Relatively Speaking: A genealogist's work is never done

Jan. 6, 2010 at midnight
Updated Jan. 5, 2010 at 7:06 p.m.

"I can't wait to get back to Salt Lake City."

"Remember when we went to Antelope Island with all that snow?"

"Put me on the list for the next Williamsburg trip."

"Let's go to Boston."

These were bits of conversation floating around Mission Valley Zion Lutheran Hall recently when the Texas Tracers met for lunch and reminisced trips past and trips to come.

An ongoing slide presentation let us view ourselves and our sojourns since 1999. Bettye Pribyl provided videos of our recent trip to Colonial Williamsburg, especially the firing of the cannon at Yorktown commandeered by members of our group.

The Texas Tracers will head for Salt Lake City again on June 6 - 15, and we have nine seats available in case you want to join us. Contact me via the e-mail address below if you want to come along.

We will take a Saturday side trip to Promontory Point for a re-enactment of the Continental Railroad's East Meets West.

Some people ask, "Aren't you through yet?" The answer is "No." Genealogists never finish their research for ancestors and lineages. There are always new pieces to add to the puzzle and that is what makes genealogy so much fun.

In addition, it makes history come alive when you find your ancestors living at a certain place during a certain time.

You then begin searching for local happenings, cultural influences, world events, friends and family members who influenced your family's future decisions.

Betty Trotter is still looking for John T. Trotter; I am still trying to separate three Jeremiah Joneses in early Tennessee history; Bettye Pribyl is still trying to find Perlina's surname; and new Texas Tracers are trying to get beyond their great-grandparents.

No, genealogy is never finished.

Marilyn Logan told me of a recent windfall she received via the Internet. She is a member of and voluntarily looks for specific burials in this area. She received an e-mail from a young man in Germany regarding a Fromme grave in Victoria.

When he found Marilyn had Fromme ancestry, he responded that he most likely is kin to her and has her Fromme genealogy researched in Germany back to 1734.

More good news shared during the Tracer Get-Together was from Rosemary Kelley of Refugio who descends from the Rose family. She will be recognized for her research in an upcoming article in the Rose Newsletter edited by renown genealogist Christine Rose, who presented a workshop in 2008 for the Victoria County Genealogical Society.

Texas Tracers always have a good time together. Perhaps our love of ancestral research makes us kindred spirits.

There will be a free Hispanic Research Seminar from 9:30 a.m. until 4 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 23, at the First Christian Church, 2105 N. Ben Jordan St., hosted by the Victoria County Genealogical Society. Because of limited seating, reservations must be made by contacting Billye Jackson at 361-573-9415.

Happy researching.

Send e-mail genealogy queries to Martha Jones at VCGS members will research queries requiring extensive study.



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