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

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Printed in the Taylor Daily Press - 7 June 2001

“New Guide to Genealogical Research in the National Archives”

The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) has announced the publication of the eagerly awaited third edition of the popular “Guide to Genealogical Research in the National Archives.” This new edition is one of those “must have” for every local library and genealogy society!

The Guide will help you discover the many treasures to be found among the records of the National Archives of the United States. Whether you are looking in well-known documents of genealogical interest-census, immigration, and military service-or the lesser known-lighthouse keepers, Cherokee freedmen, or War Relocation Authority-the Guide will tell you how the records are organized, what information they contain about individuals, and the dates they cover.

It also contains references to information available through NARA’s website at http://www.nara.gov, as well as illustrations and photographs, citations to many new and previously cited microfilm publications, and expanded and clarified descriptions of the relevant records held by NARA.

Highlights of the new edition include: (1) information on the 1920 census; (2) increased coverage of naturalization records; (3) citations to more than 300 new microfilm publications; (4) descriptions of NARA records added since the last edition; (5) a greatly expanded index; (6) enlarged chapters on African Americans and Native Americans resources; and, (7) coverage of records in NARA's regional archival facilities.

The Guide will be an indispensable aid for researching family genealogy, local history, and social trends. Beyond its extraordinary reference value, it will fascinate all curious readers and inspire a deep appreciation of America's rich documentary heritage.

The 420-page book is available in soft-cover for $25 and hardcover for $39 (plus shipping & handling) from the National Archives Trust Fund, telephone: 1-800-234-8861. For a catalog of other National Archives publications, telephone: 301-713-6800.

“Internet Hint – U.S. Surname Distribution”

Hamrick Software offers a free search engine at http://www.hamrick.com/names/ that allows you to enter a surname and you will get a map of the United States showing the distribution of people with this surname within the 50 states for the years 1850, 1880, 1920 and 1990. It provides nice graphic colors and offers you a unique image of where there is a concentration of individuals with the particular surname of interest.

“1930 U.S. Federal Census”

Heritage Quest http://www.heritagequest.com/ announced that it is now accepting orders from libraries for the 1930 U.S. Federal Census that will be released by the National Archives in April 1, 2002.

You can order microfilm (in silver or diazo format) or digital CD-ROM copies of each roll of microfilm by calling Jerry Millar, Library Specialist with Heritage Quest at (800) 760-2455, ext. 1743. Orders are being accepted for the entire 1930 set, by region and by state.

For Texas, there are 127 rolls of microfilm (T-626, Roll Numbers 2287 through 2413). There is no Soundex for Texas. However, there are Soundex for the following states: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky (part), Louisiana, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia (part).

Genealogy societies should begin organizing now to be prepared to index their particular county as soon as the 1930 Census is released and they can buy the film or CD-ROM. How long will we have to wait for a commercial enterprise to index the 1930 Census for Texas? The fastest way to get an index is to do it yourself. Remember, if your genealogy society publishes an index for the 1930 Census for your county, others will be waiting in line to buy it!

For more information on the 1930 Census, visit: http://www.nara.gov/genealogy/1930cen.html.

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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