Special to the Reporter

The Bosque River Chapter of Daughters of the Republic of Texas will open the 2010-2011 year with a program by experienced genealogist and chapter registrar Linda Bowden on “Digging Up Bones.”

Bowden is an excellent genealogy researcher and will give tips on finding that elusive ancestor or just beginning the search for your family roots. Women who are thinking about starting research for any reason, but particularly to join DRT, or members who are searching for other ancestors will find the program valuable.

To be a member of DRT a woman must be a direct descendant of someone who was in Texas before February 1846. Anyone interested in genealogy or Daughters of the Republic of Texas is invited.

The meeting will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 14, at the First Presbyterian Church of Stephenville located at 1302 Harbin Drive.

We will also be celebrating Texian Navy Day which falls on Sept. 21. That is the date of the first naval engagement of the Texas Revolution in 1835. A Texian privateer forced a Mexican war schooner to unconditionally surrender. Gonzales Day, Oct. 2. will also be recognized. On that date in 1835 the first recognized battle of the Texas Revolution was fought in Gonzales and a Texas force of 160 men refused to surrender a brass cannon given to the town for protection from the Indians.

During August six members of the chapter attended the District II convention in Arlington. District conventions are a time to bring members up to date on events at state level and to meet state officers. President General Patti Atkins of Hull, Texas, presided. The Bosque River delegation was led by chapter President Jane Klein of Hico.

The Bosque River Chapter includes members from Erath, Bosque, Somervell, Hood, Comanche and other counties.