HGF GENERAL MEETING MINUTES 4/2/16
The meeting was opened by Marjorie Lowe at 10:00AM. The pledges to the US and Texas flags were recited by the membership. The invocation was given by Katherine Coughlin. The Nominating Committee was introduced by Alexander Scott. They are Alexander Scott, Gay Dowdy, Mary Bell Ball, Sharon Hanan, and Sharron Newhouse. Alexander asked for a motion to allow for the reading of the recommended committee slate to be read first then ask for any additional nominations. It was so moved and seconded. After the reading and request, he asked for a motion to accept the slate. It was moved and seconded. The board was elected unanimously. The committee has nominated the following people for the following positions:
President – Marj Lowe
First Vice President (Programs) – Alan Leeds
Second Vice-President (Membership) – Rae Bryant
Treasurer – Sharron Newhouse
Recording Secretary – Glenda Hayes
Corresponding Secretary – Lynne Zalesak
Historian – Gay Dowdy
Director – Andra Vanarsdel
Director – Mary Frances Townsend
Rae Bryant reported that 9 renewals emails have been sent out.
Vernon reported that the spring issue of The Record will be up on website in the next few days. It’s in final review, and a request for new articles for the next addition was made.
Barbara Richards introduced the speaker, Sue Kaufman, the head librarian of Clayton Library. Her talk was, “Using Criminal Records for Family History Research.” She discussed the importance of criminal records and the information they contained. She described what kinds of records are available and where to find them. She also talked about the difficulties one may encounter while searching for records.
Resources she provided were:
Black, Henry Campbell. Black’s Law Dictionary: Definitions of the Terms and Phrases of American and English Jurisprudence, Ancient and Modern. Fifth Edition. St. Paul, MN: West Publishing. 1979
Davis, Robert Scott. The Georgia black book: morbid, macabre, & sometimes disgusting records of genealogical value. Easley, S.C. : Southern Historical Press, c1982.
Eakle, Arlene H. Research in Court Records. In: Szucs, Loretto Dennis. The Source: A Guidebook of American Genealogy. 3rd Revised edition. Salt Lake City, UT: Ancestry, Inc. 2006
Evans, Barbara Jean., and Barbara Jean. Evens. The New A to Zax: A Comprehensive Genealogical Dictionary for Genealogists and Historians. Champaign, IL: B.J. Evans, 1990. Print.
Fisher, Therese. Skeletons in the closet: 200 years of murders in Old Virginia. Heritage Books. Bowie, MD 2001
Fortner, Roger D. Christian County jail records, 1887-1894. Ozark, MO : Ozark Books, 19—
Grubb, Farley. Runawary Servants, Convicts, and Apprentices Advertised in the Pennsylvania Gazette 1728-1796. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company. 1992
“Historical Texas Statutes.” Historical Texas Statutes. Texas State Law Library, 2016. Web. 31 Mar. 2016 http://www.sll.texas.gov/library-resources/collections/historical-texas-statutes/
Sherard, Gerald. The Colorado State Penitentiary prisoner records: 1871-1973 Lakewood, CO : G.E. Sherard. 1996
Szucs, Loretto, D. The Sources: A Guidebook to American Genealogy. 3rd Revised Edition. Salt Lake City, UT. Ancestry, Inc. 2006
Spratling, Benjamin Barnett. Court and Legal Records. In: Meyerink, Kory L. Printed Sources: A guide to published genealogical records. Salt Lake City, UT: Ancestry, Inc. 1998.
Sturgill, Roy L. Crimes, Criminals, and Characters of the Cumberlands and Southwest Virginia. n.p.: Roy L. Sturgill. 1970.
“Texas State Library and Archives Commission (keyword search Prison). Texas State Library and Archives Commission, 31 Mar. 2016. Web. 31 Mar. 2016. https://www.tsl.texas.gov/search/node/prison
“United State Court Records.” FamilySearch.org, 26 Mar. 2016. Web. 31 Mar. 2016. https://familysearch.org/wiki/en/United_States_Court_Records
Other Sources –
Ancestry.com, FamilySearch.org, Website for the Council of State Archivists – Archives Website http://www.statearchivists.org/states.htm, Cyndi’s List www.cyndislist.com, Old Baily Online www.oldbaileyonline.org, Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) dp.la, PERSI – The Periodical Source Index https://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Periodical_Source_Index_(PERSI)
The meeting was adjourned at 11:45.