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Society Showcase: Texas Wendish Heritage Society

The Texas Wendish Heritage Society highlights their history, museum and library in the Society Showcase in the FGS 2014 Exhibit Hall.

Society Showcase: Booth S
www.texaswendish.org

“In December of 1854, an English sailing vessel, the Ben Nevis, docked in Galveston harbor loaded with some 500 immigrants from Lusatia, an area in Germany comprising parts of Saxony and Prussia. These immigrants were not the typical lot of Germans, Swedes, Czechs, and Poles who flocked to Texas in the 1850’s seeking cheap land and economic opportunity. This group was different.”

So begins the brief history of the Texas Wendish Heritage Society. It is a fascinating story of Slavic pioneers who settled in Lee County in search of religious liberty and the right to speak their Wendish tongue. In the latter part of the 1800s, many of these settlers headed to other parts of Texas. Through the years, the Wendish language died out.

The Texas Wendish Heritage Museum preserves the history of the Texas Wends, Salvic immigrants from Lusatia, an area in eastern Germany. The Texas Heritage Museum is located in Serbin, Texas, near the St. Paul Lutheran Church, school and cemetery. Exhibits include two log buildings and farming equipment. The Lillie Moerbe Caldwell Memorial Library specializes in the history and genealogy of the Wendish people.

The 26th Annual Wendish Fest will be held September 28, 2014, and features traditional Wendish activities on the church grounds, exhibits and crafts at the Museum and exhibitions an demonstrations preserving the Wendish heritage.

Today, thousands of Texans and other Americans can lay claim to the “courageous and fascinating heritage of the Wends.”

In October 2013, the New York Times published an article entitled The Joys of Being Wendish, Festival and All, written by Corrie Maclaggan (The Texas Tribune) featuring the society.

Visit the Texas Wendish Heritage Society in booth S in the Society Showcase in the Exhibit Hall at the FGS 2014 Conference to learn more about their activities, scholarship program, and collections.

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Society Showcase: South Plains Genealogical Society

The South Plains Genealogical Society exhibits in the Society Showcase at the FGS 2014 Conference in San Antonio.

The South Plains Genealogical Society exhibits in the Society Showcase at the FGS 2014 Conference in San Antonio.

Society Showcase: Booth P
www.spgstx.org

The South Plains Genealogical Society (SPGS) began on April 8, 1961 when the Nancy Anderson Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution presented a local workshop in Lubbock, Texas, and realized the tremendous amount of interest in the community in genealogical research. Members and others lent their time, talent and books to help others to begin tracing their family trees.

The first regular meeting of SPGS was held on May 19 at the Lubbock City Library. By November of the same year there were 126 charter members. With the help of donations and dues, SPGS began a collection of data for genealogists and by December of 1961 SPGS was given a bookcase in the Lubbock City Library. In the years that have followed, the collection has grown to include thousands of books and an extensive microfilm and compact disk collection. October 1990, SPGS became a non-profit corporation..

Meetings are held at the Mahon Library in Lubbock, Texas. SPGS offers a wide range of publications for purchase and publishes a monthly newsletter.

Visit the South Plains Genealogical Society in the Society Showcase, Booth P

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Society Showcase: Williamson County Genealogical Society

Williamson County Genealogical Society is part of the Society Showcase in the FGS 2014 Conference Exhibit Hall.

Williamson County Genealogical Society is part of the Society Showcase in the FGS 2014 Conference Exhibit Hall.

Society Showcase:  Booth H
www.williamsontxgenealogy.org

The Williamson County Genealogical Society (WCGS) was founded in 1981 in Round Rock, Texas. Their purpose is to create and foster an interest in genealogy, to gather and preserve genealogical and historical data, to aid individuals in their genealogical research and in compiling family histories, to establish and maintain a genealogical library through purchases, contributions, and donations; and to provide educational opportunities.

WCGS is a partner with the Round Rock Public Library, which houses and maintains a joint collection of genealogical materials. This collection provides resources for both beginning and experienced family researchers. Visit the RRPL website to view the catalog.

WCGS holds ten regular meetings each year, hosts an annual day-long seminar, conducts genealogy classes and is involved in special projects, such as FamilySearch Indexing. They sponsor a Brick Wall Special Interest Group and a DNA Special Interest Group that meet throughout the year. Each year WCGS publishes ten issues of their newsletter, “The Roundup,” and four issues of their quarterly publication, “The Chisholm Trail.”

WCGS offers a Pioneer Family of Williamson County certificate to those people directly descended from any person who resided in Williamson County, Texas on or before December 31, 1880.  A list of Pioneer Certificates issued to date, sorted by ancestor, can be viewed here: Pioneer Certificates Issued

Visit the WCGS at Booth H in the Society Showcase in the FGS 2014 Conference Exhibit Hall to learn more.

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Exhibitor: Texas Cemetery Restoration

Texas Cemetery Restoration repairs and restores monuments to our ancestors. Learn more about their services in booth 106 at FGS 2014 in San Antonio.

Texas Cemetery Restoration repairs and restores monuments to our ancestors. Learn more about their services in booth 106 at FGS 2014 in San Antonio.

Booth 106
www.texascemeteryrestoration.com

“Cemeteries hold the records of our ancestry carved in stone.” Our ancestors’ names appear on monuments and gravestones and either answer questions for us or create new ones. Through the years, mother-nature or human destruction takes a toll on the inscriptions and artistry found on these memorials.

Texas Cemetery Restoration LLC is working with individuals and cemetery associations to conserve and preserve these family monuments. Since 1997, they have leveled, cleaned and restored thousands of monuments in Texas cemeteries.

Almost all of their work is done onsite at the cemetery; rarely are monuments removed from the cemetery for preservation. This is to ensure that the monuments are not exposed to any more risk from handling and transporting than is necessary.

Visit Texas Cemetery Restoration in booth 106 in the FGS 2014 Exhibit Hall and discover more about their preservation and restoration services.

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Society Showcase: San Angelo Genealogical and Historical Society

San Angelo Genealogical and Historical Society participates in the Society Showcase at FGS 2014.

San Angelo Genealogical and Historical Society participates in the Society Showcase at FGS 2014.

Society Showcase – Booth X
www.SAGHS-TX.org

Serving the 13 county region of the Concho Valley, the San Angelo Genealogical and Historical Society is a growing and thriving society. Its members are interested in researching family or solving historical mysteries in Coke, Concho, Crockett, Glasscock, Irion, Kimble, Menard, Reagan, Runnels, Schleicher, Sutton, Sterling, or Tom Green counties. Pioneer certificates are available for persons who prove descent from an early settler of any of their 13 counties.

Ongoing projects include abstracting burials at the Lawnhaven Cemetery, indexing marriage records, the Tom Green County civil court docket, the Tom Green County criminal court docket, and more. An annual Genealogy Fair produced by SAGHS brings over 50 genealogical and historical exhibits to San Angelo for the enjoyment of Concho Valley historians and genealogists alike.

SAGHS meets the first Tuesday of the month, September through May at 7:00 p.m. for refreshments and an educational and entertaining presentation on a historical or genealogical topic. Their meeting location is the fellowship hall of Trinity Lutheran Church, 3536 YMCA Drive in San Angelo, Texas. All meetings are open to the public and visitors are always welcome.

Visit the San Angelo Genealogical and Historical Society in Booth X in the Society Showcase at FGS 2014 to learn more.

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Society Showcase: Massachusetts Society of Mayflower Descendants

Massachusetts Society of Mayflower Descendants to exhibit at FGS 2014

Massachusetts Society of Mayflower Descendants to exhibit at FGS 2014

Society Showcase, Booth A

http://www.massmayflower.org

“You have a family tradition that you descend from a passenger on the Mayflower but have never known how to prove it.”  Visit the Massachusetts Society of Mayflower Descendants booth at FGS 2014 and learn how you can trace your ancestors to find out if they were part of this adventurous group of settlers.

Following renewed interest in American History during the 1876 centennial celebration of the United States, hereditary and patriotic organizations became popular. As interest in preserving the memory of their ancestors grew, so did these groups. Since 1896, the Massachusetts Society of Mayflower Descendants has focused on gathering together “to honor and perpetuate the memory of our Mayflower Ancestors and the ideals of American freedoms and democracy …”

The goal of the Massachusetts Society of Mayflower Descendants is to “join together people who share this heritage and to carry on the memory of our Pilgrim ancestors.” The Society’s website contains information on history, bibliographies, museum, and membership opportunities.

Stop by the Society Showcase Booth A in the FGS 2014 Conference Exhibit Hall in San Antonio.

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Society Showcase: Kendall County

Learn more about the Genealogical Society of Kendall County at FGS 2014.

Learn more about the Genealogical Society of Kendall County at FGS 2014.

Learn more about the Genealogical Society of Kendall County at the FGS 2014 Conference Society Showcase.

The Genealogical Society of Kendall County was founded in Boerne, Texas, in 1981. Its objectives are to promote the study of family research, to collect and preserve biographical data and records of the people of the communmity and their ancestors, to build and maintain a genealogical library and to offer programs of genealogical interest to its members and the general public.

The Society publishes a Journal, Keys to the Past, and is currently working with the Boerne Cemetery Foundation on a Tombstone Photo Project.

Kendall County moved to a new location in 2012.

Kendall County moved to a new location in 2012.

On September 4, 2012, the Society moved to a new home at 114 E. Blano Rd. in Boerne, which is across the street from the Old Courthouse. It houses their library which is open six days a week. Check their website for hours and information about their collection.

Watch this blog in the coming days for a preview of other FGS member societies and organizations that will have a booth in the Exhibit Hall at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio.

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Society Showcase: Clayton Library Friends

Visit Clayton Library Friends in the Society Showcase at FGS 2014.

Visit Clayton Library Friends in the Society Showcase at FGS 2014.

Visit with Clayton Library Friends in the Society Showcase at the FGS 2014 Conference in San Antonio 27-30 August 2014.

The Exhibit Hall at this year’s event features a section highlighting FGS member societies and other organizations. Watch this blog in the coming days for a preview of some of these groups; then learn more by visiting their booth in San Antonio.

About Clayton Library Friends
The Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research is a unit of the Houston Public Library. It houses an international research collection consisting of materials for all 50 states and many foreign countries. The collection contains approximately 100,000 books; 3000 periodicals titles; 70,000 reels of microfilm; a microfiche and microcard collection as well as numerous electronic databases. The mission of the Clayton Library friends is to enrich the resources and facilities of Clayton Library. Their activities include organizing and directing fundraising projects to support the acquisition of research materials for the library, to upgrade library facilities, and to enhance library services. In addition, Clayton Library Friends provides programs that encourage family history research and volunteer specialized services to educate the public in the use of Clayton Library and its collection.

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