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

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Printed in the Taylor Daily Press - 13 July 2000

Looking for Living World War I Veterans

Mike Hanlon, Editor of the "Great War Society" has made an appeal for help in finding any living World War I (WWI) veterans who served on French soil before Nov. 11, 1918. The French Government has decided to mark the 80th anniversary of the Armistice of World War I by conferring the Legion of Honor on American and other allied veterans of the Great War.

To date, about 600 presentations have been made to living American WWI Veterans and it is thought there are at least 400 veterans of WWI who should receive the award. The award will not be made posthumously.

All the veterans' hospitals and homes have been contacted. The remaining veterans are randomly scattered around the countries, probably living with families or in retirees communities and are proving very difficult to find.

To request an application, contact: Embassy of France Project 1918-1998, 4101 Reservoir Rd., NW Washington, D.C. 20007-2151 or visit their website at: http://www.info-france-usa.org/80ww1/.

Navtive American Researchers

Laurie Beth Roman of Riverview, FL recently announced that she is collecting Native American research information for North Carolina, and Texas. She is seeking family traditions and stories handed down about ancestors of native heritage and to find the clues hidden within the stories.

Her goal is to build a network of researchers who study their Native American ancestors. She has authored "Who's Looking For Whom In Native American Ancestry, Vol. I & II."

These two books are research aids for those seeking Native American ancestors, or performing research in this area. They include lists of ancestors who are being researched and when known, the ancestor's dates and locations of birth, marriage and death. A "Family Tradition" section contains the biographical information or stories passed down about the ancestor and the name of the researcher who provided the information.

A section of each book includes a list of "Indian Tribes and Organizations searching for lost tribal members." Each book contains three indexes: (1) Native American Ancestors; (2) allied names, i.e., siblings, spouses, and children; and, (3) names of researchers and each entry attributable to them.

These books can be ordered from Heritage Books Inc., 1540E Pointer Ridge Place, Bowie MD 20716, telephone 1-800-276-1760 or visit their webpage at: http://www.heritagebooks.com/.

Laurie Beth is continuing to collect Native American Ancestor registrations for future volumes of "Who's Looking For Whom In Native American Ancestry." There is no charge for registration.

Over the years, she has been a participate in the Native American Heritage, and Women's History Months programs at the Hillsborough Community College Ybor Campus in Ybor City, FL. Additionally, she has presented lectures a various local Genealogical, Historical Societies, and Native American Tribal groups.

She publishes a free e-mail newsletter "Native Roots." If you would like to receive an e-mail copy of this newsletter or to request a form to register as a Native American researcher, contact: Laurie Beth Roman, 3315 Acapulco Dr., Riverview FL 33569 or e-mail: NAAHKITTY@aol.com.

Queries

WHITLEY-LINDLEY: Searching for undisputed documented proof of the marriage in about May 1810 in Madison Co., IL of Elizabeth Whitley (b. 1795, Isle of Wight Co., VA - d. 1838, Montgomery Co., TX) to Samuel Washington Lindley, Sr. (b. 1790, Anderson Co., SC - d. 1859, Danville, Montgomery Co., TX) The couple were married in about May 1810, possibly in Madison Co., IL. Elizabeth was the daughter of John Saunders Whitley, Sr. and Bathsheba Bateman Whitley. Contact: Richard W. Chandler, 715 Fargo Dr., Fort Myers, FL 33913-7506 or e-mail: richchan@LHA.net.

DAVIS: Searching for burial location of John Benjamine Davis (b. abt 1810 - probably died before 1880). He came to Texas from Walton Co., GA about 1870, along with other relatives, including his sons-in-laws J. J. Padgett, Wade Darsey, and Thomas Henry Saxon. The family settled around Cow Bayou between Moody and McGregor in McLennan Co., TX. Contact: Blanche Saxon Stein. 11027 Fernald Ave, Dallas, TX 75218 or e-mail: bsstein@msn.com.

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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