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2006-2007 Ramblers Roundup

During 2006-2007, The Texas Research Ramblers Genealogical Society changed meeting places and amended its by-laws to stagger officer terms of office. Homeland Security concerns about use of the College Station Utility Center led to the Ramblers moving their meeting place to the Annex Fellowship Hall of the A&M United Methodist Church at a cost of $100 per month, beginning in January 2007.

The Ramblers web site was redesigned and a search engine added. Among continuing research projects, several Brazos County cemeteries were surveyed, recorded and added to the web site. Brazos Valley obituaries appearing in The Bryan-College Station Eagle newspaper also were indexed and added to the web site. A merger with the Brazos Genealogical Association was proposed, but was cancelled when that organization withdrew its request.

An opinion issued in February 2007 by the Texas attorney general restricting access to public records containing Social Security numbers caused much confusion and concern throughout the state for both county clerks and genealogists. The attorney general then issued a 60-day reprieve so the Texas Legislature could address the problem. The House and Senate passed a bill (HB 2061) in March, which was signed by the governor, to clarify access to records containing Social Security numbers.

Research trips were made to Salt Lake City, Utah, Fort Wayne, Ind., Houston, Conroe and Texas A&M. The education committee presented a hands-on workshop on archival encapsulation of materials as well as the annual Mary Collie Cooper Memorial Lecture with Richard L. Hooverson as speaker.

Monthly programs featured guest speakers from the Brazos County Tax Assessor and Collector’s office, the Southwest Region of the National Archives and Records Administration in Fort Worth, the Hill County Library in Hillsboro and the Clayton Library in Houston. Members of the Ramblers presented programs on Irish research, the development of railroads, Colonial New England Research, and the Great Migration as well as a round-table discussion by new members. Ramblers also sponsored three orientation sessions for beginning genealogists.

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