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History 2004-2005

Ramblers got a new name, a new meeting site and a web site during 2004-2005 as well as continuing to learn more about genealogy and to share that knowledge. Ramblers began the year by electing officers at the August 2004 meeting. Elected were Bill Lay, President; Mary Elizabeth Dresser, Vice President; Sue Foy, Treasurer; Georgianne Bigam, Recording Secretary; and Carol Lyon, Corresponding Secretary. Committee chairs appointed were Barbara Althaus, Education; Kitty Anding, Membership; Mary Elizabeth Dresser, Program; Helen Kunz, Publications; Jane Cohen, Publicity; Ellen Horner, Research; Frances Martin, Communications; Bliss Wolfe, Travel; Doris Emshoff, Social; Barbara Brodigan, Audit; Elton Lacey, Archives; and Dan Louis, Nominating. Bylaws were revised and later amended to add the immediate past president as an ex-officio member of the Executive Committee.

Bill Lay announced that the Texas Research Ramblers are now the Texas Research Ramblers Genealogical Society, Inc., with incorporation effective February 4, 2005. This required updating the organization’s logo to reflect the new name. The Ramblers, under the tutelage of Bob Cohen, also began a web site at texasresearchramblers.org. In March, Lay announced that the Executive Committee recommended raising annual dues to $20 per individual, $35 per couple. The proposal was accepted effective for the 2005-2006 fiscal year.

The society, which has added a number of new members, began the year meeting at The Exit Teen Center in College Station. It outgrew that site and in February 2005 began meeting in the training room at the College Station Utility Service Center. A brochure to tell others about the society also was developed and distributed. Ramblers voted to send $500 to the Texas State Library toward maintaining TexShare. In addition, Ramblers donated $200 to the “Texans in World War II” event held September 3, 2005, at the Bush Library.
The Education Committee presented five workshops on topics ranging from genealogy computer programs to writing family history, as well as offering four educational excursions to local research sites. The Research Committee announced two projects: transcribing Mary Cooper's typewritten Brazos County 1870 Census for uploading to GenWeb, and recording individuals in all identified Brazos County cemeteries. The cemetery information will be placed on the Ramblers’ web site.
Research trips were made to the Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah; Allen County Library, Fort Wayne, Indiana; Clayton Genealogy Library, Houston, Texas; Montogomery County Library, Conroe, Texas; Dallas Public Library, Dallas, Texas; and Texas A&M Library and the Brazos Valley Masonic Library and Museum, College Station, Texas. Members as well as guest speakers presented informative programs about genealogy and family history at each monthly meeting and a pot luck lunch social was held in July. Several interest groups – Genealogy Computer Users, Rambler Writers and RootsMagic Users – provided additional learning opportunities.
Jane A. Maxwell

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