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

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Printed in the Taylor Daily Press - 21 Sept 2000

New Texas Cemetery Preservation E-Mail List

“Our Loose Ends” is pleased to announce that it is hosting the TX-CEMETERY-PRESERVATION e-mail list on RootsWeb. The TX-CEMETERY-PRESERVATION mailing list was created to facilitate the preservation of historic Texas cemeteries. By open discussion and exchange of ideas, techniques, and information we can work together in the separate regions of Texas to save our cemeteries.

The TX-CEMETERY-PRESERVATION list is open to researchers, historians, genealogists and anyone needing help with how to survey, index, clean up, and/or preserve cemeteries. If you need help with any cemetery preservation project, join the list and ask questions. Members will professionally respond with information and suggestions.

To subscribe to the TX-CEMETERY-PRESERVATION mailing list, send an e-mail to TX-CEMETERY-PRESERVATION-L-request@rootsweb.com with the single word SUBSCRIBE in the message subject and body or visit: http://lists.rootsweb.com/index/usa/TX/.

There is also a website for the mailing list at: http://www.geocities.com/Athens/Academy/2670/CEMETERY-001.htm that includes suggestions on cemetery preservation and links to various cemetery and historic organizations.

There are articles on the website related to: How do I clean a gravemarker?; What do I do if I still can’t read the gravemarker?; Cemetery/Gravemarker Indexing Form; GPS Position of gravemarker; and Historic Cemetery Designation by the Texas Historical Commission.

LDS Offers Two CD-ROMs For Sale

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) is offering two CD-ROMs sets for sale. The North American Vital Record Index contains 4.6 million christenings, births, and marriages that occurred in the United States and Canada from about 1700 to 1888. The CD-ROM, item # 50029000 can be purchased for $19.00.

The Western Europe Vital Record Index contains 12.5 million vital records and includes information extracted from birth, christening, and marriage records from the Alpine, Benelux, French, German, Italian, and Spanish regions. This set of CD-ROMs, item #50145000 can be purchased for $27.00.

You can order either item by calling toll free 1-800-537-5971 and asking for the item number or you can order from their website at: http://www.familysearch.com/.

Looking for a Funeral Home?

One of the little used genealogy resource are funeral home records. Many times these funeral homes will have kept their records for several generations; others unfortunately have destroyed their old records or the funeral home is no longer in business. To find a funeral home address, go to the Funeral Home Net at: http://www.funeralnet.com/ that offers on-line information on funeral homes and cemeteries.

The Clayton Genealogy Library <http://www.hpl.lib.tx.us/clayton/> in Houston has custody of the old records for the Fogle-West Funeral Home. They have created an index and the records are available for viewing and copying. The Walker County Genealogical Soc. <http://www.dickensonresearch.com/wcgen.htm> has published a book on the Huntsville Funeral Home Records.

Funeral home records can contain important information related to your family members and are essential genealogy resources to be explored. Take the time to find out if similar records exist for the communities or areas where your family lived.

Walker Co., TX Cemetery Book

The Walker County Genealogical Soc. has just published the first of three volumes of Walker County Cemeteries. "Volume 1 - South Walker County" is now available. This volume contains the cemeteries in Walker County, South of State Highway 30 and State Highway 190. The book is 8.5” x 11”, 157 pages, spiral-bound. The price is $20.00 plus $3.00 postage. Mail your check to Walker County Genealogical Soc., P. O. Box 1295, Huntsville, Texas 77342-1295.

The Society is now in the process of compiling Volume 2, which will include Walker Co. cemeteries located North of State Highway 30 and State Highway 190. Volume 3, will include cemeteries located in the City of Huntsville and will contain Oakwood Cemeteries I and II, Adickes Addition and Mayes Addition of Oakwood Cemetery, and Captain Joe Byrd Cemetery, which is the Texas Dept. of Criminal Justice Cemetery for burial of prison inmates. The publication dates of Volumes 2 and 3 will be announced later.

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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