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

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Printed in the Taylor Daily Press - 29 November 2001

“Texas Jewish Historical Society”

Texas Jewish Historical Society’s Annual Meeting will take place at the Galleria Doubletree Hotel, 5353 Westheimer in Houston on Friday, April 19 through Sunday, April 21, 2002. For more information visit http://www.geocities.com/txsynvr/, e-mail txjhs@yahoo.com, P. O. Box 10193, Austin, Texas 78766-0193 or telephone 817/927-8765.

“Genealogy Book Reviews”

“Locating Union & Confederate Records”

Are you looking for an interesting gift for the genealogist in your family? Over the next few weeks, I will be profiling books and various items to fill the holiday stockings of any genealogist.

“Locating Union & Confederate Records: A Guide to the Most Commonly Used Civil War Records of the National Archives and Family History Library” by Nancy Justus Morebeck. North Salt Lake, UT: Heritage Quest, 2001. Paper. ISBN: 0944931898. $14.95; Hardbound, ISBN: 0944931901, $29.95. http:www.heritagequest.com or telephone 1-800-760-2455.

“Locating Union & Confederate Records” is a beginner’s guide for anyone who is interested in research during the Civil War. If you had family members who lived in the United States pre-1860, there is a strong likelihood they participated in the Civil War.

The Civil War created a record number of documents that would be of great interest to family or military researchers. “Locating Union & Confederate Records” leads you through these records, both Union and Confederate. Ms. Morebeck provides detail information through text, lists, charges and illustrations on where to find the records you are seeking plus many you never knew existed.

This book lets you know where you can find: Compiled Military Service Records; Records on Officers; Compiled Unit Service Records; Regimental Histories; Draft Records; Prison Records; Pension Records; Confederate Amnesty Papers; Soldiers’ Homes; Deaths & Burials; Civil War Data in Federal & State Census Records; and, Civil War websites, libraries, archives.

The only thing missing from this book is an index. Without an index, researchers will have to spend sometime flipping through the book to find a specific reference. It is hoped that future editions will consider the necessity for a quick reference index.

“Witte Family History”

“Witte Footsteps” by Nelda V. Rieger Torres, 133 Old Bastrop Rd., Unit A, Cedar Creek, Texas 78612. Spiral bound, 8 1/2” x 11”

I keep hoping I will find someone in my own family tree related to Frederich Christian George Witte so I can personally use this remarkable collection of family history information! Ms. Torres has spent 20-years to produce a remarkable work that includes: kinship charts, family group sheets, narrative text, descendants charts, photographs, and much more.

Frederich Witte was born on 6 June 1845 in Macouscen or New Bern-Mechlenbury, Prussia and died on 7 June 1898 in Bellville, Austin Co., TX. He was married first to Anna Maria Schmidt in about 1865, probably in Germany. Anna was born in 1845 in Germany and died in Nov. 1877 in Bellville, Austin Co., TX. Frederich was married second to Francis Ebeling on 2 Jan. 1878 in Giddings, Lee Co., TX. She was born on 12 Dec 1857 and died 5 Mar 1943 in Sealy, Austin Co., TX.

If you belong to this remarkable family, please contact Ms. Torres who has compiled an excellent collection. However, I would have like to have seen the pages number consecutively from beginning to end with a table of contents listing the page where each family sub-group could be found. Additionally, the narratives and facts do not include any proof, source or documentation.

Hopefully, future editions of this remarkable collection will include these features, which will greatly aid researchers utilizing this fascinating family history. Lastly, there is no index to the book.

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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