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

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Printed in the Taylor Daily Press - 27 July 2000

Hidden Sources: Family History in Unlikely Places

Laura Szucs Pfeiffer has written an exciting new book, “Hidden Sources: Family History in Unlikely Places” to help genealogists and historians in their endless quest for records and documentation. From “A to Z,” Ms. Pfeiffer has compiled a comprehensive list of over 100 sources and suggestions where to search for little-used or over-looked records.

All the brainstorming work has been done for you! Instead of the normal “how to do” genealogy book Ms. Pfeiffer written a book that tells you simply what to do and how to direct your search.

Each clue to the many little-used records she suggests includes a “Selected Reading” list and “Internet Sites of Interest.” These little-used records will assist genealogists and historians with documentation to prove the existence of an individual or family. Ms Pfeiffer’s list is more than the standard suggestions for records such as birth, death, marriage; cemetery records; local or county histories; or, census records.

For example, her book contains information related to how to obtain records of adoptions and apprenticeships, autobiographies, unusual death records, farm records, coroner’s inquests, court records, guardianship records, homestead records, immigrant letters, licenses, marriage dispensations, midwives’ records, passport applications, school records. And this is just a few of the many ideas and suggestions!

The Appendix includes address, telephone numbers and internet website URLs for the National Archives and Records Administration, State Archives, Historical Societies, the Family History Library and its Centers, Genealogical Societies, Major U.S. Genealogical Libraries. Most importantly, it contains a very good index.

This 290-page book is a must have every genealogist and library. Copies of this book are available for $35.95 from Ancestry.com, Inc. at their website http://www.ancestry.com or by calling 1-800-ANCESTRY. To contact Ms. Pfeiffer, write: c/o Ancestry.com, P. O. Box 990, Orem, UT 84059. She’d love to hear from you with your own suggestions for little-used and over-look resources for records.

International Society of Family History Writers and Editors, Inc.

The International Society of Family History Writers and Editors, Inc., (ISFHWE), formerly known as the Council of Genealogy Columnists, was founded in 1987 for columnists, writers (published and unpublished), editors, and anyone interested in family history writing and publication. Their website is located at: http://www.rootsweb.com/~cgc/.

The ISFHWE website includes a list of their members who write genealogy newspaper columns and who accept queries with the location (city/state) of publication at: http://www.rootsweb.com/~cgc/cgc3.htm. You will find this column listed among the other prestigious writers throughout the United States.

Membership in the ISFHWE is open to anyone interested in genealogy columns or writing about family history, including present and potential columnists, writers, and editors, as well as readers. Members receive the quarterly newsletter, The Columns. The dues are $15 per year. Additionally, the organization has a free e-mail mailing list that is open to anyone interested in the organization or genealogical writing. To join, send an e-mail to: CGC-L-request@rootsweb.com and type the word SUBSCRIBE in the subject line.

If you are interested in membership, contact Sharon King Burns, by e-mail at: sharon_burns@hotmail.com or write to: P. O. Box 47, Edmond, OK.

Internet Tip – Research On-Line

“Research On-Line” at URL http://www.researchonline.net/ hosts several websites including “Civil War Research,” the “Genealogist’s Index to the Web,” “How to do Research on the Internet,” and others. Of most important interest to genealogists and historians in the “Civil War Research” area, is “The Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies.”

The site is also host to the “Index to South Carolina Civil War Soldiers” at: http://www.researchonline.net/sccw/mastindx.htm.

This is an interesting website which also offer several CD-ROMs which contain significant amounts of historical information. Well worth spending a little time to explore.

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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