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

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Printed in the Taylor Daily Press - 9 Nov 2000

“New Historic Texas Cemetery Medallions”

Recently, the Texas Historical Commission (THC) in Austin, Texas announced a new Medallion Marker was created to recognize Historic Texas Cemeteries. The medallion, made of cast aluminum is10-inches in diameter with the words "Historic Texas Cemetery - Texas Historical Commission" encircling a star, a rose and a cypress branch.


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This unique medallion is only available to cemeteries that have received the designation of Historic Cemetery from the THC. The requirements for selection is that a cemetery or burial site must have at least one grave that is 50 years old, i.e., a burial before 1950 and be deemed worthy of preservation.

The Historic Texas Cemetery Program was developed by the THC to address the destruction of historic cemeteries and the illegal removed of cemetery fixtures (gravemarkers, sculptures, etc.). Threats to historic cemeteries include urban expansion and development, vandalism, grazing animals and long-term deterioration from forces of nature, such as weathering and uncontrolled vegetation. There is no way to guarantee the protection of historic cemeteries, but this designation is a tool that promotes preservation and protection through awareness of their importance as historic resources in the community.

For more information, contact: Ned Coleman, History Programs Division, Texas Historical Commission, telephone: 512/463-6427 or write, P. O. Box 12276, Austin, Texas 78711, e-mail: ned.coleman@thc.state.tx.us.

For more information on Texas Cemetery Preservation, visit the website at: http://www.geocities.com/lks_friday/CEMETERY-001.htm. There you will find a sample copy of the THC Historic Cemetery Application Form and get an idea of how to apply for the designation for your family, church or local cemeteries.

Historic Cemetery Research

In writing this column I have found readers to be one of the best resources for information and for graciously sharing their knowledge. In keeping with the above topic of Historic Cemetery Designation, I need your help with research I am conducting on the JEWISH CEMETERY in Rockdale, Milam County, Texas. This cemetery was started in 1878 by the Jewish Benevolence Society and contains 19 graves with the following surnames: BLOCK, COHEN, COHN, COLLINS, CROWN, EMSHEIMER, GOLDSTICKER, KESTENBAUM, LOWENSTEIN (Loewenstein), MALSCH, PHILIPSON, ROSENFIELD, and STEINBERG.

Please pass this information along to your genealogy and historical society members. If you or anyone else knows any of the descendants of these early Central Texas Jewish families, please contact me at: P. O. Box 16604, Houston, Texas 77222-6604 or e-mail: lksfriday@sbcglobal.net.

Internet Hint - Send a Veterans Day Card

Veterans Day is Saturday, November 11th and the American Legion national website is offering the opportunity to remember the veterans in your family by sending a free e-mail "Veterans Day Card" at: http://www.legion.org/.

Genealogy Book Sale

The Montgomery County (Texas) Genealogical & Historical Society (MCG&HS) is conducting an "Inventory Reduction Genealogy Book Sale" of the books they publish to benefit the society. If you do not personally need any of these books, consider donating a copy to your local library or genealogy society. Sale ends January 31, 2001. Include $2.00 postage for one (1) book and $1.00 for each additional book. Send your check to: MCG&HS, P. O Box 867, Conroe, Texas 77304-0867. For additional information, e-mail: jeans@hal-pc.org.

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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