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

     On 30 September – 1 October 2016, the Virginia Genealogical Society (VGS), in conjunction with the Mount Vernon Genealogical Society (MVGS), will hold its fall conference in Manassas and Woodbridge, Virginia. This year’s theme will be “Genealogy Strategies: The Basics and More.”

     Conference participants will spend 30 September in Manassas, touring and researching in the Ruth E. Lloyd Information Center (RELIC) for Genealogy and Local History, a special collection library focusing on Virginia and especially Prince William County. Library staff will be available to answer questions concerning the Library’s collections and their use. Experienced researchers will also be available to answer questions and provide individual assistance to beginners.

     Featured speakers Sharon Hodges, Chuck Mason, Jr., and Donald L. Wilson will offer interesting presentations on 1 October in Woodbridge. Topics will include how to use the Genealogical Proof Standard to investigate family stories, source citations, misconceptions about genealogy on the internet, how beginners can use good basic skills to avoid mistakes, how to use court and other legal documents, historic court records in Fredericksburg, an introduction to RELIC and its special materials, and how to use WPA records.

     Registration fees received by 17 September will be $44.00 for VGS/MVGS members and $55.00 for non-members. After 17 September, please add $10.00 to the cost. The price includes lunch. A vegetarian meal will be provided if requested.

     Interested persons may register online at by clicking on “Register on EventBrite.” Or they may register by sending a check to VGS Fall Conference, 1900 Byrd Avenue, Suite 104, Richmond, Virginia 23230-3033. For further details, go to .

     Did any of your ancestors live in North Carolina? If you answer “yes,” you will want to look at the website This wonderful website provides free searchable data for land grants issued by North Carolina from 1663 to 1960. The site offers 160,000 images for 216,000 land grants, which include 10,000 issued by North Carolina in what is now Tennessee. Be sure to check it out to see if it contains information on any of your forebears.

     Here are some selected items from the 12 October 1933 issue of the newspaper, The Shelby Reporter, published in Center, Texas. (Surnames are capitalization for emphasis.)

     “Big Spring – Mae Delle JOHNSON, 10, was critically injured here today when thrown from a horse frightened by a boy who threw his football.”

     R. H. BUSH of the Extension Service at Texas A and M College wrote an article, “Pastures the Key to East Texas Future.” According to him, the key was improved permanent pastures and a pasture demonstration contest was begun. In September of 1933, twelve pastures had been judged to illustrate the possibilities. In the article, he listed several individuals who had made improvements. They were

Mrs. Cora STRONG’s farm, near Slocum in Anderson County, where W. A. BRADSHAW had cleared, fenced, mowed, and sowed new clover;

W. W. WALLING, on the outskirts of San Augustine;

L. G. ROSS, near Mt. Enterprise in Rusk County;

B. PONDER, four miles north of Clarksville; and

R. F. RILEY, a banker in Teague.


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