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

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Printed in the Taylor Daily Press - 13 Jan 2000

"Essential Genealogy Books for your Home Library"

Recently, Sue Hunt of Round Rock sent an e-mail question asking, "What books would you recommend as essential for a home genealogy library?"

There are five basic books I would recommend. You should be able to have your local bookstore ordered these books for your or you can visit http://www.amazon.com to order them on-line.

The first book is "The Complete Idiot's Guide to Genealogy" written by Christine Rose and Kay G. Ingalls, that contains 328 pages and was printed in 1997. This book is one of the best "how-to" guides on genealogy in print. It tells you how to get organize and where to research.

"A to Zax - A Comprehensive Dictionary for Genealogists and Historians" by Barbara J. Evans, printed in 1995 and contains 300 pages. This dictionary is one of the best collections of words, phrases, abbreviations that genealogists might encounter in old documents and records. It also includes medical, legal, geographical, religious, occupational, and other terms.

A definitive guide on how to analyze evidence and cite your courses is "Evidence! Citation & Analysis for the Family Historians." Written by Elizabeth S. Mills in 1998 and contains 125 pages.

"The Census Book - A Genealogists' Guide to Federal Census Facts, Schedules and Indexes" by William Dollarhide is a complete tabulation of all U.S. Federal censuses and where the records are located, with maps for each census year. It also tells you whether a census has been indexed. It was written in 199 and contains 183 pages.

Lastly, no home library should be without the book, "The Researcher's Guide to American Genealogy" written by Val D. Greenwood. This is a good basis reference on the principles of genealogical research for beginners or advanced genealogists.

"Confederate Heroes Day in Texas"

Texans will observe Confederate Heroes Day on Wednesday, January 19th, in honor of Jefferson Davis, Robert E. Lee, and others. This date was selected because it is General Robert E. Lee's birthday and was established as a Texas State Holiday in 1931.

Memorial Day, May 30th, is celebrated in northern states and some Southern states and was made a federal holiday in 1971. This observance was started soon after the Civil War by northern states to honor their fallen soldiers.

Many Southern States celebrate a separate Memorial Day to honor Confederate soldiers who died during the Civil War. Mississippi and Alabama celebrate Confederate Memorial Day on the last Monday in April. Florida and Georgia celebrate April 26th in honor of these heroes. Kentucky, Louisiana, and Tennessee set aside June 3rd.

"The War of the Rebellion"

To find documents related to the Civil War visit, "The War of the Rebellion" website which includes a collection of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies. All of the documents, held by the Cornell University Library, have been scanned and are on-line at http://moa.cit.cornell.edu/MOA/MOA-JOURNALS2/WARO.html. The website also has an index to the 70 volumes.

Documents related to the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies are located on-line at: http://moa.cit.cornell.edu/MOA/MOA-JOURNALS2/OFRE.html.

"Upcoming Genealogy Events"

The McAllen Genealogical Society will hold its "Annual All-day Seminar" on Saturday, February 5th and the speaker will be Henry Z. (Hank) Jones. For information, e-mail ecmacey@ibm.net or write P. O. Box 4714, McAllen, Texas 78502-4714.

The Dallas Genealogical Society will hold a seminar on Saturday, February 12th entitled, "Finding them in the Midwest: Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio." The speaker will be Lloyd DeWitt Bockstruck and will take place at the Lovers Lane Methodist Church, corner of Inwood Road and Northwest Highway. For information, e-mail: info@dallasgenealogy.org, leave a Voice Mail at (214) 670-7932, visit their website at: http://www.dallasgenealogy.org or write: P. O. Box 12446, Dallas, Texas 75225-0446.

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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