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2005-2006 Rambler Round-up

The Texas Research Ramblers Genealogical Society began the 2005-2006 year with a new slate of officers including Dan Castillo, President; Mary Elizabeth Dresser, Vice President; Sue Foy, Treasurer; Georgianne Bigam, Recording Secretary; and Helen Wolf, Corresponding Secretary. Committee chairs appointed were Henry Hanson, Education; Helen Kunz, Publications; Bliss Wolfe, Travel; Mary Elizabeth Dresser, Program; Joyce Louis, Publicity; Elaine Vernon, Social; Barbara Brodigan, Membership; Bob Cohen, Web Site; Ellen Horner, Research; Jane Thompson, Communications; Barbara Brodigan, Audit.

Research projects include transcribing the 1870 Brazos County Federal Census and the identification and recording of local cemeteries. Data of both projects was added to the web site.

President Dan Castillo announced that TexShare will be funded entirely by the state this year. It was decided to divide the $500 originally budgeted for this project by giving $250 to the Carnegie Center for Brazos Valley History and $250 to the R.I.P (Record, Investigate, Protect) Program sponsored by the Texas Historical Commission. A recommendation by the Executive Committee to set aside $5,000 as a base to be used for Ramblers’ special projects and/or emergency needs, with $4,000 of that amount to be invested in certificates of deposit, was approved.

Research trips were made to the Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah; Clayton Genealogy Library, Houston, Texas; Montogomery County Library, Conroe, Texas; and Texas A&M Library, College Station, Texas The Education Committee presented workshops on applying for membership in heritage societies and in using DNA in genealogy. Members as well as guest speakers presented genealogy and family history programs on topics such as German genealogy, cemeteries, county clerk and district clerk offices, the importance of ancestors’ neighbors, and leaving genealogical material to a library. Robert de Berardinis of Houston was guest speaker for the Mary Collie Cooper Memorial Lecture in February. In addition, Ramblers gave suggestions on solving the “brick wall” problems of several members. An open house in December and a pot luck luncheon social in July also were held.

Jane A. Maxwell

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