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

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Printed in the Taylor Daily Press - 8 March 2001

“Dumb Questions?”

Are you willing to ask dumb questions? Genealogists who seem to have the best success are willing to ask questions, even if they appear to be “dumb” questions.

One important reason to ask questions is to learn everything you can about the individuals and families you are researching. You ask questions of librarians, other researchers to learn who, how and what to research. You ask questions of older family members. You ask questions of distant family members. You ask questions!

Be sure and take notes when you are asking questions. This allows the people to whom you are asking questions know what they said was important - - writing it down is a good way to do so.

Thinking you know all of the answers is dangerous. Do not make assumptions! But even if you do know all of the answers, show your family members and others the respect of asking them and listen to their answers. Who knows? You might learn something!

“Celebrate Women’s History Month in March”

March is Women’s History Month and it is a reminder to explore the unique and vibrant history of women in our families. One way to accomplish this is to write a one-page biography of your mother, grandmothers, great-grandmothers, etc. There are interesting women in your past, do not overlook their contributions to your family history.

The National Women’s History Project at: http://www.nwhp.org provides a wealth of information on the history of women in our country. The “Learning Place” section of the website offers several resources, including: (1) the history of costumed performs by state; (2) women’s museums and organizations by state; (3) women history links by category; (4) women’s history quiz; (5) teacher resources; (6) student resources; and, (7) parent resources.

“Regional Preservation Workshops”

A new Texas Historical Commission (THC) initiative, the Regional Assistance Program, is designed to help local communities preserve and revitalize their historic resources. THC experts in the fields of archeology, architecture and history will assist local communities in preserving their historic resources. Topics for discussion include protecting history properties, heritage tourism and preserving a region’s archeological sites. For more information on this new program or to schedule a workshop in your area, e-mail: thc@thc.state.tx.us or write: THC, P. O. Box 12276, Austin, Texas 78711, telephone 512/463-6100 or visit their website at: http://www.thc.state.tx.us/.

“Do you have Methodist Ancestors?”

According to the policy of the Methodist Church, local church records are maintained by the local church. If the local church ceases to exist, the are transferred to it Annual Conference Archives.

If you are searching for Methodist Church records, the best resource is the Annual Conference Archives who has information if a church still exists or if it is no longer functioning. For links to the Annual Conference Archives for every state, go to: http://www.gcah.org/Conference/umcdirectory.htm .

In Texas, there are seven Annual Conference Archives: (1) Central Texas [Depository: Texas Wesleyan Univ.-West Library, Fort Worth, Texas 76105]; (2) New Mexico; (3) North Texas; (4) Northwest Texas; (5) Southwest Texas; (6) Texas-includes Gulf Coast & East Texas areas [Depository: Doornbos Library, Lon Morris College, Jacksonville, Texas 75766]; and, (7) Rio Grande. For more information, visit their website at: http://www.gcah.org/Conference/TX.htm.

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/lks_friday/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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