It’s easy to
learn about both The Ellen Payne Odom Genealogy Library and also The
Moultrie-Colquitt County Library. Just visit
Beth to present program in Fort
Tree editor-in-chief, Beth Gay, will present an all-day program at
the Cape Coral Library. There will be a session from 10 AM until noon
and then another from 1 PM until 3 PM.
If you would like
complete information, please contact Bryan L. Mulcahy, Reference
Librarian at the Fort Myers – Lee County Library. You may email
firstname.lastname@example.org or you might wish to call 239-479-4651.
Ocala Games gone…
Society of North Central Florida announces that the Ocala Highland Games
will not be held this year. They have filed for Chapter 7 protection in
Dr. Quinn Pugh honored in Seattle,
by Dr. Kemp Mabry
They came from
all over the United States to the meeting in Seattle, Washington, where
the highest award they had was presented posthumously to Dr. Quinn Pugh
by The Baptist History and Heritage Society this past May 28. His wife,
Norma, and son, Ben accepted the plaque to a standing ovation.
Dr. Pugh died
Friday, the 13th of February, 2004 during heart surgery. The
Rev. Julian Ward of Statesboro said that Dr. Pugh’s passing “left a big
hole in our hearts.”
Dr. Pugh had
endeared himself in myriad ways locally as a peerless preacher, choir
member of Statesboro First Baptist Church and even as a breakfast cook
for teenagers, and as a remarkable portrayal of Biblical and historical
characters including Saint Patrick.
The award had
national and international significance: pastor in Louisiana, Georgia,
New Jersey and Maryland, executive director of Metro New York Baptist
Association and later the New York State Convention, he had served as
president of Maryland Mission Board and president of Southern Baptist
Association of Executive Directors.
Dr. Pugh served on
The Heritage and Identity Commission of the Baptist World Alliance. He
was a world traveler – New Zealand, Spain, England, Brazil and other
countries where Baptist World Alliance Commissions met. He was a friend
of Dr. Billy Kim of Seoul, Korea, five year president of Baptist World
In addition to
being a published author, Dr. Pugh’s creative approach to history
resulted in dozens of one-man portrayals of Biblical characters. He
portrayed numerous Baptist and other historical persons including Dr.
George W. Truett, the Prince of Preachers of the 20th
century. When Dr. Pugh appeared as George Truett, it was eerie. In
makeup and period costume, he bore a remarkable resemblance to Dr.
Truett whom I had seen and heard twice.
Dr. Pugh had
presented monologues at the Tennessee Baptist Convention, the Southern
Baptist Convention, Baptist World Alliance Executive Committee and
General Council at Furman University, Mercer University, Georgia
Southern University and in numerous other settings.
He had a fabulous
memory. During his presentations, the audience often felt he was the
character being portrayed.
He was always in
period costume. His wife, Norma, exercised her considerable talent as
It is no wonder
that the Rev. Dr. Reuben Quinn Pugh, Sr., was awarded the Distinguished
Service Award at The Baptist History and Heritage Society meeting,
presented by Dr. Charles Deweese, executive director of the society.
Dr. Mabry’s personal note…
At Bethel Baptist
Church on the Westside, our associate pastor, the Rev. Victor Scott
delivered a sermon recently on “How do you know when God is speaking to
you?” It was a penetrating message.
On the way home
from church, wife Evelyn said God had spoken to me through Dr. Pugh.
Indeed, we had been in communication almost every week for the past
He had sponsored
my ordination as deacon at Bethel, bringing several of our deacon
friends from First Baptist to the service at Bethel. He had conducted a
Deacon’s Workshop at Bethel.
It seemed that he thought he “could make something
out of me.” I was his “agent,” arranging most of his 11 portrayals of
Saint Patrick in this area.
His passing did,
indeed, leave a big hole in my heart.\
Here’s a free 660-page research
Journal calls The Researcher’s Guide to American Genealogy,
by Val Greenwood, “the most comprehensive how-to book on American
genealogical and local history research.” It’s yours, free for the
Do you have Anabaptist family?
to study Anabaptists because they rarely marry out and they keep written
genealogies. Using a computerized database of 295,095 Amish and
Mennonites, a study found that the frequency of cousin marriages
increased over time. People born between 1940 and 1959 married
relatives 85 percent of the time – something to keep in mind when
researching these groups.
Another cemetery idea! This time
writing in Ancestry Daily News has a suggestion for getting a
tombstone impression when the inscription is too worn to do a rubbing
and an angled photograph won’t work. He says to press a sheet of
tinfoil into the inscription with a soft, dry sponge. When the foil is
removed, the resulting impression can be held up to a mirror for easy
When the Courthouse burns down
Lois M. Cople
from the Larimer
County Genealogical Society
Back in 1885, the
Oklahoma Genealogical Society had a program on the subject,
When the Courthouse Burns Down.
The information is still relevant today.
include: The courthouse may not have burned totally. Some records may
have been saved because they were in annex or wing that didn’t burn.
There may have
been two courthouses in the same county. It happens.
The records may
have been reconstructed or re-recorded and remember that deeds are not
recorded for years after the transfer sometimes. It’s a good idea to
also check with the county abstract offices.
counties for deeds, probate records and marriages. It may be necessary
to go out a second or third county away for a marriage record. People
who elope do not go to their own town courthouse for the license.
in the courthouse where the family went to and the county where they
came from if the county is known. Many sold land to relatives before
Check the parent
county/counties land records and state land records for those counties.
In the case of territory claimed by two states, check both state
records. If your problem is in the Fire Lands or a Military District,
check the parent States records.
Check the progeny
(those that were formed from your county) county/counties for land
records that may have been recorded at a much later date.
Veteran’s Administration offers
online nationwide gravesite locator
More than 3
million records showing where veterans have been buried in Department of
Veteran’s Affairs (VA) national cemeteries are now available online.
This makes it easy for anyone with Internet access to search for the
gravesite locations of deceased family and friends.
contains records of veterans and dependents buried in the VA’s 120
cemeteries since the Civil War. It has records of some burials in state
veteran’s cemeteries and burials in Arlington National Cemetery from
1999 until now.
http://www.cem.va.gov to find the recods.
World War II Memorial sites you can
Have you registered
family members for the World War II Memorial? The registry can be found
http://www.wwiimemorial.com or you may call 1-800-639-4992. Other
websites concerning the tribute are
http://www.americasgreatestgeneration.com and the women’s memorial