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 Regent Helen Hudson Hosts Weetomp DAC Chapter

April 2, 2008 - Friends Fellowship in Richmond was the meeting site on March 14 for members of the Weetomp Chapter of Daughters of the American Colonists with Regent Helen Hudson serving as hostess.

Ted Halstead, a resident of Friends Fellowship and retired Methodist minister, presented the program. He concentrated primarily on his grandfather who was on staff at a YMCA training school in Massachusetts around the turn of the 20th Century. Halstead participated and helped "invent" and name the game of volleyball. He was also involved in the beginning with basketball, which was around 1895. Halstead shared a circular format genealogy chart that he had made with shows both sides of his family that goes back several generations. He also had a 1781 plat map showing property owners from Bucks County, Penn. Another pursuit of Ted's is to write children's books about the 1700s and forward to encourage genealogy for children.

Halstead and Hudson discussed some of the most important issues when researching family history. At the top of the list is to interview living relatives to gather information about previous generations. It is important to document where the information is found (newspaper, book, library, person, etc.). Finding primary documents showing the actual records is another very important part. Helen and Ted both had copies of various recordkeeping forms that they shared with the group.

A short business meeting followed the program. Hudson reported the death of Margaret Brower, the chapter’s treasurer, on February 11. The current membership is 18.

The membership voted to donate to Jefferson Township in Hagerstown to be used for the cemetery restoration being done to abandoned cemeteries in Jefferson Township. Members in attendance included Hudson, Norma Jefferson and Cynthia Rhoades. Guests were Jean Dilley, Nancy Merkamp, Melba McKnight and Joe Smith.

 

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