnny Willis, Robert Patteson, Scotty Kyle, Sidney Metcalf
Jack Herrington, Michael Dowden, J. D. Dickenson, Herbert Minyard
*** Updated ***
*** Now On-Line ***
Huntsville & Walker County, Texas, Cemeteries
Volume 1 - South Walker County
(Cemeteries South of State Highways 30 and 190)
Volume 2 - North Walker County
(Cemeteries North of State Highways 30 and 190)
Volume 3 - Huntsville City & Prison Cemeteries
Huntsville City Cemeteries
(Oakwood - Adickes - Mayes - St. Stephen's Columbarium)
(Captain Joe Byrd - Wynne Farm - Goree Farm)
Walker County Black Cemeteries
South Walker County Index Click Here South Cemetery Listings Click Here
North Walker County Index Click Here North Cemetery Listings Click Here
City & Prison Index Click Here City & Prison Listings Click Here
Black Cemeteries Index Click Here Black Cemeteries Listings Click Here
Please Note: Information on purchasing a copy of these books is given further down on this website.
You must have Adobe Acrobat Reader 5 or above installed to access these files.
!!! Updated Links !!!
Walker County History Books On-Line
The Walker County, Texas, History Book (Published 1986) and Huntsville and Walker County, Texas - A Bicentennial History (Published 1976) are now on-line. This was made possible through a joint project of the Walker County Genealogical Society, The Huntsville Public Library and Stephen F. Austin State University. The books are part of the East Texas Digital Archives and Collections which is managed by the East Texas Research Center https://library.sfasu.edu/etrc/ located at the Stephen F. Austin State University website. The Walker County Genealogical Society is not responsible for any errors you may find on these links.
Walker County, Texas, History Book (Published
Huntsville and Walker County, Texas - A
Bicentennial History (Published 1976)
East Texas Digital Archives &
Note: If the links to the History Books do not work, go to:
Scan down the page to Huntsville Public Library
Walker County Treasures Website
This website contains historical pictures of Huntsville
and Walker County
This website also has the Bible Records of the Walker County Genealogical Society
Publications for Sale
Walker County, Texas, Cemeteries Publications
Volume 1 is the first of 3 Volumes of Walker County Cemeteries, published by the Walker County Genealogical Society. "Volume 1 - South Walker County" contains the cemeteries in Walker County, South of State Highway 30 and State Highway 190. The price of the book is $25.00 plus $5.00 postage.
Volume 2, includes cemeteries located North of State Highway 30 and State Highway 190. The price of the book is $30.00 plus $5.00 postage.
Volume 3, includes cemeteries located in the City of Huntsville and includes Oakwood Cemeteries I and II, Adickes Addition and Mayes Addition of Oakwood Cemetery, and Captain Joe Byrd Cemetery, which is the Texas Department of Criminal Justice cemetery for burial of prison inmates. The price of the book is $35.00 plus $5.00 postage.
Walker County, Texas, 1870 Census: 8.5X11 - 200 Pages - Surname Index
- $20.00 (Sale Price: $10.00)
Postage: 1st Book - $5.00 - Each additional book - $1.00
For Other Walker County, Texas, Publications: Click Here
Send Orders to: WCGS - PO Box 1295 - Huntsville, TX 77342-1295
* Research Tips
Check Out Some other Research Links At the End of This Page
* Cemeteries On-line for each state and several foreign countries www.teafor2.com
* Websites for each of the 50 states www.familytreemagazine.com/article/2010-best-state-websites
* Graves for Early Texans www.samhoustonmovie.com/index.php/samh/foreducators Click on "Graves of Early Texans"
* German Research www.birkenhoerdt.net
Massive Obituary Collection www.arrangeonline.com This is a joint venture of AOL and Arrangeonline.com and supposedly has over 50 million obituarie
Have you checked www.usgenweb.org lately? This is the U. S. GenWeb site for all counties in the United States. Information is added daily.
Check out www.genealogybulletin.com. This is an on-line publication by Heritage Quest Magazine and is full of research hints.
Are you looking for a specific book? Go to the largest bookstore on-line www.amazon.com and place a search. You may find your genealogical books a lot cheaper than purchasing them directly from the publisher.
Have you checked your ancestor's name on the Bureau of Land Management? Land Patent Records of 12 states are on-line. The records are for Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Ohio, and Wisconsin. You may print out the Land Patent of your ancestor. Check it out at www.glorecords.blm.gov
Registry of Pioneer Families of Walker County
Two Commemorative Certificates will be Awarded to Eligible Descendants of Early Walker County Pioneers
NOTE: Due to the overwhelming response to this program, the deadline for submitting applications has been extended indefinitely.
Certificates Have Been Issued to Individuals in 21 States Plus France and Australia
For More Information on this Project
For a list of Approved Families
"Waverly Emigration Society"
Registry of Polish Families
The Walker County Genealogical Society will honor descendants of the "Waverly Emigration Society" with a Commemorative Certificate. Forty-five families, totaling 143 persons, arrived in New York aboard the SS City of Antwerp on April 9, 1867. This group of Polish Emigrants settled primarily in Waverly (southeast Walker County). They contributed greatly to this part of Walker County. The Waverly Emigration Society was established by planters in this area to recruit workers on the plantations following the Civil War. This is the 135th Anniversary of the arrival of this group.
To qualify for this Certificate, a person must be a descendant (direct or collateral) from one of these forty-five families. Applications may be picked up at the Huntsville Public Library, or by mailing a "long self-addressed stamped envelope" to WCGS - P. O. Box 1295 - Huntsville, Texas 77342-1295.
We are still accepting copies of Family Bible Records and Confederate Military Records. We are also beginning a Union Military Records File. A Colonial Period File (Pre-1700) is also being started. The file will consist of Wills, Probates, Marriages, Deeds, and Family Items of this period. Please contribute any in your files!
Ruth Stubblefield Recognized in Afrigeneas Spotlight
Ruth Stubblefield, who compiled the "Black Cemeteries - Walker County, Texas", has been recognized for her outstanding contribution to the field of genealogy, during National Family History Month. Ruth suffered a stroke about a year ago, but is back doing genealogical research. Please read the article and see pictures of Ruth by Clicking Here.
*** AT THE LIBRARY ***
*** Masonic Collection ***
Huntsville's Forrest Masonic Lodge No. 19 has donated over 200 Masonic related books and a separate Masonic Section has been set aside to house this collection. Since that donation, a number of additional Masonic related books have been added to this collection. These books contain Texas Masonic Membership and Texas Masonic Lodges information. If you are looking for information on Freemasonry in general, or if you have an ancestor who had a Masonic connection please check out this collection. Forrest Masonic Lodge No. 19 was chartered by the Grand Lodge of the Republic of Texas in 1844. The Lodge has served the Huntsville and Walker County Communities continuously for over 174 years.
*** Barbour Collection ***
Connecticut Town Bible Records
*** Mayflower Families through 5 Generations ***
*** Mississippi Records ***
Multiple Volumes - Compiled by Ben Strickland
*** Microfilm Read-Printer ***
The Walker County Genealogical Society and the City of Huntsville have purchased a New Microfilm Reader-Printer. This reader-printer will enhance our ability to use our microfilm and mirofiche more efficiently.
*** Roster of Confederate Soldiers ***
This is a 16 Volume set of books, plus a CD-Rom, edited by Janet B. Hewett. It contains the names of ALL known Confederate Soldiers, listing the state from which they served, and their unit numbers and companies. This is a very valuable research tool for persons trying to locate a Confederate ancestor. With the information from this book, one can order military records and pension applications from the various state archives. These volumes will enhance our Confederate collection. The cost of this set of books is approximately $1,800.00. Our Thanks to each of you who donated toward the purchase of this collection.
Other Genealogical Holdings
The Genealogy and Local History collection is housed in a special room of the
Huntsville Public Library. The collection contains over 4000 volumes, including
histories of states, counties, and families.
In addition there are vertical files containing Bible records,
Family papers, Civil War records and other source materials. There
are also many useful guides to assist in research.
Texas Prison Inmate Records 1850-1954 (Microfilm)
1900 Texas Soundex - Complete
Huntsville Item on Microfilm - 1928 thru 2004
Topographical Dictionary of Ireland - Volume 1 and 2
The Alsace Emigration Book - Volume 1 and 2
Jewish Roots in Poland
Jewish Roots in Ukraine and Moldova
Twenty-Six Great Migration Colonists to New England
Early English Churches in America - 1607-1807
Slave Ancestral Research, It's Something Else
Civil War in Texas
Between the Enemy and Texas: Parson's TX Cavalry in the Civil War
Miscellaeneous Alabama Newspaper Abstracts - Volume 1 and 2
Acadian to Cajun Transformation of a People
Catawba Cousins - Volumes 1 through 13
Green County, Georgia - Wills 1786-1877
Wayne County, Nebraska - Newspaper Abstracts - 1876-1899
Genealogies of New England Families - Volume 1 and 2
Family History Made Easy
Clara Driscoll: An American Tradition
The Star of Destiny: The Private Life of Sam and Margaret Houston
Women Pioneers in Texas Medicine
List of Colonial Soldiers in Virginia
Sons of the South
The History of San Diego - Volume 1 and 2
The Last Days of British Saint Augustine - 1784-1785
The Early History of Ada
Knox County, Tennessee, Estate Book - Volume 1 and Volume 3
The Wells Family of Louisiana and Allied Families
The Richards Family in America
The Ancestry and Lee Harrison Sandel and Susie Cornelia Thomas
Hang on to the Willows: Pottawatomie County, Oklahoma
Microfiche Listing of Holdings (Surname and Locale) - LDS Library - Salt Lake City
Microfilm - Walker County, Texas, Records (Deed - Probate - Tax - Marriage - Civil Minutes)
Reprints of the New England Historical & Genealogical Society Register
Computer Terminals: The computers are up and running. The three computers in the Genealogy Room are now hooked up to the Internet. We are members of Heritage Quest and Ancestry.com. Each computer has our collection of CD-ROM's on the hard drive. "Family Tree Maker" has been installed and we are able to use all of our CD-ROM's.
The new Microfilm Cabinet has arrived. All Texas film will be housed in this cabinet. Miscellaneous Film will be housed in the old cabinet.
Some of Our Other Holdings:
Texas Census on Microfilm - 1850-1920
Walker County, Texas, Records on Microfilm: Probate - Deeds - Marriage - Tax List
Huntsville and Walker County Histories
Walker County Marriages - 1846-1900
History of Forrest Masonic Lodge No. 19 - 1844-1994
Huntsville Funeral Home Records
Minutes - First Baptist Church - Huntsville
History of First Baptist Church - 10th Street - Huntsville
Handbook of Texas
New England Historical and Genealogical Register
1850 Federal Census of Tennessee
Revolutionary War Pension Files
Arkansas Land Patents: Ashley County
Marriage Book I: 1853-1931 - City of Winchester, Virginia
Abstracts of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania Wills
1920 Fort Worth, Texas City Directory
War of 1812 Virginia Bounty Land & Pension Applications
History: First Baptist Church Coldspring, Texas
History: Waller County, Texas
Alabama Marriages: Brides and grooms A-Z
1860 census index on microfiche: California, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Rhode Island.
1870 census index on microfiche: Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Rhode Island.
1890 Veterans census on microfiche: Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Virginia, West Virginia.
1910 census index on microfiche: Nevada, Wyoming.
Other new microfiche: marriages of District of Columbia, Illinois, Iowa, North Carolina, Tennessee. All back issues of "Heritage Quest" magazine are on microfiche.
Dickenson Research - Professional
Walker County - TXGenWeb
Pleasant Gray - Founder of Huntsville, Texas
Palmer/Parmer Family Reunion
Descendants of Martin Parmer
National Genealogical Society
Cyndi's List of Genealogy Sites on the Internet
The H. A. McAdams Family of Texas
Angelina County, TXGenWeb
Madison County, TXGenWeb
Polk County, TXGenWeb
Trinity County, TXGenWeb
Houston County, TXGenWeb
Texas State Library and Archives
SE TX Genealogical & Historical Society
Texas Death Records 1964-1998
Social Security Death Index
Texas Research Sources
Catholic Church Records - Houston/Galveston
German Texan Historical Society
Montgomery County Genealogical & Historical Society
Hispanic Genealogy Research
Texas History Portal - University of North Texas
Texas Transportation Archive
University of Pennsylvania - Books on Line
Huntsville Public Library
Walker County Treasures
Tides in Early Texas History
City of Huntsville
Forrest Masonic Lodge No. 19
Sam Houston State University
Newton Gresham Library - SHSU