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

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Printed in the Taylor Daily Press - 10 Aug 2000

New Biography for Texas Members of Congress

Ben Guttery of Fort Worth is writing the biographies of the 271 men and women who have represented Texas in the United States and Confederate House of Representatives and Senate. He has located photographs for all but four men and needs help to locate photographs for them:

The book will include data on primary, legislative, and general elections. Eakin Press in Austin, Texas (on the Internet at: http://www.eakinpress.com/) has signed-up to publish this book in 2001.

For more information contact: Ben Guttery at e-mail: benguttery@cs.com or write: 1211 Clara St., Fort Worth, TX 76110.

Central Texas Genealogy Seminar

The Central Texas Genealogical Society (CTGS) is sponsoring a seminar on Saturday, Sept. 9, 2000, at the Bellmead Civic Center, 3900 Parrish, in Waco (Bellmead), Texas. Registration fee (including lunch) is $25 per person if received by Sept. 1st; registration at the door is $30 per person.

The speaker will be John A. Sellers, offering four different lectures: (1) The ABC’s and Double S’ of Census Records, (2) Researching Your Ancestor’s Plot of Dirt”. The Adventures of Courthouse Land Research, (3) With or Without a Will, There is a way!, and (4) Questions and Answers.

The doors open at 8:00 a.m. and there will be vendor exhibits. For more information on the seminar visit: http://www.aisi.net/genweb/mclennanco/regform2000a.htm or call CTGS president, Bowman A. Price, at e-mail: bbaprice@mindspring.com or telephone: (254) 753-4018 or write: 1717 Austin Ave., Waco. Texas 76701.

The CTGS meets the fourth Monday of every month at 7:00 p.m. at the Waco McLennan County Public Library. Membership dues are $12.50 per year. Visit the CTGS website at: http://www.aisi.net/genweb/mclennanco/ctgsinfo.htm, which also includes a list of their publications.

On the Bookshelf

Yarrellton and North Elm News from “The Cameron Herald” 1895-1945, Milam County, Texas, by Carol Sue Gibbs, 2710 10th St., Bay City, Texas 77414, e-mail: carolsgibbs@yahoo.com, or the North Elm Cemetery Assn., P. O. Box 14, Cameron, Texas 76520, 120 pages, spiral-bound, 8.5"x11", surname only index. ($15.00, including postage).

Newspapers abstracts are an incredible source that genealogists cannot ignore. Most early Texas newspapers have not been abstracted, however, Carol Sue Gibbs has made an outstanding effort to abstract the birth and death information related to the Yarrellton and North Elm communities from the "Cameron Herald Newspaper" newspaper.

Birth announcements are important because Texas did not begin began recording birth certificates until 1903 and therefore, local newspapers are one of the best sources for this early information. Death notices/Obituaries can yield a wide variety of genealogical information. Some notices will only be one line and give the individual's name and maybe the date of death. While other notices will contain information such as funeral arrangements and cemetery and might give the names of a spouse, children and cause of death.

Gibbs included names mentioned in the “Personals” column, sports, marriages, who was visiting whom, news of interest pertaining to local residents, and other interesting data covering the Yarrellton and North Elm communities. She includes the date when the information appeared in the newspaper.

Lastly, Gibbs does not mention how readers can obtain a copy of a particular abstracted article or if the newspapers are available on microfilm either through inter-library loan, repositories holding copies of the microfilm or the name of vendors where to purchase the microfilm. This information is important because an abstract is considered a secondary source while the actual newspaper article would be the primary source.

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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