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

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Printed in the Taylor Daily Press - 25 Jan 2001

"Luck Happens!"

Have you ever noticed that some people seem to be luckier than others? I have a friend who is always lamenting that I always seem to find the missing link, or can get back to pre-Colonial America with my genealogy. Luck is not just random chance--you can actually attract luck to you through your attitude and your actions.

How do you attack luck in your genealogy research? Ask for what you want, and be willing to work to get it. After all, if you don't know what you want, how will you know when you get it? Most importantly, are you willing to make an effort to get what you want? You can chant, "I want to find great-great-grandpa" a thousand times a day, but it's unlikely he will just show-up at your door unless you have taken action.

One of the things I do to attack luck in my genealogy research is to post queries on all of the surname and message board websites and e-mailing lists as well as post the same queries on the county or counties websites and e-mailing lists where my allusive ancestor resided. Lastly, I posted my family tree information on the World Connect Project at RootsWeb.

Yes, I have had bad leads but most importantly, I have had really good leads that have taken me in new directions in my research. Sometimes, I will receive a response to a query I posted more than 2-years ago. Lucky? Yes, but it wouldn't have happened if I hadn't put my query out to the world in the first place.

Where do you look to find “Message and Query Boards” or “E-Mailing Lists?” You can visit RootsWeb at: http://www.rootsweb.com, FamilyHistory at: http://www.familyhistory.com/, GenForum at: http://genforum.genealogy.com/, and Mailing Lists at Cyndi’s List at: http://www.cyndislist.com/mailing.htm.

So, your genealogy homework is to get out there and make some great luck happen for you, starting today!

“Mississippi Civil War Project”

The goal of the “Mississippi Civil War Project” Internet website located at: http://freepages.history.rootsweb.com/~pdyess/mscivil.htm is to put as much information as possible on-line about this state during the time-period of 1861 through 1865.

There is a list of units from each county and more importantly, there is a list of alternative names and designations for the units. This website is a good place to begin the search for information regarding your Mississippi ancestor’s Civil War unit.

“Lucy Hill Patterson Public Library in Rockdale”

The Lucy Hill Patterson Public Library in Rockdale, Milam County, has started a new Internet program to “Ask the Librarian.” According to Pam Sutton, Staff member of the library, “What this means is that if someone has a question, they can e-mail us directly and expect a speedy response, instead of having to wait for the US mail.” You can send your e-mail question to: lhpml@excite.com. To visit the library’s website, go to: http://www.main.org/patlib/library.htm. The website includes a searchable card catalog.

“Genealogy Seminar in Bryan”

7th Annual Texas Research Ramblers Seminar with Lloyd Bockstruck, M.S., F.N.G.S., supervisor of the Genealogy section of the Dallas Public Library will take place on Saturday, 17 February 2001, between 8 am and 4pm, at the Sam Rayburn Middle School in Bryan, Texas.

Topics include: Identifying Maiden Names of Females, Finding Substitutes for Birth and Death Records, researching Pennsylvania, Researching the Plaines: Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Texas.

Registration fee is $30 prior to 9 Feb 2001 and $35 at the door. Lunch included. Mail check to Sue Foy, 804 Vine, Bryan, TX 77802-4349 or visit their website at: http://www2.txcyber.com/~ramblers/.

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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