Jasper resident Alene Dunn will kick off the inaugural Jasper County Genealogy Conference with her presentation on “Making Memories” at 9 a.m. on Friday, July 20, 2018, at the Courthouse Annex on 300 East Houston Street in downtown Jasper, Texas. She will draw on material from her most recent book on making memories for the presentation. At 10 a.m., Linda Reynolds will discuss a grant she, Dr. Kelley Snowden, and Dr. Perky Beisel collaborate on called Voices from Small Places. The pilot project began in the Arcadia community in Shelby County. At 11 a.m., Carolyn Spears, curator of the Stone Fort Museum on the campus of Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, will discuss the “The History of the Stone Fort and Its Museum.” Genealogically, Dickie Dixon will tie his family to the Fort as part owners after the Cordova Rebellion.
After lunch from 11:45 a.m. to 1 pm, at 1 pm Gary Rogers, of Cushing, will discuss “Lonesome Charley Reynolds: A Little Bighorn Casualty;” Reynolds was his ancestor. He served as a scout from Custer, who came through Jasper after the Civil War. At 2 p.m. Karen Hall, a veteran and accomplished genealogist, will speak. She has not announced her topic yet. At 3 p.m. a speaker has not yet been assigned to speak.
The day before—on Thursday, July 19, 2018—volunteers and members of the Jasper County Historical Commission will help the public with their genealogy in the Jasper County Historical Commission Library on 138 East Houston Street (the Old Jail).
The help with genealogy on Thursday afternoon and the all day conference on Friday both are free to the public.
For more information or to RSVP, please call (409) 384-6441 or Dickie Dixon at (936) 240-8378. The public can e-mail the Jasper County Historical Commission at firstname.lastname@example.org of Dickie at email@example.com