Kinsearching July 16, 2006




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

     The Texas Czech Genealogical Society (TCGS) is traveling to the SPJST Hall in Rowena, TX, on August 5, 2006, for a fun-filled day of research, food, and music. From 10 a. m. to 3 p. m., the society is offering the opportunity for individuals to conduct research in more than 100 books that will be available on site. Guest speaker Dale Fulenchek will relate his genealogical research experiences when he traveled to the Czech Republic. Chris Rybak, called the "Czech Accordion Cowboy," will entertain with his keyboard and accordion.

     The registration fee is $7 per person if postmarked on or before July 28. After that date, the cost will be $10 per person. Registration fees, along with your name, address, phone number, and e-mail address, may be sent to Sallie Wendt, 361 N. Post Oak Lane #145, Houston, TX 77024 (phone 713-682-6262; e-mail More details may also be found at the society's website

     The new Spanish Archive Center in San Antonio, TX, had its dedication ceremony in March 2006. Located in the Bexar County Courthouse and opened from 8 a. m. to 5 p. m. weekdays, the historical archive gathers into one site many Texas records which span the years 1717-1836. The wide range of documents include government communications and decrees, military records, Spanish land grants, marriage licenses, civil litigations, wills, and probates. For more details about this interesting research center, see the article "The New Spanish Archive Center of San Antonio" by Rudi R. Rodriguez in the Spring 2006 issue of HERITAGE, the quarterly publication of the Texas Historical Foundation.

     Thanks to Winston DeVille for sharing news from the June 22, 2006 issue of LIBRARY JOURNAL about donations made by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Bush-Clinton Katrina Fund, and the Institute for Museum and Library Services to help libraries devastated by hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005. Their contributions total nearly $18 million. In southern Louisiana, 107 public libraries were destroyed or damaged, forty of which are still closed. Of the thirty-four public libraries damaged in Mississippi, eight remain closed. Part of the grants will go toward providing temporary library facilities, staff, and services along the Gulf Coast. The rest of the money will be used to help reconstruct buildings and to purchase computers when libraries are rebuilt.

     If you are tracing a KNIGHT, MCKNIGHT, or KNECHT line, you may be interested in receiving THE KNIGHT LETTER. Edited by Don Knight, the quarterly newsletter is now in its thirty-eighth year of publication. Each issue contains ten pages and prints free queries for subscribers. Besides basic research tips and queries, lengthy articles about families or individuals often appear. A few of the topics in the 2006 issues are Woodson KNIGHT of Mason Co., KY; various William Knights in colonial VA; Revolutionary War surgeon Dr. John KNIGHT; and KNIGHT marriage records in Mason Co., KY. Annual subscription rates for the paper format of the newsletter are $8.00 ($8.55 for Illinois residents). Electronic subscriptions are $5.00 ($5.35 for Illinois residents). Checks may be mailed to Don Knight, 811 Longmeadow Drive, Schaumburg, IL 60193-3949 (e-mail

     Charles N. Ferguson, 811 South Market, Shawnee, OK 74801 is seeking information about J. A. TATE and GALDIE LOCKE, who married on 19 August 1921 in Wise Co., TX. Ferguson would also like to have the 1930 census data on this couple. Their son Raymond TATE was b. 3 Nov 1927 in Floyd Co., TX. Were there other children?