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

     Few things are free nowadays, but the 14th annual Family History Fair is one of them! Sponsored by the East Texas Genealogical Society and the Tyler Stake Family History Center, the event will take place on 8 March 2014 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1617 Shiloh Road, in Tyler, Texas. Registration will begin at 8:30 a. m. The programs will take place between 9:00 a. m. and 3:00 p. m. Featured speakers will be Marynell Bryant and Lynell Moss. Sessions include presentations about fun family reunion ideas, a skit on family genealogy, storytelling, family history for youth, and how to search, find, and use treasures of family history. A panel of experts will also discuss a variety of genealogical topics. Persons attending may bring their own lunch and eat at the church or choose to enjoy food at a local restaurant.

     For more information, you may call Mike Massey at 903-253-0676 or Sheila Hallmark at 206-819-0772. Or you can send an e-mail to  or visit the website at

     More good news—Although states are cutting back on the hours their facilities are open, the Texas State Library and Archives Commission has expanded their hours to accommodate researchers! Located at 1201 Brazos Street in Austin, the Texas State Archives, the Texas Family Heritage Research Center, and the Reference and Information Center are now open to the public on the second Saturday of each month from 9:00 a. m. to 4:00 p. m. in addition to their weekday schedule. Their regular hours continue to be Monday through Friday from 8:00 a. m. to 4:45 p. m.

     If you have never done research there before, you should be aware of a few rules. For example, researchers who are using original documents for the first time will be required to register and to present valid photo identification as well as proof of current address. In order to make the best use of your time, you should be aware that no materials will be pulled from closed stack areas after 3:30 p. m. and all archival materials will be removed from the reading room at 3:45 p. m.

     This week we complete the list of names of members of the Troupe Chapter in Smith County for the years 1878-1879. The data can be found on page 116 of TRANSACTIONS OF THE M. E. GRAND ROYAL ARCH CHAPTER OF TEXAS AT ITS THIRTIETH ANNUAL CONVOCATION HELD AT THE MASONIC TEMPLE, IN THE CITY OF HOUSTON, ON THURSDAY, THE ELEVENTH DAY OF DECEMBER, A. D. 1879, A. I. 2409, AT THREE O’CLOCK P. M., which was published in Houston by W. H. Coyle, Printer and Lithographer, in 1880. (In the title, the M and E are each followed by three dots, representing the Triple Tau emblem of the organization. However, for simplicity, a period is used in this column.)

      Most Excellent Master:





     Suspended for nonpayment of dues:





Kinsearching Home Page