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Edna Perry Deckler General Entry

Stirpes, the Texas State Genealogical Society quarterly, takes its name from a Latin word meaning "roots." The name was chosen for the family history magazine by its first editor Mildred Dulaney, a professional librarian of Waco and Fort Worth, who edited Volume I in 1961. After that time the quarterly was edited by the founder and president of the society, Edna Perry Deckler, of Fort Worth. In the mid-1970s Mary Barnett Curtis was editor. Stirpes, published each March, June, September, and December, presents data on genealogical subjects. Although emphasis is placed on records of the Republic of Texas era (1836–46), published material is not limited to the records of Texas. Starting in 1981 each volume was indexed by both topic and full name in the December issue. By 1987 each issue carried a full-name index. The Genealogical Society also published a twenty-five-year topical index for volumes 1 through 25 (1961–85). In the 1990s the editor was Frances Pryor. Subsequent editors included Melinda Reeves Cagle, Susan Ball, and Sandra Crowley.


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The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this entry.

Edna Perry Deckler, “Stirpes,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed July 31, 2021,

Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

January 26, 2018