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2019 Changes to Kissin’ Kuzzins to scratch that genealogical itch this column’s readers have, 2019 will witness some changes to this column.  (1) Believing the segment called “For Posterity’s Eyes,”which listed birthdays of people I know, has limited value in newspapers with some distance from Lufkin, Texas, where I am writing my column, I will delete this segment.  In its place, I will reinstate the segment called “Perusing Old Obituaries,” which piecemeal print obituaries from 1899-1904 from the book Rest In Peace by Carolyn Reeves Ericson.  (2) A new segment called “Jenealogical Jargon” will appear, which will list the definitions of basic terms used in the discipline of genealogy.  (3) Another segment called “Where Can I Find Help With My Family History” will appear, highlighting where someone can find the records and the help from asking an employee of a genealogical library or genealogical room in a public library or from a genealogical society.  (4) Believing my readers may want a hard copy of this column, at the bottom of the column I will include how to contact the newspaper in which you read the column to obtain a hard copy of it.  (5) I will list the name of someone who died whose obituary was in one of the papers I send my column to (about 13) each week so that you may be able to follow up on getting a hard copy of that obituary.  (6) Beginning in January, I will list serially, i.e., each week, the rent lists for 1967 from the houses at the sawmill owned by W. T. Carter & Brother Lumber Company at Camden, Texas.  This is a project I started work on last year to discover where these houses were moved when the sawmill was sold to Champion in 1968.  I believe these segments may meet the need of my readers better.  Should you object to these changes, you can voice them to me by contacting me in one of the ways listed at the bottom of this column.


Save the Date! (1) The Deep East Texas Archeological Society will be honored to host Gladys Swanson and Wendy Lockwood as its speakers for the January 7, 2019 meeting; their topic will be “Petroglyphs.” At 6:30 p.m., guests and members of the Society will enjoy refreshments and desserts after which the two ladies will speak about 7:10 or 15. Dues for the 2019 year are due; for an individual, the cost is $5 for the year, and for a couple it is $10. The purpose of the Deep East Texas Archeological Society as stated in its bylaws are to preserve and protect the early history and archeology of Newton County and its environs. It is also charged to preserve and protect the history and archeology of Native Americans in Newton County and its environs. For more information, please contact the Newton County Museum History Center and Genealogical Library at (409) 379-2109, Fred Grunden at (409) 384-6544, or Dickie Dixon at (936) 240-8378.


The public can e-mail Kathy Knighton at or Terri Woods at at the Newton County History Center, Fred at or Dickie at 


Send your queries to by mail to Kissin’ Kuzzins P. O. Box 151001 Lufkin, Texas 75915-1001 or by phone to (936) 240-8378


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