Daily Progress, Jacksonville, TX


March 25, 2014

Family history fair slated for March 29

JACKSONVILLE — Looking for ways to improve research into your family tree? A group of experts leading Saturday’s family history fair at Jacksonville's First United Methodist Church can offer tried and true suggestions to those interested in preserving family history.

Dr. Scott Sosebee, director of East Texas Historical Association and an associate professor of history at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, will deliver the 9 a.m. keynote speech.

The fair, hosted by the Cherokee County Genealogical Society and East Texas Historical Association at 1031 SE Loop 456 in Jacksonville, runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Also delivering talks are:

Diboll resident David Schochler, who will discuss “Genealogical research in Western Europe” and “So, Your GGGrandfather was born in the Sundgav! Now what?” He also will discuss igniting a love of family history with younger generations;

Carol Taylor of Greenville will deliver a series of lectures relating to “Civil War Paper Trails” – focusing on record created between 1861 and 1865 and Southern claims commission papers, among others;

Kay Slover of Nacogdoches, webmaster for the Cherokee County Genealogical Society website, will discuss “Cherokee County Cemeteries”;

Christi Walker, chief clinical officer at Palestine Regional Medical Center, will discuss “Are You Related to Royalty?” and “Skeletons in the Closet”;

Nacogdoches resident Carolyn Reeves Ericson will deliver a talk on “Early Virginia Research”; and

• John Garbutt of Rusk will present “History of the Texas Railroad.”

Cost is $30 per person, and includes a hot lunch. While walk-ins are welcome, organizers advise advance registration to ensure a luncheon count.

To register, send payment, along with name, address and email address to Cherokee County Genealogical Society, P.O. Box 1332, Jacksonville TX 75766-1332, or register online at https://squareup.com/market/cherokee-county-genealogical-society.

Information also may be found on Facebook at the group’s “Cherokee County Genealogical Society” page, or contact Gordon Bennett, 903-586-0135.

The group’s email address is ccgs@


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