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

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Printed in the Taylor Daily Press - 1 March 2001

“Important Legislation Pending related to Genealogy & Texas History”

HR 1030 - Preservation of Abandoned Cemeteries

State Rep. Carl Isett (R) < e-mail: carl.isett@house.state.tx.us > of Lubbock has introduced HR 1030, that will amend the Texas Government Code, Sec. 1, Chapter 442, sec. 442.017 by adding:

“Identification and Preservation of Abandoned Cemeteries. (a) The [Texas Historical] Commission shall establish a program to identify and preserve abandoned cemeteries across the state. (b) The [Texas Historical] Commission is encouraged to use volunteers to the maximum extent possible to implement the program and to model the program to the extent appropriate on the Adopt-a-Beach program conducted by the General Land Office. (c) The legislature may appropriate money to the [Texas Historical] Commission to implement the program.”

State Rep. Glenn Lewis (D) of Fort Worth is a joint sponsor of the bill. The bill has been referred to the State, Federal and International Relations Committee of the Texas House of Representatives that is Chaired by State Rep. Bob Hunter (R) of Abilene.

Please contact your State Representative and the members of the Committee in support of this important legislation. If you do not know the names of your state legislators, contact your local library for assistance. You can find information on-line for the Texas House of Representatives at: http://www.house.state.tx.us/ and the State, Federal and International Relations Committee at: http://www.house.state.tx.us/house/commit/c305.htm.

HB 953 - Removal of Confederate Statues from the University of Texas at Austin

State Rep. Lon Burnam (D) of Fort Worth lon.burnam@house.state.tx.us >introduced HR 953 that will permanently remove, from public view, all Confederate statues at the University of Texas at Austin. There are no joint sponsors of this bill and it was referred to the State, Federal and International Relations Committee.

“The University of Texas of Austin shall remove from public view all statues of Jefferson Davis, president of the Confederate States of America; Robert E. Lee, General in Chief of the Armies of the Confederate States; John H. Reagan, Postmaster General of the Confederate States; and Albert Sidney Johnston, General of the Confederate States Army, located on the campus of the university. The statues may be placed in storage away from public view or disposed of in any other way considered appropriate by the board of regents of The University of Texas System.”

Internet Hint - Newspapers on the Internet

Newspaper-Network (N-Net) operates a website at: http://www.n-net.com/tx.htm that lists the name, mailing address and telephone number of every newspaper in the State of Texas. N-Net’s main webpage at: http://www.n-net.com/ has links to list the newspapers in every state from Alabama to Wyoming. This is a very good resource to help you in your search to obtain copies of obituaries.

Another link to keep in mind when searching for newspapers on the internet is “Home Town News” at: http://www.hometownnews.com/index.htm. This website provides direct links to more than 2,400 daily and weekly newspapers that have on-line websites.

Internet Hint - Landmarks of Texas

Wayne Moyer hosts “Texas Landmarks” by county at: http://www.granbury.com/~landmark/. This is a very useful website if you are searching for a community or other landmark.

Milam County, Texas in the Civil War

James E. Williams of Milano, Texas has established a website “Milam County, Texas in the Civil War” at: http://members.tripod.com/~jamesewilliams/index-2.html. The website includes a brief story about each of the units from Milam County that served in the Confederate Army. Additionally, it provides information on how to order James’ book related to: (1) Service records of Milam County Confederate Soldiers arranged by unit; (2) List of Milam County Militia soldiers; (3) List of men employed in the Confederate Quartermaster and Commissary Departments; (4) Petitions of Milam County citizens requesting the discharge or detail of soldiers; (5) Bibiligraphy; and, (6) Complete name index.

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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