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

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Printed in the Taylor Daily Press - 2 January 2002

“Old Sheriff’s of Milam County”

Do you have a family member who was a former Sheriff, Deputy or a Jailer in Milam County, Texas? If so, your help is needed by the Milam County Sheriff’s Dept. in their efforts to obtain photographs and histories of these men and women.

Deputy Greg Kouba is collecting history, information, and photographs related to the Milam County Sheriff’s Dept. and he is requesting your help. For a list of former Milam County Sheriffs, visit http://www.geocities.com/milamco/milam-311.htm.

One story he is trying to verify is a Sheriff-elect who shot the out-going Sheriff in the hallway of the Milam County Courthouse. Supposedly it was a personal feud the men had about whiskey running. Deputy Kouba related there is a hole in the doorframe of the Courtroom, which is said to be the bullet hole from this shoot-out. The time-period is around 1900 and may have involved Sheriff Holtzclaw and Sheriff Avriett.

If you have any information regarding these research projects, contact Deputy Kouba at: e-mail milamso@tlab.net or telephone: 1-877-697-7887 (toll free) or 254/697-7033 or write: 103 S. Fannin St., Cameron, Texas 76520.

Follow-up Information: For more information visit the Milam County Sheriff’s Dept. website at: http://www.tlab.net/~milamso/.

“Williamson County Genealogy Seminar”

On Saturday, March 9th, the Williamson County Genealogical Society (Texas) will host its Annual Spring Seminar at the First United Methodist Church, Hwy 79 & N. Mays Ave., in Round Rock, Texas (I-35 - Taylor exit #253).

Mark your calendar and plan to attend this important genealogical event. The featured speaker will be Dr. George K. Schweitzer of Knoxville, TN, Alumni Distinguished Professor at the Univ. of Tennessee. He has authored over 220 publications including 19 genealogical guidebooks, uses historical reenactment to teach genealogy and has traced many of his ancestral lines back to the early 1500s.

The seminar will include three topics presented in period costume: German Genealogical Research (in German costume), North Carolina Genealogical Research (in Colonial costume), and Researching in Burned Out Counties (finding and using Alternative records).

The event will include goodies, registration, surname lists, door prizes, and vendors with genealogical materials. Advance registration of $32 will include a syllabus, inclusion on the surname list, refreshments and lunch. Registration at the door is $35. For more information visit: http://geocities.com/scwcgs/ or write: P. O. Box 585, Round Rock Texas 78680-0585.

“1901 Census for England Now On-Line”

Do you have family in England and Wales at the turn of the century? If so, you have received an unexpected holiday gift with the on-line publication of the 1901 Census for England and Wales. The Public Record Office is making the entire 1901 Census available at http://www.census.pro.gov.uk .

“Call for Queries”

Queries related to families of Central and East Texas counties will be published in this column on a space-available basis. Start off your genealogy research in the New Year with queries! Send them to my mailing address below.

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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