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15 Jun, 2017

That does it!

The clean up, reorganization and reconstruction of this website is complete. Hundreds of empty files, duplicate files and superceded files have been deleted. Dozens of orphaned files (on website or harddrive, but not linked) were discovered and have been given a new home. Everything but the Photo Gallery was redone. Every page has been redesigned. All of the broken links have been repaired, although you may find links to dead email addresses. Submitter's email accounts are out of our control. Let us know what you think by posting a note in our Mailing List.

12 Jun. 2017

Chasing down broken and stray links.
Several links were found in the old "What's New?" page that were never added to the main page. They were: Cemeteries of Texas, History of the Lone Star State - TEXAS, DAR Genealogical Research System, The Texas Centennial, 1836-1936, DRT Library Weblog, Texas Postcards, Headstone Emblems, Texas Gold Star Mothers and Widows, and The Portal to Texas History.
We lost the link to Texas Landmarks. I believe that it was stored on a private server and was lost when the volunteer, who managed the database, died.
I discovered that we didn't have this, so I added a link to The TXGenWeb Project Orphan Counties.

11 Jun. 2017

Recovered lost file on Seven Drowned in Sand Lake.
Recovered lost file on Aycock and Sanford Information.
I found a file that contained a little more information that I added to the end of The Gilmore Family, although it still appears to be an unfinished transcription.
I found another file that contained much more information that I added to the end of Forreston Presbyterian Church. A large portion of this is still missing.

Verified and deleted 32 files on the server that were simply duplicates of others.

10 Jun. 2017 Created a new page for Buried Treasure in Ellis County?
Created a new page for Formal Acceptance of N. P. Sims Library.
Created a new page for The Warren and Allied Families.
Added sources to Historic Springs of Ellis County from an older file.
I split up a list of marriage notices that include: Spencer-McDuffie, Kirkland-Brooks, Powers-Couch, Render-Nall, Freeman-Hawkins, Burgess-White, Beale-Beaumont and Odum-Helton.
Deleted McCulloch Cemetery as is was the same a McCulloch-Whitten Cemetery.
Created a new page for Thomas Wilson Williams Bible Record.
I found a second version of a newspaper clipping transcript and added it to Winnie Davis News of Later Meetings.
I found and much better transcription of W. J. Spencer on Barbara's computer.
9 Jun. 2017 Created a new page for Letter from Margaret Pannill to Page Pannill Hodge.
Recovered lost file on Newspapers on Microfilm at Sims Library, Waxahachie
Recovered lost file on Parsons' Camp Sons of Confederate Veterans.
Added recommended reading to Parson's Brigade - Company Rosters.
Recovered lost file on Waxahachie Rail Car Company.
Created a new page for Terrible Accident Near Ray.
Created a new page for Richard Vickery Biographical Sketch.
Created a new page for Letter from Giles Albert Giddings to his Parents.
Recovered lost file on Singleton Grave Yard.
Recovered lost file on Skinner-Getzendaner Marriage.
Created a new page for Confederate Record of Robert Springer.
Located a second version of the Telico Might Have Been Site of Texas Centennial.
Recovered lost file on Templelton-Watson Marriage.
Created a new page for J. A. "Happy" Drummond
8 Jun. 2017 Created a new page for McNorton 55th Wedding Anniversary.
Updated information for Midlothian Historical Society.
Created a new page for Thomas A. Miller Family.
Located a second version of the Frame-Miller Marriage.
Recovered lost file on Married in Dallas
.
Created a new page for Alfred J. Moyers.
Recovered lost file on Mountain Peak News Items 1884-1930.
Created a new page for Abe Mulkey's Camp Meeting - 1897.
Restored the file for Naughton Farms.
Created a new page for Ellis County Odd Fellows Organize.
7 Jun. 2017 Created a new page for July 4th, 1889.
Recovered lost file on Killebrew - Harris Marriage.
Created a new page for John Thomas King II Family.
Recovered lost file on Langsford - Ward Marriage.
Added two newspaper clippings to the end of The Loyd Family.
Recovered lost file on More "Main Street Musings".
Created a new page for World War II - The Doolittle Raid.
Created a new page for Hector McNeil Autobiography.
6 Jun. 2017 Created a new page for Some Gilbreath Marriages.
Recovered lost file on The Gilmore Family.
Created a new page for Grandma Hawkins 90th Birthday Celebration.
Created a new page for Odum - Helton Marriage.
Recovered lost file on CSA Veteran - Henry Lilly Parker.
Created a new page for Hopkins Celebrate Golden Wedding Anniversary.
Created a new page for Italy's Good Neighbor Day.
Created a new page for The Italy I Remember.
Recovered lost file on If All Else Fails, Try the Jails.
5 Jun. 2017 Recovered a lost file that contained sketchs on several pioneers: E. M. Brock, Nicholas P. Sims, The Forrest Family, William Hosford, Thomas J. Hines, George Cunningham and Emory W. Rogers.
Created a new page for Electricity Comes to Ellis County.
Created a new page for Richard Ellis Tomb Located.
Recovered lost file on The Ennis Weekly Local - Nov & Dec 1901.
I found a lost sketch and added it to Pioneer - George Cunningham.
Created a new page for $30,000 Brick Plant Burned at Ferris.
Recovered a second version of a tribute to Alfonso Calvin Marchbanks.
Created a new page for Frame - Miller Marriage.
Recovered lost file on Fugitives From Justice.
Created a new page for Migration from Giles County, Tennessee.
4 Jun. 2017 Correction made to Jubal C. Brock in Marriage Records Book B.
Created a new page for Dr. Zachary T. Bundy.
Created a new page for Telico Might Have Been Site of Texas Centennial.
Recovered lost file on Chastain - Trippett Marriage.
Recovered lost file on Traded Farm for Sack of Coffee.
Recovered lost file on County Line Sign Planned.
Recovered lost file on Historical Sketch of Forreston [TX].
Created a new page for Cummings-Kidd Marriage.
Created a new page for Davis Family of Reagor Springs.
Recovered lost file on Beauvoir destroyed by Hurricane.
Recovered lost file on Lafayette S. Nelson.
Added the USGenWeb logo to the Home Page. How long has that been missing?
Recovered lost file on
Ellis County's Frontier Days.
Recovered lost file on There's No Business Like Show Business.
3 Jun. 2017

Created a new page for African-Americans in Ellis County.
Created a new page for for the First Meeting of African-American History in Ellis County.
Recovered lost file on African-American Special Interest Group Formed
Recovered lost file on Akins - Culbertson Marriage.
Created a new page for Farmers Alliance Picnic.
Recovered lost file on Arthur Alexander Family Line.
Recovered lost files on Avalon Pioneer Settlers, with The John Family, The Loyds, The Martins, The Smith Families, Dr. W. B. Wallace, Colonel Benjamin W. F. Watson, and William Franklin Youngblood.
Created a new page for Ray Cavender Remembers Bonnie Parker.

4 Jan. 2017

Installed a new visitor counter. It seems that RootsWeb dropped its support of this function.
Replaced the Search Engine with FreeFind. The Google search utility just wasn't working out.
Minor maintenance on multiple files, typos and such.
Updated "Dear Polly" letters and added it to Letters From The Past.
Updated Gloria Tune Saunders' email address and info in Look-Ups.

3 Jan. 2017 Reformatted and moved The Final 61 obits, which go on the Obituaries, Death Notices and Memorials page. All of the major collections of material have now been remodeled. Only about 200 stray files remaining.
2 Jan. 2017 Reformatted and moved 45 more obits to the new Obituaries, Death Notices and Memorials page.
31 Dec. 2016 Reformatted and moved 23 more obits to the new Obituaries, Death Notices and Memorials page.
Added "Deaths reported in Confederate Veteran" to Winnie Davis Camp Menu
28 Dec. 2016 Reformatted and moved 24 more obits to the new Obituaries, Death Notices and Memorials page.
22 Dec. 2016 Reformatted and moved 10 more obits to the new Obituaries, Death Notices and Memorials page.
19 Dec. 2016 Corrected format issues on 29 Obituaries and on the Pioneers of Ellis County menu.
18 Dec. 2016 Repaired numerous formatting errors on the Obit menu page and in three obits.
Remodeled and moved 21 more obits to the new Obituaries, Death Notices and Memorials menu page.
29 Nov. 2016 Remodeled and moved 24 more files to the new Obituaries, Death Notices and Memorials page.
28 Nov. 2016 Remodeled and/or edited 53 more files which were moved to the new Obituaries, Death Notices and Memorials page.
Remodeled and moved an orphaned biography to Pioneers of Ellis County.
27 Nov. 2016 Remodeled and moved 23 more files to the new Obituaries, Death Notices and Memorials page.
26 Nov. 2016 Began populating the new Obituaries, Death Notices and Memorials page with the first 50 newly remodeled files.
25 Nov. 2016

Added the following biographies to the Pioneers of Ellis County: Dr. James Campbell Loggins, Ellis County Doctors, Dr. William Pickney Sims,
Shooting of Deputy Sheriff Gathings remodeled and moved from Crimes to Yesterday's News.
The Murder of William Riley Seaboalt Jr. was remodeled and moved from Crimes to Pioneers of Ellis County.
Repaired broken link to Eliza Sims and Two Libraries & moved it to new section.

24 Nov. 2016 Happy Thanksgiving!
23 Nov. 2016

Reformatted the final 14 biographies for the Pioneers of Ellis County Menu and moved them to the new side.
Added one orphaned biography (Sanderson and Chapman Families) to the above.
Chased down and deleted 58 duplicate files of these pioneers that were saved to the wrong folder.

Remodeled and moved Sheriffs of Ellis County.

22 Nov. 2016 Reformatted 14 additional biographies for the Pioneers of Ellis County Menu and moved them to the new side.
Remodeled "Pioneer Days Re-lived" and moved it to Yesterday's News.
21 Nov. 2016 Reformatted 17 additional biographies for the Pioneers of Ellis County Menu and moved them to the new side.
9 Oct. 2016 Reformatted 11 additional biographies for the Pioneers of Ellis County Menu and moved them to the new side.
8 Oct. 2016 Formatted and posted World War I Burials and World War II Burials. Both appeared to be incomplete projects that Barbara never published.
Redesigned and moved Korean War Burials and Viet Nam War Burials.
Moved the links for Jack Lummus Biography Page and Milford Men and Women in Service to the World War II Menu.
Remodeled the Pioneers of Ellis County Menu and reformatted the first 23 biographies that go with it.
7 Oct. 2016 Redesigned and moved 14 additional members of the Camp Winnie Davis from the old roster to the new one. That completes the Camp Roster. In the process I found 5 or 6 files that were not linked or had broken links so there is definitely new info for you.
Redesigned the 5 pages of Confederate Pension Applications, repaired 2 broken links and rolled them up into a single file. Then I reformatted and moved Civil War Veterans From Other States. Next comes the Confederate Soldiers Buried in Georgia. All were placed into the Civil War Menu.
Remodeled the Sevier Family Old Letters and the Marchbanks Letters and moved them to Letters From The Past.
Moved the Muster Roll of the Texas Mounted Guards into the Civil War Menu.
Remodeled and moved Spanish American War Burials.
Remodeled and moved The Texas Spirit of '17 - [Ellis County men who served in WW1]
Reformatted and moved World War II War Dead.
Created menus for both World War I and World War II to keep like information together.
6 Oct. 2016 Redesigned and moved only 7 more of the Camp Winnie Davis members from the old roster to the new one.
5 Oct. 2016 Redesigned and moved 38 additional members of the Camp Winnie Davis from the old roster to the new one.
2 Oct. 2016 Redesigned and moved 37 more of the Camp Winnie Davis members from the old roster to the new one.
1 Oct. 2016 Redesigned and moved 20 additional members of the Camp Winnie Davis from the old roster to the new one. Corrected a small batch of errors found while re-indexing the website.
30 Sep. 2016 Redesigned and moved 46 more of the Camp Winnie Davis members from the old roster to the new one.
29 Sep. 2016 Redesigned and moved 23 additional members of the Camp Winnie Davis from the old roster to the new one.
28 Sep. 2016 Redesigned and moved 15 files of the Parson's Brigade, two of which were lost company rosters. Redesigned and moved the first 33 files Camp Winnie Davis. There are many files left in the list of camp members.
27 Sep. 2016 Remodeling news articles and moving them from All The Latest into Yesterday's News. In the process, I located three other files of newspaper clippings on Barbara's hard drive that had been misplaced.
26 Sep. 2016 I had to go back and repair a formatting issue with every file that I had redesigned to date. It was just a one character change, but to each and every HTML page.
Redesigned the following 2 pages and added them to Yesterday's News: News from Ennis Commercial Recorder and The Ennis Weekly Local.
25 Sep. 2016

Redesigned and moved the following to the Ghost Towns menu page: Bethel Community, Pecan Grove, Howard, Telico/Trinity City, Tight Wad, Trumbull, Twin Elm, Union Hill, Village Creek, Walnut Springs, Wardlaw, White League, Wilton, Winniford School and Wyatt.
Added Winniford School House and Robert Mayfield Reminiscences to Yesterday's News

7 Sep. 2016 My computer crashed.
6 Sep. 2016

Redesigned and moved the following to the Ghost Towns menu page: Berry's Chapel,Hurley Station, Oak, Oak Grove, Onion Creek, Onward, Pluto, Progress, Quinlan, Rankin, Reagor Springs, Rockett, Sand Lake, Sanderson, Saralvo, Sardis, Sims Post Office, Slate Rock, Slay, Sonoma, South Prong, Spout Springs, St. Paul, Sterrett. Corrected an error found on the Alex Rankin Home in the Photo Gallery while I was updating a link to the new Rankin page in Ghost Towns.

5 Sep. 2016 Added George Washinton Pitts to Civil War Veteran Burials in Ellis County, right after redesigning the page and moving it to the new side.
1 Sep. 2016 Redesigned and moved the following to the Ghost Towns menu page: Leakes, Liberty-Sylvania, Lone Elm, Long Branch, Maloney, Mammoth Springs, Manita, McDaniel, Montclair, Mountain Peak, Nash, Nation Town, Neil's Valley, Nelson Switch, New Town, Ozro and Yale.
31 Aug. 2016 Redesigned and moved the following to the Ghost Towns menu page: Corinth School Community, Creechville, Crisp, Derr's Chapel, Ebenezer Church, Ensign, Eyrie, Fairview, Files Valley, Five Points, Glenco, Greathouse, Griffith Switch, Hamrock, Henry, Hickory Grove, Hopewell, Ike, India, East India, Jay, Kenwood, Leland, Loli and Lone Cedar.
30 Aug. 2016 Redesigned the Ghost Towns menu page. Remodeled and moved the following ghost towns to go in that menu: Alsdorf, Ash, Astonia, Atwell, Auburn (2 stories), Baldridge, Ballie, Barker, Bee Creek, Bell Branch, Bell's Chapel, Bluff Springs, Boyce, Boz, Bradley, Bristol, Britton, Broomwheat, Brushy Creek, Buena Vista, Burnham, Byrd (Byron), Carroll, Center Point, Collier's Chapel and Gamble. Added a misplaced newspaper abstract from The Waxahachie Daily Light to Yesterday's News
28 Aug. 2016 Found a lost file that talks about the early days of Ennis and added it to Thriving Cities, Towns and Communities. Found a second version of the History of the CCC Camp, plus a camp roster and two stories written by men that worked there. That's all been placed in Waxahachie. Found a lost article about the Red Oak Institute, later called Ovilla Scool. Look for it in Red Oak.
27 Aug. 2016 Today would have been Barbara Knox's 93 birthday; I'm a little sad.
Began working to remodel the files of the Thriving Cities, Towns and Communities of Ellis County. Remodeled nine files associated with Alma alone, one for Avalon, Ferris, Forreston, Midlothian, Milford, Palmer, five files with Red Oak, and seven for Waxahachie.
Added The Ellis County Press, Ennis Chamber of Commerce, Ennis Historic Landmark Commission, and Ennis Public Library to Addresses You May Need.
Remodeled and moved Everett House Lost in Fire, Midlothian and Mountain Peak News and The Weekly Argus to Yesterday's News.
26 Aug. 2016 A day and a half marathon overhauling all of the church files. There were several files that were apparently never completed nor uploaded to the website. These may all be seen now in Churches of Ellis County
Located lost file: Have You Ever Talked with Anyone in a Cemetery?
Updated location information for Kranz Farm Cemetery.
Removed one person from the Look-Ups volunteers.
Made numerous updates to Addresses You May Need.
25 Aug. 2016 Found an Alma Cemetery inventory that was not linked on the cemetery list.
Added 5 links to headstone photos to the Cemeteries of Ellis County webpage.
Remodeled the Funeral Manual of Rev. A. D. Brooks and moved it to the new side
24 Aug. 2016 All day marathon reorganizing and remodeling 17 cemetery inventories and 3 other files having to do with Cemeteries of Ellis County. Several lost inventories were found and are now accessible. Numerous broken links were repaired.
23 Aug. 2016 Repaired 15 or 20 broken links to files I had just remodeled and uploaded. If I use a template that is stored in a different folder, it thinks my new files are saved in that folder.
22 Aug. 2016 Remodeled the 1850 Federal Census and moved it to the new area
Remodeled the 1850 Mortality Schedule and moved it to the new area
Remodeled The Confusing 1850 Census of Navarro District, Texas and moved it
Remodeled the 1860 Mortality Schedule and moved it to the new area
Remodeled the 1870 Mortality Schedule and moved it to the new area
Remodeled the 1890 Federal Census and moved it to the new area
Remodeled the Beauchamp Families in the 1880 Census and moved it
21 Aug. 2016 Remodeled 6 pages under Court Records and moved them to the new area
Remodeled 40 pages of Marriage Records and reduced them down to 4 pages
Found a page of Marriage Records from 1866 that was unlinked
20 Aug. 2016

Moved Texas Czech Genealogical Society to the Addresses page
Deleted broken link to Texas Surnames
Deleted broken link to WPA Life Histories in Texas
Repaired broken link to Texas Landmarks and moved it to the new area
Removed link to Addresses for Texas Vital Records because it's a pay site
Removed broken link to Texas Obituaries
Moved all other Texas Resources links to the new area
Moved Boren-Reagor Springs Historical Society to the Addresses page
Remodeled the Historic Markers and Monuments pages and moved them to new area
Remodeled the Famous Cattle Trails page and moved it to new area
Remodeled the Trails, the Forerunners of Rails page and moved it to new area
Remodeled the Historic Springs of Ellis County page and moved it to new area
Moved link to National Register of Historic Places to the new area
Moved link to African American History in Ellis County to the new area

19 Aug. 2016 Remodeled and moved 4 pages of Ellis County History
18 Aug. 2016 Remodeled and moved 14 pages of the old Ellis County Map
17 Aug. 2016 Moved Waxahachie Daily Light to the Addresses page
Repaired link and moved UTA Special Collections to Addresses
Moved Ellis County Historical Commission to the Addresses page
Moved Hill County Genealogical Society to the Addresses page
Moved City of Midlothian to the Addresses page
Moved City of Ennis to the Addresses page
Moved City of Waxahachie to the Addresses page
Moved Records in County Clerk's Office to the Addresses page
Moved A. H. Meadows Library to the Addresses page
Moved Ellis County Museum to the Addresses page
Moved Sims Library (+ 3 pages) to the Addresses page
16 Aug. 2016 Remodeled 10 pages of Ellis County Genealogical Society
Added code to all remodeled pages to print last modified date
Remodeled the Addresses page and moved it
Remodeled the Look-Ups page and moved it to the new side
15 Aug. 2016 Remodeled the Mailing List page and moved it to the new side
Combined the two query websites on the same Queries page
12 Aug. 2016 Reworked 7 files of Queries and moved them to the new side
Remodeled the Bibliography and moved it to the new side
11 Aug. 2016 Moved the Photo Gallery to the remodeled side
Updated the email pages for Sylvia, Rob and State Coordinator
Corrected the text on 1936 Centennial Highway Marker and remodeled the page
Began a RECONSTRUCTION PROJECT by giving half of the Homepage a new look, new background and new page banner.
25 Jan. 2016

Added Barbara's 20 Year Service Badge from TXGenWeb. Barbara has been the County Coordinator of Ellis County and Co-Coordinator of Navarro County since September 1996. She had also been Co-Coordinator of Tarrant County for 18 years.

3 Jan. 2016

County Coordinator Barbara Knox passed away on January 2, 2016.


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