If you have thought about researching your family tree or have started and then hit a wall, then this is the opportunity for you to move one toward your goal. The Bosque River Chapter of Daughters of Republic of Texas will meet at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 8, in the First Presbyterian Church of Stephenville. Bosque River registrar, Linda Bowden, will present the program, “ Researching Your Family Tree,” with special emphasis on documenting eligibility for various historical organizations.
Bowden is currently registrar for three organizations and is researching 20 lines of her family. She is experienced in using the internet, libraries, General Land Office and court records. The public is welcome and will find helpful information for beginners as well as experienced researchers.
Members will answer the role by giving a brief summary of a research puzzle they are trying to solve. We will take up spare change to be donated to the project of buying land in Austin for a new DRT headquarters and museum. A decision will be made on which school to donate a book about Texas history
The daughters will be celebrating two Texas Honor Days; Mirabeau B. Lamar Day, Jan. 20 and Texas Statehood Day, Feb. 19, 1846.
Mirabeau Buonaparte Lamar was born in Georgia in 1798. He followed James Fannin to Texas in 1835 and became the first vice president of the Republic of Texas in 1836. In 1838, he was elected the second president of the Republic. He proposed a system of education endowed by public lands and the act was passed in January, 1839. Land was set aside for public schools and two universities. Thus he became known as the Father of Texas Education.
The legal entry of Texas into the Union was Dec. 29, 1845, but the Republic of Texas did not formally transfer its authority to the new State of Texas until Feb. 19, 1846. This date is especially important to DRT as members must have proof of direct descent from a man or woman who was in Texas prior to that date.