Mineral Wells Index, Mineral Wells, TX

May 18, 2014

Reflections on history ...

Mineral Wells Index


The other day I was asked if one still had to go to the libraries, especially the big ones like the one in Fort Worth, in order to read United States Census papers.

Happily I was able to tell her that it is no longer necessary. One can go online to find census papers, a few of which are even free of charge, although most sites are for pay only.

However, I use ancestry.com, and while it is expensive, it is really necessary and helpful to do genealogy through their site. So, if you are interested in using Ancestry, go to their site and you will find that they always have a free 14-day trial, and afterward the monthly membership is $19.99 per month. Set aside the amount of time you need, and, really, if that’s all you work on, 14 days should see you through a lot of census, birth, marriage, and death materials, as well as family trees and other genealogical resources.

But, while genealogy is terribly important, it isn’t the total be-all and end-all of sharing our family history. All those stories we have stored away in our brain, and all those stories our parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins have, are just as important. If these stories are not passed along, as important as they are to us, they will be lost forever as surely as if they had never happened.

So, what can we do about that?

Palin Bree, librarian at the Boyce Ditto Public Library in Mineral Wells, has asked me to speak there on May 22 at 2 p.m. on conserving and organizing family history. It will be a short talk followed by a question-and-answer period – really a brain-storming period – when we can all share our thoughts. I hope many of you will come out so we can have a really good discussion.

We will talk about all our ideas and our stories, and we will endeavor to share what we feel is important in order that our families not loose the thread, or the tales, of who we are and where we came from.

Seeing how important this is and hoping many of you will join us for our discussion, I am going to encourage you to do the following, and bring it along when you come to the library on the 22nd.

I would like for you to think back to your grandparents. What were they like? What is the one thing you would like your grandchildren to know about your grandparents, who would be their great-great grandparents?

When you have thought that through, take a minute and either with pen and paper or computer, write down a short, short story that would tell a small aspect of what your grandparents were like. Tell about something you did with them, something they did, or something funny or even sad that reminds you of them.  It doesn’t have to be word-perfect, and it doesn’t have to be grammatically correct. It just needs to tell one thing that will help your grandchildren better know their ancestors.

Now, when you have done that, bring it along with you to the Boyce Ditto on the 22nd, and share it with us. Then we will talk about a lot of aspects of family history preservation!

See you then!

If you’re interested in the history and genealogy of the county, click on the Palo Pinto County Genealogy and History Facebook page at www.facebook.com/groups/289402374409973/. Thanks so much for reading! See ya next Sunday!