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

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Printed in the Taylor Daily Press - 8 Feb 2001

“Williamson County (Texas) Genealogical Society Annual Seminar”

On Saturday, March 10, 2001, the Williamson County (Texas) Genealogical Society (WCGS) will host its Annual Seminar at the First United Methodist Church (Hwy 79 & North Mays Ave.) in Round Rock, Texas. The featured speaker will be Cyndi Howells of Puyallup, WA, who is the proprietor of "Cyndi's List of Genealogy Sites on the Internet.”

For a copy of the Seminar Announcement and Registration, visit the website: http://geocities.com/scwcgs/. For additional information, contact the WCGS at P. O. Box 585, Round Rock, Texas 78680-0585 or visit their website: http://home.flash.net/~hmwalden/wcgs.htm or contact the Seminar Chairman, Jerry Barton at e-mail: jbarton851@aol.com. Be sure and visit the Williamson County TxGenWeb page at: http://three-legged-willie.org/.

“Book on Women Veterans Who Served in Korea - In the Works”

Joanne McFadden is looking for women who served in Korea during the war or materials concerning them, i.e., diaries, letters home, newspaper articles, etc. She is also looking for the stories that male veterans have about the women who served, i.e., nurses, Red Cross, and USO. She stated, “I have had a hard time collecting these stories, but I know that I would be remiss in writing the women's history without including memories of the men for which they cared. I have been doing research and writing on this topic for six years now. I have a mini archive in my study and have contacted women from all over the world. It's a fascinating topic.” For more information or to share your memories, contact: Joanne McFadden, e-mail: mjoanne1@nycap.rr.com or write 2 Imperial Lane, Charlton, NY 12019-2603, telephone: 518/384-0942 (phone/fax).

“Internet Hint - Heritage Preservation Services”

Heritage Preservation Services, National Park Service website located at: http://www2.cr.nps.gov/ assists citizens of the United States and their communities identify, evaluate, protect and preserve historic properties for future generations of Americans. The website includes information on: Historic Battlefields, Historic Buildings, Historic Landmarks, Historic Landscapes, and Tribal Communities.

Located in Washington, it is a part of the National Center for Cultural Resource Stewardship & Partnership Programs. The Heritage Preservation Services provides a broad range of products and services, financial assistance and incentives, educational guidance, and technical information in support of this mission. Its diverse partners include State Historic Preservation Offices, local governments, tribes, federal agencies, colleges, and non-profit organizations.

This is a remarkable website created and operated with tax dollars. It is a must have bookmark for any study, historian or genealogist. Please share its location with your local librarian, schools, genealogy and historical societies.

“Book Review”

Ericson, Joe E., The Nacogdoches Story: An Informal History, 5¼” x 8”, 318 pages, photographs & illustrations, bibliography, full-name index, cost: $27.50 + $4 shipping & handling from Heritage Books Inc., 1540E Pointer Ridge Place, Bowie MD 20716, telephone 1-800-276-1760 or visit: http://www.heritagebooks.com/.

This is an account of the growth and development of Nacogdoches, one of the oldest towns in Texas, from its inception as an Indian village to its becoming a modern town entering its third century with a population of more than 32,000. Nacogdoches, known as the “Oldest Town in Texas” is the county seat of Nacogdoches County that was created in 1836 from an “Old Mexican Municipality.”

The most interesting and significant details of this history have been emphasized, including developments in the community’s social and political life, the structure and operation of local government, the inception and growth of education and health care centers, and developments in economic life including agriculture, business and industry. Significant figures, trends, and descriptions of physical aspects of the community at various times during its history are included.

The reader is introduced to the Hasinai Caddo Indians who established a small community on the site of present-day Nacogdoches sometime after 1000 A.D. This journey through history continues with the mission at Nacogdoches and Father Margi who is known as “the Apostle of Texas.” The book discusses the development of the Nacogdoches Municipality in 1821 and their government, conflicts with Mexico and the Battle of Nacogdoches known as the “Opening Gun of the Texas Revolution,” the incorporation of Nacogdoches in 1837, the annexation of Texas, Reconstruction days and the Linn Flat Raid, crude oil, the first railroad line into the town in 1883, the Old Stone House (fort), the impact of World War I & II, fires and floods, Stephen F. Austin State Normal College and the Women’s Army Corps (WAC) School, public schools, public services, politics, and much more.

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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