The TXGenWeb Project Patron Comments
taken from the Patron Nominations Form submitted by patrons of The
| 2015 I 2014
| 2005 | 2004 |
| 2002 | 1999
you have a success story that has come about through the TXGenWeb
project please submit it to me
and it will be displayed here.
NOTE: A good many of these emails listed are not longer good.
Bacon - firstname.lastname@example.org - February 21, 2003
Plaudits and kudos to Kimm Antell who was instrumental in assisting
me in finding a whole branch of my family centered around San
Angelo. I sent email queries to a number of organizations in
San Angelo. Kimm saw it and found an obituary which opened the
door to put me in contact with my second cousin and her side
of the family. Thanks much!
Lounsbury - email@example.com
Thanks to the Lamar County Cemetary and Death Records, I have
found several cousins, nieces and other information on the Obrien
family that has remained hidden for many years. This type of
page is a researcher's dream. There needs to be more pages like
this. We have been in contact with some of these folks and it
is wonderful! Thanks again!!!!!
Satterwhite - firstname.lastname@example.org
Just received information from Jerry Simpson, Tyler, Texas about
my decendents, Thomas Jefferson Story and Elizabeth Samanthie
Echols who were my grandparents. They were born in early l800's,
and I was born in l94l. I have been searching for information
since l967. It is wonderful to be able to find anything. There
were so many years between our ages. My father Thomas Warren
Story, was born April 25, l889 and died Aug. l967. Maybe someone
reading this will have more information for me. I am so thankful
we have this web site, and I thank you very much for I probably
would have never found this. Many thanks again, Joyce Dale Story
Dominguez - email@example.com
I am absolutely exstatic these days! My heartfelt thanks to
the GENWEB project and my queries at sites all over the state...especially
the Wilbarger Cty.site, I received an e-mail from a gentleman
in Oklahoma,whom it turns out is a second cousin once removed.
I never knew any of my grandfathers family.All contact with
his family was lost back around the 1930's. We are now a connected
family once again! A trip is being planned as we speak..so to
say..for a mini reunion. My cousin and I both had spent the
past ten years searching for each other families. He has a history,in
the form of two booklets, which is very rich in its Texas History
and leadership. Farmers, shopkeepers, educators, soldiers, musicians,
playwrights, Spiritual Leaders, a Senator, and yes even a President
have all come a from the family lines. I am truly thankful to
all of those involved in the project. I have been helped by
many along the way,both directly and indirectly. I have much
to learn yet,and much research to !
do; but now it is my turn to reciprocate and join the many out
there who take the time to host one or more sites.I will be
in touch to find out more about hosting. I can think of no better
way to say thanks to everyone than to join in and help the cause.
and Kristen Howell
Not only have I received assistance and leads from
several TXGenWeb County Coordinators (CCs), but last year I
found out that one of the CCs is my cuzzin! Kay Bradley and
I were able to share several generations worth of our Huddleston
branch. In addition, Kay was such a positive and enthusiastic
CC that I too joined, and now I CC 11 counties in TxGenWeb!
Lantrip - firstname.lastname@example.org
Isn't this USGenWeb Project Great??? I just got a great "bingo"
query posted on your Taylor Co. Query site. An email with a
number led me to speak with a woman who can complete my quest!!
Feel free to remove my query, copied below, from your Taylor
site is great, by the way!
Drewa - VDrewa4155@aol.com
Thanks for your 1860 Census and the Cemetery listing. I have
located where my GG Grandfather Bryant Lee Allen came from Georgia,
with his wife and 7 children. I also located, at least on paper,
that they were buried in one of the Cemeteries in the Hughes
Spring area. I have been in and around every County but yours
in the past three weeks. Spent two days walking cemeteries around
Hughes Spring - though I didn't locate the grave sites I was
looking for. I had been going under the primiss of a story my
G Grandmother told me in 1940 about arriving in Jefferson with
her parents and a number of slaves from Georgia. She had the
direction as 25 miles west of Jefferson where they settled.
Thus, my walks and research in Morris, Upshur, Titus and Franklin
( the last because that is where my grandfather ( from the union
of Martha E. Allen and Charles Craig Wren) took place. Martha
E. Allen and Charles Craig Wren married in a Church location
near her parents home, but have not located that as yet.
Baker - email@example.com
Hi. I would like to take this opportunity to say THANK YOU for
such a wonderful site. I logged onto the Cass Co. page, hoping
to find some links to my ancestors, and not only did I find
my ancestors, I found a 3rd cousin! She had the family traced
back to the 1600's. This line of my family has been a dead end
for as long as we have been working on our genealogy, so this
was quite a treat. I wrote my cousin a note after I saw her
post in the queries for Cass Co. Her gg-grandmother is my ggg-grandmothers
sister! I would not have found all of this if it hadn't been
for you page. Thanks again. I look forward to visiting often
and maybe finding my other "missing link."
(Brewer) McDaniel GMcdan7509@aol.com
I was browsing the Texas GenWeb pages and saw where some of
my ancestors were'nt named. I posted a simple query this morning
on the Rusk County page. This evening, I had not only an answer
to my query, but a full THREE gerenrations BACK. !!! I'm SO
excited !!! There are at least 200 people who want to say "Thank
You" to Madeleine Parrott." and a big thank you to
Texas Gen Web. Without your project, we would have never connected.
And another success story in the same day !!! I've been chasing
my Pounds connection for years. Today, I connected with David
Smith. Together, we are now a family. Between both of our research,
in Shelby County, we now have a connection. This would not have
been possible but for the Texas Gen Web Project. Thank you so
much. Correction: I made a SERIOUS mistake. My sucess story
was from a posting to PANOLA County, not Rusk County. (I just
LOVE the way Panola County posts my query INSTANTLY, wish they
all did.) But now, I'd like to add a bit to the story. Seems
the lady that answered my query had a book on the Boynton Family.
At the time I wrote to you, she had transcribed just the FIRST
three generations back. (I was beside myself with joy for that
much.) By the time I got through my mail this morning, she had
transcribed THIRTY-ONE MORE GENERATIONS !!!!!!!! All the way
back to the year 1067. All documented. WOW ! She even gave me
a web site to learn even more. After 30 years of searching for
my great-grandmother's history, and hitting a brick wall at
every turn doing it the old fashioned way of stomping through
every graveyard in East Texas, the TXGenWeb Project has opened
SO many doors for me. I can't thank you and all the other volunteers
enough. This is now my daily stop, every time I sign on: The
TXGenWeb Project With all my Love and heartfelt thanks,
Gwen (Brewer) McDaniel As usual, I was sleepless (after midnight)
and was surfing the net in search of elusive ancestors. I submitted
a request for a lookup on 1870 and 1880 Cherokee County Texas
on two of my g-g-grandfather's youngest children born in Nacogdoches
County TX but moved to Cherokee County at a very young age.
After a dream filled sleep, where I stumble across a tombstone
of this VERY elusive ancestor, complete with ALL the genealogical
data and a PHOTO !!!, I woke up to check my e-mail. I had violated
the rules by asking for more than one person and more than one
census. What I found was not only what I asked for, but also
the fact that 1890 and 1900 census was not available to the
volunteer, but the 1910 census data that found a cousin that
was a boarder of someone the rest of the family had never known.
The rest of the family had moved on to Olney, Young County.
TX. Clarence Brewer had stayed behind in Alto, Cherokee Co.,
TX as a boarder. It was the first instance where Clarence was
on his own. Without the diligent efforts of the volunteer, Gaylon
White, of Cherokee County TX, we would never have known about
Clarence. I asked for two census results and got from 1870 to
1910. WOW.... I'm impressed. All within an 8 hour span while
I was sleeping. I would like to nominate Cherokee County TX
and Gaylon White as the BEST of the WEB. My husband will second
that nomination, and the other 200 Brewer researchers will vote
"FOR" Thanks to Gaylon White's efforts, I was able
to "confirm" a new cousin into my family. Thank you
for having this site to find new cousins. Also, thank you to
all the volunteers, like Gaylon White, that go beyond the call
of duty for the timely answers. It really means a lot. Thank
you for this site.
- firstname.lastname@example.org - http://members.tripod.com/~terrigem/MyAncestors.html
I have finally found my Great Grandmother IDA MAE CARPENTER
she married William Bailey Durham I have been loooking for months....YAHOOOOO!!!!!
Her Father was James E. Carpenter born 1852 died 1926 and buried
Denton County, Texas - Trinity Cemetary I found this information
on TexGenWeb and thanks to them I have now found my whole line
and there is even a book written about them. James E Carpenter
married a Molly Elizabeth Morland
Ida Mae's sisters and brothers are as follows
D Solomon Carpenter
Thank You TxGedWeb !!!
My dear Mr Holub, you wonderful person. Do you know what you've
done? I've been looking for 2yrs for Amos' parents. I knew according
to his civil war pension papers , he stated he was born 1835
Jackson Co. MO. Supposedly he came to Collin Co in 1848, where
he met up with (or already knew) Etheldred WHITELEY, who was
in Collin Co 1850. A.B. TUCKER m. Harriet S. WHITELEY, Etheldred's
dau. Harriett & Amos Barnes TUCKER are buried @ True Cem. As
far as I can tell Harriett & Amos only had 2 children: Arrena
(named after her mother ) & Oliver, if this is true, I'm probably
the only person researching my A.B. You have certainly made
my day. What do I need to do to get a copy of A.B. & Harriett
S. TUCKER's death cert? What do I owe you? And,if I can ever
help you out w/lookup Collin/Grayson Co do not hesitate to ask.
a word of thanks to you & your volunteers, specifically Dorman
Holub. When I posted my query re: WHITELEY & A.B.TUCKER (my
3rd & 2nd gr grandfathers) I did not expect any response. To
my good fortune Dorman Holub took up my cause, & has provided
me with A.B. TUCKER's father's name. I've been searching for
a lead to A.B.'s parents for about 2 yrs. It's this sort of
kindness that makes me want to respond in the same way, when
I get a chance to help someone. Again Thanks, & to let you know
I think Dorman is a keeper. B. STEPHENS One of these letters
came to Dorman the other to me.
Graham - http://www.neosoft.com/~grahatd/
This success story relates to the new rootsweb search engine.
I received notice of the new search engine and decided to test
it using a few of the less common names in my family tree. I
entered HATHCOCK and up popped a marriage listing for John Hathcock
and Mary Goodbread on January 24, 1856 in the Caldwell County
GenWeb Archives. My cousin Clayton Heathcock has been searching
for this information on his great grandparents for years. He
was very happy to receive the information, and how has the challenge
to find out why they were in Caldwell County in 1856. Without
the Texas GenWeb information, he probably would have never found
when and where they were married.
I am so
appreciative of Wanda Qualls. She saw my posting about the Engle
family and was able to fill in all the blanks, even though the
family in Fredericksburg at that time was Johann Engler!! The
funny part about the story is I was researching for Caroline
Young his wife. We had always been told she was one of the Younger
Brothers sisters who changed her name because of their reputation.
But here we find out she immigrated from Germany and her name
was Jung! Now the whole family can rest assured that our relatives
(at least on this end) were not outlaws!! And the best part
is Wanda is related to me!! What a small world. I hope to one
day meet her.
Anyhow - THANKS WANDA AND GENWEB!!!!
Thanks to TexGenWeb to enable me and others searching for their
ancestors. I was very fortunate in having a second cousin contact
me and since then we have traded information on our BARTHELOW
families. It's been great sharing our info and wish the same
for everyone else searching for their relatives.
Quigley - email@example.com
One of the queries to the Kinney County Page has resulted in
my wife Yvonne and I finding a new cousin. They sent a query
regarding a family named McGovern, Yvonne had a cousin who was
a McGovern and when we looked it up we found that it was the
same McGovern's that this person was looking for. Needless to
say, I have posted my address for them to send us what they
have and we are sending to them a companion piece on their cousin
line through my wife. Keep searching, you never know what will
I am writing to tell about one of my successes from the TXGenWeb
project. I entered a query for Polk County inquiring about my
2g grandmother. I had very little information about her. I assumed
that the family that she was living with was her mother's second
marriage. I received an answer to the query from Sherry Garland
of Houston TX and from that I found that she was descended from
a sister of my 2g grandmother. Because of the query that I placed
on the TXGenWeb, I have found four new ancestors! And this is
just one of many success stories that I could mention. I appreciate
the TXGenWeb project so much that I adopted a County (Runnels)
in hopes of helping others.
M. Mahan mahan@HiWAAY.net
That's the FIRST place I posted a query, yesterday, I think.
Should be there by now. I did this one about 5:30 a.m. today,
and although worded a little different, it is the same family,
and basically the same info. Sure would like to find someone
diggin' on this guy! VERY STRANGE - I get mail today from someone
that saw the Daniel query - she didn't say where but has to
be either the list or Cass Co, and she's looking for the TITSWORTH
family that I DIDN'T ask about! How's that for a 'shot in the
dark'!! Just wanted to say thanks for your list/web page. May
have found a cousin, even if it's not the family I was looking
be more than happy to tell the people at Texas GenWeb about
my success stories. I've got lots through the Texas GenWeb.
I recommend it all the time. One of them I'll relay: I was looking
at the Milam Co. web page via Texas GenWeb, and saw a query
from someone who's ancestors I recognized. These weren't even
my ancestors---they belonged to the pedigree of my third cousin,
which I'd seen once. There was an unusual name in it, and this
woman from Saskatchewan, Canada was asking about it. Since the
name, time and place matched, I wrote to the woman in Canada
and said that I thought that I knew just the person for her.
Then I called my third cousin in Temple and told her what I'd
found. Both of them were astonished that this connection took
place, as both of them had given up hope of ever finding anyone
else in that line of their families. Generations ago, the head
of one branch had a falling out with the others and left Texas
in a snit, and no one ever heard from him, nor any of his family
or descendants again. This was many decades ago. The third cousin
in Temple has no computer capability, so these two correspond
by snail mail, but they certainly actively correspond. I'll
try to remember a lot of the others and send them along; there
have been so many. I think that the Texas GenWeb is the greatest
thing since the invention of safety pins and lightbulbs. Thanks
a million, again, Lynwood. I'm always here, interested in every
little detail that you find. Any stray facts of pieces of information
that leads to my education, too, are always welcome.
C. Daniel - firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks to the best County page on TXGENWEB, I have made contact
with 2 cousins. My first was last May. This cousin saw my query
at the RUSK Co page. He had my KOONCE line back to 1700's Germany.
Last week, another cousin saw my Rusk Co. query. She and I have
Moses Melton Crow as our GG-Grandfather. Bonnie Palmer is doing
a great job on the Rusk Co. page. Since I have ancestors in
several states, I visit many County genweb sites. Of all I've
seen, her's is the best.
Robison Jones - email@example.com
Thanks to your genealogical researcher Lisa Gammill my query
on NIDEVERS / SINCLAIRS / DESPAINS / PEARSON / FUNKHOUSER was
answered with information that filled in many gaps and even
located a long lost ancestor NAOMI SINCLAIR NIDEVER and her
children on a census. What a treasure trove you sent. It will
take several days to sort through, but I've already found many
areas of intense interest. Thank you so much. Also, I've sent
a contribution to the Hopkins County Genealogical Society for
being so very helpful.
Love Berryman - firstname.lastname@example.org
Although I have been into genealogy for a long time I am new
to "Internet Genealogy." Last week I started looking
around and found Laura Irvin's Home Page with the first five
generations of the Richard Hyde family. Richard came to Virginia
in 1638. Letitia Hyde & James Haley, my ancestors, were listed
in the fifth generation. Thanks Laura for the information.
J. Kemp, Head of Special Collections Department
This message refers to the Hood County Genealogical Society
Congratulations. Thought that you would want to know that your
website is featured in the new book Virtual Roots [Wilmington,
DE: Scholarly Resources, 1997]. You really have a great site.
Makes me wish I was back in Texas.
Logan - email@example.com
A great big thank you to Bonnie Wolverton, Anderson Co. Genealogical
Society, for the notice to Mike Vaughn regarding my query for
information on GGrandmother Georgia Ann Godley. Mike came through
with flying colors on information of this ggrandmother. Now
to update charts! Thanks to the TexGenWeb and the counties participating.
L. Switzer Dean - CDean46561@aol.com
This is just to give you and all of your Texas Genweb volunteers
a humongous Thank You! I have known for about 20 years that
my 3rd great grandfather's brothers had gone to Texas. That
is all I had been able to find out about them. Since being on
the internet I discovered a letter (posted on the Jackson Co.,
IL Genweb page) written by my 4th great grandfather (whom it
was assumed died in the 1830s in IL since he disappeared from
the census) in 1841 from Washington Co., TX. That gave me my
first clue and came to the Texas Genweb page. From it went into
the TX Land office and looked for land records. Also found the
Chappel Hill museum and wrote them. They sent me back information
on the families I was researching and the Washington County
Clerks office sent me my 4th ggfather's probate records. Found
some sons we didn't know even existed and today got the information
from the Texas Land office with more information that they had
dug up. If not for the Texas Genweb page and all of its links
I would not have known where to look and would never have found
these people. Again, a Great Big Hug and Thank You's to all
of You and Your Volunteers!!!! Please let everyone know of my
feelings for you all.
Thanks to Glenn Rutz, Mary Ann Bartlett and Darlene Hildebrand
for responding to my queries on the Texas GenWeb. These three
persons have enabled me to support (and verify) my speculation
that my great grandfather's brother, ADAM HANSHAW left Kentucky
for Texas. Glenn provided me with Williamson CO marriage indexes
which listed marriages for two of Adam's children. Mary Ann
went to the Court House and photocopied these marriage records
for me and continues to seek information for me. Darlene Hildebrand
provided me with Howard CO cemetery listings which have the
graves of Adam's wife and some of his children. I could not
have obtained this information without the assistance of Glenn,
Mary Ann, Darlene and the Texas GenWeb.
For 20 years I have been seeking info on the sister of my grandfather.
She had left Camp County about 1900 visiting somewhere in Florida.
I have advestized everywhere including Camp Co, Everton, numerous
genealogy magazines. Last fall I became the sponser of the Camp
County Home page. One of the first queries was from the granddaughter
of my grandfather's sister. This was the most exciting, gratifing,
find I have ever had in all my research. Since that time my
2nd cousin and I have filled in all the missing links for our
family. I truly believe I probably would never have found this
link without our GenWeb
I sent in
a simple request for help with locating a family member in Texas.
Mike couldn't find him but went the extra mile and sent me info
on others of the same surname (CLACK). Lo! and behold! those
others were relatives that I had not been able to locate anyway
and had no idea they were out there. With this above and beyond
type of help, he has saved me months of searching. Thanks for
the wonderful effort and for the Texas Genweb project.
(Knight) Getting firstname.lastname@example.org
I myself have had a couple of success stories from queries I
placed on other County pages and one query I found on Karnes
Co. page. Joe Lee in Evant, TX place a query on the Karnes Co.
page for my 2nd Great Grandmother which I answered. Though answering
his query, we made contact, we're fourth cousins. We've shared
information and made contact with about six other cousins, and
through some info he had I found a 2nd cousin in Dallas. My
data base ballooned from around 800 people to 11,000 in just
a few months, and after my cousin and I meet on Saturday, that
number will jump again. Another contact made, while we are no
kin, we have a lot of related family members was made through
a query on the Austin Co. page I made. Through this contact
I have found a couple of hundred family members. I still find
the queries to be the most valuable aspects of the GenWeb.
Several weeks ago a number of people forwarded a message to
me from a Dr. John Lambshead in London, England at the London
Museum of Natural History. He was searching for information
on an uncle who came to the U.S. and settled in Throckmorton
Co. and left his name on an area. I had never heard of it but
looked at a map and found Lambshead Creek and Valley. In checking,
found a book called Lambshead Before Interwoven containing a
letter from the uncle and a good bit of information about him.
I send him the name of the book, arthor and publisher and a
copy of the letter. He was thrilled to death. Said the letter
sounded like letters written by his own father in pure country
language. (I really enjoyed the book too and so did my husband)
I do know some of the people who live in that area and had met
some of those mentioned in the book.
- Dana Thomas
I hate to be the first one to post here because I'm the Cass
County coordinator but since no one has sent me anything I'm
going to put something in this blank spot. Besides I have a
great success story to tell you about. This week because of
the Cass County TXGenWeb web page link page I had a bingo with
someone. Now, that only sounds like the end of it but let me
tell you why I know it was because of the Cass County TXGenWeb
project. I have been going to the local LDS Family History Center
with the lady who saw my homepage link on the Cass County page,
not only that but she has been helping me with some of the Cass
County TXGenWeb project pages. She saw my link and clicked on
it as she said, "out of curiousity" and found that
I am researching two of the same lines she is. Now, since we'd
been at the FHC together and volunteering on this project together
you'd think we would have know that but we didn't. Due to this
project and the web page link page we made a connection. So
everyone: Please send in your URL so I can post them on the
link page. You never know what's going to happen! Happy hunting