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

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Printed in the Taylor Daily Press - 11 May 2000

“Index to the 1867 Voters’ Registration of Texas”

Index to the 1867 Voters’ Registration of Texas on CD-ROM by Donaly E. Brice & John C. Barron, available through Heritage Books at 1-800-398-7709.

This CD-ROM contains a complete Index to the 1867 Voters’ Registration of Texas and is an outstanding tool for genealogists and historians. On March 2, 1867, Congress passed the Reconstruction Acts, which required the U.S. military to supervise elections to new Constitutional Conventions for each state that succeeded from the Union. African-American men were allowed to vote and serve as delegates and this is the first time there is widespread documentation of the surnames selected by these men.

Men had to register in the county, where they lived, and take an oath not to bear arms against the United States. Included on the CD-ROM is the voter’s name, date of registration, voting precinct, number of years of residence in the precinct, county and state, and the state or country of birth. Additional information regarding when, where and how a person was naturalized is provided for foreign-born.

To view the material, the CD-ROM uses Adobe Acrobat reader. This format preserves the look of a book and allows the user to search the text for names of people and places. When you run a search, the hits are highlighted on each page for easy identification.

This is a must have research tool for any library, genealogist, or historian interested in Texas history.

National Society of the Washington Family Descendants

The National Society of the Washington Family Descendants honors President George Washington by collecting and publishing the history, traditions and achievements of past and present members of the family of this illustrious kinsman.

To accomplish this, the Society presents memorial and educational activities to commemorate the life of George Washington. They also provide leadership in the collection and recording of data, documents and materials relating to the Colonial and Federal periods of the Washington Family.

Eligibility for membership in the Society is open to persons who can prove their lawful lineal descent from one of the following ancestors of General George Washington who lived in Colonial America between 1607 and 1732. They include: Colonel John Washington; Nathaniel Pope; Nicholas Martiau; George Reade; Augustine Warner, Sr.; Colonel William Ball; Mary Johnson Ball Hewes; or is a lineal descendants of Lawrence Washington, the brother of Colonel John Washington.

For more information, write: Mrs. Peg Stein, National Registrar General, 101 Raintree Trail, Indian Creek, Jupiter, FL 33458-7314 or e-mail: NSWFD@Juno.com or visit the society’s webpage at: http://members.tripod.com/~NSWFD/.

Daniel Boone Ancestors & Descendants

There are several websites dedicated to the family of Daniel Boone. The Boone Society is an association of descendants, genealogists and historians who enjoy studying the lives and times of this remarkable family. It was formed as a reference service for researchers, a conduit for genealogists, clearing-house for bibliographical works, and to host the biennial Boone Family Reunion. To visit this website go to: http://booneinfo.com/society/ or send a business-size self address stamped envelope to: The Boone Society, 23 Nord Circle Road, North Oaks, MN 55127

The website Boone Ancestors & Descendants at: http://booneinfo.com/boone/#A offers researchers genealogical charts and information to researchers. It also provides numerous links for researchers as well as places for queries and other records.

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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