Monday, September 18, 2017

Genealogy vs. Family History – There is a Difference

  In helping patrons with family research, I have found myself using the terms genealogy and family history interchangeably. I began to wonder whether or not the terms were synonymous. What I found is, although they overlap, there is indeed a difference between genealogy and family history.

Genealogy Pedigree Chart
  By definition, genealogy is a study of family ancestors with pertinent data such as birth, marriage and death dates. Genealogy is specifically concerned with tracing family lineages and determining kinship. For example, a genealogical record may be needed for certain legal situations that deal with inheritance, and it is most definitely required proof for membership in societies like the Daughters of the American Revolution. A genealogy researcher will begin by recording parents’ full names and then enter facts about birth, marriage and death dates. It is helpful to make a simple pedigree chart starting with yourself and work your way backward. For the family history researcher, this record of factual genealogy is the starting point for creating a family narrative.

  Family history tells the story of your family and highlights individual biographies, achievements, social standings, economic status, land ownership, medical issues, military history, geographic locations, children born or adopted into families, and the list goes on. A lot can be learned from family Bibles, diaries, letters and journals, newspaper articles, and from stories or oral histories handed down through generations. Also, family history researchers have so many digital records becoming available through websites like and Newspaper Archive. Creating family history narratives by learning more about our ancestor’s likes, dislikes, skills, documenting anecdotal stories, and examining their daily lives can be fascinating.

  To sum it up, genealogy is mainly a pedigree chart. Once you work your way back to your 5th great grandparents, you will have 128 people on your chart! If creating a family history is your ultimate goal, genealogy is one tool to achieving that goal. Genealogy can be compared to the trunk and branches of a tree, but a rich family history truly gives the tree its unique color, fruit, leaves, and perhaps will reveal a few nuts!

Delene Allen
Fall 2017

Friday, September 15, 2017

QPL Story Time "Let's Fall Around"

QPL Story Time on Thursday, September 21, 2017 is All About "Let's FALL Around!" Join us at 2 p.m. in the library's community room for great stories, music, crafts and a few surprise treats!

Story Time is designed for young readers and home-schooled students; however anyone who wants to hear a great story is welcome.

Quitman Public Library 202 East Goode Street, Quitman TX

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Quitman Library Connections by Delene Allen

Week of September 13, 2017 Wood County Monitor – Quitman TX           

  International Read an Ebook Day is September 18, and the Quitman Public Library is encouraging readers to give eBooks a try. If you are a patron and have a mobile phone or reading device, download the OverDrive® app for access to countless eBooks and audiobooks from the Northeast Texas Digital Consortium. You may check out up to five online items for your choice of 7 or 14 days. You can find OverDrive on our website at
  September is Library Card Sign-up Month, a time when the American Library Association and public libraries throughout the country encourage students to get a free library card. Patron cards are available for those residents who can provide proof of residence in Wood County and photo identification. A guardian must sign for children ages 5 - 17. 
  The 2nd Friday Acoustical Music Jam is Friday, October 13, at the Quitman Public Library. Acoustical musicians of all ages and musical levels are invited to jam from 6 – 9 p.m. There will be an open mic set-up for those who wish to perform. Listeners are always welcome. Call 903-975-5745.
  Notary service is available at the library by appointment. Call 903-763-4191. Hours are Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. Keep up with current events at

Adult Services
  The fall semester is beginning, so it is a perfect time Get GED Ready @ QPL! The GED preparatory class meets each Thursday from 4 – 6 p.m. and is designed to prepare students for the GED test. There is no cost for the class, but the workbook is $15. The library is also a registered test site for courses that require an exam proctor. 
  Rebekah Yeager and Virginia Hoffpauir invite students of all ages and skill levels to bring their own supplies and join the group for free crochet and knitting instruction each Thursday 2 – 4 p.m. in the library’s main gallery.

Children’s Services
  Story Time meets each Thursday at 2 p.m.  Lillian Gray plans an educational hour filled with stories, crafts and plenty of fun. Upcoming themes are: Sep. 14 “Kings & Queens and Other Things” – Sep. 21 “Let’s FALL Around” – Sep. 28 “Mother Goose Knows All. 
  Story Time is designed for young readers and home-schooled students, but anyone who wants to hear a great story is welcome. 

Friends of the Library
  The Friends will meet in the library’s Shamburger Community Room on October 10 at noon. Special guest will be Joy Johnson from the Northeast Public Health District in Tyler. The one-hour meetings always include a “5-Minute No Spoiler Book Review,” and a short presentation of “What You May Not Know about Me” that is always entertaining. The Friends is an active group of volunteers dedicated to the growth and improvement of the library.

  The Wood County Texas Genealogical Society will meet on Monday, September 18, at 7 p.m. at the library.  Club members gather at 6 p.m. for a pre-meeting social at one of the area restaurants, and the public is invited to join them. Contact David Gilbreath at 972-977-7988.

On Display
  In the lobby showcase is a collection of hand-made crocheted dresses modeled on 11 ½ inch dolls. The dresses were crafted by Bonita Gray who began her hobby in 1996. One of the extraordinary dresses has over 3000 seed pearls which took three months to design.

New Arrivals
  The latest books, audiobooks and movies that have been added to our collection can always be found by visiting our online catalog at

Sunday, September 3, 2017

September is National Library Card Sign-up Month

(QUITMAN, TX) – If you haven’t had a library card in years, or if your child needs his or her first card, September is the perfect month to get one. The Quitman Public Library joins with the American Library Association and public libraries nationwide to encourage everyone to get the best deal around – a free library card.

“Library cards are free for first-time accounts, and replacement cards for existing accounts are only $2.00,” says Director Delene Allen.

You can get a lot from having a library card. Currently, the Quitman Public Library holds around 30,000 items of fiction, non-fiction, audio books and movies in categories like reference, large print, western, biography, genealogy, easy reader, children’s, and young adult, just to name a few. Also, there are thousands of eBooks available from Overdrive® for card-holding patrons.

In addition, the Quitman Public Library subscribes to online TexShare Databases® where patrons can find the most current information available. “Some of the more popular databases are Heritage Quest, Legal Collection, Medline, Small Engine Repair Reference Center, Funk and Wagnall’s New Encyclopedia, and all Ebsco databases,” says Allen.

“People can turn to the library for materials, programs and services that support academic achievement, job skills and advancement, personal growth, research, or even entertainment from the pleasure of reading. The library also offers free Wi-Fi and Internet access,” says Allen.

Patron cards are available for those residents who can provide proof of residence in Wood County and provide photo identification.  A guardian must sign for children ages 5-17.
Stop the Quitman Public Library any Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. to get the best deal around – a free library card.

Delene Allen, Director
Quitman Public Library