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

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Printed in the Taylor Daily Press - 3 Aug 2000

Jewish Research

There is a wealth of information available for individuals conducting Jewish historical or genealogical research. The “Texas Jewish Historical Society” (TJHS) was organized in March 1980 with Rabbi Kessler as the first president. To visit their website, go to: http://geocities.com/txsynvr/.

The goal of the TJHS is “to collect, preserve, publish and disseminate materials having reference to the settlement and history of Jews in Texas and their participation in its social, economic, religious, political, professional and cultural growth.”

Recently, the TJHS published a book entitled, “TEXAS JEWISH BURIALS,” documenting the final resting place of 34,000 individuals of the Jewish faith in Texas cemeteries. The prices are: $23 (postage paid) for spiral-bound books and $45 (postage paid) for hardbound volumes. These books will be an added reference resource for any library or genealogy society.

Membership in the TJHS is $36 per year. For more information or to purchase a copy of their book, contact: TJHS, P. O. Box 10193, Austin, Texas 78766.

For a list of Jewish Cemeteries throughout the United States, including Texas, visit the “Jewish Cemetery Project” website at: http://www.jewishgen.org/cemetery/usaus.htm provided by the “International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies” (IAJGS).

The IAJGS is dedicated to the coordination of the activities of some 60 local Jewish genealogical societies around the world. Their goal is “to promote Jewish genealogy as a legitimate field of research within the academic community, to encourage Jews in the study of Jewish family history.” Visit their website at: http://www.jewishgen.org/iajgs/, which also includes a list of Jewish Genealogical Societies. For more information, contact: Howard Margol, President, 4430 Mt. Paran Parkway NW, Atlanta, GA 30327.

JewishGen®, Inc. located on the Internet at: http://www.jewishgen.org/ is one of the primary website resources connecting researchers of Jewish genealogy worldwide. Its most popular components are the JewishGen Discussion Group (mailing lists), the “JewishGen Family Finder” (a database of nearly 200,000 surnames and towns), the comprehensive directory of InfoFiles, and the “Shtet Links” for over 200 communities. JewishGen's on-line “Family Tree of Jewish People” contains data on over one million people.

Miriam Weiner has written two books I would strongly recommend to assist researchers in locating Jewish records outside the United States, “Jewish Roots in Poland: Pages from the Past and Archival Inventories” and “Jewish Roots in Ukraine and Moldova: Pages from the Past and Archival Inventories.” Both books provide excellent reference and the location of documents for research in these countries.

Lastly, “Cyndi’s List” provides a comprehensive list of Jewish genealogical resources and Internet links at: http://www.cyndislist.com/jewish.htm.

Texas Newspaper Collection

The Internet website for the “Texas Newspaper Collection” at the Center for American History at the University of Texas-Austin has moved. The NEW web address is: http://www.lib.utexas.edu/tnp/. Please let your local librarians and genealogy society members know about this remarkable search engine for historic Texas newspapers.

Early Texas Prison Records

Have you been looking for the “black sheep” in your family? According to Wendy Ingram, Executive Services with the Texas Dept. of Corrections, “in November 1997 convict record ledgers dated 1849 to 1953 were sent to the Texas State Library, Archives and Information Services Division in Austin. Additionally, conduct registers and other miscellaneous ledgers were also sent. Therefore, the information is now accessible through the Texas State Library.”

FYI: These prison records are great. I found my great-great-grandfather, Harmon Jasper Shuffield, who was convicted in Milam County, Texas of 2nd Degree Murder in 1883.

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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