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

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Printed in the Taylor Daily Press - 28 March 2002

Texas Historical Commission Redesigned Website

Updated content, special menus with forms and manuals available for download are all part of the Texas Historical Commission's (THC) redesigned website: http://www.thc.state.tx.us/.

The website has a copious amount of information regarding the THC's projects about preservation in Texas. The main page topics, pop-ups, drop-down menus and additional links are included in the improved website and allow visitors to explore topics of interest.

New content on the website include a cleaner design, information on heritage tourism and travel, a "Frequently Asked Questions" section and a "splash" page. The website includes a newsroom, downloadable copies of the "Medallion" (the agencies magazine-style publication), and the Texas Historic Sites Atlas (a searcable database of Texas historical markers, buildings, museums and sawmills).

This is a must-have bookmark for anyone interested in Texas history or genealogy!

Civil War Research Resources for Your Local Library or Genealogy Society

The Roster of Confederate Soldiers, 1861-1865. Wilmington, NC: Broadfoot Publishing Co., 1995. [ISBN 1-56837-350-3] Cost: $2,500 for 27-volume set.

The Roster of Confederate Soldiers, 1861-1865 is a 27-volume set that contains approximately 1.5-million names and is divided into two parts, Cumulative Index and State Rosters. The 16-volume set, "Cumulative Index" lists all soldiers in alphabetical order by name with state and unit listed. The 11-volune "State Rosters" set is cross-referenced into two parts, Names (soldiers in alphabetical order by name) and Units (soldiers arranged sequentially by units in order of cavalry, artillery and infantry.)

The names contained in the set are transcribed from the 535 microfilm reels of National Archives M253, Consolidated Index to Compiled Service Records of Confederate Soldiers.

The State Roster for Texas Confederate Soldiers [ISBN 1-56837-356-2] is 2-volumes and costs: $200.

Roster of Confederate Soldiers, 1861-1865 is available in a CD-ROM version and is searchable by names or units and costs: $450.

Roster of Union Soldiers, 1861-1865 Wilmington, NC: Broadfoot Publishing Co., 1999. [ISBN 1-56837-344-9] Cost: $3,000 for 33-volume set.

A cumulative index of all Union and provides name, rank, regiment, company and state. Included are all Union soldiers by state from all branches from all states. States included are: Maine; New Hampshire; Vermont; Massachusetts; Rhode Island; Connecticut; New York; New Jersey; Delaware; Pennsylvania; Maryland; District of Columbia; Michigan; North Carolina; Georgia; Florida; Alabama; Mississippi; Louisiana; Texas; Arkansas; Missouri; Kansas; Ohio; West Virginia; Virginia; Illinois; Indiana; Minnesota; Iowa; Kentucky; Tennessee; Wisconsin; Arizona; California; Colorado; Dakota; Nebraska; Nevada; New Mexico; Oregon; Utah; Washington; Regular Army (enlisted and officers); and the United States Colored Troops.

Roster of Union Soldiers, 1861-1865 is available in a CD-ROM version and is searchable by names or units and costs: $650.

For more information, contact Broadfoot Publishing Co. at 1907 Buena Vista Circle Wilmington, NC 28411, telephone: 910/686-4816, e-mail bpc@ec.rr.com or visit their website at http://broadfoot.wilmington.net/.

Texas-Czechs Website

If you have ancestors from Moravia, Bohemia, Silesia and Slovakia, visit the Texas-Czechs' website: http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~texasczechs/ and discover more about your family.

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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