The Cherokee County Genealogical Society will meet at 5:00 PM Monday, Nov 11, 2013, at the First Methodist Church, 1031 SE Loop 456, in Jacksonville, Texas. The speaker will be CCGS member Deborah L. Burkett PhD of Mixon. The topic will be “From Tennessee to Texas: History of the Presbyterian Church and Family Genealogical Records.”
While conducting research for her recently published book, Quilts and Their Stories Binding Generations Together, Dr. Burkett “discovered” many documents detailing the early history of the Presbyterian Church, the formation of the Cumberland Presbyterians and their preachers who migrated west.
Dr. Burkett recently said that she was amazed at the wealth of information contained in old church records—family genealogy and images of the culture at the time—i.e. the War of 1812, the War Between the States and the formation of Texas.
“It’s so exciting to learn more about one’s ancestors…every bit of information makes them very real, all these generations later...!” Dr. Burkett shared, “I have always had an abiding interest in history and photography.”
Dr. Burkett is currently a member of the Cherokee County Historical Commission serving as Committee Chair of the Historic Photo Collection and Archives, a member of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, United Daughters of the Confederacy, Cherokee County Genealogical Society and the Federated Jacksonville Wednesday Study Club. After becoming a founding member of the Troup Genealogical/Historic Society, Dr. Burkett worked on the committees that published two books: TROUP GOES TO WWII (1998) and A CENTURY OF THE HISTORY OF TROUP, TEXAS (2009).
CCGS dues for 2013-1014 are now due and payable by mail or at a society meeting. The current society membership year runs September 2013 through May 2014. Annual membership dues are $15.00(single) and $20.00 for a two-member household. Members will receive four quarterly issues of the CCGS publication TREE TALK. A single issue of TREE TALK is $4.00.
Members bring snack items for refreshments after the meeting (sandwiches, chips, vegetable snacks, cookies and other sweets, soft drinks, etc.) to enjoy after each meeting while informally discussing their latest research efforts with fellow members. Anyone interested in researching their family history and genealogy is invited to attend members said. Free genealogy and historical research help is available after the business meeting and program for those attending.
More information about the Cherokee County Genealogical Society can be obtained by visiting the society's web page at http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txcherok
. The society's mailing address is Post Office Box 1332, Jacksonville, Texas, 75766-1332. The society's e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org
Vivian Cates, Alto 1-936-858-3801
Vice-president Program Chairman, Publicity-Cherokee County Genealogical Society