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

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Printed Taylor Daily Press - 14 Oct 1999

Texas Historical Commission Library

Genealogists and history buffs alike will find the Texas Historical Commission Library offers a wealth of resources. It is the home of a non-circulating collection of approximately 5,000 books and publications.

The collection consists of four-areas: museum studies, archeology, state and local history, and historic preservation and architecture. Research material varies from cemetery inventories to photographs of state historic sites and buildings.

Other notable Library resources include: survey reports of archeological and cultural resources; maps from the 1936 county survey; city and county histories; microfilm and micro fiche records of historical marker files and historic preservation grants; a helpful general reference section; and a collection of archeology and history periodicals.

Michelle Mears, the new librarian, announced that on Saturday, Nov. 6th, the Library would host a book sale to raise funds for its collection. The pubic is invited to attend.

Michelle has a Bachelors of Art and a Masters in Library & Information Science from the University of Texas-Austin. She was the archivist at the Scott & White Hospital in Temple, Texas. She is the past president of the Texas Oral History Assoc. and has served as a guest curator for historical exhibits at the Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library. She also served as a member and chair of the Bell County Historical Commission.

The Library is located in Austin’s historic Gethsemane Lutheran Church, 1510 Congress Ave. at 16th Street, one-block north of the State Capital. The Library is open to the public weekdays from 8 am to 5 pm, closed for all state and national holidays. It is closed Saturday and Sunday.

When you visit the Library, Michelle said, “There is no visitors’ parking lot and the only available parking is on the street at meters.” She suggests you bring lots of quarters as the cost is 25-cents for each 15-minutes parking. Also, there is a 2-hour maximum parking limit a parking meter. Handicap access is located at the backdoor of the building.

The Library has electric plugs at four large tables for researchers who would like to bring a laptop computer. Michelle said, “the first 10 photocopies are free and the costs thereafter is 10-cents per copy.” Also, researchers have free access to the Internet at the library.

For more information about the Library and to view their on-line card catalog visit http://www.thc.state.tx.us/library.html or telephone (512) 463-5753.

Internet Tip

The Lone Star Junction, located at http://www.lsjunction.com/ is a non-profit organization chartered by the State of Texas. It is an on-line resource about Texas and its early history, provided by and about Texas and Texans. The website includes photographs of the Texas landscape, popular songs of Texas and the West, a searchable database of over 10,000 "Texians" that lived during the time of the Republic of Texas, full-text on-line editions of rare and classic books about Texas, and much more.

Lyman Hardeman serves as the Publisher and Editor and the History Advisor is noted Texas historian Lonn Taylor. Lonn makes sure the historical content of the website is of the highest quality and that Texas history is separated from Texas hearsay. Mike Cox, an Austin-based writer and syndicated columnist, serves as the Book Review Editor.

Of note to genealogists is their Texas Genealogy Family Register where you can post information about specific families that lived in early Texas. For those who have a more general interest in Texas history, you can post information on their Texas History Forum.

Lastly, if your child or grandchild needs help with a school project, this website offers an Archives section which includes: short biographical sketches on Notable Texans Before 1900; histories and background information on major settlements in Texas that date from the time of the Republic of Texas; copies of some of the most referenced of early Texas documents; and, a Texas History Timeline.

Anniversary of the Battle of Surigao Strait

A reunion commemorating the 56th Anniversary of the Battle of Surigao Strait is being planned for October 2000. Former crew members (or their families) of the battleships the USS West Virginia, the USS California, the USS Mississippi, the USS Maryland, the USS Pennsylvania and the USS Tennessee are asked to contact: Mike Hulen, P. O. Box 97, Swifton, AR 72471.

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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