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

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Printed in the Taylor Daily Press - 5 April 2001

“Immigration & Naturalization”

A reader recently wrote and asked, “How do I get copies of my ancestor’s immigration and naturalization papers?” The easiest answer to this question is to know where they were naturalized and check with the County Clerk’s Office because they generally have copies of the Certificate of Naturalization and Application.

If you do not know where your ancestor was naturalized, your first step is to get the citizenship date from the 1920 census information for your immigrant ancestor. Then collect all of the documentation to prove you are a direct descendant of the immigrant by using copies of death, birth or marriage certificates. (Usually, the immigrant’s death certificate plus birth certificates leading to you are enough along with a descendant's chart showing relationship.)

You will need to fill-out the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Form G-639, from the US Dept. of Justice Immigration and Naturalization Service, requesting a copy the Declaration of Intention and Naturalization papers. You can write to the below address to request a copy of the form or print a copy at: http://www.ins.usdoj.gov/graphics/formsfee/forms/files/g-639.pdf. Please note, the Declaration is more important than the Naturalization and contains much more data.

Clearly mark the outside of the envelope "Freedom of Information Request" and mail the form and supporting documentation to: INS FOIA Office; 425 I Street, NW; Washington DC. Visit their website at http://www.usdoj.gov/. They will bill you for the copies.

“Battle of San Jacinto”

On, Friday, April 20, 2001, a symposium, "The San Jacinto Campaign of 1836: New Perspectives from the Mexican Side" will examine recent historical, archaeological and media research on the Battle of San Jacinto.

The symposium will take place at the Hilton Hotel and Conference Center at the University of Houston on the day before ceremonies at the San Jacinto Monument to recognize the 165th anniversary of the battle. The symposium will begin at 11:30 a.m. and last until 5:00 p.m. The $20 admission includes lunch and parking.

Presentations at the symposium will include: (1) Miguel Soto, professor of history at the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, "The Mexican Retreat after San Jacinto: Military Concerns or Speculative Considerations?" (2) James E. Crisp, associate professor of history at North Carolina State University, "When Did Mexico Lose Texas?-The Quest for the Irreversible Moment." (3) Gregg Dimmick, member of the Houston Archaeological Soc., "Tracking the Mexican Army Through the Mar de Lodo (Sea of Mud)." (4) Frank Thompson, author, filmmaker and film history from Burbank, CA, "Hollywood's Portrayal of the Battle of San Jacinto."

For more information on the symposium visit http://www.sanjacinto-museum.org/ or write the San Jacinto Museum of History, One Monument Circle, LaPorte, Texas 77571.

Genealogists will find several items of interest at the San Jacinto Museum of History’s website that includes on-line exhibits and a biographical sketch of “Veterans of the Battle of San Jacinto.”

“4th Texas Cavalry, CSA”

Pat G. Nagle who has written the books “Glorieta Pass” and its sequel, “The Guns of Valverde” (novels of the Civil War in the Far West) has announced that she will be memorialized the men of the campaign on her website located at http://pgnagle.com/.

The 4th Texas Cavalry is more commonly known as the 4th Mounted Volunteers; 1st Regiment, Sibley's Brigade participated in the New Mexico campaign. Several counties in the Central Texas area provided companies for the 4th Texas Cavalry. Milam County supplied two units, Co. D (known as the “San Andres Light Horse Company”) commanded by Capt. Charles M. Lesueur and Company E (known as the “Milam County Guards”) commanded by Capt. Charles Buckholts. The town of Buckholts in Milam Co. was named for Capt. Buckholts who was killed on Mar. 28, 1862 at the Battle of Glorieta. I have two great-great-great-grand uncles, Wayne and F. M. Cave (from the Elevation area of Milam County) were members of Co. E and also died during the campaign.

If you are interested in this memorial project contact Pat at e-mail nagle@mandala.net or write P. O. Box 37205, Albuquerque, NM 87176-7205.

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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