Notes from the past…

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Exciting news… got Fort Worth ancestry?

Fort Worth Library Digital ArchivesThe Fort Worth (TX) Public Library has begun to digitize its local history collection!

This from the Fort Worth Genealogical Society:

Fort Worth Library Begins Posting its Local History Documents Online

In what will be an ongoing initiative, the Fort Worth Library has begun digitizing selected texts and photographs from its local history collection and making these works available online 24/7 at Using a state-of-the-art digital collection-management system – CONTENTdm – the library is now able to share portions of its collection with researchers, historians, and authors throughout the globe.

Among the current offerings are all 77 volumes of the “Federal Writers’ Project, Fort Worth and Tarrant County,” the Hazel Harvey Peace and Women’s History Month collections, and many other historical documents, including the 1920 “Public School Directory of Tarrant County, Texas.”

“We are so excited to make these materials available over the Internet,” said Library Archivist Betty Shankle.“ “We’re very proud of our history and glad to share it with everyone.”

To learn more, call Betty Shankle, 817-392-7740.

An example of what is currently available (pamphlet created in 1960):

Carswell AFBExciting news indeed!

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What to bring on a trip to the library

I’m planning a trip to the downtown Fort Worth Public Library on my next day off. This is the main library and houses the Genealogy Department, as well as the Fort Worth Star-Telegram newspaper archives. I have several obituaries and newspaper items to look for, so I’d better make a list.

My RootsMagic software will create a very nice To-do List, but there is another program that I use that also works quite well.

ToDoList is an open-source program, billed as “a simple and effective way to keep on top of your daily tasks”. It is certainly that. This is my to-do list for the library trip:


You may notice there are 10 tasks listed. I usually only have a couple of hours to spend at the library (free parking for 2 1/2 hours!), so I have learned to make a short, concise list of what I want to accomplish. With this list, I can go straight to the microfilm section and start looking for my clippings.

And I always bring my digital camera, since the printers don’t always create readable copies!

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Dovie, not another one!

I finally found Dovie (aka Ruby) and LW Epperson’s marriage in the Tarrant County marriage index:


Did you notice something?

“1936 Epperson L W | Mrs Ruby Epperson”

This is a remarriage! Remember the item at GenealogyBank from 1920?

LW Epperson divorce

This was from 19 Sept 1920!

If this index is correct, then Dovie has another marriage! 7 marriages to 6 different husbands! Oh my!

P. S. Skip down 4 lines and you’ll find LW Epperson marrying a different lady, just a year later. Maybe… could Dovie cast spells…?