Mary Rivenbark Goodwin will share her expertise on researching Texas lineage at the October 17 meeting of the Angelina County Genealogical Society.
Scheduled at the Kurth Memorial Library, the Monday meeting will begin at 5 p.m. following a 4 p.m. conference of the ACGS executive committee, according to president Dickie Dixon.
Mrs. Goodwin, a member of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas board of management, plans to focus on five areas: 1.) What sources are available for Texas lineage research and where to find them; 2.) membership requirements for Daughters of the Republic of Texas and Sons of the Republic of Texas; 3.how to fill out membership forms 4.) what constitutes “proof” and 5.) what “proof” is needed for membership.
Mrs. Goodwin graduated from Lufkin High School in 1963, from Stephen F. Austin State University in 1967 with a BS in home economics and from Sam Houston State University in 1981 with a master of library science degree.
From 1968 to 1980 she worked as an elementary and secondary school teacher at Lufkin, Pasadena and Central ISDs; from 1981 to 2001 as librarian at Lufkin High School; and from 2002 to 2010 as co-owner of Digital Designs, a web design firm
Her community credits include: 4-H adult leader, Region V Texas High School Rodeo secretary, Kurth Memorial Library Board, Angelina County Child Welfare Board, Daughters of the Republic of Texas board of management and member of Daughters of the American Revolution and Daughters of the Republic of Texas.
She is married to Gerald Goodwin, with two daughters, Robin Goodwin Collmorgen and Dr. Wendy Goodwin and 5 grandchildren: Julia, Helena, Thaxton, Sofia and Mira.
Other interests include genealogy, reading, sewing, and horses.
A total of 39 persons, including members and guests, signed in at the ACGS September 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.
Wesley, known to many as a multi-talented musician who can play numerous musical instruments, explained and commented on photos shown in a Power Point presentation, then capped off his presentation with several gospel, country and popular music songs.
He was accompanied by Bobby Gresham and Heather Hughes.
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