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

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Printed in the Taylor Daily Press - 15 Feb 2001

"“Where to Start? Your Local Library!”

In my opinion, the best place to start your genealogy hunt is with the local libraries where your ancestor resided. Even though I live in Houston and utilize the Clayton Genealogy Library (rated as one of the top ten genealogy libraries in the country), I do not have access to everything I need.

The local library where your family lived may be small, but never discount the information they have in their collection related to local history and families. Before you plan your visit, be sure to contact the library to determine the hours and days of operation. You do not want to arrive 10-minutes before they close or 4-hours before they open!

By making contact before you arrive, you can ask questions regarding the library holdings and give the librarian information about your family. Many times, the local librarian has pulled material for me before I arrive so that I have a place to start my research.

Also, I will ask the library what newspaper microfilm they hold so I can be prepared to spend extra time looking for obituaries and other information. Do not forget to ask them about other research facilities in adjoining towns or if there is a county library system. You may want to visit all of the libraries in that county to make sure you do not overlook any research material or information.

Be sure and contact the local genealogy society and see what information or research material they might be able to offer. Many times the local genealogy society will have its own research facility and material that is separate and apart from the public library system.

For more information regarding libraries in the Central Texas area, go to the website for the Central Texas Library System at: http://www.ctls.net/membinfo.htm or write: P. O. Box 2287, Austin, TX 78768, telephone: 800-262-4431 (Toll Free).

Georgetown Public Library
- Williamson County, Texas
808 Martin Luther King
Georgetown, Texas 78626
telephone: 512/930-3551
e-mail: gpublicl@georgetowntx.org
website: http://www.georgetowntex.org/
Round Rock Public Library
- Williamson County, Texas
216 East Main
Round Rock, Texas 78664
telephone: 512/218-7000
Reference e-mail: lindab@round-rock.tx.us
website: http://www.ci.round-rock.tx.us/library/library.html
Lucy Hill Patterson Public Library
- Milam County, Texas
201 Ackerman Street
Rockdale, Texas 76567
telephone: 512/446-3410
e-mail: lhpml@excite.com
website: http://www.main.org/patlib/library.htm
Cameron Public Library
- Milam County, Texas
304 East 3rd Street
Cameron, Texas 76520
telephone: 254/697-2401
e-mail: camlib7@hotmail.com
Temple Public Library
- Bell County, Texas
100 W. Adams
Temple, TX 76501
telephone: 254/298-5556
e-mail: jduer@ci.temple.tx.us
website: http://www.ci.temple.tx.us/library/home.htm
Carnegie Center of Brazos Valley History
- Brazos County, Texas
111 South Main
Bryan, TX 77803
telephone: 979/209-5630 website: http://www.rtis.com/bryan/library/
Harrie P. Woodson Memorial Library
- Burleson County, Texas
704 W. Highway 21
Caldwell, TX 77836
telephone: 979/567-4111
Marlin Public Library
- Falls County, Texas
301 Winter
Marlin, TX 76661
telephone: 254/883-6602
Rufus Young King Library
- Lee County, Texas
177 S. Madison St.
Giddings, TX 78942
telephone: 979/542-2716
Smith-Welch Memorial Library
- Robertson County, Texas
114 W. 4th St.
Hearne, TX 77859
telephone: 979/279-5191
website: http://www.rtis.com/reg/hearne/library.html
Robertson County Library
- Robertson County, Texas
Franklin, Texas 77856
telephone: 979/828-4331 phone

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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