There’s a new face at The Somervell Historical Library and Research Center.

Meet Kim Woodard Holmes, she is the new genealogy and research volunteer at the historical society. The Reporter talked with Kim to get some background information and welcome her to this new position.


Holmes grew in Cleburne and joined the Air Force after graduation. She first enlisted as an engineering assistant then graduated from the University of Nebraska with a B.S. in construction engineering.

Holmes retired from the military after being involved in a head-on collision in 2005.

She has one son, three daughters and four grandchildren.

New Role

Holmes helps visitors find their ancestors by understanding the methods and sources available to them. She can help with and with Family Tree Maker.

“We carry a wonderful selection of hard to find sources from nearly every state and from a few countries,” said Holmes.

She became interested in the position after spending the last 20 years piecing together her ancestry. Her family was one of the first settlers in the Somervell/Johnson/Hood region.

Holmes is available at the library from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on Tuesdays and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursdays.

“I love everything about Glen Rose as I spent a lot of my childhood here. The people, the old architecture, the scenery and that it’s a close-knit community. Glen Rose embodies everything I love about this country,” she said.