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

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Printed in the Taylor Daily Press - 19 July 2001

“Mississippi Research”

Do you have family who migrated from Mississippi? If so, did you know there is a wealth of original archival material related to the Mississippi and the Natchez area that is available to researchers in the “Natchez Trace Collation” at the Center for American History at the University of Texas at Austin?

The Natchez Trace Collection documents the history of the Lower Mississippi River Valley from 1790 through 1900. The collection includes original personal and family papers, financial, business, and legal records, maps, sheet music, newspapers, pamphlets, broadsides, photographs, diaries, and other archival documents. These materials reflect the lives and actives of government officials, politicians, soldiers, bankers, jurists, planters, merchants, attorneys, physicians, clergy, educators, slaves, and homemakers who lived and worked in the parishes and counties of Louisiana and Mississippi, particularly in the region centered around Natchez, MS.

The newspaper collection holds more than 200 newspaper titles, with special strengths in the decades before the Civil War for Canton, Jackson, Natchez, Port Gibson and Vicksburg, MS and New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Donaldsonville, Plaquemine, and Saint Francisville, LA.

Additionally, the Center for American History is home to the “George W. Littlefield Southern History Collection.” In 1914, Major George W. Littlefield, a native of Mississippi served with Terry’s Texas Rangers during the War Between the States and in 1914, he established the Littlefield Fund at the University of Texas to collect material relating to the history of the South.

The Littlefield Collection documents the history of the 11 states that seceded from the United States in 1860 and 1861, with special emphasis to the areas of Warren Claiborne, Jefferson, Adams and Wilkinson counties, MS and Concordia, Tensas and Madison parishes, LA.

The Center for American History is located at Sid Richardson Hall, Unit 2, on the eastside of the University of Texas at Austin campus adjacent to the Lyndon B. Johnson Library. Ample public parking is available directly east of the Center. Public hours are 9 am to 5 pm, Monday through Saturday throughout the year. I strong recommend calling before you visit to ask questions: 512/495-4538.

For more information on the Natchez Trace Collection visit: http://www.cah.utexas.edu/guides/southern.html.

Reference Guide Published Inside the Natchez Trace Collection: New Sources for Southern History Edited by Katherine J. Adams and Lewis L. Gould. Baton Rouge, LA: Louisiana State University Press, 1999 [ISBN: 0807123633].

“Texas Czech Genealogy Seminar”

Texas Czech Genealogical Society’s will hold its 1st Annual Workshop “Harvesting Your Ancestors” at the College Station Conference Center, 1300 George Bush Drive, College Station, Brazos County, Texas on Saturday, September 8, 2001. The fee is $30 per person.

Lynna Kay Shuffield will be speaking on Cemetery Preservation and Texas Historic Cemetery Designation.

For seminar information contact: Charlene Hurta at telephone 979/849-0348 or by e-mail fhurta@brazosport.cc.tx.us. For a map to the College Station Conference Center http://www.ipt.com/city/cs/conf/confmap.gif.

The Texas Czech Genealogical Society’s goal is to promote the study and preservation of the genealogy of the "Texas Czechs." Dues are $20 per person (per year) and includes a subscription to their newsletter “CESKÈ STOPY.”

Meetings are usually on the second Saturday of each month at 10 a.m. in the SPJST Supreme Lodge, 520 North Main Street, Temple, Texas. For more information about the organization, visit their website at: http://www.brazosport.cc.tx.us/~czech/ or write 4722 1183, Ennis, Texas 75119.

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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