Kinsearching March 8, 2009




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

     Winston DeVille has informed us that the campaign to preserve the Notarial Archives Research Center and its location on the third floor of the Amoco building in New Orleans has been successful. Thanks to everyone who wrote to support the continued good services of this invaluable research center.

     On 14 March 2009, a free genealogy workshop will take place at the Scottish Irish Faire at the Midland County Horseshoe, located at I-20 and Cottonflat Road in Midland, TX. Doors will open at 10:00 a. m. Beginning at 10:30 a. m., featured speaker David Miller will discuss how to do efficient and productive research on the internet. Featured speaker Charles Acree will have a two-hour presentation, beginning at 2:00 p. m., which will concern using DNA for family history research.

     Although the workshop is free, there is a general admission charge ($10.00 for the general public; $8.00 for seniors aged 60 and over; $5.00 for children under age 12) to the Faire. Individuals attending the workshop will also have the opportunity to watch Irish and Scottish dancers, mounted knight re-enactments, and the "bonniest" knees contest; and listen to a variety of singers and musicians, including bagpipers. There will also be events for children and vendors selling assortments of Celtic items.

     Nationally-known genealogist Barbara Vines Little will share her expertise at the spring conference of the Virginia Genealogical Society (VGS) on 18 April 2009. The conference will be held at the Library of Virginia in Richmond, VA. Little will discuss four topics: lesser-used documents in the Virginia Land Office records, untapped treasures in the records of the Auditor of Public Accounts, hidden Virginia resources, and "secrets" for successful Virginia research. Pre-registration fees are $30.00 for VGS members and $40.00 for non-members prior to April 4. Persons registering after that date should add $10.00 to the cost. For more details, e-mail, visit the website at, or write to VGS, Spring Conference, 1900 Byrd Ave., Suite 104, Richmond, VA 23230-3033.

     The ninth national STIDHAM family reunion is set for 26-28 June 2009 in Wilmington, DE. Registration fees are $80.00 for adults and $60.00 for children age 12 and under. The event is sponsored by the Timen Stiddem Society, named for one the first Swedish immigrants to America. Settling in 1654 in New Sweden (now Wilmington, DE), Timen Stiddem anglicized his name to Timothy Stidham. Variant spellings of the surname include STIDAM, STIDDAM, STIDOM, STEDHAM, STEADHAM, and STEDDOM. For more information about the reunion or to register, get in touch with David Stidham, 41 Dellwood Rd., Worcester, MA 01602 (phone 615-791-9094; e-mail

     Descendants who cannot attend the reunion may want to join organization in order to receive the society's award-winning quarterly newsletter. The annual dues of $20.00 include a subscription to the periodical. Checks, payable to the Timen Stiddem Society, may be sent to David Stidham at the address shown in the previous paragraph. Interested individuals may also wish to check out the website at  or at

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