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

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Printed in the Taylor Daily Press - 20 June 2002


A Genealogy Case Study

Recently, while at the library I picked-up a newly released book entitled, The Bondwoman's Narrative: by Hannah Crafts, a Fugitive Slave, Recently Escaped from North Carolina edited by Henry Louis Gates, Jr. Some years ago, Mr. Gates noticed a listing in an auction catalog for an unpublished, clothbound manuscript thought to date from the 1850s and he bought it.

Mr. Gates realized that, if genuine, this manuscript would be the first novel thought to have been written by a black woman in America, as well as the only one by a fugitive slave.

The first one-third of the book is an exacting microscopic description of the genealogical and historical research undertaken to authentic the racial identity of the author and the approximate date of composition (circa 1855-59).

The introduction includes is a "how's how" in genealogical research techniques in how to breakdown research problems and breakthrough brickwalls. Mr. Gates's descriptions of his detective work in the introduction to will make you want to try the same ideas and techniques on your family tree roadblocks.

The manuscript is self does not have much flavor of its own; however, it is a tremendous historical discovery. The introduction and appendix are a must read for anyone interested in a case study on how to conduct genealogical or historical research.

Lambert/Lambeth Family History on CD-ROM

Doggett, Mary Norton & Sophie Stephens Martin, The Lambert/Lambeth Family of North Carolina, CD-ROM, (1974) reprint, 955 pp. $25.00 Pre-publication price until July 31, 2002: $20.00 Heritage Books Inc., 1540E Pointer Ridge Place, Bowie MD 20716, telephone 1-800-276-1760 or visit: http://www.heritagebooks.com/.

This CD-ROM reproduces the 1974 book, with permission from the estate, and contains the genealogy and history of the Lambeth family from North Carolina. A must have for anyone doing research on the Lambeth family!

The study of the family begins with Samuel Lambeth (c1732-c1794) of Craven County, NC and continues with his children in Rowan and Guilford counties. Their migrations followed the typical pattern of movement from the mid-Atlantic colonies to the south prior to the American Revolution, from the coastal area to the Piedmont about 1800, and westward beginning about 1825.

While the frequent spelling of the name up to 1800 was Lambert, it was also spelled Lambard, Lamburd, Lamberth, Lamburt, Lamburth and occasionally Lambeth.

This book covers six generations of the Lambeth family and includes pictures, maps and letters, which add to its charm. A full-name index is also included.

The CD-ROM uses Adobe Acrobat Reader provided free on the CD for Windows and Macintosh operating systems.

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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