Welcome to the Walker County

Genealogical Society's Homepage

Huntsville and Walker County, Texas

This page is updated regularly. Latest revision: June 11, 2014
An * denotes new addition or update to this page.


*** Genealogy Room - Huntsville Public Library ***

Donations Still Needed

         The Huntsville Public Library Johnnie Jo Sowell Dickenson Genealogy Room contains approximately 2,200 square feet of space. The  genealogy room contains an archive room as well as 8 computers dedicated to genealogy researchers.
         Donations are still being accepted for books and furnishings for the Dickenson Genealogy Room. Donations are needed to purchase books, microfilm and other needed articles to enhance this wonderful resource for genealogical research.
         You may donate by sending a check made to: Walker County Genealogical Society (WCGS) - P. O. Box 1295 - Huntsville, Texas 77342-1295. Your donations may be in form of memorials or honorariums. Any size donation is appreciated. Donations are tax deductible.
         PLEASE NOTE: Please designate your donation, "For Genealogy Collection".


Walker County Genealogical Society Members in front of the new Huntsville Public Library
Johnnie Jo Sowell Dickenson Genealogy Roo
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*** UPCOMING EVENTS ***

Mark Your Calendars

!!! Genealogy Weekend !!!
Friday & Saturday - August 8th and 9th

Frances Sprott Goforth Memorial Genealogy Weekend

Co-hosted by Huntsville Public Library & the Walker County Genealogical Society
Huntsville Public Library - 1219 13th Street - Huntsville, TX 77340

FRIDAY, AUGUST 8, 2014
8:45 – 9:15 a.m. Coffee, tea, and conversation
9:15 – 9:45 p.m
.Tour of Johnnie Jo Dickenson Genealogy Room
9:45 – 10:00 a.m.
  Registration
10:00 – 11:15 a.m
. Professor John Versluis, Texas Heritage Museum, Hill College, Hillsboro, TX.  Presentation: “Researching WWI Veteran Records & WWI Unit Histories.” Q & A follows
11:30 – 12:15 p.m.
Johnny Willis – “A Success Story of WWI Research”— Researcher’s work leads to WWI French & German battlefields where a grandparent fought. All research was done “b.c.” or “before computers.”
12:15 – 1:30 p.m. –   Lunch on your Own

1:45 – 3:00 p.m.
 – Kevin Klaus presents “Searching the Gold Mine of Land Records on the Texas General Land Office Website.”  Mr. Klaus is a Senior Information Specialist in Archives & Records at the Texas GLO. He will do live Online GLO searches with instruction for finding and interpreting any information found. Q & A follows. Historical maps from TX GLO will be available for sale.
3:15 – 4:45 p.m.
– Janet Miller and Janet Gardner present “Genealogical Treasure Maps: Using Maps as a Tool to Trace your Ancestry.”  Ms. Miller is a retired petroleum landman with many years of experience in the energy industry. Ms. Gardner is a retired Walker County public servant, an avid genealogist and library volunteer.  
4:45 – 8:30 p.m
Research Time in the Dickenson Genealogy Room – Walker County Genealogical Society members will be available to assist with your research. In addition, Marian Hunter, an expert FamilySearch.org instructor and her co-trainer will be available during this time to share their expertise in navigating the multiple layers of the FamilySearch website.  Ms. Hunter worked in the Family History Library in Salt Lake City and receives regular updates on FamilySearch.org website changes and additions.

*Walker County Genealogical Society will provide a light dinner in the Community Room from 5:30 - 8:00 p.m.

*Silent Book Auction on Friday

SATURDAY, AUGUST 9, 2014
9:00 – 9:45 a.m.
 – Coffee, Tea, Conversation & Registration
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
– Debbie Parker Wayne, CG SM, CGL, presents “GATA GACC!! DNA and Genetic Genealogy Today” Q & A follows.
11:15 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
 – BREAK – light snacks & drinks available
11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
  – Debbie Parker Wayne, CG SM, CGL, presents “Going Nuclear: DNA Discoveries to Trace All Lines of Descent” Q & A follows.
12:45 – 1:45 p.m.
– Lunch on Your Own
2:00 – 3:30 p.m.
– Heather Kramer, MLIS, CA, Genealogy and Local History Librarian, Montgomery County Memorial Library System, Conroe, TX -  Presentation: “Getting the Most for Your Money from Ancestry.com” Q & A follows.

Registration requested for handout counts, but is not mandatory.
Go to
www.myhuntsvillelibrary.com for more information

Huntsville Public Library is an affiliate of FamilySearch’s Research and Library System



*** Next Society Meeting ***

Saturday  -  Sept 20  -  10:00 a.m.
Huntsville Public Library
Community Room

Program: To be Announced



Walker County Genealogical Society Officers
2014-2016

         President: Helen Park                                    Treasurer: Kay Mitchell
1st Vice President:
Clara Malak                     2nd Vice President: Janet Gardner
Recording Secretary: Suzanne Dawson            Historian: Johnny Willis
1st Librarian:
Johnnie Jo Dickenson           2nd Librarian: Janet Miller
Parliamentarian:
Joyce Robinson
        Registrar & Newsletter Editor:
Beth Williamson
      Ex-Officio Member: Linda Dodson  - Library

Officers 2014-2016

Front Row: Johnnie Jo Dickenson, Suzanne Dawson, Helen Park, Kay Mitchell
Back Row: Joyce Robinson, Janet Miller, Beth Williamson, Johnny Willis



For more information about the society or genealogical holdings email
info@wcgen.com



*** Library Donations ***

    The Walker County Genealogical Society encourages you to make donations to the Society for genealogical publications to be placed in the Huntsville Public Library Johnnie Jo Sowell Dickenson Genealogy Room. These can be general donations, or memorial donations. Each book given, or purchased, will be plated with the name of the donor and the name of the person for whom the memorial is made. Please download the Donor Form when making a contribution. The Donor Form provides the necessary information for the library to notify the appropriate persons.

 Mail the Donor Form and your donation to WCGS - P. O. Box 1295 - Huntsville, Texas 77342-1295.

! Click Here to Download Donor Form !

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*** Forrest Masonic Lodge Donates $4,000.00 to Society ***

     On May 17, 2014, Forrest Masonic Lodge No. 19, of Huntsville, presented the Walker County Genealogical Society with a donation in the amount of $4,000.00. These funds have been designated for the purchase of books and research materials to enhance the collection of the Genealogy and Local History Room of the Huntsville Public Library.

Outgoing Society President Beth Williamson receives $4,000.00 donation from
Forrest Masonic Lodge members:
L to R: J. D. Dickenson, George Gresham, Sidney Metcalf, Jack Herrington
Neill Hodges, Steven Rich, Robert Patteson, Harry Sturgeon



*** SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT ***

HUNTSVILLE PUBLIC LIBRARY IS NOW AN AFFILIATE

OF THE LDS LIBRARY IN SALT LAKE CITY

The Huntsville Public Library has been recently named an affiliate of the LDS Library in Salt Lake City. This affiliation will allow patrons of the Huntsville Library to order Microfilm and Microfiche from the vast collection of genealogical data at the LDS Library and have it delivered to the Huntsville Library to be read. The film has to be read at the library and cannot be taken out of the library. In the past, we have had to go to LDS Libraries in Conroe or Bryan to read these films. CLICK HERE for information on how to set up an account and order these films.



*** Now On-Line ***

Walker County, Texas, Cemeteries
Volume 1 - South Walker County
(Cemeteries South of State Highways 30 and 190)
Volume 2 - North Walker County
(Cemeteries North of State Highways 30 and 190)
Walker County Black Cemeteries

      South Walker County Index Click Here                    South Cemetery Listings Click Here
    North Walker County Index Click Here                    North Cemetery Listings Click Here
      Black Cemeteries Index Click Here                           Black Cemeteries Listings
Click Here


Please Note:
The Cemetery Listings files are large files (390K-880K) and will take several minutes to access for those with dial-up connections. We recommend that you first check the Index to see if the name you are interested in is in the Cemetery Listings. Information on purchasing a copy of these books, and for availability of future volumes of cemetery listings, is given further down on this website.
You must have Adobe Acrobat Reader 5 or above installed to access these files.


!!! Updated Links !!!

Walker County History Books On-Line

The Walker County, Texas, History Book (Published 1986) and Huntsville and Walker County, Texas - A Bicentennial History (Published 1976) are now on-line. This was made possible through a joint project of the Walker County Genealogical Society, The Huntsville Public Library and Stephen F. Austin State University. This project is part of the Texas Tides Project and is located on the Stephen F. Austin State University website. The Walker County Genealogical Society is not responsible for any errors you may find on these links.

Walker County, Texas, History Book (Published 1986)
Click Here

Huntsville and Walker County, Texas - A Bicentennial History (Published 1976)
Click Here

Texas Tides Project
Click Here

Note: If the links to the History Books do not work, go to:

http://digital.sfasu.edu/cdm4/about.php

Scan down the page to Huntsville Public Library


Walker County Treasures Website

This website contains historical pictures of Huntsville and Walker County
This website also has the Bible Records of the Walker County Genealogical Society

Click Here


!!! Order Now !!!

Walker County Cemeteries - Volume 3

Huntsville City Cemeteries
(Oakwood - Adickes - Mayes - St. Stephen's Columbarium)

Prison Cemeteries
(Captain Joe Byrd - Wynne Farm - Goree Farm)

The Walker County Genealogical Society is pleased to announce the release of this new cemetery research book. This extensive research tool will be an invaluable addition to genealogy and public libraries throughout Texas, due to the inclusion of the historic Oakwood Cemetery, listing many of the leaders of the Texas Revolution, and the listings of three Texas penitentiary cemeteries, providing an unusual access to very hard to find records of a forgotten part of our population.

Price is $35.00

Note: If Book Purchase Is To Be Mailed Please Add $5.00 for Postage
Send Orders to: WCGS - PO Box 1295 - Huntsville, TX 77342-1295


Publications for Sale

Walker County, Texas, Cemeteries Publications

Volume 1 is the first of 3 Volumes of Walker County Cemeteries, published by the Walker County Genealogical Society. "Volume 1 - South Walker County" contains the cemeteries in Walker County, South of State Highway 30 and State Highway 190. The book is 8.5X11 - 157 Pages - Spiral Bound. The price of the book is $25.00 plus $5.00 postage.

Volume 2, includes cemeteries located North of State Highway 30 and State Highway 190. The book is 8.5X11 - 182 Pages - Spiral Bound. The price of the book is $30.00 plus $5.00 postage.

Volume 3, includes cemeteries located in the City of Huntsville and includes Oakwood Cemeteries I and II, Adickes Addition and Mayes Addition of Oakwood Cemetery, and Captain Joe Byrd Cemetery, which is the Texas Department of Criminal Justice cemetery for burial of prison inmates. The price of the book is $35.00 plus $5.00 postage.

Black Cemeteries Book

!This Book Received Honorable Mention Award from Texas State Genealogical Society!

Ruth Stubblefield, of Hemet, California, has cataloged the Black Cemeteries of Walker County. The price of the book is $25.00 plus $5.00 postage. This book contains 43 cemeteries, approximately 4,400 names, and has a Full Name Index. It is 8.5X11 and is Spiral Bound. Ruth was in Huntsville for over six months working on this much needed project and this book is a valuable research tool for those searching Walker County connections.

Other Publications for Sale

Walker County, Texas, 1870 Census: 8.5X11 - 200 Pages - Surname Index - $20.00 (Sale Price: $10.00)
Postage:
1st Book - $5.00  -  Each additional book - $1.00

For Other Walker County, Texas, Publications: Click Here

If you wish a copies of these books, please mail your check to Walker County Genealogical Society - P. O. Box 1295 - Huntsville, Texas 77342-1295.


*** Walker County Keepsake Coverlet ***

The Walker County Genealogical Society Has Designed and Has for Sale
A Beautiful Woven Custom Keepsake Coverlet

This Coverlet is 48" X 68" and Depicts Historical Buildings and Sites in Walker County

These Will Be Great Gifts for Your Family and Friends

Click Here for More Information


* Research Tips

Check Out Some other Research Links At the End of This Page

* Cemeteries On-line for each state and several foreign countries  www.teafor2.com

* Websites for each of the 50 states  www.familytreemagazine.com/article/2010-best-state-websites

* Graves for Early Texans  www.samhoustonmovie.com/index.php/samh/foreducators  Click on "Graves of Early Texans"

* German Research   www.birkenhoerdt.net

Massive Obituary Collection www.arrangeonline.com  This is a joint venture of AOL and Arrangeonline.com and supposedly has over 50 million obituarie

Have you checked www.usgenweb.org lately? This is the U. S. GenWeb site for all counties in the United States. Information is added daily.

Check out www.genealogybulletin.com. This is an on-line publication by Heritage Quest Magazine and is full of research hints.

Are you looking for a specific book? Go to the largest bookstore on-line www.amazon.com and place a search. You may find your genealogical books a lot cheaper than purchasing them directly from the publisher.

Have you checked your ancestor's name on the Bureau of Land Management?  Land Patent Records of 12 states are on-line. The records are for Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Ohio, and Wisconsin. You may print out the Land Patent of your ancestor. Check it out at www.glorecords.blm.gov


Registry of Pioneer Families of Walker County

Two Commemorative Certificates will be Awarded to Eligible Descendants of Early Walker County Pioneers

674 Pioneer Certificates Have Now Been Issued

NOTE: Due to the overwhelming response to this program, the deadline for submitting applications has been extended indefinitely.

Certificates Have Been Issued to Individuals in 21 States Plus France and Australia

For More Information on this Project

Click Here!

For a list of Approved Families

Click Here!


"Waverly Emigration Society"

Registry of Polish Families

The Walker County Genealogical Society will honor descendants of the "Waverly Emigration Society" with a Commemorative Certificate. Forty-five families, totaling 143 persons, arrived in New York aboard the SS City of Antwerp on April 9, 1867. This group of Polish Emigrants settled primarily in Waverly (southeast Walker County). They contributed greatly to this part of Walker County. The Waverly Emigration Society was established by planters in this area to recruit workers on the plantations following the Civil War. This is the 135th Anniversary of the arrival of this group.

To qualify for this Certificate, a person must be a descendant (direct or collateral) from one of these forty-five families. Applications may be picked up at the Huntsville Public Library, or by mailing a "long self-addressed stamped envelope" to WCGS - P. O. Box 1295 - Huntsville, Texas 77342-1295.


Society Fundraisers

Sweat Shirts: This year, we have designed Sweat Shirts for sale. They are a Royal Blue with White Lettering and may be purchased for $20.00. Please invest in a shirt and help your society. They may be purchased at the next meeting or by contacting Beth Williamson at betwil@aol.com   Please support this project.

Note Cards: The pen and ink drawings by Juanita Lynch have been made into Note Cards. These are for sale in packages of 8, with envelopes, for $5.00 per pack plus $1.00 postage if mailed. Several of these drawings are on the Pioneer Registry Certificates. These Note Cards are excellent for Thank You notes, etc.



About the Society

The Walker County Genealogical Society works to further knowledge about genealogical research, assist others with their family lines, and exchange knowledge gleaned from experience in a variety of research areas. It was begun in 1965, and as of 2014, has 150 members. Meetings are held the third Saturday of each month, except during the summer and in December, and are held at 10:00 a.m. Annual dues are $10.00 for individuals or $15.00 for couples. We are able to keep our dues at this low rate due to the generosity of our members and friends. All correspondence to the society should be mailed to P. O. Box 1295 - Huntsville, Texas 77342-1295. 

Annual Events

February - 2nd Sunday - 12:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. - Winter Library Lock-In - Huntsville Public Library
May - 3rd Saturday - 11:00 a.m. - Annual Society Picnic
August - 3rd Friday - 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. - Summer Library Lock-In - Huntsville Public Library


Society Newsletter

Society Member Beth Williamson is the Editor of the Walker County Genealogical Society Newsletter.  It is published each month (except June, July and December).  You should receive it just prior to each month's meeting date.  Please read carefully for announcements and other pertinent information about the society.  Our society is growing and this is an economical way to keep up with the membership and keep you informed.


Society Web Page

The society's web page is being constantly accessed and we have received a number of inquiries about local genealogical research opportunities through the web page. We have added several new links; some of which are websites of families with long time Walker County connections.  If you know of other web sites that we might add to our links please let us know.


We are still accepting copies of Family Bible Records and Confederate Military Records. We are also beginning a Union Military Records File. A Colonial Period File (Pre-1700) is also being started. The file will consist of Wills, Probates, Marriages, Deeds, and Family Items of this period. Please contribute any in your files!


Ruth Stubblefield Recognized in Afrigeneas Spotlight

Ruth Stubblefield, who compiled the "Black Cemeteries - Walker County, Texas", has been recognized for her outstanding contribution to the field of genealogy, during National Family History Month. Ruth suffered a stroke about a year ago, but is back doing genealogical research. Please read the article and see pictures of Ruth by Clicking Here.


*** AT THE LIBRARY ***

*** Barbour Collection ***
Connecticut Town Bible Records

*** Mayflower Families through 5 Generations ***

*** Mississippi Records ***
Multiple Volumes - Compiled by Ben Strickland

*** 1930 Texas Census (127 Rolls of Microfilm) ***

These 127 Rolls are now available for researchers. They are housed in Drawers 11 and 12 of the Microfilm Cabinet. There is NO INDEX for Texas 1930. One must read the entire county where their ancestor was living. This is a great addition to our collection at a cost of $2,000.00. Our Thanks to each of you who donated toward the purchase of this collection.

*** MICROFILM READER-PRINTER ***

The Walker County Genealogical Society and the City of Huntsville have purchased a New Microfilm Reader-Printer. This reader-printer will enhance our ability to use our microfilm and mirofiche more efficiently.

*** 1880 U. S. Federal Census ***

The Huntsville Public Library has purchased, on CD-ROM, the ENTIRE 1880 U. S. Federal Census. This includes all states, and territories. This 56 CD set has a complete index and is searchable by name. This will be catalogued and ready for patrons shortly.

*** Roster of Confederate Soldiers ***

This is a 16 Volume set of books, plus a CD-Rom, edited by Janet B. Hewett. It contains the names of ALL known Confederate Soldiers, listing the state from which they served, and their unit numbers and companies. This is a very valuable research tool for persons trying to locate a Confederate ancestor. With the information from this book, one can order military records and pension applications from the various state archives. These volumes will enhance our Confederate collection. The cost of this set of books is approximately $1,800.00. Our Thanks to each of you who donated toward the purchase of this collection.


Other Genealogical Holdings

The Genealogy and Local History collection is housed in a special room of the Huntsville Public Library. The collection contains over 4000 volumes, including histories of states, counties, and families.

In addition there are vertical files containing Bible records, Family papers, Civil War records and other source materials. There are also many useful guides to assist in research.

Huntsville Public Library - 1216 14th Street, Huntsville, Texas 77340 - 936-291-5472

New in the Genealogical/Local History Room

Texas Prison Inmate Records 1850-1954 (Microfilm)

1900 Texas Soundex - Complete

Huntsville Item on Microfilm - 1928 thru 2004

Topographical Dictionary of Ireland - Volume 1 and 2

The Alsace Emigration Book - Volume 1 and 2

Jewish Roots in Poland

Jewish Roots in Ukraine and Moldova

Twenty-Six Great Migration Colonists to New England

Early English Churches in America - 1607-1807

Slave Ancestral Research, It's Something Else

Civil War in Texas

Between the Enemy and Texas: Parson's TX Cavalry in the Civil War

Miscellaeneous Alabama Newspaper Abstracts - Volume 1 and 2

Acadian to Cajun Transformation of a People

Catawba Cousins - Volumes 1 through 13

Green County, Georgia - Wills 1786-1877

Wayne County, Nebraska - Newspaper Abstracts - 1876-1899

Genealogies of New England Families - Volume 1 and 2

Family History Made Easy

Clara Driscoll: An American Tradition

The Star of Destiny: The Private Life of Sam and Margaret Houston

Women Pioneers in Texas Medicine

List of Colonial Soldiers in Virginia

Sons of the South

The History of San Diego - Volume 1 and 2

The Last Days of British Saint Augustine - 1784-1785

The Early History of Ada

Knox County, Tennessee, Estate Book - Volume 1 and Volume 3

The Wells Family of Louisiana and Allied Families

The Richards Family in America

The Ancestry and Lee Harrison Sandel and Susie Cornelia Thomas

Hang on to the Willows: Pottawatomie County, Oklahoma

Microfiche Listing of Holdings (Surname and Locale) - LDS Library - Salt Lake City

Microfilm  -  Walker County, Texas, Records (Deed - Probate - Tax - Marriage - Civil Minutes)

Reprints of the New England Historical & Genealogical Society Register arrive Monthly

Computer Terminals: The computers are up and running. The three computers in the Genealogy Room are now hooked up to the Internet.  We are members of Heritage Quest and Ancestry.com. Each computer has our collection of CD-ROM's on the hard drive. "Family Tree Maker" has been installed and we are able to use all of our CD-ROM's.

The new Microfilm Cabinet has arrived. All Texas film will be housed in this cabinet. Miscellaneous Film will be housed in the old cabinet.


Some of Our Other Holdings:

Texas Census on Microfilm - 1850-1920

Walker County, Texas, Records on Microfilm: Probate - Deeds - Marriage - Tax List

Huntsville and Walker County Histories

Walker County Marriages - 1846-1900

History of Forrest Masonic Lodge No. 19 - 1844-1994

Huntsville Funeral Home Records

Minutes - First Baptist Church - Huntsville

History of First Baptist Church - 10th Street - Huntsville

Handbook of Texas

New England Historical and Genealogical Register

Virginia Marriages

1850 Federal Census of Tennessee

Revolutionary War Pension Files

Arkansas Land Patents: Ashley County

Marriage Book I: 1853-1931 - City of Winchester, Virginia

Abstracts of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania Wills

1920 Fort Worth, Texas City Directory

War of 1812 Virginia Bounty Land & Pension Applications

History: First Baptist Church Coldspring, Texas

History: Waller County, Texas

Alabama Marriages: Brides and grooms A-Z

1860 census index on microfiche: California, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Rhode Island.

1870 census index on microfiche: Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Rhode Island.

1890 Veterans census on microfiche: Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Virginia, West Virginia.

1910 census index on microfiche: Nevada, Wyoming.

Other new microfiche: marriages of District of Columbia, Illinois, Iowa, North Carolina, Tennessee. All back issues of "Heritage Quest" magazine are on microfiche.



Some Genealogy Web Sites:

Dickenson Research - Professional Genealogists
Walker County - TXGenWeb
Palmer/Parmer Family Reunion
Descendants of Martin Parmer
Everton Publishers
National Genealogical Society
Cyndi's List of Genealogy Sites on the Internet
The H. A. McAdams Family of Texas
Angelina County, TXGenWeb
Madison County, TXGenWeb
Polk County, TXGenWeb
Trinity County, TXGenWeb
Houston County, TXGenWeb
Texas State Library and Archives
SE TX Genealogical & Historical Society
Texas Death Records 1964-1998
Social Security Death Index
Texas Cemeteries
Texas Research Sources
Catholic Church Records - Houston/Galveston
German Texan Historical Society
Montgomery County Genealogical & Historical Society
Obituaries Help
Hispanic Genealogy Research
Texas History Portal - University of North Texas
University of Pennsylvania - Books on Line


Other local sites of interest:

Huntsville Public Library
Walker County Treasures
Tides in Early Texas History
City of Huntsville
Forrest Masonic Lodge No. 19
Sam Houston State University
Newton Gresham Library - SHSU


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