The Williams County Genealogical Society met in March to finish the DVD on Samuel Clemens, more commonly known as Mark Twain. Mark Twain’s most famous books were “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” and “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. He wrote 28 books and numerous short stories, letters and sketches. In 1870, Clemens married Olivia Langdon, and they had four children, one of whom died in infancy and two who died in their twenties. Their surviving child, Clara, lived to be 88, and had one daughter. Clara’s daughter died without having any children, so there are no direct descendants of Samuel Clemens living. Our guest speaker at the June banquet is a descendant of Mr. Clemens. Come and find out how he is related.
Next month, April 14, 2014, the society will meet in the Harmon Room of the West Annex to the Bryan Public Library at 6:30pm. The guest speaker will be Amanda Wells Blackman from DeKalb County, Indiana. She will be talking about how to identify old photographs by looking at the different types of photos and the time period which they were popular. Amanda will present how to identify and date photos by their use of clothes, hairstyles, jewelry, military medals and props used the by photographer. Bring a photo or two that is 1920 or older for Amanda to identify.
The purpose of WCGS is the preservation of county records and family research. Monthly meetings are held on the second Monday of each month, excluding July and August, at 6:30pm, in the conference room of the West Annex of the Bryan Public Library. The public is invited for all the meetings.
For further information concerning WCGS, visit the Website at www.wcgs-ogs.com or write to WCGS, P.O. Box 293, Bryan Ohio 43506.