Washington County Arkansas Genealogical Society
Those of you that missed the May 2 meeting missed a great meeting. The program, presented by Montie Harris of Rogers, was very interesting and entertaining. She spoke on “Researching Your Maternal Lines” giving hints on using land records, cemeteries, and even tombstones as she followed her maternal ancestor through several states to northwest Arkansas.
Montie is a 5th generation Benton County resident who has been enjoying genealogy research for 10 years. She serves on the board of Pea Ridge National Military Park Foundation and is currently serving at the Rogers Historical Museum conducting adult presentation, oral histories, and historical site tours. Prior to the Rogers Historical Museum, she worked at the Peel House Museum for 4 years.
May 2 was a special day for all of us as members shared items on their maternal families in an exhibit of pictures, albums, ancestral trees, and tributes. Member Jean Boyer brought a single rose that was cut from a rose bush that her grandmother had planted many years ago. All of the items truly were treasures.
The next meeting will be June 13 at the Headquarters House 2-4:00. You don’t want to miss it. See you there.
Meet your officers
The profile this month is on your Vice President, Cheri Coley, one of the founding officers of WCAGS.
Cheri A. Coley
In 2002 Cheri was elected as the Secretary of the Washington County Arkansas Genealogical Society. She is currently serving as the Vice President. Cheri is also the creator and the Webmaster of the WCAGS website, a duty which has been both a fun challenge and a sometime headache!
Cheri was born and reared right here in Fayetteville. She has a B.A in Sociology from University of Arkansas. She has worked for SBC Communications as an operations clerk in the Construction and Engineering Department for 25 years.
On Monday nights Cheri can be found volunteering in the genealogy department of the Fayetteville Public Library. She is also a volunteer at The Walton Arts Center and is a member of the Fayetteville High School Band Booster Association, the City of Fayetteville Board of Environmental Concerns, and the DAR.
“I was raised knowing about my family,” says Cheri. “One of fondest moments I remember is watching my Grandmother Clark cut fresh flowers out of her garden to take to Decoration Day to which we went every year.” Her paternal family names are: Clark, McKee, Brannon, Collins, Shumate and Boone, all from the Elkins, Durham, Brannon Mountain area of northwest Arkansas. Her maternal, Benton County area, families are Ellenbarger, Downum, Lynch and Graham.
Cheri is married to David Coley. They live with their son, Kyle, in Fayetteville.
Ok, folks, as they say, “Pobody’s nerfect!” I missed a few of our new folks last time. We would like to welcome all of our new members: Jack and Patricia Fletcher, Charles Evans, Jerry Forman, and Olan Watkins. A great big Washington County welcome to all of you!
We need your names
Some of our members still need to get a list of research names into our Treasurer, Lisa Carper. Please be sure that we have your Washington County family names so we can direct queries on those names to you should we get them.
Toney Wapple the Archivist for Washington County has requested our help in locating all the deeds to Washington County Cemeteries. He says that many times the actual deed was not executed until the land was sold out of the family, and the cemetery site was “reserved” for family burials. With the deed information, people would be in a better position to protect cemeteries, as the law requires, and to request easy access. Anyone who has a deed, an abstract, or any other information that would help should contact his office. Some deeds are recorded, and he has a list of those so that one can check to see if their family cemetery is already properly recorded.
Wilson Creek in July!
Be sure to set aside Saturday, July 9th for the trip to Springfield, Missouri and Wilson Creek Battlefield. We will attend a seminar on “Tracing your Civil War Ancestors” given by Jeff Patrick, and we will also tour the grounds and museum. It will be a great day. We will travel together by car pool caravan. Be sure to see Carol Reel at the next meeting for more information and to reserve your spot!
Are you a Geneaholic?
* Home: Has genealogical paperwork taken over any room in your house?
* Friends: Is genealogy interfering with your social life? Do people edge away from you at parties when you burst into tears over the 1890 U. S. census?
* Family: Do your relatives’ eyes glaze over when you explain your latest research? Do you find dead people more fun than live ones?
* Work: Is genealogy interfering with your job? How many hours of each workday do you spend on the Internet, or checking your RootsWeb e-mails?
* Marriage: Has your spouse ever asked you, “Aren’t you done yet? How far back are you planning to go?”
* Health: Are you starting to show the physical and mental signs of geneaholic deterioration, such as red-rimmed eyes, a loss of interest in current events, a shortened attention span for non-ancestral topics, excessive viewing of the History Channel?
If you answered yes to even one of these questions, you are on the road to genealogical addiction. You must not research even one more ancestor! You must stop NOW, before it’s too late! When you feel an overwhelming urge to research, repeat the following until the urge goes away: “My mother found me in a cabbage patch. My mother found me in a cabbage patch. My mother found me in a cabbage patch.” Good luck and God help you.
Previously published in MISSING LINKS: Vol. 7, No. 7, 17 February 2002. Excerpted from article on the Johnson County Kentucky GenWeb
And Last but not Least
This newsletter needs a name. If you have a name you would like to submit, send it in, give it to me at the next meeting, email it to me, or something! (My email is email@example.com.) When we get your suggestions, I will publish them and ask all of you to vote on them. “So y’all send those names on in now, y’hear.”
Until then, happy hunting, y’all.
Jeanne Tackett: Publicity/ Historian