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

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Printed in the Taylor Daily Press - 18 April 2002

Genealogist vs. Historian: Is there really a difference?

The great debate: Is there really a difference between a genealogist and a historian? No, this isn't a trick question. No, there isn't a punch line!

There has been a growing debate between, albeit at taking of sides, as to who is a genealogist and who is a historian. I have experienced that some historians tend to think of themselves as purists and academicians and do not appreciate genealogists. I have found some historians tend to convey the "snob" approach and "look down" on generalists who they do not think of as real researchers.

These type of historians are only interested in the historical events and not necessarily the people involved. They tend to forget who the people in history are and where and how they evolved, e.g., they omit the family genealogy.

On the other hand, I have found many genealogists who aren't interested in history; but, in gathering as many individuals into their family tree as possible. Think of this as quantity vs. quality genealogy. Some genealogists forget to look at the whole picture of the events, times and places of their ancestors. They tend to brag, "Oh, I have 20,000 names in my family tree." But asked them in return, "What do your know about the people themselves."

Realistically, you can't be a historian without being a genealogist and you can't be a genealogist without being a historian.

Query - Sheriff Hooks

Looking for information or relatives of former Milam County Sheriff Allen Duncan Hooks who served from 1910 to 1918. He withdrew his candidacy in 1918 due to health problems. In December 1918, his wife listed their home in Cameron for sale. What happened to him? Where did they go? Where is he buried? No photograph of him has been found. Sheriff Hooks' brother was a county official in Milam County. If you have any information or photograph, contact Milam County Deputy Sheriff Greg Kouba: e-mail milamso@tlab.net, telephone: 1-877-697-7887 (toll free) or 254/697-7033 or write: 103 S. Fannin St., Cameron, Texas 76520.

To learn more about the history of the Milam County Sheriff's Office, visit the department's official website at: http://www.tlab.net/~milamso/.

DRTL Seminar

Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library (DRTL) will host a Family History Seminar, "Uncovering Your Family History - Texas Courthouse Research" on Friday, June 21stt at the Alamo Hall in the Alamo Complex in San Antonio. John A. Sellers will be the featured speaker on the topics: Dusty Books & Musty Rooms, What's Hidden in Courthouse Records, Other Courts in Texas, Researching Your Ancestor's Plot of Dirt - Courthouse Land Research, and Women, That Gender You Can't Do Without in Your Research. Fee is $35, payable to the DRT Library Committee. Mail to: DRT Library, P. O. Box 1401, San Antonio, Texas 78295-1401. For information e-mail drtl@drtl.org or visit the DRTL website at: http://www.drtl.org/.

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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