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

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Printed in the Taylor Daily Press - 17 Aug 2000

First Anniversary of Column

It just doesn’t seem like I have been writing this column for over a year. It has been my hope that you, the reader, have enjoyed and benefited from the information contained in the articles. I would sincerely like to thank Richard Stone of the Taylor Daily Press for his support and for publishing this column.

If you have any comments, ideas for columns, suggestions, information, announcements, family reunions, seminars, genealogy/historical meetings or events, please let me know. Remember, your family queries related to Central and East Texas counties can appear in this column.

Inflation Calculation

Remember on the census record it said that great-great-grandfather, Jasper had $600 in real property and $200 in personal property? Or the 1870 tax record that stated he owned $40 buggy, a $20 horse and a $10 pocket watch. Did you wonder how much money that was in today’s dollars?

If you did, you will enjoy the “Inflation Calculator” at http://www.westegg.com/inflation/ that is owned by S. Morgan Friedman. You enter the amount $40, enter the year 1870, enter the ending year 1999 and click on the “Submit” button. Your answer: “An equivalent amount of $40 in 1870 dollars would be $486.18 in 1999 dollars. However, $40 in 1999 would have been worth $3.29 in 1870.” The search only took a couple of seconds to calculate.

By adding the amount of items in today’s dollars to your genealogy, you will help your family members appreciate and understand the value of items listed in historical and genealogy records.


Nancy Hendrickson recently announced the development of AncestorNews.com at: http://www.ancestornews.com/ that offers a “Resource Center for Beginning Internet Genealogy” Nancy states the website, “was created to help newcomers to the Internet learn the quickest and easiest ways to find their ancestors.”

On of the best features for beginners are the “Genealogy Lessons on the Internet” and include: (1) Ancestors: Beginning Your Research from PBS; (2) RootsWeb Guide to Tracing Family Tress – 30 lessons; (3) Using the Social Security Death Index (SSD); (4) Learning to use the U.S. Federal Census and Soundex; (5) British Isle Genealogy; (6) Genealogy 101 for Beginners: (7) Basic Course in American Genealogy; (8) Genealogy.com’s Online Classes; and, (9) many other classes.

The “How Do I?” category includes topics: (1) Analyze Deeds; (2) Interview a Relative; (3) Read Old Writing; (4) Search the Net; (5) Organize Data; (6) Trace Immigrants; (7) Protect Old Photographs; (8) Run a Family Assoc.; (9) Research in New England; and, (10) many other topics.

Cemetery Resources Online

“Cemetery Records Online” at: http://www.interment.net/ has 751,746 burial records from 2,162 cemeteries. The website “is a completely free-access resource of burial records and tombstone inscriptions. The goal is to compile records and publish them online for everyone to access. Records are mostly contributed by users of Cemetery Records Online.” Steve Johnson owns Cemetery Records Online.

The most important recent addition to this database are the burial records from the National Cemetery Administration (NCA), a division of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. When completed, this feature will have the names, dates of birth & death and exact burial location for 2.3 million veterans.

Currently, the database holds the burial locations for approximately 400,000 veterans buried in National Cemeteries. Mr. Johnson recently stated that by Nov. 11, 2000, the database would hold the burial locations of all 2.3 veterans buried in U.S. National Cemeteries.

Additionally, the website includes cemeteries in the United States, Canada, Ireland, Australia, Mexico, Japan, Finland, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and other countries. Most importantly, their search engine for surnames was fast and it easy to read the results.

“Cemetery Junction” at: http://www.daddezio.com/cemetery/ provides information on the location of cemeteries in the United States, owned by families, and in Australia.

A nice feature to the website is when you find a cemetery which is missing from their list, there is an on-line form that allows you to instantly add the information. Illya D'Addezio owns the Cemetery Junction website. To use the on-line directories, click on the United States and then select the particular state of interest.

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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