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

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Printed in the Taylor Daily Press - 4 October 2001

“History of Jews in Houston Exhibit Opens”

From Oct. 1st through Nov. 30th, the Texas and Local History Dept. of the Houston Public Library (the “Texas Room”) will be hosting an exhibit on the "History of Jews in the Greater Houston Area."

The Texas Room is located on the second floor of the historic Julia Ideson Building at 500 McKinney and Smith in downtown Houston. The exhibit will be located on the first floor, with additional material from the Texas Room on display on the second floor.

The exhibit focuses on the impact of Jews in Houston, covering topics such as Jewish military history, Jewish cemeteries, Jewish merchant families, Jewish synagogues and temples, Jewish newspapers and early Jewish settlers. For more information or to participate, contact Lynna Kay Shuffield, the volunteer coordinator for exhibits, at lksfriday@sbcglobal.net or 713-692-4511.

“Book Review”

“Genealogy on the Internet, I & II” - Reba Masterson Shepard, 1820 N.E. Jenson Beach Blvd., #545 Jenson Beach, FL 34957-7212. Cost: $25 for both or $15 each; 8½”x11”; 3-hole punch; binding: school report pocket notebooks. (Part I, 50 pages & Part II 56 pages).

Genealogy the fastest going topic on the Internet! There are thousands of websites, mailing lists, and message boards clamoring for the attention of family history researchers. How do you cut through all the websites to find the best ones to trace your roots? Reba Shepard’s two books area a guide to help you through the maze.

Reba discuss various topics from the history of the Internet to types of genealogy websites, how to target your research strategy, search engines, ethnic research, libraries, how to research in specific geographical areas, and thousands of links. She doesn’t provide any computer genealogy software evolutions.

Both books would make excellent handouts and guides for a class or seminar on Internet genealogy. It would be helpful if each book included a floppy disk with all of the links so the user could easily be transferred them onto a computer versus having to type in each and ever link listed in the book by hand.

Currently, Reba is working on “Genealogy on the Internet, III” and it should be completed in the near future.

These books will help individuals who are new to genealogy and computers to find ways to do family tree research on the Internet. I recommend these books to anyone looking for an easy to follow "instruction" guide for Internet genealogy!

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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