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Posted: 15 Mar 2014 3:50PM GMT
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Brochures are now available and registrations are being accepted for the CCGS-ETHA FAMILY HISTORY FAIR scheduled for Saturday, March 29, 2014, at the First United Methodist Church, 1031 SE Loop 456, Jacksonville, Texas. The event is being organized by the Cherokee County Genealogical Society and sponsored by the East Texas Historical Association, SFASU, Nacogdoches. The hours of the one day event are 9AM to 3PM. The church will open at 8:00 AM for vendors and exhibitors to begin setting up and for checking in at the registration table.
The fee to attend the CCGS-ETHA Family History Fair is posted on the CCGS website and will include a hot lunch provided by the church’s adult mission group. The fee will be discounted for CCGS and ETHA members and will include the hot lunch. The Family History Fair is a fund raising project for both CCGS and the adult missions group of First United Methodist, Jacksonville, to fund their respective activities.
While walk-ins will be accepted, advance reservations for the Family History Fair are strongly advised by society members especially for the lunch count. To obtain a brochure and to register for the event contact the society by regular mail at P. O. Box 1332, Jacksonville, Texas 75766, via e-mail to, or by calling 1-903-586-0135. For more details on the programs and the speakers visit the CCGS web site at
There will be three tracts of speakers with four sessions each. Dr. Scott Sosebee, director of ETHA and an associate professor of history at SFASU will be the key-note speaker at 9AM. Speaking sessions will begin at 10:00 AM and 11:00 AM with 12:00-1:00 lunch break and then 1:00 PM and 2:00 2PM.
Carol Taylor of Greenville, Texas, is the speaker in Tract I entitled CIVIL WAR PAPER TRAILS. Mrs. Taylor presented a similar program series at the Angelina College Genealogical Conference last July and will be presenting speaking sessions on similar topics in Houston early this month. Her four session titles are "During the War: Records Created 1861 – 1865," "When the War Was Over" "Women, Children and Other Civilians," and "Southern Claims Commission Papers." Mrs. Taylor, a retired teacher and an avid genealogist for years, earned her master’s degree in history from Texas A&M in Commerce.
Christi Watkins R.N. Chief Clinical Officer at Palestine Regional Medical Center, will present two sessions in Tract II, “Are You Related to Royalty??, “ and “Skeletons in the Closet.” Ms. Watkins has extensive expertise in the field of DNA testing for identification purposes and worked in New York City after 9/11.
Still in Tract II, Carolyn Reeves Ericson of Nacogdoches will present one session on “Early Virginia Research” including information on the early Germanna Colony and Ancient Planters. Mrs. Ericson is a genealogist, historian, author and publisher, operator of Ericson Books and writes a weekly genealogy column for two East Texas newspapers. The fourth session in Tract II will be present by Linda Reynolds, Director Special Collections, East Texas Research Center. The ETRC is located on the second floor of Steen Library At SFASU in Nacogdoches. Mr. Ainsworth’s topic will be “Records Preservation.”
In Tract III John Garbutt of Rusk, Special Projects Administrator will present the first session, “History of the Texas State Railroad.”
David Schochler of Diboll, Texas, will present two sessions entitled “Genealogical Research in Western Europe” and “So, your GGGrandfather was born in the Sundgav! Now what?” In 2013 Mr. Schochler published a book based on his research of his Schochler family who settled in Cherokee County, Texas. His previous programs for two area genealogy societies have been present in period costume. Kaye Slover of Nacogdoches will speak on Cherokee County Cemeteries.
Vivian Cates, Alto 1-936-858-3801
1st Vice-president Program Chairman, Publicity, Special Projects
Cherokee County Genealogical Society

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