Kinsearching March 13, 2011




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

     The annual TOLLIVER family reunion will be held on June 24-25, 2011, at the Carl D. Perkins Community Center, located on Route 32 or the Flemingsburg Road in Morehead, KY. All TOLLIVER/TOLIVER descendants are invited to attend. In addition to meeting new cousins and exchanging family information, activities will include a family talent/hobby show, a potluck lunch, and a silent auction. Plans also include cleaning the Old Tolliver Cemetery where Craig and Jacob Finley Tolliver are buried.

     Continuing projects to which relatives may contribute are adding photographs and information to posters recognizing military veterans and compiling family recipes for a cookbook. Those attending will have the opportunity to tour cemeteries and feud sites connected with the Toliver family. For more information about the reunion and places to stay, go to the website at  or get in touch with Emma Lee and Bill Tolliver, 472 E. Torrence Rd., Columbus, OH 43214 (phone 614-267-6556; cell 614-620-6556; e-mail or Dr. J. D. Reeder, 121 Blackberry, Morehead, KY 40351 (phone 606-784-5669; e-mail:

     One of the most utilized genealogical resources is the census. In preparation for the 2 April 2012 release of the 1940 U. S. federal census for use by the public, Constance Potter has written the article, “New Questions in the 1940 Census.” It appears on pages 47-52 of the Winter 2010 (Vol. 42, No. 4) issue of Prologue, the publication of the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). She discusses data that did not appear on earlier population schedules.

     For the first time, the records will not be released on microfilm. Instead, the 1940 census will be accessible digitally on the internet. To learn more about the census, you can go to the website at Under “Information for,” click on “genealogists.” Then go down and click on “Countdown to the 1940 Census Release.”

     The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) – Southwest Region in Fort Worth has completed its move into new facilities. Federal government materials in the repository pertain to the history of Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Louisiana. Microfilmed and digitized records mainly helpful in genealogical research are now available for use at the Montgomery Plaza building on West 7th Street near the city’s Cultural District. For details concerning location and hours open, go to the website at

     As time goes by, words and terms often undergo changes which result in different meanings. In order to understand correctly records of the past, researchers need to know the significance of the words or terms during the era or eras under study. An example appears on page 5 of Mark Dworkin’s article, “Walter Noble Burns and Paulita Maxwell,” which appears in the February 2011 (Vol. 4, No. 1) issue of Journal, the periodical published by the Wild West History Association. The author reminds readers that the term “tramp” on the 1900 population schedule was “a common census identification at the time for out of work males.”

     Individuals who are interested in outlaws in the “Old West” may recognize Walter Noble Burns as being the author of the book, THE SAGA OF BILLY THE KID. Besides telling about Burns’s life, the interesting piece discusses whether or not Maxwell was Billy’s girlfriend.

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