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

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Printed in the Taylor Daily Press - 15 March 2001

“New Milam County TXGenWeb”

Effective immediately, the Milam County TXGenWeb page has moved to a new URL at: http://www.geocities.com/milamco/. Please update your website links to Milam County and pass it along to individuals who are interested in research in this county. Be sure and place a notice in your local genealogy/historical society newsletter.

The new County Coordinate is Lynna Kay Shuffield and she has added several new features including: histories of local communities; famous folks & families; etc. If you would like to submit your link to be added to this new webpage, please contact Lynna Kay at e-mail: lksfriday@sbcglobal.net.

“Texas Genealogy and Family History Fair”

Do you have family in Walker County, Texas? If so, you should attend the “first ever” Texas Genealogy and Family History Fair sponsored by the Walker County Genealogical Society (WCGS) on Saturday, June 23, 2001 at the Walker County Fairgrounds located 4-miles west of Huntsville from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.

Registration is $5 per person if received by June 1st and $10 at the door. Pre-registration entitles you to submit five (5) surnames that will be printed and available to other researchers at the fair.

This event will allow genealogical book publishers, genealogical societies, historical and patriotic organizations, libraries, museums, family associations, and other genealogical and commercial vendors the opportunity to exhibit their materials to researchers. The fee for display tables will be $10 each plus a registration fee for each person.

The WCGS invites you to make this a 2-day event and visit the Huntsville Public Library’s Genealogy/Texana/Local History Collection. The library, located at 1216 14th Street in Huntsville will offer extended hours and will be open Friday, June 22nd from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 pm. The collection includes vertical files that contain more than 300 original Bible records, more than 200 names in the Pioneer Registry Collection, Confederate Collection, Newspaper Collection, and much more.

For more information, contact: Johnnie Jo Dickenson, President or Clara Malak, Secretary, Walker County Genealogical Society, P. O. Box 1295, Huntsville, Texas 77342, e-mail: info@DickensonResearch.com or visit their website at: http://www.DickensonResearch.com/wcgen.htm.

“Loyalists in the American Revolution”

James E. Williams of Milano recently wrote to me, “One of my ancestors, Nathaniel Steed of North Carolina, was a Captain in the British Army. I read about this in his biography, but have not found any documentation. I believe that he was my only ancestor who was a British sympathizer.”

Loyalist were known as Tories, but the main question most people have is: What is a Loyalist?

A Loyalist is “any inhabitant of North America, from Newfoundland to Nicaragua inclusive, plus the islands of the West Indies, Bermuda and Jamaica, who served in a military capacity for the British, or provided services of a military nature or other beneficial services to the Crown . . . including those who fought in the American Revolution and remained in America afterward, those who deserted, those who settled outside of America afterward, and those who were discharged or died during the war.”

Cyndi’s List offers a wealth of links and websites related to Loyalists at: http://www.cyndislist.com/loyalist.htm, included are topics related to: General Resource Sites; Specific Locality or Regiment; Mailing Lists & News Groups; People & Families; Professional Researchers; Publications & Software; and, Societies & Groups.

A very interesting resource is the “On-Line Institute for Advance Loyalist Studies” at: http://www.royalprovincial.com/ that provides information related to history, military, genealogy and re-enacting. To learn about Loyalists in North Carolina visit: http://members.aol.com/hoseyGen/NCLOYAL.HTML.

Check with your local library to see what books are available in your community. Two good books are: “Research Guide to Loyalist Ancestors: A directory to archives, manuscripts, published and electronic sources” by Paul J. Bunnell (Bowie, MD: Heritage Books, 2000) and “The Black Loyalist Directory: African Americans in Exile After the American Revolution” by Graham Russell Hodges (New York, NY: Garland Pub., 1996).If these books are not available, ask your librarian to get them for you via inter-library loan.

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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