The Angelina County Genealogical Society will meet at 6 P.M. Monday, December 17, 2012 in the back meeting room of Lufkin-B-Q at 203 South Chestnut in Lufkin for the society’s annual Christmas Party and Program. Attendees will order from the restaurant’s regular menu. This is the regular ACGS meeting date of the third Monday of the month ACGS officers said. The change is only in the society’s meeting time, one hour later, and place, Lufkin-Bar B-Q.
The ACGS Executive Board will be meeting at 5 PM at the restaurant preceding the regular meeting. All standing committee chairmen are encouraged to attend. ACGS Executive Board meetings are open to the society membership and all society meetings are open to the public.
For January 2013, only, the ACGS meeting date is being changed from the third Monday to the fourth Monday due to the library being closed for MLK Day. The January meeting of the ACGS is scheduled for 5 PM Monday January 28, 2013, in the community meeting room of Kurth Memorial Library, 706 South Raguet, Lufkin. Again, this is a change only in the meeting date ACGS officers said. The time will still be 5 PM, and the meeting place will still be Kurth Memorial Library. For all other months of 2013, except for January and December, ACGS officers are expecting to resume their regular meeting schedule of date, time and place at 5 PM on the third Monday of the month at Kurth Memorial Library, 706 South Raguet, in Lufkin. Any other changes will be announced in advance as early as possible officers said.
The Program for the ACGS December meeting and party will be presented by outgoing ACGS president Dickie Dixon on “Lufkin’s Birthday Party,” the Founding of Lufkin and the Coming of the Railroad.” A native of Lufkin, widely known for his contacts in the business community, for his interest in furniture and historical research, Mr. Dixon has previously spoken to several other local groups on this general topic. Mr. Dixon said he found in researching the program topic some previously unknown information about some of his own family connections buying some of the first town lots sold in Lufkin.
Newly elected ACGS officers for the 2013 calendar year are Joseph Dufner, president; Vivian T. Cates of Alto, vice-president-program chairman; Sharon W. Elliott, treasurer; and Betty Dufner, secretary. Mr. Dixon, after serving three years as society president will move to the place of past-president on the ACGS executive board. As the new incoming ACGS president, Mr. Dufner will be announcing his appointments of standing committee chairman for the executive board at a later date. Mrs. Dufner, Mrs. Elliott, and Mrs. Cates are returning officers.
Additional information about the ACGS December meeting and ACGS activities can be obtained by calling the Ora McMullen Genealogy Room at 1-936-630-0563 or by doing a web search for the society’s web page at http://www.rootsweb.com/~txacgs
ACGS dues are now due and payable for 2013 according to ACGS Treasurer Sharon Elliott. ACGS dues are S10.00 for individuals and $15.00 for two people at the same address.
The program for the ACGS January 28th meeting will be presented by Kyle Ainsworth, Special Collections Librarian, East Texas Research Center. The ETRC is located on the second floor of Steen Library at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches. Mr. Ainsworth is expected to describe the general purpose and function of the ETRC and his duties there in addition to his chosen program topic of “Some Tips for Doing Oral Interviews in Family History Research.” Mr. Ainsworth earned his B. A. in 2006 from The College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, and both a M.A. in U. S History and a M.S. in Library Science in 2010 from The University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, Mississippi. Shortly thereafter Mr. Ainsworth began his employment in the ETRC at SFASU in Nacogdoches. Having only recently moved to Texas and being originally from the state of Maine, Mr. Ainsworth is expected to present a somewhat unique perspective to doing historical and genealogical research in East Texas based some of his more recent experiences in doing some oral history interviews in the Angelina County area.
Dr. Deborah Burkett (PHD) of Troup, a member of the Cherokee County Genealogical Society and the Cherokee County Historical Commission, antique store owner and quilt book writer, is scheduled to speak at the 5 PM Monday, February 17, 2013, ACGS meeting at Kurth Memorial Library. Dr. Burkett’s historical research and writing activities were twice featured “above the fold” on the front page in two separate issue of the TYLER MORNING TELEGRAPH. Additional information on her program topic will be available prior to that meeting date.
Free individual genealogical research help is available on the 3rd Monday of each month (except January and December)from 1-4 p.m. in the Ora McMullen Genealogy Room, Kurth Memorial Library, 706 Raguet Street, Lufkin, Texas 75904, 1-936-630-0563, provided by members of the Angelina County Genealogical Society. The contact person for obtaining further information is Cindy McMullen, genealogy department librarian. E-mailing or calling ahead for an appointment is strongly advised to assure individual help from a society volunteer. firstname.lastname@example.org