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

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Printed in the Taylor Daily Press - 12 April 2001

“Upcoming Speaking Engagements”

During the next few months, I will be speaking at the following events and I invite you to attend:

Thursday, April 26h, 1960 PC Users Group Genealogy SIG Meeting - 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm at the Cypress Creek Christian Church & Community Center, 6823 Cypresswood Dr., 2nd Floor Room #30, Spring, Texas (off Cypresswood Drive, near Steubner Airline). For more information visit: http://www.1960pcug.org/~genealogy/.

Saturday, May 19th, Milam County Genealogical Society (MCGS) Seminar – 8:30 am to 4:30 pm in Rockdale, Texas. Topics will include: Basic Genealogy Methods & Sourcing, 20th Century Military Research & War Dead Projects, Computers & Genealogy, Cemetery Indexing & Preservation. For more information visit: http://www.geocities.com/milamco/ or write MCGS, c/o Lucy Hill Patterson Library, 201 Ackerman St., Rockdale, Texas 76567.

Monday, June 4th, Montgomery County Genealogical & Historical Society Meeting – 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm at the Montgomery County Library, 104 I-45 North (Hwy 2854 & I-45), Main Meeting Room, Conroe, Texas. For more information visit: http://www.rootsweb.com/~txmcghs/ or write: P. O. Box 867, Conroe, Texas 77305-0867.

“New Historical Marker for Private Lands”

In an effort to promote the protection of historic sites on private lands, the Texas Historical Commission (THC) has announced a new historical marker that reads “Historic Texas Lands.” This distinctive aluminum-cast plaque will recognize private landowners who have worked with the THC to save archeological sites on their property.

The medallion serves to thank participating landowners and encourage Texans to protect historic sites on their property. This partnership between the THC and private landowners helps to identify and protect archeological sites on private land. A grant from the Robert E. and Evelyn McKee Foundation in El Paso funded the production of the first set of finished plaques.

For more information on this new marker, contact Dan Potter with the THC Archeology Division at 512/463-6090, e-mail thc@thc.state.tx.us or dan.potter@thc.state.tx.us , visit their website at: http://www.thc.state.tx.us/ or write: P. O. Box 12276, Austin, Texas 78711-2276.

“Historic Cookbook Reprint”

The Texas Historical Commission (THC) is offering reprints of the “Cookbook from the Sam Rayburn House Museum” originally published in 1934 by the Fannin County Home Demonstration Club. The cost of the cookbook is $5.00 and contains 80-pages of recipes, tips and old-time ads. For more information, contact the TCH 512/463-6090, e-mail srhmdir@texoma.net, visit their website at: < http://www.thc.state.tx.us/ or write: P. O. Box 12276, Austin, Texas 78711-2276.


Ghosttowns.com at: http://www.ghosttowns.com/ was founded in March 1998 with the intent of making the largest and most up to date online ghost towns and old west historical reference site for all to see. The website is hosted by Todd Underwood, Boris Vasilev, and Rich Ryals.

At the top of the website, click on the map to select a state. They have the towns listed in alphabetical order. There are no search capabilities nor can you select a “county” feature to find all of the towns for a particular county or area.

There is one major drawback to this website and that is the difficulty of printing the pages. The print is white on a wood grain background. So, if your printer is not set to print the background, all you will get is a page of white text printed on white paper, e.g., you will not see the print. To printout the pages, you will need to change the preference section of your Internet browser to print the background. Use the HELP feature to find learn how to do this for your particular browser. Most of the time you would not want to check this box, but with this website, you must print the background to see the white text. However, having to print the background, will eat-up a lot of ink.

The white text on the wood grain background is problem for individuals with vision impairments and who use screen enlargement equipment. It is extremely difficult for these users to tell the difference between the white text and the background, giving them a smeared image of the information. Essentially, the website does not meet the ADA requirements for vision impaired individuals.

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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