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

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Printed in the Taylor Daily Press - 23 Mar 2000

"Library of Virginia's Digital Library Program"

One of the most ambitious undertakings to preserve one of the largest archival and library collections in the United States is the Digital Library Program (DLP) at the Library of Virginia and located on the internet at: http://www.lva.lib.va.us/dlp/index.htm. Since 1995, the Program has scanned and digitized more than 2.2 million original, rare and unique documents, photographs, and maps, and produced more than 80 fully-searchable databases, indexes, and electronic finding aids, which available free on the internet to any researcher.

The Program includes: General Library, Special Collections & Archive; Catalogs; Virginia History and Culture; Court Records - Indexes and Guides; Births, Deaths, Marriages, Wills, Bible Records; Genealogy/Biography; Land Records; Military History; Newspaper & Periodical, Databases and Indexes; Photograph Collections; Business Records; Maps, Gazetteers and Geographical Resources; Personal Papers Finding Aids; and, Electronic Card Indexes.

The most significant research tool is the Electronic Card Indexes, which includes images of the catalog card indexes of approximately 1.4 million cards.

Each card consists of a list of "index points" which are the equivalent of guide cards in a catalog card drawer. Clicking on an index point retrieves the set of catalog card images that begin with that index point. It is possible to browse through the set of images one-by-one or to skip around within the set as though using a "virtual card catalog".

The Library of Virginia began operation in 1823 and includes a more than 700,000-volumes in its collection.

"Index to the Military Rolls of the Republic of Texas"

Do you have family who were in Texas before 1835 and through 1845? If so, you want to check-out the "Index to the Military Rolls of the Republic of Texas" on the internet at: http://www.mindspring.com/~dmaxey/home.htm. This website includes a searchable Partial Name Index and a Commander's Index.

Also included on the site is a searchable Name Index to Military Bounty and Donation Land Grants of Texas.

This website was created by H. David Maxey in 1999 and continues to bring a wealth of research material into the public domain for anyone interested in Early Texas History.


AnyBirthday.com located on the internet at: http://www.anybirthday.com/ and allows you to search a free database of over 135 million records for anyone's date of birth. It contains mostly post-1900 dates of birth obtained from public records. This search engine will help genealogists in locating birth information on recent generations.

An important feature is that Anybirthday.com allows you to remove a name from the databases for privacy reasons by using the "Opt Out Option." The "Opt Out Option" will purge the record completely from the database, as well as prevent the data from again being gathered from others sources in the future.

I performed a search on my mother and I found she is listed under her married surname. Needless to say, I've already spent several hours tracking down dates of births. Good luck with finding your family members!


SAGESER: Seeking information about families of Daniel Webster Sageser (b. Nov. 1913, KY, d. 1907 Gillespie Co., TX). Married first, Elizabeth Brohard and second, Mary Wicker in Cooke Co., TX. His children: George W. Sageser, John S. Sageser, Daniel Webster Sageser, Izora Berniece Sageser Bierschwale and Minerva Jane Sageser Bierschwale. Daniel Webster Sageser Sr.'s parents were Henry and Sarah Salnoe "Sally" Swigart Sageser. 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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P. O. Box 16604
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