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

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Printed in the Taylor Daily Press - 14 June 2001

“Milam County Genealogy Seminar”

On Saturday, July 21, 2001 the Milam County Genealogical Society (MCGS) will conduct a genealogy seminar in the Community Room of the NBC Bank in Rockdale, Texas from 8:30 am to 3:00 pm. Topics will include: Basic Genealogy Methods & Sourcing, 20th Century Military Research & War Dead Projects, Computers & Genealogy, Cemetery Indexing & Preservation. For more information visit their website at http://www.geocities.com/milamco/ or write MCGS, c/o Lucy Hill Patterson Library, 201 Ackerman St., Rockdale, Texas 76567.

“USS LOUISVILLE & the Civil War”

The Naval Civil War Museum of the Western Theater located in Louisville, Kentucky, is building a full-scale replica of the Civil War Ironclad, the USS LOUISVILLE, a center-wheel steamer built at St. Louis, MO in 1861. The museum will also feature a Louisville Room dedicated to all ships named the LOUISVILLE.

For a short history and photographs of the Civil War LOUISVILLE, visit the Internet website http://www.history.navy.mil/photos/sh-usn/usnsh-l/louisvl.htm at the Naval Historical Center, Washington, DC.

The museum is looking for letters, photographs, albums, etc. from anyone who has served aboard any LOUISVILLE, especially one of the Ironclads, USS LOUISVILLE or CSS LOUISVILLE.

If you can help or have any information, please contact Mert Marley, Chairman of the Board of Directors via e-mail usslouisville@hotmail.com or write P. O. Box 7506, Louisville, KY 40257-0506.

For a complete history of all of the ships carrying the name LOUISVILLE or any other U.S Navy ship, go to the “DICTIONARY OF AMERICAN NAVAL FIGHTING SHIPS.” This 8-volume set of books, published by the U.S. Navy, is out-of-print and only available at larger libraries. You can purchase a copy of the book on CD-ROM from Multi-Media History Co. http://www.multied.com/NavySheet.html or write 244 North Avenue, New Rochelle, NY 10801 or call toll-free 800/866-6434. This CD-ROM would be a nice reference tool for any library.

“Internet Hint – Maps”

Historical Maps of the United States is on-line at the Perry-Castañeda Library at the University of Texas-Austin http://www.lib.utexas.edu/maps/histus.html. The major categories of the on-line collection are: (1) Early Inhabitants; (2) Exploration & Settlement; (3) U.S. Territorial Growth; (4) Military History Maps; (5) Later Historical Maps; and, (6) Maps of National Historic Sites.

Maps of Texas are found on-line at http://www.lib.utexas.edu/maps/texas.html. That collection includes: (1) Thematic Maps; (2) City Maps; (3) Texas National & State Park Maps; (4) County Maps; and, (5) Texas Historical City Maps.

“Outdoor Sculpture Preservation”

In an effort to identify and preserve the state’s historic outdoor sculptures the Texas Historical Commission (THC) is offering a free publication, “The Texas Ten: Preserving the State’s Historic Outdoor Sculpture.” This booklet contains the story of ten important outdoor sculptures in Texas and is designed to educate and encourage communities to preserve them. For a free copy of the booklet or to borrow the video “Maintaining a Heritage: Outdoor Sculptures in Texas,” contact the THC History Programs Division, P. O. Box 12276, Austin, TX 78711-2276 or their visit website at http://www.thc.state.tx.us/ or telephone 512/463-6427. This would make an excellent program for your genealogy or historical society meeting.

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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