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

     The Chapman Family Association (CFA) will hold its fifteenth annual convention at the Bricktown Hotel & Event Center in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, on 19-20 June 2015. All Chapman families and related lines are invited to attend.

     Like those in the past, the conference program will consist of a variety of historical and genealogical presentations of interest to Chapman descendants. One session will take place at the Oklahoma History Center Research Library, where participants will be able to conduct individual research and visit the museum galleries pertaining to tribal and Western history displays. Other sessions will occur at the Bricktown Hotel & Event Center. Among the presentations offered will be a demonstration on photocubology by Deb G. Miller and Denise G. Price. This process is the simple progression of interlocking six separate ancestral pictures into one. Conference attendees may bring six paper ancestral photographs measuring 2 1/2 inches by 2 1/2 inches, which can be either color or black and white. Besides having a fun experience, participants will have a treasure to take back home.

     Other events will include a silent auction and a Chapman photograph contest on the topic, “Recognizing our Chapman Dads.” Pictures should be sent to Shelley Chapman by 1 June 2015 in order to be entered in this year’s contest and to be displayed at the conference.

     In addition to enjoying visiting with relatives and learning about aspects of genealogical research, persons attending the convention may want to take time to do some sightseeing. Examples of some of the well-known local attractions are the Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum, the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, and Bricktown, an entertainment district that has several tourist attractions as well as noted restaurants.

     So make your plans now to attend the CFA convention this summer. To obtain a registration form and more details about room reservations and convention costs, go online to the association’s website at

     At a stop recently at a Louisiana State Welcome Center (Visitor Center) on I-20, we picked up a new brochure, Webster Parish Cemetery Guide. Presently the only one of its kind in the state, the pamphlet is a real asset to people seeking their ancestors in the area and to persons interested in local history.

     On one side of the attractive brochure is an overview of the history of the parish, an essay about how cemeteries provide insight into an area’s history, local folklore about certain cemeteries in Webster Parish, and places where individuals can obtain more information about these various aspects.

     On the reverse side is a numbered list of the names of eighty-three graveyards and a brief description of how to find them. Using the corresponding number on the list, a colorful map shows the location of each cemetery in the parish. In addition, the brochure provides the names of eight graveyards whose locations have not yet been discovered.

     Needless to say, the Webster Parish Cemetery Guide is a wonderful source of information, especially for genealogists. Wouldn’t it be great if every parish and county had such a map available to visitors?

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