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

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Printed in the Taylor Daily Press - 4 Jan 2001

"2001, Just another Year?"

It seems to me that at the beginning of a new year we all tend to think about what we had hope to accomplish in the last year! One year ago, it seems that everyone was obsessed with the coming of the new millennium. Did you have big plans for your genealogy and family tree research? Were you able to do all of the things you planned?

If not, I have some good news for you! The new millennium REALLY begins on January 1, 2001. So you have another chance to start your genealogy and family tree research with a bang!

If you didn't do all that you hoped you would, may its time you set some specific plans for your research. Start by choosing one or two goals. Remember, five, ten or one hundred goals will overwhelm you.

Break down each goal according to what has to be done to accomplish it. And, while it is good to have specific goals, don't make them so limiting that the odds are against your succeeding.

Whatever your genealogy research goals, take them step-by-step. Just start by taking a first-step, then the next, and the next, and . . . Happy New Year, and Happy New Millennium!

"Marlene Dietrich and World War II"

Associated Producers Group based in Los Angeles, CA is searching for World War II veterans who may have met or saw MARLENE DIETRICH, the actress, touring with the USO and performing for the Allied troops. They are also looking for photographs or film footage. For more information, contact: Howard Leder, 9028 Sunset Blvd., PH1, Los Angeles, CA 90069, telephone 310/858-2207 or e-mail: DietrichDoc@aol.com.

Book Review

Gagel, Diane VanSkiver, Windows on the Past: Identifying, Dating & Preserving Photographs, 5˝” x 8˝”, 95 pages, bibliography, no index, cost: $17.00 + $4.00 shipping & handling from Heritage Books Inc., 1540E Pointer Ridge Place, Bowie MD 20716, telephone 1-800-276-1760 or visit: http://www.heritagebooks.com/.

Genealogists and historians will find this book to be a useful guide to help them in dating and caring for photographs. Ms. Gagel describes the “best way to accurately date photographs involves four stages: (1) identifying the photographic process; (2) dating the photographer’s years of operation; (3) identifying and dating the fashions worn on the image; and, (4) dating any props found in the image.”

Her book begins with the identification and care of non-paper photographs such as daguerreotype, ambrotypes, tintypes; and paper photographs such as carte de visites, cabinet cards and other photographs including 20th Century photographs. She also describes preserving photographs and negative storage, as well as preservation through computer technology are described.

There is a chapter devoted to dating photographs through costumes and props. These illustrations give very good of clothing for men, women and children during the time-period of 1840 through 1900.

Ms. Gagel presents the material in a straightforward manner and would be beneficial to a novice as well as seasoned genealogists and historians. This book is a must-have for your home reference library!

Harper Cemetery - McLennan County, Texas

Harper Cemetery is just east of Waco, off Hwy. 84 in or near Elk. This cemetery has not been cared for in the last 10-years. This seems to be a very large cemetery, but has been abandoned and is in need of love and care. The newest grave was about 1965. Some of the surnames are: Helms, Carter, Morrow, Sheldon, Harpers and Mullins. If you have any interest in this cemetery, please contact me. We will begin some cleaning in January. For more information contact Sandra Van Wyk at e-mail: sandyvanwyk@netzero.net.

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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