The meeting was opened with the SAR President, Larry Busby leading the group with the pledge of allegiance to the flag.
Regent, Elizabeth Holmes introduced Yvonne Ross, a volunteer at the Live Oak County Library in George West and the Live Oak County Library Branch in Three Rivers. Ross is well known in this area as a genealogist.
She gave a highlight of some of the genealogy material that genealogists and citizens as well might find in the genealogy section in George West library.
Reference books include the Source Book, Handy Helper, Burk’s American Family, Library of Congress and Abstracts of Revolutionary Patriots and others.
Another section is the family histories, many in the Live Oak County area, books of family charts, vertical files showing birthdays, weddings, deaths and etc.
Then there is a section of books on the states, including a section on Texas, and county histories.
You will find a section on cemeteries that have been recorded in this area as well as other counties. Ross said that she and her sister, Thelma Harris recorded the Oakville Cemetery. Also, Ross and some friends recorded the White Creek Cemetery.
Another good genealogy section is the quarterlies. They are published on the quarter of the year. These include much information on counties in different states, such as Virginia, Mississippi, Georgia, Texas and other’s. They are bundled together and indexed.
The Joe Barnhart Bee County Library director gave Ross a good supply of genealogy books. Ross said she is in the process of cataloging these books.You will find many of the books and materials have been donated by other genealogist. Ross says she will welcome any books you might wish to donate to the genealogy section, including your own family genealogy. Memorials are also welcome. This helps to purchase new books.
One new book just purchased is “Genealogy On Line” by Elizabeth Crowe. You will find this paper back book in the regular section of the library (where computer books are located). This book is a gold mine for genealogy on line. It can be checked out; however most of the genealogy books and material can not be checked out, so take your pencil and paper or your laptop.
There are several computer’s in the library for your use. Also, you may rent a laptop (see the librarian for information).
Ross is dedicated to helping others with their family history. She does much research, even locating stones in cemeteries. You can usually find her in the Live Oak County Library.
Both organizations enjoyed hearing Ross speak on what can be found in the library as well as some of the experiences she has had with phone calls from people searching for their families.
Holmes presented Ross with a check from the Captain John Sale Chapter to go toward a book for the genealogy section of the library.
Chaplain Charlie Brown gave the benediction and the meeting was adjourned.
The final meeting of the year will be May 19 at the Chamber of Commerce in George West.