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

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Printed in the Taylor Daily Press - 14 March 2002

Texas Birth, Death, Marriage & Divorce Indexes On-Line

Vital Search Worldwide, Inc. now has the Texas Birth, Death, Marriage & Divorce database indexes on-line. These are the same database indexes that were formerly on-line last year at RootsWeb.com.

There is an easy link for these databases on the Milam Co., TXGenWeb site at: http://www.geocities.com/milamco/. (Note: Going through this link avoids some, but not all, of the paid advertisement on the Vital Search website.)

In addition to Texas, Vital Search has databases for other several states on-line at: http://www.vitalsearch-worldwide.com/. Please note that Vital Search is a for-profit corporation and they can begin charging to access these databases at anytime.

2nd Annual Texas Genealogy & Family History Fair

Do you have family in Texas? If so, you should attend the "2nd Annual Texas Genealogy and Family History Fair" sponsored by the Walker County Genealogical Society (WCGS) on Saturday, June 22, 2002 at the Walker County Fairgrounds located 4-miles west of Huntsville from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.

Registration is $10 per person if received by June 1st and $15 at the door. Pre-registration entitles you to submit five (5) surnames that will be printed and available to other researchers at the fair.

This event will allow genealogical book publishers, genealogical societies, historical and patriotic organizations, libraries, museums, family associations, and other genealogical and commercial vendors the opportunity to exhibit their materials to researchers. The fee for display tables will be $10 each plus a registration fee for each person.

The WCGS invites you to make this a 2-day event and visit the Huntsville Public Library's Genealogy/Texana/Local History Collection. The library, located at 1216 14th Street in Huntsville will offer extended hours and will be open Friday, June 21st from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm and Saturday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. The collection includes vertical files that contain more than 300 original Bible records, more than 200 names in the Pioneer Registry Collection, Confederate Collection, Newspaper Collection, and much more.

For more information, contact the Walker County Genealogical Society, P. O. Box 1295, Huntsville, Texas 77342, e-mail: info@DickensonResearch.com or visit their website at: http://www.DickensonResearch.com/wcgen.htm.

Lynna Kay's Upcoming Speaking Engagements

Monday, April 1, 2002 - Montgomery County Genealogical Society Meeting - 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm at the Montgomery County Library, 104 I-45 North (Hwy 2854 & I-45), Main Meeting Room, Conroe, Texas. Topic: Historic Cemetery Preservation Projects. For more information visit: http://www.rootsweb.com/~txmcghs/ or write: P. O. Box 867, Conroe, Texas 77305-0867.

Saturday, April 13, 2002 - Matagorda Genealogical Society Seminar, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm at "The Depot" (2500 block of Avenue G - 5 blocks south of the courthouse). Topics will include: Basic Genealogy Methods & Sourcing, 20th Century Military Research & War Dead Projects, Computers & Genealogy, Cemetery Preservation and much more. For more information visit: http://www.rootsweb.com/~txmatago/ or write P. O. Box 264, Bay City, Texas 77404-0264.

Saturday, April 20, 2000 - Texas Jewish Historical Society's Annual Meeting (I am slotted to speak at 11:30 a.m. session), Galleria Doubletree Hotel, 5353 Westheimer, Houston, Texas, (Conference dates: 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.

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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