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

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Printed in the Taylor Daily Press - 13 June 2002


Bell County Museum

Established in 1991, the Bell County Museum, located in Belton, Texas serves the community as a vital resource for the collection, interpretation and preservation of the historical heritage of the Bell County area. From pre-history to the land grant period, from the formation of the county in 1850, to the establishment of Fort Hood, the region's history is richly portrayed in permanent and rotating exhibits.

The primary focus of exhibits at the Museum is the first 100-years of Bell County, from 1850 to 1950, using various aspects of rural and city life. Of special interest is the museum's Miriam A. Ferguson collection, which chronicles the life and times of Texas' first female governor, a Bell County native.

The museum is located at 201 N. Main St. and is open Tuesday through Saturday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free. You can visit the museum on-line: http://www.bellcountytx.com/Museum/. To contact the museum: P. O. Box 1381, Belton, Texas 76513, telephone: 254/933-5243 or e-mail museum@bellcountytx.com.

Missouri World War I Statement of Service On-Line

Do you have any men in your family tree that were born in Missouri between 1880 and 1900? If so, you will want to search the Missouri World War I Military Service Cards database http://www.sos.state.mo.us/archives/ww1/default.asp.

This database is an abstract of over 145,000 service cards of men and women from Missouri who served in the Army, Navy and Marine Corps 1917 and 1919. Containing a wealth of information, these 4 x 6-inch service cards include: Name, Serial Number, Race, Residence, Place and date of enlistment, Place of birth and age or date of birth, Rank, Wounds or other injuries, Dates of overseas service, and Date of discharge.

Originally created for the purpose of collecting historical and statistical information, these cards were prepared by abstracting information from the soldiers' service records. The cards were maintained by the Missouri Adjutant General until their transfer to the Missouri State Archives.

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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