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

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Printed in the Taylor Daily Press - 30 Nov 2000

"After Thanksgiving Thanks"

Last week, our friends and family joined together and celebrated Thanksgiving, an American holiday for over 389 years. Genealogists and family historians should take a moment and give thanks for the good things that have come our way.

This is a good time to take stock of your genealogy research life and give thanks, especially to and for the people who have made a difference.

And don't do it only to yourself, or even just to God, tell the people you are thankful for, too. Write a letter, a note, a card or send an e-mail, but let them know you appreciate what they have done to help.

Thank the mentors who shared their knowledge and experience.

Thank the family members and friends who helped you to learn and helped your genealogy research grow.

Thank the genealogy societies and librarians who supplied ideas, suggestions, leads and referrals.

Thank your family and friends who provided a cheering section, and shoulders to lean on (and sometimes to cry on). And thank those who have provided support and encouragement.

And one last thanks from me: Thanks to my readers, for reading this column and sending your encouragement, ideas and feedback. It makes my day to get an e-mail or letter saying that a column inspired you to try something new in your genealogy research or to make a suggestion.

Let's keep inspiring one another! Happy after Thanksgiving thanks to all!

"U.S. Patents"

On April 3, 1942, during the early days of World War II, my grandfather, Clark Knight, applied for and received on June 15, 1943, U.S. Patent No. 2,321,824 for a "Can Holder."

The U.S. Patent Office Searchable Database at: http://www.uspto.gov/patft/index.html includes the more than 6.5 million patents that have been issued in the United States from 1790 to the present.

The "Full-Text Database" allows you to search using keywords, the U.S. Patent Number or a manual search. You can then select the applicable file you wish to review. You can link from the "Full-Text Database" to the "Full-Page Images" of each page of each patent. However, you should be warned the "Full-Page Images" are not directly viewable using most Web browsers. They are in 300 dpi Tagged Image File Format (TIFF).

If you have Adobe Acrobat Reader loaded on your computer, you will not have any problem reading or viewing any of the database information or drawings. However, if you, you can download, AlternaTIFF image browser plug-in found at http://www.mieweb.com/alternatiff/.

"Book Review"

Cleaning Headstones, Memorials & Mausoleums, by Frederick M Hueston, Longwood, FL: National Training Company Publications, Sept. 2000, ISBN: 189269008X, 5"x8", 41 pages, $12.95 + $4.00 (shipping & handling), http://www.ntc-stone.com/, e-mail: Fhueston@aol.com, 941 Longdale Ave., Longwood, FL 32750, or telephone: (407) 834-4800.

"Historic Cemetery Preservation" is a hot topic for genealogists and historians. Frederick M. Hueston had written a 41-page booklet that provides detail instructions and numerous color photographs related to the cleaning of stone gravemarkers and mausoleums. He relates how many of the common household cleaners and wire brushes will damage the surface of the stone. This booklet will provide you with step-by-step safe cleaning procedures. He has also included information on cleaning mistakes, stain removal, protection and frequently asked questions.

Hueston's booklet will help you to safely clean stone gravemarkers and, in my opinion, is a KEEPER and MUST HAVE for your home or local library. I highly recommend this booklet to anyone who is interested in cleaning stone gravemarkers or cemeteries that need to train their personnel in the proper and safe cleaning procedures.

Hueston is an internationally known stone and tile consultant and is the Director of the National Training Center for Stone and Masonry Trades.

"Mississippi Research?"

Ronnie Farris McGinnis, former Editor of the "Mississippi Genealogical Exchange" has started the publication of a new quarterly magazine, "Mississippi Genealogical Connections" (MGC) targeted towards anyone having genealogical links to Mississippi. The subscription rate for 1-year is $24.00 post-paid. To subscribe, mail your check to: MGC, 1500 Eastover Dr., Jackson, MS 39211-6321. Be sure to include your full name, mailing address, e-mail and telephone number.

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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