Genealogical Society pulling an all-nighter Saturday

Volunteers will stay up late for annual lock-in, set to begin at 9 a.m. on July 12

From Staff Reports

July 10, 2008 - Family historians and genealogists will have a special research opportunity to pull an all-nighter this Saturday, July 12, in Sulphur Springs when the Hopkins County Genealogical Society sponsor its annual lock-in at the Research Library and Archives at 212 Main St.

The annual event begins at 9 a.m., and will continue until the last dogged researcher gives up the ghost, so to speak. A $5 donation "is appreciated," but also covers the cost of refreshments and a light supper.

The research library houses one of the most extensive collections of genealogical research materials in the area, including all of the microfilm censuses for every county in Texas through 1930. There are also many other rolls of microfilm and microfiche from other states, newspapers and court records, and more than 5,000 volumes of printed materials.

Volunteers will be on hand Saturday to teach beginners how to research, offer tips to extend their research, and assist patrons in using the microfilm and microfiche readers and printers.

Computers are available to use the extensive CD collection at the library, and HCGS volunteers can help with tips on using the Internet to do research. Assistance with computer programs like Family Tree Maker can also be provided. Patro.ns may bring their family files and laptop computers for convenience.

The research library is normally open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday. The library is also open until 8 p.m. the first Thursday of each month.

For more information or to register in advance, which is recommended, call the Genealogical Society at 903-885-8523.

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