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

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Printed in the Taylor Daily Press - 26 July 2001

“The 15 Minute Quickie”

You don't have enough time to do genealogy? Here's a solution that can help you get started on your family history, or any other task you've been putting off!

Promise yourself you will spend 15 uninterrupted minutes every day working on one specific aspect of your genealogy. Edit a family group sheet. Update your e-mail signature file to include all of your surnames. Make a telephone call to an older family member and jog their memories. Revise your genealogy GEDCOM files on RootsWeb’s World Connect Project. Post a query on a location or surname e-mail list or message board on RootsWeb. Or identify a brick wall and start brainstorming about a solution!

You will be amazed by what you can accomplish in just 15 minutes. Think you can't get anything done in that short time? How long does it take to clean your house? How long does it take if your preacher or mother-in-law will be there in 15 minutes? I rest my case!

Set your kitchen timer for 15 minutes so you don't have to waste time watching the clock. Do not answer the telephone or get distracted by the TV. When the timer goes off, you can stop. However, if you’re on a roll, it’s okay to keep going for a little while longer, but don't lose focus on your goal. There is nothing magic about 15 minutes, just pledge to spend the time working on one genealogy task. This can work for anything else you keep putting off, like tackling your genealogy filing. Try filing for 15 minutes a day and watch the stacks of paper shrink.

So, when you put down the newspaper and schedule your first 15 minutes today and follow through every day and see how 15 minutes will affect your genealogy!

“Genealogy Seminar”

On Saturday, July 21st I gave a genealogy seminar for the Milam County Genealogical Society. We had 30 people attend to learn how to do basic genealogy, 20th Century Military & War Dead Research, computer genealogy and cemetery projects. The room was full of people who are committed to learning more about their family history.

Find a genealogy seminar or class to attend. It will sharpen your skills!

“Calling all Korean & Vietnam Vets”

The Vietnam and Korean War MIA Project at Brooks Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas is pleading with the public to search their attics, closets and footlockers for rare combat artifacts ranging from apparel to flight gear and survival kits.

David Headley, a forensics analyst with the project, says that comparing equipment with artifacts found at crash sites is vital to the investigation process. Donors can be assured that the items loaned to the project will be used to further the identifications of MIAs.

There are roughly 8,000 U.S. troops remain unaccounted for from the Korean War and 1,900 troops unaccounted for in Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia. With 826 crash sites in North Korea yet to be searched, future cases will be especially hard to solve because of the deterioration of evidence and scarcity of uniform and equipment items needed for lab comparisons.

The list of items that will be useful in identifying ground troops includes uniforms, boots/shoes, field/flak jackets, ammunition bags, field packs, pocketknives, helmets and clothing. Items that might identify fliers include life preservers, helmets, flight suits and anti-exposure suits.

For a list of desired artifacts, check the Project’s Internet site at http://www.brooks.af.mil/ and includes items that probably won't be found in private collections, for example, ejection seats, life rafts, parachutes and harnesses.

Elton Hudgins, chief of the laboratory said, he would arrange to have items shipped and returned free of charge.

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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