Kinsearching January 14, 2007




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

     Several people recently expressed an interest in the Jewish influence on New Mexico's Hispanic population, discussed in the March 6, 2006 "Kinsearching" column. Individuals who would like to know more this fascinating subject may want to see SECRECY AND DECEIT: THE RELIGION OF THE CRYPTO-JEWS by David M. Gitlitz. Focusing on the religious customs of this clandestine faith throughout the Iberian world, the book briefly mentions the traces of Jewish practices still found among some Hispanic Catholics in New Mexico.

     The Texas Czech Genealogical Society cordially invites interested persons to the "Blastin' in 2007" membership meeting and luncheon on January 27, 2007 from 9:00 a. m. to 2:30 p. m. It will take place at the Caldwell Civic/Visitor Center, located at 103 Highway 21 West in Caldwell, TX. Featured guest speaker will be Gary Kocurek, whose topics will include the fall of the Moravian Empire. During the day there will be door prizes, tables with items for sale, hundreds of books available for research, musical entertainment, and special surprises.

     Prior to the registration deadline of January 19, 2007, the cost per person is $10.00. Registration after that date or at the door will be $12.00 per person. Checks, payable to the society, may be sent to Sallie Wendt, 361 North Post Oak Lane #145, Houston, TX 77024 (phone 713-682-6262; e-mail

     "Stop and Smell the Roses: Get in Touch with Your Ancestors" is the theme of the joint meeting of the North Carolina Genealogical Society and the Family Research Society of Northeastern North Carolina. Rather than focusing on tracing lineages back through more generations, participants will learn to take time to understand the life and times of forebears already discovered. The meeting will take place on March 24, 2007, at the First United Methodist Church, 201 South Road Street, Elizabeth City, NC.

     Professional genealogist Pam Boyer Porter will be the featured speaker. Her topics will be genealogical usage of methods commonly utilized by criminal investigators to solve mysteries, exploration of records (divorce actions or prison logs, for example) involving "unsavory" characters that add "spice" to the family tree, how to employ resources beyond the "obvious" records to find additional details about your ancestors, and how to develop a research plan.

     For information on cost of registration, the early bird discount, and hotel rates, go to the website To obtain additional details, e-mail

     The Family Research Society of Northeastern North Carolina covers genealogical data from the counties of Camden, Chowan, Currituck, Dare, Gates, Pasquotank, and Perquimans. Volunteer staff at the society's library will answer specific research requests for free. To find out more details, go to and click on "research." To see available library sources, click on "resources."

     If you are researching the WATTS surname, you will want to check out the wide variety of data in the "Watts' On-Line Newsletters," published during the years 1996 - 2001. Information ranges from biographical sketches to abstracts of Revolutionary pensions to queries. A particularly interesting newsletter is #22, which carries an eight-page transcription of a WPA interview with Neal S. WATTS of Fort Worth, TX. Born in 1859 on his father's farm in Shelby County, TX, Watts furnishes details on several places, subjects, and eras. For instance, he describes early life in Deep East Texas, the migration of Eff DAGGETT and the Watts family from Shelby County to Tarrant County after the Civil War, work on a ranch as a teenager, efforts to establish his own cattle business, and the first train to arrive in Fort Worth in 1876. The 88 issues of the publication can be found at