"Our Loose Ends" Genealogy Column
by Lynna Kay Shuffield
Houston, Texas

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Printed Taylor Daily Press - 23 Sept 1999

Cold War Recognition Certificates

Did anyone in your family serve in any branch of the U.S. military (including National Guard and Reserves) or work as a federal government civilian employee during the time-period Sept. 2, 1945 through Dec. 26, 1991? If so, they are entitled to be awarded the “Cold War Recognition Certificate” by the Secretary of Defense.

The certificate may be awarded posthumously to those relatives who apply on their behalf of their eligible deceased family members. In addition, the certificate is symbolic, and no financial reward is involved.

Written letter applications are accepted and you must provide proof that an individual’s character of service was honorable. It is important to note that applications must contain the words "I certify that my service was honorable and faithful" or it will be rejected.

Mail letters to: Cold War Recognition Project, 4035 Ridge Top Rd., Fairfax, VA 22030-7445.

Suggested wording of your letter:

Any official government or military document with the individual’s name, Social Security Number, Military Service Number or Foreign Service Number and dates of service is acceptable proof. Examples of documentation are military discharge certificates commonly known as DD-214 forms. Do NOT send any original or one-of-a-kind documents, only photocopies should be mailed, as no documentation will be returned.

The Personnel Service Support Division, Adjutant General Directorate, U.S. Army Total Personnel Command is in charge of the program. Due to the volume of applications, you should expect to wait approximately four to six months before you receive the certificate. For more information, visit the website at: http://coldwar.army.mil/.

Internet Tip

GENDEX is a master Genealogical Index, at http://www.gendex.com/ that indexes hundreds of Internet websites containing family tree databases for over 12.5 million individuals with 385,000 different surnames. This master index, created by Gene Stark, gives researchers the ability to locate and view data of interest without having to utilize a search engine for each site one-at-a-time or to go and visit each of the databases separately on the Internet. The GENDEX can search for surnames either spelled exactly or by soundex-equivalent. One of the best features of the index is the contact information located in the far right-hand column. This feature enables researchers to communicate directly with the submitted of the information.

Society News

On Saturday, Oct. 23, 1999, the Alexander Love Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution will conduct a lineage research workshop entitled, “My Family Tree is a Few Branches Short!” The workshop will take place at the Southwest Central Church of Christ, 4011 Bellfort Ave., Houston, Texas. The keynote speaker will be Marjorie J. Harris, Director of the Clayton Genealogy Library on “Searching New England Branches.” Other speakers will include Lynna Kay Shuffield on “20th Century War Records” and Lynn Forney Young on “New Branches via the Internet.”

In this column, I will be glad to highlight and review any family history, genealogy, county history, or similar book, free of charge, if you donate a copy of the book or item. After it has been highlighted and reviewed, on a space available basis, it will be donated to the genealogy section of a library. You will receive an acknowledgment of the donation from the library. Mail item or book to me at the below address.

Lynna Kay Shuffield has written several books related to Texas genealogy and military history. She has spoken before numerous genealogy and veterans groups. Also, is a County Coordinator for the Texas GenWeb Project. Regretfully, she cannot help with individual genealogical research. Please visit the website for this column at: http://www.geocities.com/lks_friday/COLUMN-001.htm or if you have any questions, comments, suggestions for column topics, genealogy or historical society announcements, please contact her at: P. O. Box 16604, Houston, Texas 77222-6604 or e-mail: lksfriday@sbcglobal.net

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