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

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Printed in the Taylor Daily Press - 11 April 2002

CD-ROM Review

Revolutionary War Pension & Bounty Warrant Application Files Index (CD-ROM) [ISBN: 1931488894] North Salt Lake, UT: HeritageQuest from ProQuest, 2002. Cost: $19.95+shipping. For information visit: http://www.heritagequest.com/ or telephone: 1-800-760-2455.

If you are researching Revolutionary War ancestors, this CD-ROM will help you use the power of your personal computer to find your ancestor's records.

Information in this CD-ROM was abstracted from the National Archives M-805 microfilm series and contains over 90,000 entries for pensioners and their dependents. It includes: last name, first name, organization (typically state), application number, and roll number. Once you know the roll number, you can then easily obtain the original records for your ancestor from the M-805 series at the National Archives.

The M-805 series is considered to be very important to genealogists and historians. These records may provide you with the veteran's place of enlistment, age, birthplace, units served, battles, campaigns, and other individual activities. But the key to finding these records is the index and this CD-ROM has a built-in search feature that allows you to narrow your search possibilities and provides fast search results. You can search in all fields, perform wildcard searches and copy, save or print your search results.

The veteran's pension application normally gives his former rank, unit, period of service, age or date of birth, residence and sometimes birthplace. Property schedules often give the name and ages of the veteran's wife and children. The application of a widow seeking a pension or bounty land warrant may give her age, residence, maiden name, date and place of marriage, date and place of death of her husband. Applications submitted by children and other heirs or dependents seeking pensions or bounty land grants generally contain information about their ages and residence. Applicants often submitted the family-record pages from family Bibles and other documents to substantiate their claims.

The index includes all individuals who served in the Revolutionary War in either the military, navy and marines, both officers and enlisted.

This CD-ROM is an excellent resource for any personal collection, local library, genealogy or historical society.

Texas Czech Genealogical Conference

On July 25th-27th, the Texas Czech Genealogical Society will host their annual conference at the Brazos Center, 3232 Briarcrest Dr. in Bryan, Texas. Registration for all three days is $75 per person (if post marked by June 15th) and $90 per person (if post marked after June 15th). Single day registration is $40 per person (if post marked by June 15th) and $50 per person (if post marked after June 15th).

Columnist, Lynna Kay Shuffield will present four of the sessions on Saturday, July 27th, 20th Century Military & War Dead Research (Part I & II), Cemetery Preservation (Part I & II)

Schedule of Events include:

Thursday, July 25th: History of the Cowboy, Children's Games of the 1800s, Brands & Branding, Cattle Drives, Life Stories of Women in the 1900s, and Texas Rangers.

Friday, July 26th: Research of Birth, Marriage & Death Records, Famous Czechs; Texas Military History, WWII POWs, Publishing Your Family Story, Identification & Preservation of Photographs, Czech Family Names, Beginner's Genealogy Part I & II.

Saturday, July 27th: 20th Century Military & War Dead Research, Cemetery Preservation, Surfing the Internet, Holocaust, Getting Started on Oral History, Famous Czechs, Immigration & Passenger Lists, and Heraldry for the Genealogist.

For more information visit: http://www.txczgs.org/, e-mail fhurta@brazosport.cc.tx.us or write 233 Bayou Woods Circle, Angleton, Texas 77515-9212.

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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