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If you have not noticed lately, Bob Stokes is getting up in years. I have just had my 85th birthday last month and Stella Sikes has agreed to take over the web site for Root Seekers. She has already started cleaning up some of my mess and doing an outstanding job. This morning we uploaded about 240 new obituaries to the Kaufman County Database. I am requesting that at the next meeting, she be appointed the WebMaster (?) Mistress(?). If you want to continue the website, you must give her your support. That means that you will submit articles to her just as you do to Patsy for the Newsletter. That is another person to congratulate. I have been missing the Newsletter and want to say to Patsy that this issue is well done. Thank both of you, Stella and Patsy, for the work you are doing.

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Margaret Ann Trail will present the program, “Henry Martyn Robert,” at the January 18 meeting.

Beginning a New Year January 18, 2016 The Program: Henry Martyn Robert presented by Margaret Ann Trail Henry Martyn Robert was the author of Robert’s Rules of Order, which became the most widely used manual of parliamentary procedure and remains … Continue reading

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Three new Additions to our Website

Because of the way I posted some entries, some of you may not have received the notices about the three additions to our website. We have added photographs of the tombstones of Prospect Cemetery provided by Carrie Woolverton, a list … Continue reading

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Carrie Woolverton has provided us with photos of all the visible stones found in the tall grass that has almost covered the graves at Prospect Cemetery. The cemetery is located on County Road 111, South of Rand, Texas, in Kaufman County. It is on the West side of the road in a large pasture surrounded by a grove of tall trees. There is no driveway access to the cemetery from the road. To get to the cemetery, one must cross a barbed wire fence and walk about 1/4 mile through an overgrown pasture. The Cemetery is surrounded by a chain link fence. It is overgrown. Many stones are in disrepair and several have fallen over.

Click in the box below to go to the presentation of Prospect Cemetery in Kaufman County, Texas.

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The Root Seeker’s Program for the 15 June meeting at the Tri-County Library Community Room in Mabank, Texas, will be presented by Ruth Shelton. The subject is one of her favorites: “Stars and Stripes.”

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This is a prelude to Randy Mayeux’s weekly news update for Monday, March 23. In his presentation he mentions TED Talk and Monica Lewinsky’s speech, “The Price of Shame.” He had only heard about it at the time; I (Bob Stokes) listened to it. EVERY ONE of you should spend the time to listen to her talk. It is 23 minutes long but it is important that you take the time. You will find it at https://www.ted.com/talks/monica_lewinsky_the_price_of_shame. I am not telling you why. That is for you to determine but I would like to have your comments here when you listen to it. Come back to this post and tell me why you should listen to it or not.

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North Star/Lone Star: A Monograph written by Claire Hines of Peaster, Texas, as an introduction to Elise Tvelde Waerenskjold, early Texas pioneer who promoted Norwegian emigration to Texas.

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New books have been added to the Paula Davis Genealogical Library

The Paula Davis Genealogical Library at Tri-County Library on Market Street in Mabank, Texas, had added a number of new books to the collection. As with all our reference volumes, these may be used in the library but are not … Continue reading

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Today we have added the Will of Nancy Abel of Kaufman County, Texas. This is an image of her handwritten will written signed 19 October 1859.

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The Weems (Wemyss) Family File: After many years and an exorbitant number of revisions and trials and tribulations, I have finally decided to include my Weems family files. We, the Weems family, are descendants of the family of Wemyss of Scotland, the first of whom I have recorded is John of Methil who lived in the Parish of Wemyss, Fifeshire, Scotland, in the late 1100s and who died in about 1202 AD. It is presented here as another contribution to the vast amount of data that the Roots Seekers of Mabank, Kaufman County, Texas, has gathered over the years. In these pages of our website, there is much but yet, there is room for more.

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