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El Paso County
El Paso Genealogical Society
Since 1971

501 North Oregon    El Paso, TX 79902    (915) 543-5440


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Past Presidents & Timeline

Year
Name
Year
Name

1971

Archie Conn

1991

David Pearson

1972

Paul Prichard

1992

L. F. Beard

1973

(1) Buel Fox (2) Louis J. Torres

1993

L. F. Beard

1974

Wilma Derthick

1994

Elaine Hengen

1975

L. F. Beard

1995

Elaine Hengen

1976

J. Rex Goldston

1996

Pat Baldwin

1977

Julia Fink

1997

Pat Baldwin

1978

Lovell Lovett

1998

David Patton

1979

(1) Milton H. Clark (2) Emily Vowell

1999

David Patton

1980

1980 (1) Emily Vowell (2) Julia Fink

2000

Nancy Owens

1981

June Webb

2001

Nancy Owens

1982

Louis Torres

2002

John Miller

1983

Jackie Caton

2003

Deen Underwood

1984

Jackie Caton

2004

Carolyn Simmons

1985

L. F. Beard

2005

Dorris Harrison

1986

Pat Drenten

2006

Betty Owen

1987

Charlie Shane

2007

Betty Owen

1988

David Pearson

2008

Barbara McCarthy

1989

Dennis Porvaznik

2009

Deen Underwood

1990

David Pearson

Timeline

1970 Emily Vowell sent questionaires inviting researchers to a meeting on Dec 5, 1970 at the El Paso Library.
1971 On Jan 14, 1971 Officers were elected, Archy Conn, Paul Pritchard, Lf and Jane Beard, Louise Terrell, Minnie Johnson and Emily Burgett. Society organized with 54 charter members. Society By laws adopted, newsletter [El Paso Genealogical Society Bulletin] started, and first workshop was held during this year.
1972 Bulletin's name was changed to Rio Grande Researchers. Year ended with 50 members.
1973 Rio Grande Researchers - not issued during this year.
1974 Rio Grande Researcher begins publication with L F Beard, Editor. Yearbook authorized with Minnie Johnson as chairman.
1975 L F Beard - President. Yearbooks completed and distributed. Project bagan to compile obituaries from El Paso Newspapers - Jane Beard, chairman.
1976 First family history was published by Brig. Gen. Ross H. Routh. Obituary project, "Early Copy of Vital Statistics of Southwest" was renamed as "Births, Deaths & Marriages" Vol 1.
1977 Mary Margaret Davis began Geanealogy column in El Paso Times.
1978 Membership doubled. Society sponsored first genealogy course with members as instructors.
1979 Membershiped tripled. Workshop conducted with El Paso Historical Society and El Paso Museum of History.
1980 Seminar hosted by Curt and Wilma Jones of Salt Lake, Utah.
1981 "Births, Deaths & Marriages" Vol 1 goes on sale. Brig. Gen Ross H. Routh produced his third history.
1982 Beginners workshop held. Year ended with a "bang." No election - no quorum - not enough votes.
1983 June Webb appointed Editor of the Rio Grande Researcher. Society sponsored 2 free workshops at Richard Burgess Library Branch.
1984 Membership now totals 77. Lovell Lovett & L F Beard filmed on KCOS show.
1985 L.F. Beard elected President. Members conducted a workshop at Fort Bliss.
1986 Society received Federal Identification Number as Non-Profit Organization.
1987 Roger White taught beginning genealogy class through Community College at Hanks High School.
1988 Began a six weeks course "How to research family history" on Saturdays. Society's first recorded seminar was presented bybMr. and Mrs. Jones, members of the American Genealogical Society, Salt Lake City.
1989 Hal Calkens passed away.
1990 No transcription.
1991 Archie Conn, first president of Society passed away.
1992 L F Beard president. El Paso Genealogical Society joined the Texas State Genealogical Society. Second vol. of Births, Deaths & Marriages was published.
1993 Year ended with 100 members. RGR, Pat Baldwin, editor, won "Honerable Mention" from Texas State Genealogical Society.
1994 Began selling tickets on prizes at meeting.
1995 Society began giving honorary memberships to speakers of programs. Tom Brasfield passed away.
1996 David Owens passed away.
1997 Website set up by Mark Asbell. Society library started by Dorris Harrison.
1998 1860 Census extraction from microfilm by Ruth Wren, Jane Beard & Jack Austin. Website taken over by Dorris Harrison. Webside awarded Best of Internet by Dear Myrtle.
1999 Officers are David Patton, Dorris Harrison, Harriet Marvin & Sandy Lewis.
2000 Ruth Wren's husband, John Baldwin & Capt. James M. Gambel passed away. Jane Beard won 1st place for "Books by non-prefessional geanealogist". Dorris Harrison won "Volunteer of the Year" by Texas State Genealogical Society.
2001 Pat Baldwin passed away.
2002 Vol IV of Births, Deaths & Marriages by Jane Beard was published. Jane listed in World,2002. Peggy Gagnon passed away. Dorris Harrison won "Volunteer of the Year" by Texas State Genealogical Society.
2003 Mary Beth Rowe, our archivist, passed away. Dorris Harrison doing cemetery research. Sandt Lewis our new webmaster.
2004 Dues now $15.00 single and $23.00 family.RGR available by email.
2005 RGR now available as page on website.


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