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

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Printed in the Taylor Daily Press - 13 December 2001

“Bayou State Periodical Index: An Online Index to Louisiana Periodicals”

Do you have family in Louisiana? Then you will be interested in the ”Bayou State Periodical Index: An Online Index to Louisiana Periodicals” found at http://www.libris.ca/bayou.

Genealogical and historical researchers require access to information related to topics of local interest, but finding the appropriate articles can be difficult. Books like the “Readers' Guide” only indexes material from national magazines and generally does not index local interest magazines.

Since 1985, Librarians at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette have resolved this problem by compiling and publishing an index to Louisiana periodicals for computers. Included on the website is a list of all periodicals and magazines indexed by the project. The index includes several historical societies, however, the list does not seem to include any genealogical society journals or publications.

If you have any questions about the “Bayou State Periodical Index,” contact the editor Jean S. Kiesel < jkiesel@louisiana.edu >.

“Book Review”

“Historic Williamson County: An Illustrated History” by John J. Leffler, Ph.D, San Antonio, TX: Historical Publishing Network http://www.lammertinc.com/, 2000 [ISBN: 1-893619-09-5] and published for the Williamson County Historical Commission, 716 S. Austin Ave., Georgetown, Texas 78626, telephone: 512/996-8582. Hardback, $39.95, 126 pages, index

An amazing book, the “Historic Williamson County: An Illustrated History” is an expansion of Professor Leffler’s award-winning work for “The Austin American Statesman” related to Williamson County's Sesquicentennial. This is a wonderful pictorial coffee-table book with a manuscript that features hundreds of new and archival photographs and a wealth of cultural information about Williamson County, Texas.

Through the many images and photographs, Dr. Leffler traces Williamson County’s evolution from its early Native American inhabitants through the Civil War & Reconstruction, Cowboys, Railroads, Immigrant Citizens, the Depression and into the modern age. Dr. Leffler is a teacher, writer, and historical preservationist and is a Professor of History at the University of Texas-Austin.

This book will make an outstanding addition to your home library. It will be a wonderful gift for any family who has roots in Williamson County, Texas. Give it as a gift to your children or grandchildren, friends or neighbors. I personally couldn’t keep the copy sent to me out of my mother’s hands! She kept commenting on this person or that one’s family. It proved to be a good facilitator to get her talking about the old days and the photographs gave an image to her descriptions of the people and the lifestyle of days gone by.

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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