*** 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
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
Johnnie Jo Sowell Dickenson Genealogy Room
*** UPCOMING EVENTS ***
Mark Your Calendars
!!! Genealogy Weekend !!!
Friday & Saturday - August 8th and 9th
Frances Sprott Goforth Memorial Genealogy Weekend
Huntsville Public Library & the Walker County Genealogical Society
Huntsville Public Library - 1219 13th Street - Huntsville, TX 77340
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
Saturday - Sept 20 - 10:00
Huntsville Public Library
Program: To be Announced
Walker County Genealogical Society Officers
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
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
*** 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 !
*** 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
Huntsville and Walker County, Texas - A
Bicentennial History (Published 1976)
Texas Tides Project
Note: If the links to the History Books do not work, go to:
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
Walker County Cemeteries - Volume 3
Huntsville City Cemeteries
(Oakwood - Adickes - Mayes - St. Stephen's Columbarium)
(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.
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.
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
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
For a list of Approved Families
"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.
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 email@example.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.
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.
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 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.
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
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
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.
Dickenson Research - Professional
Walker County - TXGenWeb
Palmer/Parmer Family Reunion
Descendants of Martin Parmer
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 Research Sources
Catholic Church Records - Houston/Galveston
German Texan Historical Society
Montgomery County Genealogical & Historical Society
Hispanic Genealogy Research
Texas History Portal - University of North Texas
University of Pennsylvania - Books on Line
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