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

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Printed in the Taylor Daily Press - 29 September 2001

“Back to Normal”

What do those words mean to you? Everyone, from the President to the media, keeps telling us to “get back to normal!” How do you deal with the massive tragedies our country has experienced?

The destruction of the “Twin Towers” is not the first disaster in our country’s history. The Great Storm of 1900 at Galveston when almost 8,000 or more drowned. The thousands died with the sinking of the Titanic and the Lusitanian. In the “Attack on Pearl Harbor” and the opening day of World War II over 2,800 people lost their lives. When kamikazes slammed into ships in the Pacific, thousands of soldiers and sailors died.

How did Americans get back to normal?

One way to document this tragic event in your family history is to write down the events and your feelings. What wouldn’t you give to have your grandmother’s memories of how she felt when the “Attack on Pearl Harbor” was announced or on Armistice Day, November 11, 1918?

Leave your memories of how this event touched your life for the next generations. No, this “Attack on America” will never be forgotten but make sure your family never forgets the personal aspect of how it affected their family.

“Matagorda County Genealogy Society Seminar”

On Saturday, April 13, 2002, Lynna Kay Shuffield will present a 4-part workshop for the Matagorda County Genealogy Society at The Depot from 9 am to 4 pm. Topics include: Getting Started, 20th Century Military & War Dead Research, Cemetery Projects & Computer Genealogy. For more information write: Matagorda County Genealogical Society, P.O. Box 264, Bay City, Texas 77404-0264 or e-mail: Carol Sue Gibbs at mcgs264@yahoo.com or visit their website at: http://www.pastracks.com/states/texas/matagorda/. The Matagorda County TXGenWeb site is at: http://www.rootsweb.com/~txmatago/.

“World Wide Directory of Cities & Towns”

Have you ever wondered, “How do I find a town in Germany or France?” The World Wide Directory of Cities & Towns: http://www.calle.com/world/ can help you find the answers. This directory is a collection of 2,880,532 of the world's cities and towns, sorted by country and linked to a map for each town.

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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