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

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Printed in the Taylor Daily Press - 29 March 2001

“Do you have ancestors who died in the 1900 Galveston Storm?”

Mic Barnette, who writes a genealogy column in the “Houston Chronicle,” is working on a book compiling the names of all the people who died in the 1900 Galveston Storm.

Allegedly between 8,000 and 10,000 people died during the hurricane and there are published lists of roughly 5,000 names of the individuals who died. The lists will often give the names as: “Joe Smith, wife and two children.” Sometimes there is a hint of an address or some identifying information on the lists. Everything published to date recounts the stories of those who survived the storm, not the stories of those who died.

He and other volunteers are going through the 1900 census and the city directory trying to identify who the dead people actually were, where they lived, worked, their age, place of birth, etc. They hope to give a name, age and more to Joe Smith, his wife and children.

Barnette is asking for information from family members about their ancestors who died in the storm. He plans to add the new information to existing information and credit those who supplied the new information.

To share information, contact Barnette at: 1001 West Loop North, Houston, Texas 77055 or e-mail: mic@barnettesbooks.com.

“Make Your Own Word Search Game”

Need something to keep the kids, grandkids busy or something new for your genealogy or historical society newsletter? If yes, I want to share with you a really fun website I found at: http://www.worldvillage.com/wv/gamezone/puzzlegen/ that will build a free “Word Search Game” using words you supply.

I went to the website, entered the title of my puzzle, “Milam County, Texas,” quickly entered 24-words, clicked on the “Submit Your Words!” and in seconds I had a print ready Word Search Game. You can make these quick and easy puzzles with family names, town locations in your county, historical places, etc. Be creative and add a fun game to your next newsletter or rainy day activities for the kids.

“Unidentified Milam County Photographs”

Sandra Walker of Austin, Texas recently established a website http://www.geocities.com/milamcamera/ for Milam County, Texas Unidentified Photographs. This is a creative and unique forum to allow individuals to submit unidentified photographs from this community. In my opinion, this should be a permanent feature for every Texas GenWeb page.

Sandra has established guidelines for submitting photographs to the website and suggested topics include: People, Buildings, Cemeteries, Homes, Churches, Towns, Schools, Bridges, etc.

If you do not have a scanner, Sandra asks that you mail DUPLICATE copies of unknown Milam County related photographs. You can make duplicates of original photographs on the Kodak machines at most Wal-Marts and Walgreen. Please do not send original photographs or Xerox photocopies of photographs.

Contact Sandra via e-mail slwalker@austin.rr.com or write: 4705 Shoalwood Ave., Austin, Texas 78756-2814.

“Want to start your own genealogy related website?”

“Cyndi’s Genealogy Home Page Construction Page” http://www.cyndislist.com/construc.htm offers step-by-step guidelines on the basic “how to” instructions on creating your very own website.

The Table of Contents contains 12 chapters, beginning with how to find an internet home for your website; planning the layout, format and content; creating the website with HTML; website enhancements; common problems, etc.

Take the next bold step in your genealogy research and set-up a family website today!

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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