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RELEASE DATE: OCTOBER 9, 2005



KINSEARCHING

by

Marleta Childs
P. O. Box 6825
LUBBOCK, TX 79493-6825
kinsearch@door.net

 

     A long-time genealogist has gone to meet her ancestors in person. Christine Knox Wood passed away on September 28, 2005 in Lubbock, TX. At the time of her death at age 82, she was working on another family history book and, remarkably, was planning to do yet another one.

     A Certified Genealogist, professional genealogical researcher, and genealogical teacher for many years, Christine is listed in WHO'S WHO IN GENEALOGY & HERALDRY, VOLUME I. She was the author of several family history books: KALEIDOSCOPIC FAMILY BASS, 3 volumes of WOOD WORKS, 2 volumes of KNOX MEMORIAL, 2 volumes of THOSE REEVES GIRLS, part one of THE HISTORY OF ELI STONE, and CONRAD PITSCHMANN AND HIS DESCENDANTS C. 1796 - 2004 (which was published earlier this year). She also compiled 3 volumes of TEXAS DATA and 4 volumes of the quarterly BENSON MAGAZINE OF RESEARCH.

     In addition to these publications, she wrote a textbook, HOW TO SUCCEED IN GENEALOGICAL RESEARCH, for her teaching through the Texas Tech University Non-Credit Correspondence Course. Hers was judged their outstanding course in 1987.

     In 1978 her book WOOD WORKS, VOLUME III received the Award of Merit from the Texas State Genealogical Society (TSGS). She served as co-editor of the society's quarterly STIRPES for the years 1979 - 1981. For her work she was elected a Fellow of the society in 1981.

     Genealogical authorship was not her only achievement. Her poems appeared in several publications. She also wrote and published two books of poetry.

     The daughter of Edwin Fitzhugh KNOX and Maude Lena BOESCH, Christine was born March 28, 1923, in Electra, Wichita Co., TX. On January 24, 1942, in San Luis Obispo Co., CA, she married James Moses Wood, Jr., who predeceased her in 1982. She requested that her body be donated to the Texas Tech University School of Medicine. Survivors include son James and wife Patty of Arlington, TX; son Donald and wife Lois Ann of Park Forest, IL; and granddaughter Katie of Boston, MA.


     Jeff Bowen recently completed EASTERN CHEROKEE CENSUS, CHEROKEE, NORTH CAROLINA, 1915 - 1922, TAKEN BY AGENT JAMES E. HENDERSON, VOLUME III, 1919 - 1920. His series of census transcriptions marks the first time the Eastern Band of Cherokee material is available in book form.

     Volume III concerns the fifth and sixth years (1919-1920) of a census taken by James E. Henderson, Indian Agent representing the U. S. government for the Bureau of Indian Affairs. As the title states, the enumeration pertains to the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians from Cherokee, North Carolina, who resided on the reservation known as the Qualla Boundary. These individuals are descendants of the Cherokees who were NOT removed to Indian Territory (Oklahoma) during the Trail of Tears, 1838-1839.

     Census information furnishes the individual's name, family relationship, year of birth, and sex. Sometimes additional data appears such as an exact date of birth, whether a person was separated or divorced, or whether a person was deaf and mute.

     Although some people are listed with Indian names, most have common American names. Examples of surnames are ARCH, BIRD, BLYTHE, BRADLEY, BRADY, CATOLESTER/CATOLSTER, COLEMAN, CORNSILK, CROWE, CUCUMBER, DRIVER, GEORGE, HORNBUCKLE, KALONUHESKIE, LAMBERT, LEDFORD, MCCOY, MURPHEY/MURPHY, OWL, QUEEN, RAPER, REED, SAUNOOKE, SMOKER, SNEED, STANDINGDEER, SWAYNEY, THOMPSON, TOONI, WALKINGSTICK, WELCH, WOLFE, and YOUNGDEER.

     Because interest in tracing Native American ancestry remains high, library genealogical collections will want to get a copy of EASTERN CHEROKEE CENSUS, CHEROKEE, NORTH CAROLINA, 1915 - 1922, TAKEN BY AGENT JAMES E. HENDERSON, VOLUME III, 1919 - 1920. The 157-page paperback has an introduction and a full name index. To the book's price of $21.50, buyers should add the cost for postage and handling charges. (For U. S. postal mail, the cost is $4 for one book and $1.50 for each additional copy; for UPS, the cost is $6 for one copy and $2.50 for each additional book). The volume (item order #9843) may be purchased by check, MasterCard, or Visa from Clearfield Company, 3600 Clipper Mill Rd., Suite 260, Baltimore, Maryland 21211 (toll free phone 1-800-296-6687; fax 1-410-752-8492; website www.genealogical.com).


     Although it may refer to one's full sibling, the simple word "brother" may have a variety of other meanings in old records. These include a brother-in-law, a half brother, or a stepbrother. Another meaning, which is religious and does not signify any relationship by blood or marriage, is a brother in the church. Of course, the word "sister" may apply this variety of meanings to females.


     Weeks after the damage caused by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, many university libraries in the affected areas remain closed. These include larger, well-known institutions such as Loyola University, Tulane University, and the University of New Orleans as well as smaller institutions like Delgado Community College, McNeese State University, and Nunez Community College.

     Since numerous educational institutions and local libraries lost all or much of their materials, Hebert Publications is offering a two day sale on October 13 and 14 on its CD 101 to help them replace their collections. In order to be fair, the offer will be extended to anyone who is interested.

     CD 101 contains volumes 1-31, including all revised additions, of the late Rev. Donald J. Hebert's series on southwest Louisiana records. Ranging in date from the 1700s to the 1800s, his books encompass all civil and ecclesiastical data of genealogical value (baptisms, marriages, deaths, and successions, for example) in the thirteen civil parishes of southwestern Louisiana. Originally priced at $375.00, the cost during the sale on October 13 and 14 will be discounted to $190.00. Interested persons can e-mail Bonnie with Hebert Publications at bonibeau@bellsouth.net.