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

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Printed in the Taylor Daily Press - 16 Mar 2000

"Texas Slavery Project"

According to Eric H. Walther, Director of the "Texas Slavery Project" at the University of Houston, approximately, one quarter million individuals were slaves in Texas. The Texas Slavery Project is attempting to create a record of biographical information for every slave who ever lived in Texas.

This unique endeavor will be coordinated on the Internet and will utilize students, faculty, private individuals, and community organizations to uncover and collect every possible kind or relevant document associated to slavery in Texas.

According to Mr. Walther, when you compare 19th Century slavery research in Texas to other states, it remains little studied. Within Texas there are few repositories or archives, which contain a great deal of information on Texas slavery. However, there is no once place or group which houses a substantial volume of material related to this topic. In fact, Mr. Walther states "in order to make a comprehensive study of slavery in Texas, a cooperative effort is essential.

There are untold opportunities for research to flow from the Texas Slavery Project and by going beyond a database to create thousands of biographical sketches; the Project will eventually supply one of the richest resources of material on this topic. Some of the material that will be used for this project include Spanish, Mexican and United States census records; newspapers; probate records and court documents; slave manifests; freedmen's marriage records; Freedmen's Bureau records; sharecropping contracts; 1867 Voter's Registrations; death certificates; obituaries; WPA Slave Narratives; family histories; interviews; and, oral histories.

If you are interested in the remarkable project or would like more information, contact Eric H. Walther, Director, Texas Slavery Project, University of Houston, History Dept., 4800 Calhound Rd., Houston, Texas 77204-3785 or visit the Project's website at: http://www.texasslaveryproject.uh.edu/ or e-mail: ewalther@UH.EDU or telephone: (713) 743-3101.

Hamburg Emigration Lists

Do you have German Roots?

If so, you'll love the Hamburg Emigration Lists at http://www.hamburg.de/LinkToYourRoots/english/welcome.htm. This database will include the personal data of 5 million people who emigrated from Hamburg, Germany during the time-period of 1850 to 1934. It is now available for researchers for the years of immigration during 1890-1893.

The database will grow on a regular basis by adding additional years on a year-by-year basis. The first phase will include immigrants during the years 1890 to 1914. At a later date, the years of 1850 to 1934 will be included and all of it will be accessible on the website. As soon as you have located the name you are searching in the database, you may obtain the complete details of where they lived in Germany, profession, age, etc.


LITTLETONE/LYTTLETON: Seeking information about families of Henry Thomas Littleton (b. Feb 1852, Fleming Co., KY, d. Jul 1946, Marshall, Harrison Co., TX). Married first, Nancy Rice abt. 1880 (b. 1865, KY, d. 1902, Marshall, Harrison Co., TX). Married second, Vida A. (maiden name unknown) (b. 1872, LA?, d. ?). His children: Donald Walters Rice Littleton; Lizzie Littleton; Vida Littleton; Rae/Rachel Littleton Key and Loretta Littleton. Henry Thomas Littleton's parents were: Joseph L. and Elizabeth "Betsy" Helphinstine Littleton. Contact: Bertha Martinez, 1142 W. Emerald Ave., Mesa, AZ 85210.

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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