North Texas Genealogical Association. Researchers helping researchers.
The purpose of the North Texas Genealogical Association is to promote and preserve genealogical and historical data of Wichita Falls and the surrounding area including Archer, Baylor, Clay, Hardeman, Jack, Montague, Wichita, Wilbarger, and Young Counties in Texas.
Last month we had resolutions and now it is February, the month of President's birthdays, the ground hog and sweethearts, don't forget your valentine. Soon we will know if winter is over or if we have another six weeks of winter. Hope you have spent your cold weather time well. You are filing, documenting, and organizing during this cold weather, aren't you? Some days I am organizing compulsively and others I am stacking new discoveries in the pile of things to be organized. Solving the questions is much more fun that organizing.
If we tie Valentine month into genealogy, we find the following Valentine related surnames on public family trees at Ancestry.com:
Valentine – 362,302 entries for public family trees. Heart – 9, 275 entries. Flowers - 482,903 entries. Love – 854,311. Cupid - 841. Candy – 31,623.
My aunt was recently cleaning closets and in a box she found the following newspaper clipping. It is the death notice of her brother in law during WW II. She has shared the clipping with the family and now I am sharing it with you. The soldier's son or my first cousin would never know his father. For him and me, the life of this man has been within family stories and I know his wife, also my aunt, never completely got over losing him. Also not having him returned home has been painful for her and to this day she will speak of it. His story will speak to many others, each generation during this time expanse will have different points of view on those feelings.
War continues to touch lives.
Sgt. Bob W Wetzel, crack Comanche and San Angelo athlete, was killed April 7, 1945, over Germany, the War Department notified his family Monday. Wetzel was a tail gunner in a B-17 and was flying his sixth mission, this time over Hanover. He was killed in a mid-air crash with a German jet plane. Wetzel had shot the jet plane badly, but it smashed into the tail of the B-17, broke off the stabilizer and killed him. The bulk of the 17's crew parachuted to safety. Wetzel had landed in England March 10.
Bob's widow is the former Louise Brewer of Coleman. A son, Bobby Wayne, Jr. was born last August 21st. The former athlete and soldier was son of Mr. and Mrs. Ethan Wetzel of San Angelo.
Record your family stories, preserve your past, and celebrate the present. Use those to strengthen your family circle. Good luck in your research.
We meet at the Museum of North Texas History, 720 Indiana, Wichita Falls, Texas on the First Thursday of each month (except July) at 7:00 PM. Socializing begins at 6:30 PM. VISITORS ARE WELCOME!
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If you need research for an obituary that may have been printed in the Wichita Falls, Texas newspapers, the Wichita Falls Public Library offers that service. Here is the information on their website - http://wfpl.net/webformobituary-request-form