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

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Printed in the Taylor Daily Press - 14 February 2002

“Making News with Your Family History”

Did you know that according to some estimates, up to 90% of stories you read in newspapers today are there because someone sent it to the paper? So, why not write a story about the search for your family history?

You can send your story to the local newspaper in the community where you ancestor lived as well as historical and genealogy societies who are always looking for new material.

Do you have a unique family story? If so, piggyback that into a story about your research. Be sure and include relevant websites to attract readers. Start with something that will grab attention!

Over the last view years, this column has endeavored to help you to learn how to research your family. The next step I want you to take is to write their stories.

I am not suggesting that every story has to be Pulitzer Prize quality, just tell a story in a simple, honest and straight-forward manner.

Make the connection to the newspapers and you can get free publicity--and maybe even make your family famous! Or, more importantly, you will find others who are researching your family or have information about their history and will share what they have learned with you.

So, your homework tonight is to take out a tablet and write down one interesting story about one of your ancestors and then send it to a newspaper or a historical /genealogy society’s newsletter.

Remember, I am always willing to publish queries for my readers. In reality, queries are mini-versions of family stories!

“Research Guide Published for Bell County, Texas”

Bell County (Texas) Historical Commission, The Resource Book 28-pages, P. O. Box 712, Belton, Texas 76513-0712. Cost: $10 by mail (includes tax, postage & handling)

The Resource Book, is a resource guide for genealogists, historians and others who are interested in conducting research in Bell Co., Texas. The book includes a bibliography of nearly 300 books, newspaper and magazine articles on a wide variety of Bell Co. history and its citizens; a list of Internet resources for Bell Co. genealogical research; a list of county records available on microfilm via interlibrary loan through Baylor University in Waco, a guide to records available to the Bell Co. Clerk's Office; a map with directions to the Bell Co. Courthouse and County Clerk's Office; a list of archaeological studies on pioneer communities that are now on the Fort Hood reservation; and, a list of all museums, archives and libraries, hours of operation and description of holdings, e-mail addresses and URLs.

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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