Kinsearching January 13, 2013




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

     On 25-26 January 2013, the Texas Czech Genealogical Society (TCGS) will hold its annual meeting at the Caldwell Civic/Visitor Center in Caldwell, Texas. Featured speaker will be Rev. Jan Dus from the Czech Republic. Beverly Scott, Liz Carmack, and Charlene Hurta will also give presentations during the event.

     A wine and cheese reception and dinner will take place on January 25. After the meal, Rev. Dus will discuss “Siller’s Pamatnik and What We Learn about the First Czech Protestants in the USA.” Topics offered on January 26 will concern the early and modern history of Christians and Jews in the Czech lands and Slovakia, how writing one’s memoirs fits in with genealogy, how to do research outside government records, and TCGS activities planned for 2013.

     Registration fees postmarked on or before 14 January will be less than those postmarked after that date or at the door. For further details, get in touch with Bennie Stasny, 8402 Shenandoah, Austin, TX 78753; e-mail, or call 512-497-6007. You may also go to the society’s website at

     If you are tracing a STIDHAM, STIDAM, STIDOM, STEDHAM, STEADHAM, or STEDDOM line, you may want to join the Timen Stiddem Society (TSS). Members of the organization are composed of descendants of Timen Stiddem, one of the first Swedish immigrants to America. In 1654 Timen settled in New Sweden (now Wilmington), Delaware. Anglicizing his name to Timothy Stidham, he was a barber-surgeon employed by the Swedish crown and is recognized as the first doctor in what is now the state of Delaware.

     Membership dues include a subscription to the organization's award-winning quarterly newsletter. In 2011, for example, the publication received first place in the National Genealogical Society newsletter competition. Edited by David R. Stiddem, recent issues carried articles about old-time life in a Quaker town, the Crane Hook Church in Wilmington, and barber-surgeons in the seventeenth century. A continuing feature in each issue is news concerning births, marriages, deaths, and other milestones of Stiddems (and variant spellings) all over the country. Annual dues of $20, payable to the Timen Stiddem Society, may be sent to Kay Wootten-Schechinger, TSS Membership Secretary, 209 E. State Street, Millsboro, Delaware 19966. For more details about the organization, you can go to the websites and

     This week we continue with names of individuals found in the publication, THE NATURAL RESOURCES AND ECONOMIC CONDITIONS OF THE STATE OF TEXAS: REPORT OF AN EXAMINATION MADE BY A SPECIAL COMMITTEE OF THE MERCHANTS’ ASSOCIATION OF NEW YORK, BY INVITATION OF THE GOVERNOR AND LEGISLATURE OF TEXAS, DECEMBER 1901.(For background information, see Kinsearching column dated 23 December 2012.)

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“The chairman of the committee of The Merchants’ Association appointed several sub-committees for the purpose of studying the subjects assigned to them.” These sub-committees were the following:

1. Committee on Law and Legal Matters Generally – James B. DILL, Counsel for The Merchants’ Association

2. Committee on Banking – Dick S. RAMSAY, chairman; William G. HOOPLE; and Frank L. SHELDON

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3. Committee on Transportation and Export Facilities – William R. CORWINE, chairman; Henry B. COSGROVE; and C. M. WICKER.

(To be continued)

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