Kinsearching February 12, 2006




Marleta Childs
P. O. Box 6825
LUBBOCK, TX 79493-6825

     The busy season for family reunions and genealogical seminars is fast approaching. Here are a few to put on the calendar in case you are able to attend.

     On April 22, 2006, the Timpson Area Genealogical and Heritage Society (TAGHS) will hold a spring seminar at the First Christian Church in Timpson, TX, from 9:30 a. m. to 3:00 p. m. Guest speakers will discuss alternatives to census research, what is new in Shelby County courthouse research, methods for publishing family folklore, and ideas for photograph organization and preservation in albums or scrapbooks with emphasis on including the stories behind the pictures.

     Cost for the seminar will be $25 per person or $40 per couple. Proceeds will benefit the "Save the old Timpson Newspapers" project. Checks, payable to TAGHS, may be sent to the society at P. O. Box 726, Timpson, TX 75975. For additional data, call 936-254-3500.

     If you are traveling in the Old Dominion state in the spring, you may want to plan to attend the spring conference of the Virginia Genealogical Society (VGS) on April 22. Taking place at the Library of Virginia in Richmond, the conference may also give participants the opportunity to conduct research in the facility. Three well-known speakers will present lectures on DNA testing and how to use it in genealogical research. Registration fees before April 15 will be $35 for VGS members and $40 for non-members; after that date, the price will be $40 for members and $45 for non-members. For more details write to VGS Spring Conference, 5001 W. Broad St., Suite 115, Richmond, VA 23230-3023 or send e-mail to You can also visit the society's website at

     The national TOLLIVER family reunion will be held on June 23-24, 2006, at the Carl D. Perkins Community Center in Morehead, KY. All TOLLIVER/TOLIVER descendants are invited to attend. In addition to exchanging family information, activities will include a musical talent show, a pot luck lunch, a silent auction, and a recipe project. Updates will be presented on the latest findings in the Tolliver DNA study and about the play being written concerning the Tolliver-Martin feud. Those attending also have the opportunity to tour cemeteries and feud sites. For more information, go to the website at or write to Emma Lee and Bill Tolliver, 472 E. Torrence Rd., Columbus, OH 43214.

     Did your BATES line come from the Old Dominion? If so, you may be interested in joining the organization, The Bates Family of Old Virginia. The annual dues of $20 include a subscription to the newsletter THE BATES BOOSTER edited by Debbie Harper. Articles in the November 2005 (Volume 35, number 4) issue pertain to some descendants of Finis Campbell Bates, Sr., born in 1832 in Franklin Co., AL, and died in 1931 in Terrell Co., TX; descendants of Edward Stephens WORTHINGTON, born in 1810 in Lincoln or Ohio Co., OH, and died in 1880 in Daviess Co., KY; will abstract from Murray Co., GA; duels in Allegheny Co., PA; and a serious row between church factions found in a Dickinson Co., VA, newspaper in the 1890s. Photographs and free queries submitted by subscribers appear in each issue. Checks, payable to The Bates Family of Old Virginia, may be sent to the editor, Debbie Harper, P. O. Box 2640, Glen Rose, Texas 76043. The Bates society also has a website at http://WWW.BFOOV.ORG