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Posted by: Vivian Cates (ID *****5252) Date: November 17, 2011 at 08:33:11
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Members of the Angelina County Genealogical Society should never despair if they find roadblocks in their family searches -- they have a genuine blue-ribbon expert in their group.

Debbie Parker Wayne, who maintains the website for the ACGS, is a Certified Genealogist (SM) who knows all the tricks.

At the society's November meeting, Debbie will speak to her home group about the two U.S. organizations for "credentialing" genealogists: The Board for Certification of Genealogists ( and The International Commission for the Accreditation of Professional Genealogists (

The meeting will begin at 5 p.m. Nov. 21 at the Kurth Memorial Library, following a meeting of the executive committee, scheduled to begin at 4 p.m.

Debbie said she will explain the differences in the two "credentialing" organizations and the Association of Professional Genealogists ( She also will discuss the educational opportunities that prepare researchers to successfully meet the requirements of the credentialing organizations.

Debbie, a sixth-generation Texan, has done genealogical research since 1990. She worked 25 years in the computer industry, doing technical support and instruction, programming, database administration, and web design.

She said she enjoys complex problem-solving and using social history to add interest to family histories. She has been a full-time genealogist since 2000 and is experienced using DNA analysis for genealogical research.

Debbie is the current president and webmaster for the Lone Star Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG), and webmaster for the ProGen Study Group and several local societies and businesses.

She is a member of APG and is the DNA Director for the Texas State Genealogical Society geographic DNA project. She was editor of the Nacogdoches Genealogical Society journal, "Yesterdays," for five years.

Debbie lives in East Texas with easy access to Lufkin's Kurth Memorial Library, the Dallas Public Library and Houston's Clayton Library, Center for Genealogical Research as well as the East Texas Research Center at Stephen F. Austin State University.

In addition there are several large university libraries, the Texas State Library and Archives, LDS Family History Centers, and many East Texas county courthouses within easy travel distance.

A total of 39 persons, including members and guests, signed in at the ACGS meeting which featured World War II reminiscences of Bill Wesley, a Lufkinite who served as Tojo's guard during the International War Crimes Trials in Tokyo following WWII.

Other WWII veterans who were present -- also known as members of "The Greatest Generation" -- shared their thoughts and experiences related to the war that began when Tojo's forces bombed Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, Dec. 7, 1941.

A discussion by Mary Rivenbark Goodwin of the requirements for joining and the background of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas drew a crowd of 23, including Daniel Cates, Cynthia McMullen, R.L. Kuykendall, Jodie Keith Allred, Mary Goodwin, Dorothy Swor, Adiene Humble, Elizabeth Jenkins, Charlene Ham, Bob Ham, Isaac Goodwin, Lester Sparks, Mildred Sparks, Ben Pyle, Ellen Pyle, Sam Griffin Sr., Carol Mathis, Mary Willmon, Sharon Elliott, Vivian Cates, Kent Richardson, Ann Richardson, and Herschel Dixon Jr.

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