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

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Printed Taylor Daily Press - 6 Jan 2000

"Galveston & Texas History Center"

One of the premier collections documenting the history of the Gulf Coast area during the time-period from the Spanish colonial days through the Civil War era is the "Galveston & Texas History Center" at the Rosenberg Library in Galveston, Texas.

When visiting the Center, researchers must register at the front desk and all purses, briefcases, notebooks, library books and all other personal property must be placed in lockers provided. It is important for researchers to be prepared that personal binders, folders, notepads, or clipboards are NOT permitted in the Center. Note taking paper and pencils are provided to researchers by the library. Laptop computers are allowed and there are a limited number of electrical plugs for their use.

A sampling of the material which is available at the Center is: the Galveston County Tax Assessor books, 1880-1914; the Galveston County Tax Rolls microfilm, 1838-1922; Ships Passenger Lists, Port of Galveston, 1846-1871; Passenger Lists for Galveston, 1850-1855; the Galveston-Bremen Project: 1865-1896; the Czech Immigration Passenger Lists; the Passenger Lists for the Port of Galveston microfilm, 1895-1948; Register of Births, City of Galveston, 1910-1931; Record of Interments in the City of Galveston, 1866-1881, Mortuary Records for the City of Galveston 1875-1926; Death Certificates for the City of Galveston ca. 1880-1910; Galveston City Directories, microfilm, 1856-1860, 1866-1938, books from 1939 to present; Houston City Directories, 1879-1984 (incomplete); Church records; and School records.

Newspapers on microfilm (some of which are incomplete) are: Flake's Bulletin, 1861-1872; Galveston Daily News, 1863-1869, 1870-present; Galveston News, 1846-1863; Galveston Tri-Weekly News, 1855-1873; Galveston Tribune, 1885-1965, Galveston Weekly News, 1844-1893, The City Times (African-American), 1900-1927; Indianola Bulletin, 1853-1860; Indianola Courier, 1859-1861; Indianola Weekly Bulletin, 1871-1872; Texas City Times, 1909-1913; Texas City Daily Times, 1913-1914; and, others.

Shelly Henley Kelly, Assistant Archivist will answer queries for a pre-paid fee of $5 and will mail any copies, which are 20-cents per copy.

The Center is located at 2310 Sealy Ave., Galveston, Texas 77550 and the hours of operation are: Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Closed all major holidays. For more information visit their website at: http://rosenberg-http://www.rosenberg-library.org/gthc/rosenhis.html or e-mail: gthc@rosenberg-library.org.

"Texas Seaport Museum"

Located in the historic Port of Galveston, the "Texas Seaport Museum" is home to the "Galveston Immigration Database." This is the only computerized listing of immigrants who entered at Galveston, Texas and visitors can search on-line for information taken from ships' passenger manifests. The database includes the name of the passengers and members of their traveling parties, age, gender, occupation, country of origin, ship name, dates of departure and arrival, and destination in the United States.

There are approximately 130,000 names included in the database covering the time-period of 1846 through 1948. An unknown percentage of records are missing for the years between 1871 and 1894.

The Texas Seaport Museum is open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas days. Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for individuals over 65-years and students age 7 to 18. Children 6 and under are admitted free. The price of admission includes access to the Galveston Immigration Database.

If you are unable to visit in person, the Museum will perform the search for a $10 fee and will include a report if any family matches are found. The fee allows staff members to perform a comprehensive search but does not guarantee a match.

The mailing address for Texas Seaport Museum is: Pier 21 #8, Galveston, Texas 77550 or visit their website at: http://www.tsm-elissa.org/ or e-mail elissa@galvestonhistory.org.

"Galveston County Genealogical Society"

The "Galveston County Genealogical Society" meets on the first Thursday of each month at 7:00 p.m. in the Wortham Auditorium of the Rosenberg Library, 2310 Sealy, Galveston, Texas. Membership is open to all persons with an interest in genealogy. Annual dues are $7.00 per person, or $10.00 per couple, payable in May. To join, write the Membership Chairman, GCGS, P.O. Box 1141, Galveston, Texas 77553 or visit their website at: http://www.rootsweb.com/~txgalves/gcgs.htm.

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/Athens/Academy/2670/ 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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