Kinsearching June 12, 2011




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

     The Texas Czech Genealogical Society (TCGS) takes great pride in sponsoring the Czech Genealogy Festival on 25 June 2011 at the Caldwell Civic/Visitor Center in Caldwell, TX. Featured speakers will be Leo Baca, Pam Clyde, James Hollas, Patrick Janis, Helen Kopecky Wilson, and Lynna Kay Shuffield. Topics of the genealogical sessions to be offered are researching ancestors during the Civil War and World Wars I and II, sharing your family research, learning about the Valacks, preserving pictures and research through scrapbooking, finding Texas Czechs on the internet, and learning about the use of digital photography in family research. Participants will also have access to the society’s book room where hundreds of research materials will be handy to peruse, experienced genealogists will assist you, and help with Czech translations will be available.

     Entertainment will also be provided. For the first time in the United States, musicians Jiri and Nela Unruhova, a father-and-daughter team from Frenstat in the Czech Republic, will give a performance.

     The fees per person for registrations postmarked on or before June 14 are $35 for TCGS members or $45 for non-members. Registrations postmarked after June 14 will cost $45 for members and $55 for non-members. At the door registration fees are $65 per person, whether you are a member or not. Checks, payable to TCGS, and registration forms should be mailed to Bennie Stasny, 8402 Shenandoah, Austin, TX 78753. For more details about the festival, e-mail Stasny at (phone 512-836-8084) or go to the society’s website at

     The Strain Family Association is putting out a “last call” for genealogical information to update the Strain family book, which was published in 1985. Changes and additions can range from births, marriages, divorces, and deaths to educational degrees, military service, and occupations. Photographs are also welcomed. Please send your updated data to James C. Parker, Family Historian, 161 Valley Brook Drive, Dawsonville, GA 30534-6675; e-mail:

     The May 2011 (Vol. 34, No. 2) issue of the Southwestern Archivist, the publication of the Society of Southwest Archivists, includes several articles that many genealogists will want to read. For example, page 12 contains an item about an interesting resource in the Land of Opportunity State. Since the Arkansas State Archives owns the largest and most comprehensive collection of materials concerning Arkansas during the Civil War, the Arkansas History Commission is daily commemorating the 1861-1865 era by featuring a different document for each day of the war years on its website at

     Page 12 also supplies information about a new resource in the Lone Star State. Located at Washington-on-the Brazos, Texas, the Star of the Republic Museum has finished its first phase of a long-term project to document the lineage and descendants of the Signers of the Texas Declaration of Independence in 1836. In order to keep the material updated, the museum has established a descendant registry that can be found at

     Page 18 of the periodical furnishes details about LSU Libraries Special Collections receiving a donation of some family papers pertaining to Armand DUPLANTIER. Born in 1753 in France, he served on Lafayette’s staff during the American Revolution and moved to Louisiana in 1781. Influential in Baton Rouge and Pointe Coupee Parish, he died in Louisiana in 1827.

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