The Society meets the second Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at the railroad
depot at 1135 Bonham St. for genealogical and historical programs. Admission
is free and open to the public to all interested persons.
The Society was formed in 1980 as a non-profit educational organization dedicated
to the collection, preservation, and publication of genealogical and historical
materials. If you have ties to Lamar County you owe it to yourself to become
a member of this society.
Lamar County is rich with history. A common misconception is that vital records
were destroyed in the great fire of 1916. This is not the case however, as little
if any of the County Clerk's records were affected thanks to the foresight of
County Judge Charles S. Neathery who in 1888 had a fire-proof vault built to
house and protect such records at a cost of $15,000. By the way, he was voted
out of office, as a result of such foresight which he took upon himself without
approval of the citizenry concerned with tight monetary budgets and taxes. Were
it not for his forbearance and seemingly illegal act, Lamar County would indeed
be without much of its written history and heritage today.
For several years the Society published its quarterly, LAMAR COUNTY GENEALOGY
AND HISTORY, every May, August, November and February. The quarterlies featured
historical items from local records and newspapers. We have now assembled these
quarterlies into bound "sets" that will make these books a collector's item.
Instead of quarterlies we are now publishing a yearly ANNUAL
book called our Annual. We hope this will make the information more accessible
to the researcher as all volumes will be together with the index. You will still
receive a short newsletter periodically. We encourage and welcome anyone with
stories concerning Lamar county residents to submit them. Pictures are also accepted.
Queries are free to members and $2.00 to non-members. Queries will also be included
in our Family Tree column featured weekly in our local newspaper, The Paris
News, serving over 30,000 readers in Northeast Texas and Southeast Oklahoma.
The Lamar County Genealogical Society Library is located at 1135 Bonham St. in the old Santa Fe Depot. The Library is open to the public on Monday through Thursday - Noon until 4 P.M.
Created entirely from the donations and volunteer work of many individuals interested in preserving history, the Library has been in existence and continually growing since 1983. The Genealogical Library contains over 1000 books concerning the study of family history. In addition to hundreds of family group sheets and family pedigree charts, there are more than 130 specific family histories. There is a wide variety of "how to" books for the beginning researcher as well as the experienced. Books are also available for research concerning religious denominations, American Indian and Afro-American heritage.
Due to problems with items disappearing from the library, the Society board and Librarians have instituted a new policy, effective immediately:
No briefcases, tote bags, large purses, topcoats, personal research items other than notes, or food may be brought into the Library. Personal items are subject to be searched.
The Genealogical Society has many levels of memberships to suit prospective researchers and interested parties or businesses. All levels receive our award winning Annual publication titled Lamar County Genealogy and History (we no longer publish Quarterlies). Dues expire December 31, of each year. Donations and grants are always welcome. You can make a difference! Dues are:
- $100.00 and above - Cornerstone Membership
- $50.00 - I Care Membership
- $25.00 - Regular Membership
Click here for a printable membership form!
Mail your dues to:
The Lamar Co. Genealogical Society
1135 Bonham St.
Paris, TX 75460
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