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

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Printed in the Taylor Daily Press - 29 June 2000

Letters & Love Stories for two World War II Books

Tracy Quinn, Editor with Adler & Robin Books, Inc. in Washington, DC recently announced that she is coordinating two book projects for World War II and needs your help by the end of July 2000!

The first book, "World War II Letters" by Walter Cronkite, is a collection of letters from soldiers to their friends and families back home. "World War II Letters" is aimed at capturing the war as seen through the eyes of its participants around the world. "World War II Letters" will have letters from soldiers from every country involved in the Second World War.

Do any of your family members or friends have a letter to share? If so, there is a website for Mr. Cronkite's book at http://www.adlerbooks.com/wwiiletters.html where you can find out more about this project.

Some additional guidelines for Mr. Cronkite's book are: Please try to include the letter writer's rank and unit, circumstances surrounding the time the letter was written, details of soldier's tour of duty, etc., basically, any additional information that would add to the letter. Also, please include your complete contact information so that the publisher can stay in touch and let you know the progress of the book. Lastly, please send only legible, photocopied letters before the end of July, which is the deadline. Please do not send original letters.

The second book is "Love Stories: Romances of World War II" by Larry King.

Do you or your family members have a story to tell about a World War II romance? Or perhaps you have a story about your parents and how they met and married in those difficult times? "Love Stories" will incorporate stories of romance, of love lost or found, and of overcome obstacles. Larry King, or an associate, will be following up with interviews. You can read more about this book at http://www.adlerbooks.com/lovestories.html.

You can contact Tracy Quinn by writing: Adler & Robin Books, Inc.; 3000 Connecticut Ave., NW; Washington, DC 20008; telephone: 202-986-9275; fax: 202-986-9485 or e-mail her at: tquinn@adlerbooks.com.

Even if you do not participate in either project these are two great ideas for additions to you own family history!

Preserve Our Past Committee in Milam County, Texas Reopens Sale of Sidewalk Stones

Preserve Our Past (POP) Committee was instrumental in helping raise funds for Milam County, Texas' matching share of the Milam County Courthouse clock tower restoration project. Recently, the Milam County Commissioners' court reactivated the POP Committee to help raise the county's portion of the $800,000 share of a Phase II grant the county recently received from the Texas Historical Commission for additional restoration work on the Milam County Courthouse.

The POP Committee reopened the sale of commemorative stones that cost from $100 to $750; the smaller stones 13 spaces per line and the larger stones have more lines. The granite markers will be etched with the names of individuals, family members, businesses or civic clubs. The stones will be used to construct sidewalks at the Milam County Courthouse once the Phase II restoration work on the facility has been completed.

Upon request, forms (click here for form) for placing orders for the commemorative stones will be mailed to persons living outside of Milam County. For more information contact: Judge Frank Summers, County Judge, Milam County Courthouse, P. O. Box 1008, Cameron, Texas 76520 or telephone (254) 697-3581.

Internet Hint - New Tool for your Genealogy Webpages

Like many genealogist and historians I have several webpages that I operate. One of the major problems I had was locating broken URL links. Short of checking every URL link on each webpage, there was no easy method to locate and fix broken links.

LinkGuard™ On-Line, a London, England based company located on the Internet at: http://www.linkguard.com/ has now resolved this time-consuming problem. It provides a "Free Broken Link Check" for any webpage.

I tried LinkGuard's "Free Broken Link Check" and found it very easy to use. I completed the form which consisted of entering the URL for my webpages, my name and e-mail address. Within an hour, I had received a very easy to read report that told me the service had scanned 260 webpages and had found 14 broken links. The report gave me the specific links that were broken and the location of my webpages where the broken links were located.

I would strongly recommend LinkGuard's "Free Broken Link Check" for anyone who operates or maintains genealogy or historical webpages. We all have links on our webpages and links are the underlying structure of the Internet. Many of us are hobbyists and not computer experts and LinkGuard's service to allow us to maintain our webpages in a more professional manner.

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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