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

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Printed in the Taylor Daily Press - 3 Feb 2000

"Sam Houston Regional Library & Research Center"

Located in Liberty, Texas, the Sam Houston Regional Library & Research Center is a division of the Texas State Library & Archives Commission. It serves as the Regional Depository for Southeast Texas, which is defined as the ten counties of: Chambers, Hardin, Jasper, Jefferson, Liberty, Newton, Orange, Polk, San Jacinto and Tyler.

It is primarily a research facility for the general public and collects items that document the history of Southeast Texas. Its holdings include local government records, manuscripts, artifacts, books, maps, photographs, oral history tapes, newspapers, microfilms and the archives of individuals, families, businesses and social organizations.

Researchers are allowed to bring laptop computers into the Research Room, however there are no lockers at the facility. For security purposes, all brief cases, parcels, personal books and large notebooks must be left on the ledge of the back cabinet in the Reading Room. Venus A. Booker, Research Assistant, stated that the staff would respond, as time permits, to research requests by telephone or by mail.

The Special Collections includes the Papers of Price Daniel, the Jean Laffite Journal, the Julia Duncan Welder Collection, the Andy Kyle Indian Artifact Collection, the Hardin Family Papers, the Papers of Congressman Martin Dies, and the Jean Houston Baldwin Collection. The Library also maintains a museum, which includes exhibits on local history, rare maps and photographs, and General Sam Houston. The facilities also include the 1848 restored Gillard-Duncan House and the 1883 Norman House, which are both open for tours.

The Library is located 3-miles North of Liberty on FM 1011, off State Highway 146. It is open Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 pm. For further information, you should contact Robert L. Schaadt, Director-Archivist, Sam Houston Regional Library & Research Center, P. O. Box 310, Liberty, Texas 77575-0310, telephone: (409) 336-8821, or visit their website at: http://www.tsl.state.tx.us/lobby/samfirst.htm or e-mail: SamHoustonCenter@tsl.state.tx.us.

"Join Your Local Genealogy Society"

Joining a genealogy society can help you strengthen your skills and you can discuss genealogy with other people who are serious about family history. You will make new friends and enjoy improving your research skills.

Many genealogy groups offer newsletters, quarterly journals, speakers, seminars and workshops. You can initiate, participate in, or just listen to open discussions about genealogy issues.

Here is a listing of some local genealogy societies:

East Bell County Genealogical Society is based in Temple, Texas and meets the third Tuesday of each month from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the McLane Room of the Temple Public Library located at 100 W. Adams St., on the square in downtown Temple. For more information visit there website at: http://www.rootsweb.com/~txbell/.

West Bell County Genealogical Society is based in Killeen, Texas and meets the first Thursday of each month from 6:30 p.m. at the Killeen Public Library at 205 E. Church St. For more information, visit there website at: http://www.rootsweb.com/~txwbgs/.

Milam County Genealogical Society is based in Rockdale, Texas and meets the first Thursday of each month from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. in the Community Meeting Room of the NBC Bank located at the corner of Ackerman and Cameron Streets in downtown Rockdale. For more information, visit there website at: http://www.aisi.net/GenWeb/MilamCo/.

Williamson County Genealogical Society is based in Georgetown, Texas and meets the second Thursday of each month (except July, August and December) at 7:30 p.m. at the Georgetown Public Library located at 800 Martin Luther King in Georgetown. For more information, visit there website at: http://www.flash.net/~hmwalden/wcgs.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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