Kinsearching November 18, 2012




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

     Several resources that are sometimes overlooked in genealogical research are yearbooks for schools, universities, and organizations; city directories; and phone books. Since they were usually published on an annual basis, these references can be particularly useful in tracing people between federal censuses. If you are tracking inhabitants in the Sooner State, you will want to check for available items at the Research Library of the Oklahoma Historical Society. For an online listing of OHS holdings, go to,, and

     Since the American Civil War occurred during the years 1861-1865, finding someone with close ties to that distant conflict is extraordinary. The article, “Amarillo man with connection to Civil War dies,” pertains to 99-year-old Texas resident, Marion Wilson. He was the youngest child of Confederate soldier, Hamilton “Ham” Wilson, who served in the 29th North Carolina infantry. To read the article, go to

     The Immigration History Research Center at the University of Minnesota aims to promote the knowledge and usage of documentation of the experiences of immigrants. To meet these goals, the Center is working on the Digitizing Immigrant Letters project. Currently, the project includes collections written in such languages as Italian, Ukrainian, Russian, Latvian, Czech, Finnish, Croatian, and Slovenian. Accompanying the material is a brief biographical sketch of the family or individual who contributed the papers. To access the data, go to the website at A short article about the Immigration History Research Center can also be found in Wikipedia.

     The following item about an oratorical contest in Plano, Texas can be found on page 8 of the 27 April 1906 issue of the Texas newspaper, Dallas Semi-Weekly Farm News. (Surnames are capitalized for emphasis; punctuation may be added for clarity.)

     “The young men of the Plano High School had their contest for the J. E. Wall gold medal at the Methodist Church last night, April 23. The church was packed with people, who expressed themselves as highly entertained by the contestants.” The program listed the following:

Music, Miss Pearl GEE’s Orchestra;

Invocation, Rev. T. A. MITCHELL;

“Creation of Man,” Eddie HUGULEY;

“A Splendid Failure,” Mercer HARRIS;

“Bows of Promise,” Bev DUDLEY;

“The Unknown Rider,” Dow Rasor;

“The Youth of the Southern Cross,” Eugene HARRIS;

and “The Southland,” Grady CHANDLER.

     M. D. BROWN, Will FOUCHE, and A. V. HICKS served as judges. Eugene HARRIS won the medal.


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