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

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Printed in the Taylor Daily Press - 23 August 2001

ďMilam County Genealogy SeminarĒ

On Saturday, November 10, 2001, the Milam County Genealogical Society (MCGS) will host a Genealogy Seminar at the Chamber of Commerce Office, 102 E. 1st Street in Cameron, Texas from 8:30 am until 4:30 pm. Lunch will be provided. The speaker will be Lynna Kay Shuffield and 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.

ďFast, Quick & EasyĒ

No, Iím not talking about a new recipe or the new drive-thru menu at the Jack-in-the-Box! Iím talking about the new breed of internet genealogists who think it is fast, quick and easy to find-out everything about their family and believe everything they find on the web is 100% accurate!

I canít tell you how many e-mails I receive each and every week from folks who want to find it all on the internet. Recently, I received an e-mail from a lady wanting to know where all of the obituaries from the Milam County newspapers could be found. She wanted to find obituaries for family members who had died in the early 1880s through 1915 time-period. She didnít know the exact dates of death on any of the individuals.

She told me she was sure that all that information should be on the internet somewhere and demanded I tell her where it was located. I nicely wrote back and told her that unfortunately, she was going to have to do this the old fashion way, laborious, time-consuming research at the library reading the old newspapers on microfilm. I told her there are no internet websites that will give you everything. In genealogy, you still have to original research and all of the information is not all on the surface for you to pick-up and go on.

I told her she wasnít going to get very far unless she had the dates or at least a month and year of death. I told her without finding the best possible dates of death she was going to have to read each and every column inch of newspaper for each and every year. What a task!

It was amazing that she expected the index of each and every newspaper to be on the internet for her use. Regretfully, there are no better, faster, or easier solutions for old fashion research at the library. I suggested that she might want to take-up the task of indexing old newspapers. Very few people seem to give something back to genealogy. Many folks seem to only be interested in using the genealogy resources produced by others versus producing genealogy resources for others to use.

Okay, Iíll get off my soapbox! Just remember, there is no substitute for old fashion original research.

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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