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

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Printed in the Taylor Daily Press - 10 Feb 2000

"Registry of Pioneer Families of Walker County, Texas"

During 2000, the Walker County Genealogical Society will be offering two distinctive Commemorative Certificates to anyone who directly descends from early Walker County settlers. To qualify for the "First Families of Walker County Certificate," your ancestor must have settled within the boundaries of Walker County prior to Oct. 5, 1850 and to qualify for the "Century Families of Walker County Certificate," your ancestor must have settled within the boundaries of Walker County prior to June 29, 1900.

Eligibility Requirements: You must be able to prove direct descent from the ancestor (male or female) by official records for each generation, including proof for yourself. Primary Sources are acceptable and include, vital records (birth, death, marriage certificates); probate records; tax records; census records; military records; church; mortuary; cemetery; court records; Bible records; tombstone inscriptions; obituaries; and, published Family Histories, if they are well documented. Do NOT send original documents, copies only.

Current residency in Walker County is not a requirement.

You must complete the Registry Line of Descent Form, Proof of Descent Form, and the Walker County Pioneer Registry Application. You must file a separate application for each ancestor and pay a fee of $15 for each application. Only one ancestor will be inscribed on the certificate.

All applications and documentation/proofs become the property of Walker County Genealogical Society, and will not be returned, but will become a part of the Huntsville Public Library - Genealogical/Local History/Texana Collection. A committee of the Walker County Genealogical Society will determine eligibility and the committee's decision are final.

To request an application form, send a long SASE (self addressed stamped envelope) to the: Pioneer Registry - WCGS, P. O. Box 1295, Huntsville, Texas 77342-1295. You can also visit the Walker County Genealogical Society website at: http://pages.tca.net/jdickenson/wcgen.htm or contact Mrs. Johnnie Jo Dickenson, President at e-mail: jdickenson@tca.net.

Walker County Genealogical Society

The Walker County Genealogical Society meets on the third Saturday of each month, except during the summer and in December. Meetings begin at 9:30 a.m. in the Huntsville Public Library Genealogy/Local History, Room located at 1216 - 14th Street, Huntsville, Texas. Their next meeting will take place on Saturday, Feb. 19th and the program is entitled "The Spanish Influence on the Early Settlement of Texas" presented by Dr. Caroline Crimm.

Computers in Genealogy Workshop

On Saturday, March 25th, the Walker County Genealogical Society will host a "Computers in Genealogy Workshop" at the New Waverly High School, 355 Front St. (also known as State Highway 75), from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The program will spotlight using the internet.

Book Review

Fortune or Fantasy: Wilson Strickland's 1,476 Acre Survey by Inez Strickland Palmer, $30 (plus $4.50 per book for sales tax and shipping), 333 Water St., Apt. B4, Kerrvile, Texas 78028.

Inez Strickland Palmer's book, "Fortune or Fantasy: Wilson Strickland's 1,476 Acre Survey" contains the most comprehensive collection of material available on the events leading up to, and including, the famous lengthy trials over ownership of this oil rich Montgomery County, Texas property. The trials were between thousands of Strickland and Vince heirs (said to have become owners of the land) and various oil companies, chiefly Humble (now Exxon) Oil and Refining Company.

The book contains accurate genealogy information on both the Strickland and Vince families, and their related families. This book is a value resource for anyone researching either of these families.

Also included in the book are the voluminous court records of the no-holds-barred and sometimes hilarious measures used in efforts to establish a valid genealogical claim to the Wilson Strickland or John Vince heirs. Billions of dollars are at stake and many people are still searching for old documents or family relationships, which might prove them eligible for a portion of the fortune.

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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