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

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Printed in the Taylor Daily Press - 22 March 2001

"New Mailing List for Column”

“Our Loose Ends” genealogy column written by Lynna Kay Shuffield is very pleased to announce you can now receive copies of her weekly column via a mailing list hosted at RootsWeb.com.

To subscribe to the mailing list, send an e-mail to: TX-LOOSE-ENDS-L-request@rootsweb.com that contains the word SUBSCRIBE in the subject line and body and nothing else, be sure and turn- off you signature line.

You can anticipate receiving one column per week, so you will not be overburdened with a large number of e-mails from this mailing list.

Please be sure and pass along information to your friends and local genealogy society members about this new mailing list so that others who are interested can join.

Back issues of this column can be found on-line at: http://www.geocities.com/lks_friday/COLUMN-001.htm.

“What are mailing lists and how can they help with your genealogy?”

Mailing lists are e-mail distribution lists. They enable you to automatically distribute e-mail to everyone who is a subscriber to the mailing list.

RootsWeb.com at: http://lists.rootsweb.com/ has over 21,200 mailing lists for surnames, every state and county in the USA, International Countries, and Other topics including cemeteries, Native-American, African-American, military, genealogy societies, prisons, religion, etc.

There is no charge to belong to a mailing list hosted by RootsWeb.com, nor is there a charge to create a mailing list on their service.

Mailing lists are like "virtual discussions" that take place entirely through e-mail. Say for instance I send a message to the mailing list address. It is automatically distributed to all of the subscribers via e-mail. As a subscriber, you receive my message and send a response/reply to the list. Your response, in turn, is distributed automatically to everyone on the list. Pretty soon a dozen or more people are sending messages about the original topic or question that I "posted." All of those messages are sent to everyone on the list in the order that they were sent to the mailing list address.

Belonging to a surname or county mailing list, you are writing to individuals who have expressed a specific interest in that topic. You are networking with other researchers related to the same topic, you have made your work more efficient and you have opened up discussion with other subscribers who can live next door to you or around the world from you.

Take the time today to join a mailing list or two or three!

“Southern Footprints”

“Southern Footprints: Genealogy and History Magazine for the Southern States,” a quarterly journal that began publication in Jan/Mar 2001. The goal of Clarise Fleck Soper, Editor, is to develop resources for individuals who are interested in the South and genealogy/history. The magazine covers the states of: Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia.

Articles in Vol. 1, No. 1, included: My Brick Wall: Proving Jacob, Resources: Out-of-Print Books, Southern Queries, New Texas Cemetery Medallion, Southern Migration, Adventures in Genealogy: The Road Trip and, the Apostle to the Opelusas.

If you are interested in subscribing to this worthwhile magazine for yourself, your genealogy society or your local library, write: Southern Footprints, P. O. Box 16611, Hattiesburg, MS 39404-6611, e-mail: Southern_Footprings@prodigy.net or visit their website at: http://www.SouthernFootprints.com.

Subscription rates are $24 per year and queries are published free. Non-subscribers may publish queries at the rate of 25-cents per word.

"Texas Tombstone Project”

The Texas Tombstone Project at: http://www.rootsweb.com/~cemetery/Texas/ is interested in remembering the dead and preserving history. The website is broken down into all 254 counties for Texas and has a cemetery registry form. The purpose of this project is to organize volunteers who will work together to create a lasting tribute to their ancestors. The volunteers will transcribe tombstone inscriptions and then that work will be archived for the future and made easily accessible to all.

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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