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

     On 7 June 2014, the Texas Czech Genealogical Society (TCGS) will host a special event at the SPJST Home Office, 520 North Main, in Temple, Texas, from 8:45 a. m. to 4:30 p. m. Registration will begin at 8:00 a. m. Using the theme, “From the Ship to the Plow,” featured speakers Doug Kubicek, Dawn Orsak, Luba Ruzicka, and Carroll Scogin-Brincefield will discuss topics concerning the great 1899 blizzard of Texas, the cultural legacy of Texas Czech foodways, a memoir of Luba’s travels, and rural electrification in Texas. Other activities at the meeting will include a luncheon and the opportunity to do research in the TCGS library and to visit the Czech Veterans’ Military Museum.

     Registration fees will be $30 for members of the society and $35 for non-members. At-the-door fees will be $40 for all persons wishing to attend. Forms for registration may be found at the society’s website Checks, payable to TCGS, and registration forms may be sent to Deane Hodon, 1201 Nimbus Drive, Pflugerville, TX 78660. For further details, you may call Hodon at 512-251-5201 or e-mail her at

     If you are interested in joining the society, annual membership dues are only $20.00. Checks, payable to TCGS, may be mailed to Merlene Bravenec, membership chair, 3201 Buckeye Lane, Temple, TX 76502.

     On 27-28 June 2014, the 12th annual TOLLIVER family reunion will take place at the Carl D. Perkins Community Center, located on Route 32/ Flemingsburg Road in Morehead, KY. All descendants of the five TOLLIVER/TOLIVER brothers in North Carolina in the 1700s are invited to attend. In addition to the opportunity to meet new kinfolks and exchange genealogical information, persons at the reunion will enjoy a potluck lunch, a silent auction, a talent-hobby show, the dedication service of the new monument which lists all the people buried in the Jacob Finley Tolliver cemetery, and a presentation by Dr. J. D. Reeder, expert on the Tolliver-Martin feud. Relatives may also bring copies of their favorite recipes for inclusion in a family cookbook.

     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; e-mail or Dr. J. D. Reeder at

     Hey, folks! The 26th family reunion of the descendants of John Calvin JOHNS and wife, Mary Elizabeth FINCH, will be held on 28 June 2014. Can you think of some activities the organizers can plan to help keep the reunions enjoyable for everyone, whether young, old, or anywhere in between? Please give the organizers a call and let them know if you can attend. You may write, call, or e-mail the following persons: Ann Johns, 3424 Walnut St., Texarkana, TX 75503 (phone 903-691-9085; e-mail; Marilyn Barron, 184 CR 3204, DeKalb, TX 75559 (phone 903-667-3409; e-mail; Louis & Pat Terrell, 1012 Hwy 259 South, DeKalb, TX 75559 (phone 903-628-9507); or David & Bunny Hall, 1902 FM 992 North, DeKalb, TX 75559 (phone 469-576-2635; e-mail

     Since many people travel during the summer, it is not too early to start making your plans to attend the 18th annual Angelina College Genealogy Conference, scheduled for 17-19 July 2014. Utilizing the theme, “A Genealogy Journey to Another Time, Another Place,” the event will occur on the campus in Lufkin, TX. Two special all-day workshops will take place on 17 July. Nine featured speakers will offer a total of twenty-four sessions on 18 and 19 July. For full details and a registration form, you may go to the website at

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